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.

 

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Reviewed by Pat

Product Name: Double Front Compression Vest (#997)

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

Cup size at time of use: C

Comfort: 4

  • This was the first binder I ever bought. The first time I tried to put it on, I thought I was going to be suffocated, but it got considerably more comfortable after I wore it a time or two. It is really long though, and I usually pull it down over my hips to slim them a bit too, but it rolls up. Bleh!

Effectiveness: 4.5

  • A 4.5 is really most appropriate for this one. I’m very flat with it on, but sometimes if I’m going to wear a slightly looser shirt and am not worried about lines, I’ll wear a tight sports bra under it and it will make me completely flat.

Discreetness: 4

  • The top seam around the collar shows sometimes for me, and I wouldn’t wear a white top with it because I think it’d show through too much.

Overall: 4

  • Overall, this was a good binder to have a first experience with. I just wish it was a little shorter!

 

Review by sinspyre:

Product Name: Underworks Double Front Compression Vest

Manufacturer Website

Cup size at time of use: A

Ratings:

Comfort: 5/5

  • Most of the time I can’t even tell I’m wearing it, unless I shrunk it, in which case it goes down to a 1. Seriously, if they’re too small, they cut into you and your boobs pop out. So… get one that fits. 😛

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • It makes me totally flat.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • Looks like a beater if you can see it through your shirt. Otherwise it passes as underarmor. Also great for swimming in.

Overall:  5/5

Review by Kaori_P

Product Name: Underworks Double Front Compression Vest

Manufacturer Website

Cup size at time of use: D

Ratings:

Comfort: 4/5

  • It’s very comfortable, enough that it’s easy to forget I’m wearing it. I have their current longer model and the older short one. The short model I’d rate a 5 in comfort, because the longer one can roll up and really hurt my hips. Both models, however, completely ease back pain.

Effectiveness: 4/5

  • It’s not perfect if I wear a tight shirt, but it looks enough like pecs that I don’t have much trouble. I’m sure if I were more muscular it would look natural. In baggy clothes, it’s wonderful.

Discreetness: 4/5

  • You have to be careful the binder can’t be seen through sleeve openings or if you bend over and your shirt lifts up in the back to reveal it. Otherwise it’s pretty much invisible. I’ve never noticed unnatural bulges from the fabric in my clothing.

Overall: 5/5

  • Definitely a good binder. It’s effective, comfortable and does the job for about $30 plus shipping.

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.

Review by Splatterdash:

Product Name: Underworks Double Front Compression Vest

Manufacturer Website

Cup size at time of use: B

Ratings:

Comfort: 4/5

  • Chest doesn’t hurt in the slightest either whilst wearing it or once it’s taken off, but the bottom hem has a tendency to roll up and dig into my hips.

Effectiveness: 4/5

  • Not perfect, but as good as bandages without the lasting rib-ache. Worth noting that it also slims hips a little if you wear it pulled all the way down.

Discreetness: 5/5

  • Nobody can tell you’re wearing it under your shirt, and it doesn’t look much different from a normal vest. I would advise, for better passability, to wear it with a sweater or jacket over the top, since with just a t-shirt, there’s still a bit of a bump where your chest is.

Overall: 4.5/5