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.
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Review by Meike

Product name: T-Kingdom M801 binder
Manufacturer’s website: http://www.t-kingdom.com/shopping/english/page801_english.shtml
Chest size at time of use: Small (28-30 inch chest)
Comfort: 5/5
  • I’ve never worn a binder before I bought this, and I’m still not entirely used to the way it pressed my chest and causes that compressed feeling around my chest and lungs.  I assume this is to be expected, so taking this into account I’ve found this binder to be incredibly comfortable.  It still takes me maybe an hour or two to get used to it (I do not bind frequently), but once I do I even forget it’s there!  Besides the obvious binded feeling it feels incredibly natural and comfortable to wear.
Effectiveness: 3/5
  • The only thing I find lacking in this model is the fact that I seem to “mushroom” up after I’ve worn the binder for a while; it seems like there’s a lot of bulge at the top of my binder from where my chest has situated itself.  This could be because it has a zipper in the front, or perhaps because I would be better suited for a medium (I tend to be in between sizes).  Other than that it does the best with what it’s given.  With the proper clothing I appear very flat-chested.
Discreetness: 4/5
  • It’s not strapless, but considering this it works very well when covered first with an undershirt.  The only problematic thing is the front zipper.  It’s not a huge zipper, it’s very discreet and unless you were looking for it you’d never notice it under the clothes.  However, I have noticed it when paying very close attention to it.
Overall: 4/5
  • While I’m overall satisfied with my binder, I will probably look into buying either a velcro binder or one without velcro.  I feel that the effectiveness of my binding may be increased if given a different type of binder, but I’ll just have to see.  But as a first binder, I am definitely not disappointed with it!  Their website is also very user-friendly and was very helpful for a first-time binder buyer.  I highly recommend T-Kingdom.

Reviewed by Dillon

Product name: Underworks Model 988 Chest ONLY compression

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

Cup size at time of use: C

Ratings:

Comfort: 5

Effectiveness:3

Discreetness: 5

Overall : 4

 

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 Tailor:

Product Name: Underworks Tri-Top

Manufacturer’s Web Site

Cup size at time of use: C

Ratings

Comfort: 3/5

  • This is my first binder. I almost couldn’t get into it the first time. It is a little too long for my taste so I cut off the bottom 2 or three inches and that helped. Cutting off the bottom also made it easier to breath. I’m probably going to have to serge the edges to keep it from unravelling though. It is pretty itchy it helps if you wear a thin lycra sports bra under it. It also cuts in a bit under the arms. I may have to cut the arm holes a little lower.

Effectiveness: 3/5

  • It makes me pretty flat but not as much as I was hoping. I can get almost the same amount of flattening from a good sports bra (which is also more comfortable). I do like to wear tight t-shirts though, so maybe I am asking for too much. In a baggy shirt I would probably look really flat.

Discreetness: 4/5

  • It doesn’t show too much but it helps if you wear a beater or an undershirt over it to hide the lines.

Overall: 3/5

  • I guess I was hoping for more with how much everyone raves about it.

Reviewed By sinspyre

Product name: Underworks’ Cotton Concealer Compression Muscle Shirt or Tank

Manufacturer’s website

Cup size at time of use: A

Ratings:

Comfort: 3/5

  • It rides up a lot. It’s actually kind of hard to keep it to stay down. Also it only has one compression layer, so it doesn’t really bind as well as model 997.

Effectiveness: 3/5

  • I can pass easily in it, but if I lean back or lie on my back my breasts make a little bulge. It binds about as well as a compression bra does.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • It looks just like a normal tank. Great for sleeping in.

Overall: 3.5/5