Review by Diahonne
Product name: V-Neck Mid Length Binder
Manufacturer’s website: http://www.peecockproducts.com
Price: $29.00 + shipping and handling
Cup & band size & chest measurements in inches at time of use: 40C or 42 chest

Comfort: 5/5

  • Very comfortable, can go the whole day with it and completely forget I was binding. The bottom of the binder doesn’t dig in my sides or armpit. It’s like wearing a high compression bra. It has Velcro fasteners so putting it on is easier the over-the-head binders. I can eat as much as I want and there is no pressure on my stomach.

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • I could never be flatter. No lumps, seamless binding effect.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • You will never notice. I wear v-necks the majority of the time and you would just believe I was wearing an undershirt.

Overall : 5/5

  • Product is incredible and never been happier. Easy to put on, comfortable, Binds incredibly flat with zero lumps, and unnoticeable. And I wear a normal compression shirt not because I want to be flatter its just because I have curves that like to come out over binders when no one asked for it. Which is good advice for the bigger guys. Before and After pics down below

Without Binder

With Binder

ETA: Check out a better before and after here and here, respectively.

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.

Review by Adio

Product name:  Underworks 997 Double Front Compression Shirt

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

Chest size at time of use: D

Comfort: 4/5

  • It isn’t as comfortable as a bra or undershirt, but I’ve gotten used it.

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • I position my chest downward and out slightly. This gets me very flat and has minimal uniboob/bump.  The length also helps with my hips and stomach.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • I’ve had multiple people touch my chest, back, and sides without knowing I’m wearing a binder.  Because it’s so long, it can be tucked into pants like an undershirt.  There is no line across the back to make it look like a bra.

Overall : 5/5

  • I’ve been binding for over 6 years with this same type of binder.  I wouldn’t keep buying them if they didn’t work for me. My chest has gotten smaller over the years (weight loss, breakdown from binding/T), but even when I was heavier, it still worked great. I would recommend this binder to every trans man, no matter what size.

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 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 Dylan

Product Name: Underworks 997 Double-Front Compression Shirt

Manufacturer’s website

Cup size at time of use: Ehn… Large? I wore an L in Champion sports bras… That’s like D something, right?

[Dys’ note: Champion’s sizing can be found here. Large fits some, but not all, D cups.]

Comfort: 5/5

  • I wore Ace Bandages and had chaffed skin, bruised ribs, and lungs which would seize when I thought about wrapping the bandages around me. I tried neoprene back supports, but gave up on those after fluid-filled blisters started leaving scars on my torso. Finally, I wore two one-size-too-small bras one on top of the other, AND an underarmour shirt over that.

    This binder is not only more comfortable, but 10 times more effective than anything I ever tried before. It’s tough to get into (I find that stepping into it, rather than pulling it over your head, works much better) but I can breathe normally and the lack of elastic bands under the chest makes it much more comfortable than even a regular sports bra.

Effectiveness: 4/5

  • I discovered that one side of my chest is significantly larger than the other one. To remedy this, I still have to wear a sports bra on top of the binder (in correct size tho, so its not too tight). However, the first time I made it work, I couldn’t stop staring at myself in the mirror. I look like I have awesome strong pecs and there is nothing indicating anything more than that.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • The shoulder straps are wide and the seams are nicely done so it does not cut into your skin or leave marks under your shirt. I wear relatively tight t-shirts and did not have any problems with it.

    I can imagine tho that it would be somewhat visible if you were wearing a skin-tight, lighter shirt.

Overall: 5/5

  • It’s a little awkward while bending over because it follows your body contours so closely and tends to hike up a little. I never had a problem of it rising too high to pull out of my pants or be uncomfortable, but you do have to keep it in check, especially if you’re moving about a lot.

    I also did not experience a lot of problems with belly compression. It tucks your stomach in nicely, but it didn’t compress it uncomfortably – I did not have a problem polishing off a good-sized meal.

Reviewed by Mariko Leonardo

Product Name: Male Compression Vest

Manufacturer’s website

Cup size at time of use: C

Comfort: 5/5

Effectiveness: 4/5

Discreetness: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

  • I found out about this vest on Dr. Michael Bermant’s website. I have been using them for years. I buy direct from the veronique website for $99.00.