The Bum-Chums Illuminati Hipster were furnished by Bum Chums

  • Daily Fit – 9
  • Sizing – 8
  • Construction/Materials – 9
  • Styling – 9
  • Daily Performance – 9
  • Overall – 8.8



  • comfortable
  • nice fabric and pouch
  • a great basic without being boring


  • limited colors

For my second pair of Bum-Chums, I tried the Illuminati Light – Hipster. I had a positive experience with this brand last time so I was expecting to like these, as well. Trunks and Boxer briefs are not my go-to underwear but I’ll give anything a shot! The look was classic, white with black contrast trim and waistband and the fabric felt very soft with lots of stretch…so far, so good. This exact style only comes in black or white, but BC has hipster cut underwear in several prints and colors.

I wore these to work on a cool day when a little extra fabric wouldn’t bother me. The fabric is what they call Tactel®, which is a Polyamide/Elastane mix, so these would hold up to a sweaty day as well as a day in the office. I run really hot and tend to sweat even when it’s not warm outside so I appreciate fabric that wicks moisture.

Sizing might run a bit small. I am a 31-32 waist and these medium hipsters fit just right. According to their size chart I could wear a small but I think they would have been too tight. I’ve got thick legs so a little extra space is appreciated. If you straddle two sizes, I would recommend going up.

I love the contrast in color and the seam in the back does help create a nice profile for those of us without much of a butt. The fabric was very soft and had lots of stretch. I’m not a fan of outrageous pouches and Bum-Chums got these just right….support for everything up front with a bit of a lift for showing off without being obscene. Like I said earlier, trunks and boxer briefs are not my style because the legs ride up and I find myself pulling on them all day. This isn’t a design flaw, just a preference, but I have to admit, there was very little adjusting today, which left me pleasantly surprised! One suggestion to BC would be to offer more colors for those of us not afraid to venture outside of black and white.

When I pulled these on I was worried that I would be annoyed with the length all day which as I said, did not happen. The Tactel fabric did wick away some moisture and the profile the pair gives was really great. I’m not sure I want to wear trunks more often but this pair did open my eyes that they aren’t all bad. For guys who love trunks already, these are definitely a pair I would recommend.


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