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I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:50 pm
by Stercutus
Maybe not the old farts here at ZS but certainly some kids.

In 2005 I purchased a pair of Patagonia Performance Underwear. I still have them and wear them about once a week. They look nearly new without fraying, tears, added holes or any other problems. I can not be absolutely certain but I believe that they are the only pair of underwear that I have that are that old. Most others tend to wear out in the crotch area where the thighs meet the groin area, others tend to lose the elasticity in the waistband.

I still remember buying them, they were being marketed as adventure wear that would last a very long time, require minimum maintenance and could be hand washed, wrung out and air dry in a few minutes. They were $17 a pair so I was leery. Since they seem to last at least three times as long as regular underwear they have turned out to be a good buy.

I don't know if Patagonia still produces the same quality stuff today but I would recommend them if they do.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:03 pm
by fatty21
http://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-c ... rt=1&sz=24

Something like this?

Up to 25.00 now but if they last that long they might be a sound investment.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:04 pm
by JeeperCreeper
Stercutus wrote:...In 2005 I purchased a pair of Patagonia Performance Underwear...Since they seem to last at least three times as long as regular underwear...
2018-2005=13 years.
13 years/ 3 times= 4 1/3 years

Well at least I know the average lifespan of Stercutus's undies is 52 months...

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:22 pm
by raptor
Stercutus wrote:Maybe not the old farts here at ZS but certainly some kids.
Hey now I resemble that remark!

I do not have underwear anywhere near that age.

I do have several pairs of these shoes of which the oldest pair was purchased in the late 1990 and still use daily.

http://www.church-footwear.com/it/en/co ... 099XVF0ADY

BTW the quality (but not the price) went downhill when they bought out in 2014ish.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:29 pm
by majorhavoc
raptor wrote: these shoes of which the oldest pair was purchased in the late 1990 and still use daily.

http://www.church-footwear.com/it/en/co ... 099XVF0ADY
Raptor, lovely shoes but must I say it? Oxfords, not brogues.

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Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:33 pm
by RonnyRonin
I nearly always wear out the elastic before anything else, I might get a few holes here and there but many of my underwear succumb to the classic sound of elastic being stretched for the last time followed by the tiny puff of elastic dust. Polyester undies will outlast cotton ones by many many years if the elastic doesn't fail, some elastic lasts much longer then others but I haven't been able to tell which is which. Some of my regularly circulated cotton undies lasted around 10 years, at perhaps one wear every 2 weeks. Some of the elastic failures I'm convinced are from age and not use, I'm tempted to set a new pair aside and see if just straight oxidation will limit the lifespan to that of a worn pair. it also seems that the elastic inside of fabric covered waistbands tends to be cheaper then the exposed elastic kind, but that is from a pretty small sample size and might not be true across the board.

PCU level 1 boxer briefs can be had fairly inexpensively on eBay, but probably not any cheaper then an end of season sale at patagonia, ex officio or underarmour. I bought some surplus kevlar undies on a whim to see how long they'd last, but if the lifespan is elastic limited I might not find out for sure.

I'm wondering if a fabric band and a drawstring might be the answer for ultimate long-term undie durability, might have to retrofit some of my more durable pairs and compare.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:36 pm
by Halfapint
Probably TMI, but I stopped wearing them when I was around 13. So that's been about 23 years now.... Only had any issues a couple of times. Mostly when in Vegas and some chafing on the inner thighs.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:26 pm
by JeeperCreeper
Halfapint wrote:Probably TMI, but I stopped wearing them when I was around 13. So that's been about 23 years now.... Only had any issues a couple of times. Mostly when in Vegas and some chafing on the inner thighs.
That's why I've switched to thongs. It's really the best of both worlds and it's great that there are no lines to see through my lululemons!!!

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:56 am
by Stercutus
JeeperCreeper wrote:
Halfapint wrote:Probably TMI, but I stopped wearing them when I was around 13. So that's been about 23 years now.... Only had any issues a couple of times. Mostly when in Vegas and some chafing on the inner thighs.
That's why I've switched to thongs. It's really the best of both worlds and it's great that there are no lines to see through my lululemons!!!
I hear thongs are unhealthy.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:18 am
by flybynight
Stercutus wrote:
JeeperCreeper wrote:
Halfapint wrote:Probably TMI, but I stopped wearing them when I was around 13. So that's been about 23 years now.... Only had any issues a couple of times. Mostly when in Vegas and some chafing on the inner thighs.
That's why I've switched to thongs. It's really the best of both worlds and it's great that there are no lines to see through my lululemons!!!
I hear thongs are unhealthy.
This, coming from the guy with 13 yr old britches

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:03 am
by Ellywick
So, thought I would weigh in on the underwear thing as a lady-type person. As I thought about it, have undies as old as Stercutus' which are still in good condition and not worn much at all. And not "fancy" ones either that only get worn on special occasions, lol. They get worn pretty frequently. Many of my female friends also have undies they've had forever which are in good condition. Main issue with female underwear are period stains.

However, my husband goes through underwear like crazy. And so do a lot of my guy friends. Holes in the crotch area and elastic giving out. I have often wondered about this disparity (because I can't shut my stupid brain up and I think about strange things in general). My guess is that male underwear typically lasts a shorter time (at least in good condition) because male anatomy has more friction against the fabric on a regular basis. Mentioned this theory to a few male friends and they agreed.

Re: I Have Underwear Older than You.

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:37 pm
by JeeperCreeper
Ellywick wrote:So, thought I would weigh in on the underwear thing as a lady-type person. As I thought about it, have undies as old as Stercutus' which are still in good condition and not worn much at all. And not "fancy" ones either that only get worn on special occasions, lol. They get worn pretty frequently. Many of my female friends also have undies they've had forever which are in good condition. Main issue with female underwear are period stains.

However, my husband goes through underwear like crazy. And so do a lot of my guy friends. Holes in the crotch area and elastic giving out. I have often wondered about this disparity (because I can't shut my stupid brain up and I think about strange things in general). My guess is that male underwear typically lasts a shorter time (at least in good condition) because male anatomy has more friction against the fabric on a regular basis. Mentioned this theory to a few male friends and they agreed.
I agree with this. Plus, I think making contours for men's underwear to fit the anatomy is difficult i.e. expensive. That's why the typical Hanes and Fruit of the Loom packaged undies from WalMart get destroyed so fast. They don't put a lot of effort into underwear that conforms. I also think men don't like to spend a lot on underwear. My girlfriend will drop $15-20 on one pair of fancy stuff, when I get a pack of 6 for $12... clearly her's last longer.

Expensive underwear with seams and pouches avoid excess rubbing and friction by contouring more, which means they last longer, generally.

Basically, I have some Under Armour stuff that looks brand new because it has a pouch for my junk. But my Hanes bulk pack will get destroyed in about 3 months of being in rotation.

Here's a funny video to break up this underwear chat...