Reviewed by Darke

Product name: The Cotton Concealer Compression Muscle Shirt

Manufacturer’s website: http://ftm.underworks.com/

Cup size at time of use: 34 A

Ratings:

Comfort: 4/5

  • It’s very comfortable and warm, although I have to pull it over my head because pulling it up shifts the inner material too much and causes the cotton outside and inner panels to become misaligned and then it becomes a mess. It’s very stretchy material and not too bad to work out in at home.

Effectiveness: 1.5/5

  • I got an extra-small size because it’s the recommended size for me, and when I put it on I still had a bump. When I went out to play soccer with some friends with this on, I had to wear another compression shirt underneath to get the flatness I wanted. Without the extra compression shirt, I had two very visible breasts still, so it didn’t really do much of anything for me except prevent them from bouncing around (which makes it essentially a longer, more expensive sports bra).

Discreetness: 3/5

  • I got the black colour, so it looks like a muscle shirt, and it looks very natural by itself, but doesn’t compress very well, and it’s quite long to wear untucked. The collar is also quite high, so when I wore it underneath another shirt, it poked through which brought up a lot of questions as to why I was wearing a black undershirt.

Overall : 2.5/5

  • It’s comfortable for home use, but aside from exercising in it, or wearing it amongst understanding friends, it wasn’t very helpful to me. I got the smallest size and it barely did any compressing.

Preferred Name/Alias: Darke

Product name: Double Front Compression Shirt

Manufacturer’s website: http://ftm.underworks.com/

Cup size at time of use: 34 A

Ratings:

Comfort: 4/5

  • In the beginning it seemed tight, but not uncomfortably so. After about two weeks of wearing it to school (but taking it off at night to sleep) I got used to the compression and it was actually quite nice. Now I feel uncomfortable without it, haha! However, I find that when I eat large amounts of food, or after I’ve gained a bit of weight, it takes more effort for me to breathe deeply (however I usually take shallow breaths anyway, so it might just be me).

Effectiveness: 3.5/5

  • For the first six months that I’ve had it, it worked really well and I was completely flat, however at one point after that, someone accidentally put it into the dryer (it’s supposed to hang dry, even though it’s machine washable) and ever since then the material has felt looser and has lost some of it’s compression abilities. Now I have to double it up and use safety pins to keep it up for the compression and even then it looks like I have really small breasts when I wear semi-close fitting shirts.

Discreetness: 4.5/5

  • I’ve made several new friends after I started to use this, and up until a month ago when we went swimming (and I had to use a normal swimsuit) they had thought I was completely flat naturally. I usually wear semi-baggy shirts, so it’s quite discreet then, but with slim-fitting shirts, ever since putting it in the dryer ruined the material, it’s shown a bit of bump. However, several times I’ve been called “sir” when I go into a cafe or restaurant and my friends speak for me (since my voice is so high pitched I can’t even pass as a prepubescent boy…).

Overall : 4/5

  • It’s worked wonderfully for me for the past year and a half, and I’m only replacing it now because the material is too loose and sweat stained. (ew!)

 

 

Reviewed by Mason

Product name: Underworks FTM Chest Binder (Double Front Compression Vest with Relaxed Mid-Section – model 988)

Manufacturer’s website: Underworks.com

Cup size at time of use: I’m uneven! An A and one big B (averages to around 35″)

Ratings:

Comfort: 3.5/5

  • I would give the chest compression a 5/5 – more comfortable than a tight sports bra and totally awesome. However, the relaxed mid-section lowers everything to a 3.5/5 rating for cutting into my stomach. It is really uncomfortable. The two layers of chest compression stop about two inches above my belly button and squeeze my gut down like a tube of tooth paste. This might be more comfortable for someone that is skinny, has a tight stomach, or a longer torso (so the compression would stop slightly higher on the ribcage). This binder doesn’t work very well with the short torso / chubby factor.

Effectiveness: 4.5/5

  • That inner-tube of gut around my midsection gives my stomach a look I don’t like, but the chest compression is great. Any more compression would seriously compromise the comfort of this binder. In a baggy shirt you can’t really tell there are boobs there, even though I’ve got that one large B cup. It also balances out the unevenness of my chest. It also really helps with posture.

Discreetness: 4.5/5

  • Again, the doughnut of fat around my waist is noticeable in tight shirts, but it doesn’t necessarily present a female-bodied look, especially in a loose fitting shirt. Up top you can’t really see the seams across my shoulders and my chest looks very smooth. There’s a little fabric looseness along the collar over my bigger rogue boob that occasionally bumps out or catches my looser cotton shirts. More even chested dudes shouldn’t have a problem, though.

