Where have the Jockstraps Gone?
There was a time where jocks were very common place in the world of working out and sports. It was pretty much standard that you would wear a jock for any sporting activity. The main reason was for support during the event and to prevent a sprain. Some sports still wear jocks but others have abandoned it for more modern underwear.
Contact sports still wear jocks. This is especially true if you have to wear a cup. Sports like baseball and hockey come to mind. But, sports such as Football are moving away from the jock. When I was little and playing sports it was a right of passage to go get your first jock.
What has replaced the jock? At the gym its moved more to UnderArmour and Nike gear. Its form fitting compression shorts that give you extra support in the legs. This gear has hit the mainstream and guys of all kinds are wearing them. It’s rare to see a guy actually in a jock at the gym now. I think a guy would get strange looks for wearing one!
There have been major advances in technology that have pushed the jock aside from being the main jock gear. This isn’t necessary a bad thing. Its great to see companies improving and making better underwear for men. But I still miss the jock!
So where can you find jocks? In 2009 I named it the year of the jock. This is really when the fashion jock too off. Before then fashion jocks were considered fetish wear. After 2009 it’s a standard pair more companies are making. They are experimenting with the fabrics used in jocks and with the traditional design. Each company is putting their own design spin on this classic.
A prime example of this is the original C-IN2 Grip jock. They updated the jock for working out and gave it a new design with new materials. Gone is the uncomfortable nylon pouch and it was substitute by moisture wicking fabric. The big leg straps were replaced by smaller straps that felt more comfortable. Lastly the 3 inch waistband was replaced more standard one you would wear under gym shorts with out it showing.
Just when I think I’ve seen all the possible designs of a jock, someone puts a new one out! The jock is becoming a staple in the world of men’s underwear. No longer worn for working out but more for fashion and comfort.
In the 70’s and 80’s the jock was more of a fetish garment then an every day pair. Now guys are wering them to work under a suit. To run errands under jeans or just to feel comfortable in every day wear. What is a loss for the world of sports is a gain for the world of fashion.
We would love to hear what is your favorite jock on the market today.