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A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOCKSTRAPS


history of the jockstrapIn researching this article we found two different inventors of the jock strap, the first being Parvo Nakacheker of Finland.

This gentleman, apparently an athlete from Finland, claims to have done much of the pioneer work in developing the original athletic supporter and "devoted much time to the study of pure anatomy and the special demands of such an item."

The second and seemingly most likely being the BIKE Web Company; who in 1874 invented the athletic supporter, quickly becoming known as the" BIKE Jockey Strap." due to the fact that it was designed originally to support and protect the genitals of the bicycle jockeys who rode the cobbled streets of Boston at that time, over the years it has come to be known more commonly as the jockstrap.

Laying claim to the first hard cup supporter is Canadian company Guelph Elastic Hosiery from Guelph, Ontario. Although founded by Joe Cartledge, it was one of his two sons, Jack who being a "jock" developed the hard cup supporter and filed a patent for it in 1927.

Interestingly, one versions of the jockstrap, sold in 1900 was the Heidelberg Electric Belt, a sort of low-voltage jockstrap claiming to be a cure for impotence, kidney disorders, insomnia, and many other complaints….. (The mind boggles!)

Athletic jockstraps traditionally come in two styles; with a 1 inch... waistband (swimmer style) or 3 inch waistband. Our Safe-T-Gard line has a knit elasticized pouch; this helps to control unwanted movement and also to create a snug comfortable fit. Attached to the bottom of the pouch are two straps which pass between the legs, split across the lower buttocks then up the sides to join the waistband, helping to hold the pouch down and in place.

There is also now a thong style jockstrap, similar to the athletic type, but only having one strap attached to the bottom of the pouch, this passes under the crotch, up through the centre of the buttocks attaching to the waistband at the middle of the back. Yes men, thong's are not just for ladies anymore! (To the uninitiated, a thong does take some getting used to)

Other types of jockstrap include the slingshot, this doesn't have any straps attached to the bottom of the pouch, and relies on the testicles to hold it in place…. Not much good in cold climates (think shrinkage), or for active sports as it wouldn't take too much activity to come uncovered. There are also suspensories, similar to the jockstrap in a lot of ways with one main exception; above the pouch that holds the testicles is a hole which you place your penis through so that it hangs free from the constriction of the pouch, just be careful to control your thoughts and um…actions when in public! This could be quite embarrassing.

Fashion jockstraps come in numerous waistband widths, and the pouches made from a variety of fabrics, anything from a fishnet type weave (which does not leave a lot to the imagination…..) to slinky fabrics such as Silk, Rayon and LycraIt's also rumored that the sports Bra for Women was originally conceived by an inventor who joined two Jock straps together.

Returning to the basic Jockstrap (if there is such a thing!), they also come in hard and soft cup varieties, a hard cup is to add protection when playing Ball and contact sports. In most cases the hard cup is an insert that sits in a double walled pouch.

BIKE has now gone on to sell over 300 million of them, and now has several rivals in the business, including Safe-T-Gard and Champion, who sell the traditional "athletic supporter," and other Companies such as N2N Bodywear, Go Softwear, J.M. and Zakk, who produce men's jockstraps as a fashionable and fun clothing.

 

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Or-2010224  - Men`s leather Jockstrap
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Men`s leather Jockstrap by ZADO Fashion Jockstrap with a pouch, which has a swell function, that can be removed thanks to the press studs. Lamb nappa leather, wide fabric-covered elastic straps at th... 
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Or-2190044 - Men's Waist Bodice
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Men's Waist Bodice by Svenjoyment Underwear Figure shaping waist bodice made of firm, elastic Powernet. With a zip at the front and elastic bands in the crotch area. Black. 90% polyamide, 10% elastan... 
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RG-JS1070 - Leather Jock Black-Red
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Leather Jock Black-Red An exquisite pair of leather jocks with a coloured stripe at the front. Elasticated waist bands for added comfort. Available in size: Medium X-Large Made in the UK 
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Leather Jockstrap by HG-Leather Creations   Handmade leather Jockstrap with zipper in front and two bands, made by HG (Dutch manufactor). Wide elastic band on back for perfect fit. Premium qual... 
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Ri-7311 - Rimba - Backless String with wide elastic
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Backless String with wide elastic by Rimba #7309 Size: S - M - LColor: BlackMaterial: Leather   Topquality from Rimba - Holland 
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str-805000035752 - BLUE LINE Performance Microfiber Jock Strap White
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BLUE LINE Performance Microfiber Jock Strap White str-805000035752, str-805000035753 90% polyester, 10% elastane. Available in S/M or L/XL. 
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Or-2120151 - Men's Pants
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€ 24,95
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Men's Pants by Svenjoyment Underwear Open buttocks, elastic powernet pants combined with wetlook. Black. 94% polyester, 6% elastaneAvailable in the sizes:* Small - article number 21201511700 * M... 
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Du-300583 - CellBlock 13 Locker Jock - Yellow
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CellBlock 13  Locker Jock - Yellow Taking inspiration from the traditional sport jockstraps we all grew up with but in particular, the Bike #10, Cellblock 13 has created what's sure to become an... 
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Du-300575 - CellBlock 13 Locker Jock - Blue
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or-2120020  - Slit-Back Briefs
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Slit-Back Briefs by Svenjoyment Underwear Black high-gloss briefs made from soft synthetic leather fabric with a push button pouch front and a thrilling vertical back slit. 98% polyester, 2% elastane... 
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Or-291008017 - Latex Men's Pants
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Latex Men's Pants by LATE-X Black, with white stuck-on stripes on both sides. Small zip at the neck line in the front. Sizes: Small > Or-29100801700  Medium > Or-29100801710 Large&nb... 
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or-21108571151 - Jock
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Jock by Cottelli Collection Use it as jock strap or as double string. Top stretch quality. 95% cotton, 5% spandex. Color: blackSize: S-L (one size) Article Number: 21108571151 - EAN: 402414403100... 
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hr-R1662 - Latex Zip & Striped Jock
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Latex Zip & Striped Jock by Honour Clothing R1662 Sporty black rubber jock strap with front zip and double red 'go faster' stripes. Perfect in or out of the locker room. Available in the sizes: ... 
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str-805000035730 - BLUE LINE Performance Microfiber Jock Strap
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