Overall : 4/5

  • The gut cutting is a real bummer. I’m hoping to stretch out the compression around my midsection to make this binder more comfortable for day-long wear. Love the chest compression, though, so I can’t complain too much.

 

Review: T-Kingdom M790: CJ

October 23, 2010

Reviewed by CJ

Product Name: Model 790

Manufacturer’s website: t-kingdom.com

Cup size at time of use: A

Comfort: 5

  • Very comfortable. That wasn’t the problem.

Effectiveness: 3

  • It made me pretty flat, but it started stretching out right away, causing me to doubt its purpose. Which also led to…

Discreetness: 2

  • The hems around the top started sticking up, and the neckline pops out if I hunch my shoulders. And the Velcro isn’t exactly well-concealed either.

Overall: 3

  • It started out pretty well…and it went downhill from there. Not recommended.

 

Reviewed by chiaroscuro13

Product Name: Tri-Top (983)

Manufacturer’s website: http://ftm.underworks.com/

Cup size at time of use: A approx.

Comfort: 4

  • This binder is so non-restrictive and casual in appearance,I wear mine like a second skin day and night.
    Repetitive arm motions can cause the straps to rub into the shoulder when this product is still new. Very tight in the beginning.
    Free range of motion.

Effectiveness: 5

  • Like it’s predecessor–the double front compression top–this product efficiently binds and stops motion transfers of the chest area. One can really get the sense that they no longer have breasts. The magic is in the third binding layer. In addition to utilizing three layers to bind, the extra layer exclusive to the tri-top, delineates the breast form. This product essentially levels your chest. I find that although I’m not overly bound down, I appear to be much flatter and appear naturally male in my torso.
    Make sure to recognize the inside from the outside of this product. Due to where the straps lie on the shoulders, there can accumulate a raw spot if the binder is not worn properly.

Discreetness: 5

  • I have no reservations about wearing this product to every occasion. The seams are barely visible and virtually invisible under any type of clothing because they taper off.
    Since this binder is not a full shirt, roll-up is inevitable. Sewing a longer strip of fabric to complete the shirt is an option but not necessary. Although this roll-up can be annoying, it is not overly noticeable and can be easily and discreetly fixed by a casual smooth.
    Looks like an A-shirt under white shirts.

Overall: 5

  • It has been said, and I agree in all my experiences, the TRI-TOP is THE BEST BINDER ON THE MARKET. We’re talking overall coverage, delineation and versatility.
    Things to note: The three layers of binding only occur in the front. The back is one sheer layer of spandex nylon so it releases heat effectually.
    No need to wear anything under this product.
    I Recommend ordering your exact bust size. The three binding layers are designed to work with the actual size of the binder it’s self. At 32″ I found the x-small to be more beneficial in the long run.
    This product is durable. After over two years with the same product with constant wear, there have been no holes, tears or unravelling.
    Always wash in cold water, it preserves the binder’s ability to bind. Using hot water does not shrink it to fit later on in it’s life, it only weakens it.
    Best way to put on/take off is over the head because it reduces stretching or possibility of tearing.

 

Reviewed by chiaroscuro13

Product Name: M690

Manufacturer’s website: http://t-kingdom.com/shopping/english/page690_english.shtml

Cup size at time of use: A approx.

Comfort: 2

  • The binding ability of this product is dependent on a Velcro patch located on the left rib side, just under the arm. Since wrapping occurs with the right side coming around the chest to the left, the right strap does not sit on the shoulder evenly. I found that the right strap, by design of this binder, creeps up the neck or exposes it’s self from under my t-shirt’s collar looking very feminine. There is no adjusting this strap because the centre of tension for this binder is pulling down and to the left. The left strap is unaffected and sits comfortably in the middle of the shoulder.
    I also noticed that this product, being designed by and for Asian bodies, was not wide enough to cover my chest when I employed the down and out breast-lay method. The total area coverage in the front was designed for Asian breasts.
    As a bonus, this binder was not as hot as an Ace bandage and worked at keeping me cool when I did wear it because of it’s small area of coverage.

