Review by Jasper B.
Product name: Underworks Tri-Top chest binder 983
Size: Medium
Price: $29.99 + shipping and whatnot
Manufacturer’s website: http://ftm.underworks.com/
Chest size at time of use: 34 B cup

Comfort: 5/5

  • Doesn’t roll up (for me at least)
  • Doesn’t rub under my arms, or feel to tight around my neck area
  • Breathes well, great to wear in summer
  • Very comfortable, doesn’t contract and restrict when worn in water

Effectiveness: 3/5

  • Binds well at first, looses it’s shape but gets it back generally after a hand washing and drying.
  • Hard to get on the first few times

Discreetness: 4.5/5

  • Even though it’s short and sometimes people can see the line that rises to about my waist, you cannot notice it around my shoulders.

Overall : 4/5

  • Recommended, especially for a basic first binder.
  • Cheap, if you wanted it just for drag, etc.

Review by Jordan

Product name: Double T (Double Company) Air 7 Long Cut (Slip-On/No Velcro)

Manufacturer’s website: en.mydouble.net

Chest size at time of use: 36 B

Comfort: 5/5

Effectiveness: 5/5

Discreetness: 4.5/5

Overall: 5 /5

  • This binder is absolutely amazing.  I never thought I would ever say those words.  I actually enjoy wearing this!  Seriously, skip buying a binder because it’s cheaper in the short-run.  That’s what I did and I don’t regret trying it, but I know now that priority, for me, is COMFORT with my compression.  And to you other guys: Don’t lower your standards on a binder!  There is one for you and this is it.  The Air 7 is a little pricey.  90 bucks.  I felt a little guilty spending the money on this… until I received it.  Well done!  It came folded in it’s own little Double Company, screen-printed, nice zip-close bag.  Seriously, when I ordered this, I thought I was going to have to mail it back because it was going to be some cheap-ass material that’s scratchy.  I was so wrong.  It fits like a tank top, which I previously used to wear under all my shirts.  It’s SO soft, the back is like a mesh, but not like a rough, cheap mesh or a flimsy, basketball shorts mesh.  It’s tough, but it’s soft.  The material is stretchy, but takes a bit of strength to stretch by hand, similar to the Underworks material, in that way ONLY.  When I put a shirt on over this, I absolutely love the way it feels on my skin.  Let me repeat that:  It feels GREAT with a shirt over it!  So cool/icey feeling on the skin.  It’s wonderful.  Oh, and it doesn’t have any kind of ODOR to the fabric.  I recently tried to buy an UnderArmour shirt and really liked the way it felt, but there is virtually no compression in that material.  This Air 7 is a similar material, super soft, yet thicker.  This does NOT roll up, contort, anything.  It’s so refreshing to know that there are people in the world that understand what makes a great binder.  Taiwan, apparently, is in on the secret.  I absolutely know I will buy another one of these.
  • Also, WARNING!
    IMPORTANT!
    Get your REAL size!  Seriously, if you know your Cup/Band size, use that.  If not, measure yourself.  Do not attempt to get this thinking you will have to buy it smaller because you want to be really flat.  It is a binder.  A REAL ONE.  So, feel completely secure in buying your size.  That’s all.
  • I hope you all felt my excitement in reading this.  Also, the only reason I gave this a 4.5/5 in discreetness is because, for me, the fabric could always be thinner, but also I’m just leaving a little room for improvement in case some super miracle fabric comes along.  Other than that, this thing is PERFECT.  I have nothing negative to say about it.

Reviewed by Dysperdis

Product name: T-Kingdom M1500

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

Cup size at time of use: 34 C

Comfort: 4.5/5

  • It’s made of lycra and cotton, which means it’s soft– it feels a lot like a snug sports bra. There was a little bit of abdominal pressure, especially after eating, though it resulted in minor discomfort at worst.

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • There were small lumps left, but they didn’t look out of place. While I’d have loved it if I ended up flatter, there was no more give left to my chest– it’s about as good as I’m going to get without surgery.

Discreetness: 4.5/5

  • Remember how I said it’s made of cotton and lycra? The result is that it actually looks like a cotton tank top or undershirt. It’s a little bulky, but even that seems to come from the double-sided design more than anything else– it’s reversible, light blue on one side and white one the other– and will not look out of place even when it is highly visible.

Overall : 4.5/5

  • Seriously, I love this thing. All that’s left is to see how durable it is, but I have high hopes.
  • This binder is NOT currently available in sizes smaller than Medium.

 

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.

 

Reviewed by Diego

Product name: Underworks Tri-Top Chest Binder

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

Cup size at time of use: size B

  • My chest measured about 34 inches so I ordered a medium according to their measurements and ended up having to exchange it for an X-small which fit well.

Ratings:

Comfort: 4.5/5

  • Getting it on is TOUGH. Getting it off, is even harder. It doesn’t hurt when it’s on except for sometimes when I’m sitting in weird positions for a long time. Does chafe at the armpits a little. And also, it makes my chest and stomach make creaking noises when I breathe. But it is all worth it.

Effectiveness: 4.5/5

  • I used to use t-shirt sleeves and tight spandex pants legs which I feel sometimes gave me better results because I could pull it tighter. But this is one constant fabric that conceals well and I can wear pretty tight shirts and still pull off a 97% flat chest.

Discreetness: 4.5/5

  • It’s definitely passable except for the fact that you can’t wear V-necks.

Overall : 4.5/5

 

Review by Malakoi

Product Name: Underworks Double Front Compression Vest

Manufacturer Website

Cup size at time of use: C

Ratings:

Comfort: 4/5

  • It’s movable, isn’t itchy and doesn’t hurt or cause unnecessary pressure at all. It does tend to roll up or bunch at the waist when I’m sitting down.

Effectiveness: 3.5/5

  • If I wear a tight shirt, which I normally do, it looks like I have compressed breasts because I do. I have to wear two shirts or a sweatshirt to hide it.

Discreetness: 4.5/5

  • The seam around the top is sometimes noticeable under tighter shirts, but the binder is normally invisible.

Overall: 4/5

  • I only paid $30 for my binder and that makes it more agreeable to me, even though it isn’t as effective as I’d like. It is generally comfortable to wear.