Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: SpareParts Pete Packer Underwear Trunks

If you have any interest in packing for any reason at all whatsoever, you need a pare of SpareParts' Pete Packer underwear.  If you've considered packing, but have never tried it because you were concerned about comfort and/or security, you need these.  If you've been packing for years with a packing strap or plain ol' undies, you need these.  If you want to pack every day or just every once in a while when the mood strikes, you need these.  There is, quite simply, no better packing method in terms of long-term comfort and security.  

I know because I tried them all* so you could see how Pete stacks up against his competitors.  But first, let's get to know Pete...

The Pete Packer underwear line is made by SpareParts, who you may know as the creators of the incredibly awesome Jocque harness.  They're available in four styles - trunks, briefs, bikinis, and a "commando" style, which is sort of a bikini-style brief for the minimalists out there who like to let it all hang out.  Being a fan of boxer-briefs already, I chose the trunks.  

Currently, the only color available is classically sexy, goes-with-anything black, but considering the range of colors the Jocque harness is available in, I wouldn't be surprised to see more options added the lineup later.  The fabric is a nylon/spandex blend (just like the Jocque), which offers a snug fit and plenty of breathability.  Plus they're totally machine washable.  Basically, they're like a pair of high-end bike shorts with a handy, dandy pecker-pocket.

They're available at Babeland, where you'll also find some nice packers, binders, and tons of awesome sex toys all presented in a friendly, positive, and totally classy manner.  They were kind enough to send me a pair of Petes in exchange for an honest review.  I also purchased this packer from them, which is the one I used for all  my testing.

I tried each packing method for an entire day, from the time I got dressed in the morning until I tore off my clothes and slipped into something more comfortable in the evening.  I went through my normal daily activities, which I must admit includes a lot of sitting on the couch typing things.  But I also did some household chores - cleaning out closets, doing laundry, loading the dishwasher.  I didn't do any jogging or biking or anything particularly active, though I did make it a point to jump around a bit and try to get an idea of how things would hold up under more rigorous trials.  So, let's see how things stacked up...

Pete Packer Trunks

Comfort:  These are incredibly comfortable.  The fabric is wonderful.  It feels very nice against your skin, and it's quite breathable, so your butt doesn't get all sweaty.  They have a wide waistband that stays put and doesn't roll.  The only comfort issue I had at all was that the legs had a tendency to roll up.  It should be noted, however, that I have somewhat chubby thighs, which may contribute to the problem, and regular boxer-briefs do the very same thing.  Personally, I'd rather deal with rolling legs than wedgies.  But if the leg thing would bug you, I'd go for one of the other styles.

Security:  Rock solid.  The packer sits in it's own little pocket.  The shaft slips through a hole in the inner pocket so that, if you were using an STP packer, it would be accessible.  Then there's a little elastic strap in the inner pocket that you slip over the balls to hold them in place, leaving you with one neat, secure package.  Everything stays right where you put it all day long.  No slipping, no shifting, no need to adjust.  I'm pretty sure you could run a marathon in these things and you're little friend wouldn't budge.  
I haven't worked my way up to packing public yet (I have a lot of anxiety about trying to pass that I'm working through), but it's nice to know that when I do, I won't have to worry about whether or not my packer is going to stay put.  Especially when it comes to using the bathroom.  I imagine these would make using an STP device even easier, but if you don't have one or just prefer to do your business sitting down, you're still good to go.  Since the packer has it's own pocket, there's no need to worry about it slithering away when you drop your drawers.  I don't know about you, but that makes me feel a whole lot better about the entire prospect.

Ease of Wear:  Fantastic.  Once you get them set up there is literally nothing you have to worry about for the rest of the day.  I never had to adjust them at all.  It was just like wearing my regular undies, just with a little something extra.  Best of all, everything felt perfectly natural.  I didn't have any of those jarring, "oh, wait, this isn't actually my penis" moments.  In fact, the one jarring moment I did have was the first time I went to the bathroom and remembered that I couldn't pee standing up.  Now, that's not something I've been terribly bothered about before.  Sure, it'd be cool, but standing to pee was not a priority for me.  When I was packing with Pete, however, it seemed incredibly strange to me that I could not do so.  

What Miss K. Has to Say:  Packing is relatively new to us, and it's lots of fun. The trunks only add to the excitement. They look and behave just like regular underwear, so much so that I don't mind adding them to our clothesline along with the rest of the laundry on a nice sunny day. And the confidence they give my sweetheart is easily the best part. Whether by plain good luck or whatever you'd like to credit, the packer we chose is a perfect match for her skintone. It looks 100% realistic, especially with these trunks.  

