Well, men’s compression is a delicate matter. Worn underneath shorts, it’s a very safe play...but it's also, like, a look. Which is fine. Worn without shorts, there's a risk your junk will be on full display. Hey, maybe it's a good thing. No judgement. The point of these is to keep you a little warmer while you’re running or doing whatever, but also allow for full breathability. The fabric has some heft, in part to ensure there is zero transparency, but also to insulate.