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: 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.

 

Reviewed by Aleckzandre

Product Name: T-Kingdom M1700

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.t-kingdom.com/shopping/english/page1700_english.shtml

Cup size at time of use: C?

Comfort: 3

  • Comfortable when I first put it on in the morning, but starts to dig in to underarms and leaves painful red indents that sting even after I took it off. The velcro was very itchy if not lined up just right. It would be ok to wear once in a while, but certainly not comfortable enough to wear daily.

Effectiveness: 2

  • It didn’t do much by itself, I had to wear 2 sports bras underneath for it to do much. It didn’t get me flat, but since im pretty big to begin with, it looked natural.

Discreetness: 2

  • The chest material is different than the rest, so theres no way it could pass as an undershirt. Also, it sticks out a little at the top. I also had to adjust it fairly often.

Overall: 3

  • Not the most comfortable thing i’ve ever worn, but I could pass well enough.

 

Review by Who is Morgan

IMPORTANT NOTE:

There have been reports of sternums being fractured using this method and actually piercing lungs. Use at your own risk.

Product name: Tensor Bandage

Manufacturer’s website: Any drug store. They’re used for wrapping sore ankles, wrists, knees, etc.

Cup size at time of use: A

Ratings:

Comfort: -3 /5

Effectiveness: 3.5/5

Discreetness: 2/5

  • This is probably one of the worst ways to bind. Hands down. You run a large risk of hurting yourself by wrapping your chest too tightly, as I did. I did this for a cosplay once, when I was still in denial about my gender identity, and refused to bind for a very long time after that.

    My mistake in this cosplay was that I (stupidly) didn’t realise that if you are binding using this technique, you have to move your breasts sort of… up and out. You want to sort of tuck as much tissue as possible under your armpits and use the bandage to tie it all in place. DO NOT SIMPLY BIND TIGHTER TO GET A FLATTER PROFILE. YOU WILL DO YOURSELF DAMAGE. I ended up with a severely bruised sternum and was unable to breathe freely for weeks.

    Now, other problems with bandages? They slide. They’ll slide up. They’ll slide down. They’ll separate at the fullest part of your breasts. They’re uncomfortable. They leave odd bulges under your clothes if not done PRECISELY correctly. A breast can pop free. They’re sweaty because they end up multi layered and have a LOT of elastic. Because of the way they shift, they are not very effective and can cause a lot of questions, especially if you are at all active.

    Benefits? They’re cheap. They’re available everywhere. Your parents don’t need to know what you’re using them for.

    If you MUST go for this option (I HIGHLY ADVISE AGAINST IT) then I recommend that you get the WIDEST bandage you can, as it will (in theory) slide less. And wear at least 2, if not 3-4 layers over top.

    Why is there no photo of me bound with these things?

    I will never use them again as long as I live.