SpareParts Jocque Harness

Comfort:  Quite comfy.  I was worried that wearing this under my jeans might be a bit uncomfortable what with the buckles and all, but it really wasn't.  The buckles are so fantastically made that they somehow manage not to pinch or even dig in unless you pull the straps especially tight. Once you've adjusted the straps, they stay right where you want them.  They don't shift at all.  Overall, I found the harness to be just as comfortable as the trunks.  You'll just want to be sure you wear something with a little extra room in the hips/waist to accommodate the extra bulk of the harness' waistband.

Security:  Very secure.  The pouch on the harness is actually very similar to the pouch on the trunks.  The only difference is that is no extra outer pouch on the harness and the hole through which the shaft fits is stretchier, to accommodate a wider range of sizes.  The lack of an outer pocket means your dick is gonna be swingin' in the breeze.  If you want the commando feel, you could certainly get it with the harness.  Or you could wear regular undies over the harness to keep things in place, which is what I did (mostly because I didn't want to risk damaging my shiny new packer).  Again, as far security goes, I found the harness to be pretty much equal to the trunks, due to the similar design. 

Ease of Wear:  Not bad.  The harness was comfortable and secure, but definitely more problematic at potty time.  It would probably still be fairly easy to use a STP packer with it, but if you have to sit, it gets to be a bit troublesome having to deal with pulling everything down and back up and adjusting all of the layers.  Now, if you left out the extra underwear layer, it might be better, but the harness still requires a bit more fiddling than the trunks do.  All in all, the harness was still pretty easy to deal with.  If you already have one or intend to get one and you're only planning on packing occasionally, it would certainly be a viable option.  But I wouldn't want to wear it for packing every day.

What Miss K. Has to Say:  We've looked at a lot of harnesses in the past year or two. We finally bought a beginner version with our rabbit vibe from Cal Exotics, and while it was ok, it was never all that easy to use. We have different hip sizes and adjusting the leg straps was a bit of a pain. We had just about decided on a nice leather harness from Aslan. And then we randomly happened upon a demo video on Babeland for this harness. We were sold. It's perfectly comfortable, extremely well-made and easy to adjust. It's easy to wear. SpareParts did everything right with this one, and I can't recommend it enough. 

Regular Boxer-Briefs

Comfort:  Pretty comfy.  I find boxer-briefs quite comfortable one their own (aside from aforementioned leg rolling issue), and adding a packer didn't really change that much.  I did, however, find the packer itself to be less comfortable because the lack of an extra pocket means the packer rest directly against your body.  It wasn't that bad, but it did tend to catch on hairs and make it's presence known in little, slightly annoying ways.

Security:  Better than expected.  The packer definitely shifted a lot more than with either of the other methods, but it didn't try to slither out of my pants or anything.  Mostly the base just didn't want to stay against my body.  It tended to kind of twist and sit sideways, which wasn't a major problem, and could probably be solved by wearing your undies a size smaller.  It didn't feel nearly as secure as the other methods, but it would certainly work in a pinch.  This might also work with briefs, though I think they'd feel even less secure without the legs to help keep things in place.

Ease of Wear:  Okay.  It wasn't as comfortable and it didn't feel as secure, but it wasn't too bad.  The biggest problem came, once again, at tinkle time.  If you were using an STP packer, I imagine you'd have to work a bit harder to hold it in place just because the regular underwear don't help keep things in place as much as Pete or Jocque.  If you're not using an STP packer, then you have to be careful when you drop your drawers that you don't also drop your dick.  That could definitely be awkward if you were in public.  Even if you're not, it's kind of a hassle.  And of course, when you're done you have to reposition everything again.  It may not seem like much trouble, but compared to wearing Pete, this seems like a big pain in the butt.

What Miss K. Has to Say: Boxers are awesome and awesomely comfortable. And there's something quite wonderful about man-undies on my girlfriend. =) But for packing, boxers alone just don't work anything like the trunks. In conclusion, you just can't go wrong with SpareParts' Pete Packer underwear. 

So there you have it.  In my opinion, the SpareParts Pete Packer Underwear are the best packing method in terms of comfort, security, and convenience.  I highly recommend them to anyone interested in packing.  Many thanks to Babeland for sending me a pair to try!

*Almost.  The only method I didn't try was a packing strap because I didn't have one, and I didn't really have the extra cash to buy one solely for the sake of testing.  That being said, every review I've seen says they're generally okay, but the straps have a tendency to ride up and/or twist.

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