Effectiveness: 3

  • The elastic band is not clearly visible on the website’s model image. The band is adjustable via a velcro patch located under the left arm as the image indicates. This three inch long patch is rather thick when closed up and has a limited range of binding sizes for Westerners. The Velcro does not continue out to the edge of the binder’s material so there is some roll-out that occurs, especially if you are trying to adjust tightness of this binder.
    If your wardrobe is loose and collared, I found this binder to do a good job as squeezing the breasts enough to stop them from returning to their natal position. This binder is able to hold the breasts down and out if the wearer limits their activities to those less active and can put up with the tightness required to pull off this effect. It has the ability to make you totally flat if one finds that right equation to breast position and binder tightness.

Discreetness: 2

  • The seams around this product are ribbed and very noticeable even under a t-shirt. As a lightweight binder it exposes more so I recommend employing an undershirt(s)over this product as part of your daily wardrobe.

Overall: 2

  • This model is the least expensive binding product offered by T-Kingdom. Keeping that in mind, this product is basically just meat and potatoes; at $26.40 you get what you pay for. The 690 essentially is a sports bra version of the Ace Bandage technique. The 690 wears like a short, racer backed sports bra. The straps are literally sewn onto a rubber-based elastic band which wraps over the breast area.
  • Pressure points:
    • Right side–right strap
    • Velcro–overlaps into breasts
  • Things to note: I ordered a small, I planned on returning it for a medium because of the small frontal area coverage but a size bigger would have left more Velcro and fabric hanging around the corner for smaller binding days. The compromise was to bind very loosely which made the product ride up. This product is short!

    The website is Taiwanese, make sure to translate the Euros in to Dollars if you will be paying in such.
    This product shipped the same day and took 9 days to reach me from Taiwan.

 

Review: T-Kingdom M980: D.

October 23, 2010

Reviewed by D.

Product Name: Model 980 T Kingdom

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.t-kingdom.com

Cup size at time of use: A

Comfort: 5

  • I have had comfortable naps in this binder and could probably run in it if I wanted to. The binding stops above the stomach which aids comfort and the binder doesn\\\’t seem to ride up. This is far more comfortable than my two underworks binders the tri-top and the extreme cotton concealer.

Effectiveness: 4

  • It reduces my chest size well though it leaves me looking like I have huge pecs (but my other binders do also). and can get away with a reasonably fitted top if I wear a fitted tank underneath.

Discreetness: 1

  • Invisible (I have the black one) even under my tank though as it pushes chest tissue out toward the underarm and this DOES NOT look like muscle. I wouldn’t wear it by itself or with just a tank. Also the binding area and the rest of the binder are 2 different materials and the difference is fairy obvious.

Overall: 4

  • It was quite cheap compared to the underworks models and the shipping is also cheaper. I received mine in about 5 days in the UK using the express shipping which cost around £10.

Reviewed by Alexander

Product Name: T-kingdom M1980

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.t-kingdom.com

Cup size at time of use: <A

Comfort: 5

  • Just feels like a tank. A little tighter of course but nowhere near uncomfortable. very cool even in the heat of summer.

Effectiveness: 4

  • Flat. Not Non-existant, but with my size i can get away with it. I\’m quite Buff so they just look like pecs

Discreetness: 4

  • Looks like a tank. If you wear it under one it just looks like your going for that layered look

Overall: 5

  • Great if your very small chested like me. As the Testosterone builds my pecs up its harder to hide my chest and still look muscular. This does the job nicely.
    GREAT BUY.

 

Reviewed by  Alexander

Product Name: Underworks Tri-top

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.underworks.com

Cup size at time of use: <A

Comfort: 4

  • Fits good. WAY cooler than the Double model. Still really tight around the shoulders compared to other brands.Doesn’t limit breathing at all. But it is the FIRST thing to come off when I step in the door.

Effectiveness: 4

  • Flat. Super flat.

Discreetness: 3

  • The seam does show through some shirts. in the winter it would be fine but in the summer t shirts tend to make it obvious

Overall: 4

  • I’d get it again in a pinch. But i still prefer other makers.

Reviewed by Who is Morgan

Product name:  Underworks Double Panel Compression Shirt

Manufacturer’s website

Cup size at time of use: A

Ratings:

Comfort: 3/5

  • I have some issues with it rolling up, even if I tuck it into my pants. I don’t find any particular pressure points, though there is tightness around my ribs and stomach. I cannot eat a large amount in a short period of time while wearing it or I vomit.

Effectiveness: 5/5

Discreetness: 5/5

  • I passed well enough as a guy (I was crossplaying at the time, playing the part of a male) I had to explain to a gay man that I was biologically female and had no desire to ever be a man. I have also worn my binder on its own as an undershirt once.

Overall : 4.5/5  (average of ratings)

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