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 Alix
Product name: Underworks Tritop Chest Binder (Model 983)
Manufacturer’s website:http://www.underworks.com/987.html
Chest measurements in inches at time of use: Bust 37″, chest 44″ (mean 40.5″)

Comfort: 4/5

  • 2 for the initial 3 days of wear, but soon much more comfortable as I got used to the feel and it gained a bit more give.

Effectiveness: 4/5

  • Gives a fairly good bind, perfect for under loose clothing, but the shape of them is still somewhat visible in tight clothes.

Discreetness: 3.5/5

  • Looks like a sports bra, if that’s okay for you; high neck line so visible under shirts with a low neck.

Overall : 4/5

  • A good binder for those with larger chest, as folding to get an effective bind is not necessary(or possible-preventing you from going too tight) as it is with a double front.
  • Be warned that getting in and out of it is a pain, but once you find a method for it, it’s possible.
  • Also, you may have to move things around in there to get the best bind. I do up and out to the sides, but my friend who is also large chested prefers ‘down and out’.

Review by Kim

Product name: Underworks Double Front Compression Shirt

Manufacturer’s website: http://ftm.underworks.com/
Chest Size at time of use: 38DDD (37″ under bust/45.5″ bust)
Comfort: 3.5/5

  • It’s not ultra comfortable, but it’s not super uncomfortable for the most part either. Sometimes it hurt a little in the armpit, but it seemed to be dealt with when I adjusted myself some.

Effectiveness: 4/5

  • You could still tell I had breasts, but not by more than an inch or inch and a half.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • You don’t even notice it under a t-shirt.

Overall: 4/5

  • It’s hard to get on, but once you do and mess with the arrangement of your breasts some, it goes a long way to flattening out a chest.
With (left) and without binder- front
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With (left) and without binder- side
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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 LilDoberman

Product name: High Strength Velcro Short Binder

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

Chest size at time of use: 34DD

Comfort: 5/5

Effectiveness: 4/5

Discreetness: 5/5

Overall : 4/5

  • This is a fantastically comfortable binder and I have no qualms recommending it for anyone that’s a c cup or smaller.  For larger guys, it doesn’t have as much coverage as I would like.  It’s fine under a sweatshirt, etc but I’m going to try one of their wider coverage binders next and I think it’ll work better; review coming soon.   Sizing note:  I’m well within the large range but it’s a little big on me.  I’m going to order mediums in my next binders; don’t size up.  Shipping was really fast, binder is great.  I can breathe! 🙂  I’ll order from them again.

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

 

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!)