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 Cody Jess

Product Name: T-Kingdom Model 801 Breast Binder

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

Cup size at time of use: 34/36C (between sizes depending on weight)

Comfort: 3

  • There’s a moment of discomfort when you first zip it up, but once you’re adjusted it’s fine. After a couple hours, I find myself resisting the urge to pull it down, because it bites into the ribcage a little at the bottom (the same way a sports bra can cut in at the bottom when it’s a little too small) but taking off a few excess pounds would solve that. It also bites a little (not right under the arms) at the front of the arm-holes, especially if you have a tendency to slouch. I think the longer, shirt-like ones would be more comfortable and easier to wear.

Effectiveness: 5

  • Not flat as a board, but flat like chest muscles. If you’re wearing it just a little too small like I am, it binds exceptionally well, but does push out under the arms and at the top of the stomach. Just like compressing any other part of your body would make the stuff around it ‘pop out’ a little.

Discreetness: 4

  • You can’t tell there’s anything under there unless you’re really looking, but if you don’t layer (at least one good undershirt) the top where the zipper is pops out away from the chest, the zipper line itself shows, and the bulges right under and around the armholes as well as around the bottom (om stomach, sides, and back) would be noticeable. Go for a good undershirt, and if it’s being worn under a t-shirt, consider two undershirts to smooth out all the lines.

Overall: 4

  • It’s deceptively thin and small, but holds well and still breathes. For someone used to binding with an ace bandage, or a back brace, it’s a godsend. A little expensive, I guess? But it works. I’ll be buying a couple of other models from t-kingdom, and will recommend them to my brothers.

Reviewed by Nate:

Product name: T-Kingdom M801

Manufacturer’s website: T-Kingdom

Cup Size at Time of Use:  I think large B

Ratings:

Comfort:  4/5

  • Pretty comfortable.  Very breathable and I love that it is only about as long as a sports bra, unlike the Tri-Top.  I am a slightly chubby guy though so it cuts into me a bit around the back/arms, but not enough to be a real problem, and less painful than Underworks binders.

Effectiveness: 4/5

Discreetness: 4/5

  • Doesn’t have a roll-up problem, but there is that zipper.

Overall: 4/5

Additional comment:

  • This is pretty good for working out in because it is short, breathable, and not as tight as a Tri-Top while almost as effective.  If this helps at all with sizing, I wear a small in both the Underworks’ Double Front Compression Shirt and Tri-Top, and I got a medium in this.  I also own a large, which is hardly effective.
    The main drawback to this binder is that I tend to shift more than I do in Underworks binders.  I have to readjust myself once in a while.

Reviewed by Dysperdis

Product name: T-Kingdom M801

Manufacturer’s website: T-Kingdom

Cup size at time of use: C

Ratings:

Comfort: 5/5

  • It’s about as comfortable as the average sports bra. There are no pressure points, and it’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  It’s also quite breathable.

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • While it doesn’t completely hide my breasts, it makes them far less noticeable, and a baggy shirt hides the rest.

Discreetness: 4/5

  • While it won’t show under most tee-shirts, watch out if you wear a tight shirt- the zipper will be slightly visible. The wide straps mean that it will be hard to hide under tank tops.

Overall: 5/5

Other information:

  • It took 12 days from when I placed the order with T-Kingdom for my binder to arrive. With shipping and handling, it cost about $45 CDN.

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Reviewed by Chris

Product name: T-Kingdom M801

Manufacturer’s website: T-Kingdom

Cup size at time of use: D

Ratings:

Comfort: 5 /5

  • I’m extremely picky about the comfort of the bras and binders I wear and was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the M801 is. It’s just as comfortable, if not more comfortable, than the average sports bra.

Effectiveness: 3/5

  • I wish I could give it a 3.5 because it actually binds quite well when you first get it but it stretches out a little bit over time. However, I’ve had mine for about a year now and they still work quite well. I’m a D cup so binding for me is pretty tough, and I’d imagine that if you’re any smaller this binder would work better for you.

Discreetness: 5 /5

  • The binder itself can’t be seen unless you’re wearing a white t shirt or a tank top.

Overall: 4 /5

  • Overall I recommend the M801 for everyday wear