What Do Gay Men Love So Much About Jockstraps?

The modern gay man is no longer stereotyped as limp-wristed or ultra fem (not that there is a problem with effeminate men) he's strong and masculine and  wants underwear that makes him feel confident and sexy – and nothing makes you feel sexier than a Jockstrap! You've spent countless hours in the gym crafting that sexy bubblebutt and now its time to flaunt what your mamma gave you, enter The Jockstrap.

The Rise of The Jockstrap 

You may not have spent much time thinking about it, but the Jockstrap has become a staple item in the wardrobe of most gay men. Not exclusively for its 'bare' nature, but also for the unparalleled comfort and practicality of wearing a Jock.

Let's take a step back for a minute. A jockstrap consists of a waistband (usually elastic) with a support pouch for your family jewels and two elastic straps affixed to the base of the pouch and to the left and right sides of the waistband at the hip. Fashion jockstraps follow the design of sports models but appear in a variety of colors and fabrics. The Bike Jockey Strap was the first jockstrap manufactured in America in 1874. The jockstrap was invented that year by C. F. Bennett of a Chicago sporting goods company, Sharp & Smith, to provide comfort and support for bicycle jockeys working the cobblestone streets of Boston. Practical right! 

Eventually the name Bike Jockey Strap was shrunk to "jock strap" and voila, the birth of an International icon is born!

Jockstrap's of Today 

Due to the design of the open butt and ease of movement, the jockstrap quickly became a favourite amongst American sports, and obviously it took the porn producers no time at all to adopt the revealing style into their movies and ultimately into every gay man's deepest fantasy. 

The Jockstrap style of underwear quickly grew in popularity and was widely adopted as a form of protection and a symbol of masculine sexuality. The connection to contact sport only strengthened  the homosexual appeal.

Today the jockstrap has transcended the sports-fields and back-room butt bonanzas and has been incorporated into the everyday wardrobe of many men, specially gay men. There’s a massive array of styles, all with subtle variations on the traditional construction. This makes this ingenious style of mens underwear and absolute must in any man's underwear drawer.

So Why do Gay Men LOVE Jockstraps? 

Of course, as well as being practical, functional, and comfortable, the jockstrap also carries with it strong sexual associations. There are a number of reasons for this: 

 • The fetish of locker rooms and athletes has long been a staple of the sexual fantasies of gay men. 

 • The construction of the jockstrap, by definition, leaves your ass not only exposed but prominently on display. 

 • They’re quite convenient to wear while having sex — it can be a real turn-on wearing a jockstrap while being penetrated by another guy.

Our Best Jockstraps for 2019

Whether you’re a beginner to the world of Jockstraps, or a seasoned collector, Mpire Men will has an enormous collection of Jockstraps from leading brands like JOR, Clever, PetitQ, CandyMan, ErgoWear, Unico, and Pikante. We have put together three of our favourite jockstraps for 2019 below


The JOR 0725 Travel Jockstrap takes the sporty-meets-sexy look a few steps beyond, giving you a two-in-one style you'll love. 

On one hand, it's a super revealing, comfy style of underwear. On the other, it's a jockstrap, specially designed to offer extra athletic support up front. Wear when you dare. Stripes designed fabric.


The CLEVER 3020 Reaction Jockstrap is a hybrid between two sexy styles; what looks like a low rise brief in the front gives way to a sexy, open air jockstrap in the back. The wide straps provide athletic support, and give your butt a slight boost. If you are up for a sporty style, these are your go-to. Printed fabric may vary from the one on the picture.


PIK 9290 Furtive Jockstrap is a virtual party in your pants, combining the super sexy look of the see trough fabric with a pouch and back that dips down to show off even more skin. 

This ultra revealing style is ideal for the guy who really likes to show it off, as the unique design creates nice lines on the body for an overall sexy, flattering look.


Not Keen on A Jockstrap? Try A Thong

If you’re not keen to wear a jockstrap, or feel that it leaves you a little exposed around the back, a thong may be the answer.

The thong can be traced back to the days of the loincloth and ancient Greek and Roman culture. It offers much of the same support as a jock, but with a strap running down between your butt checks instead of side straps.

The other great appeal of a thong is that it practically eliminates VPL – otherwise known as visible panty line! As the trend these days is for guys to wear tight-fit jeans or sport leggings, you can be confident that the only bumps your showing are the ones you’ve been working so hard for in the gym ;-)


The Clever 1295 Exciting Thong gives you minimal coverage with a sporty, sexy look. It's made from a super lightweight microfiber that stays ultra breathable. The contour pouch offers lift and support, and the unique waistband is only elastic on the front and sides, giving way to the same stretch mesh fabric for an ultra soft fit and long lasting comfort.


This JOR 0716 Cooper Thong is low rise and super lean cut, giving you an extra cheeky look in the back that's not only sexy, but also perfect for layering under tight pants for a barely-there look. 

They are comfy and sexy at the same time.


JS02-Pol is for men who prefer a little less coverage, the Joe Snyder G-String is the underwear that is perfect for you. The cupping action of the front pouch offers unique support and cradling. Men's G-strings are also incredibly comfortable to wear, look smooth under your clothing allowing you to wear tight fitting trousers or jeans without any uncomfortable or unsightly excess fabric showing.