The Trans Consumer


Swim Tank (Style 918)
January 9, 2011, 6:58 pm
Filed under: 3.5/5, binders, featured, medium, rating, text, things | Tags: , , ,

Chest size: 36-38 C

The Swim Tank by Underworks is an effective binder that, as with all products, has its ups and downs. As a larger chested person, I personally do not feel comfortable wearing just this binder (no over shirt or anything) for its advertised purpose: swimming. This isn’t to say that the binder does not work well, because it does. However, one can still see evidence of my chest underneath when I don’t wear any shirts on top of the binder.

By itself, the swim tank costs $44.99 (about 34 euros), which is more than the brand’s other binders and its most popular binders: the Double Front Compression and the Tri Top.

The first thing I noticed is that this one has multiple layers of multiple fabrics. The inner layer, while I have not ripped my binder to shreds to see it, is seemingly the same material as the style 997 (Double Front Compression). This fabric is then covered by bathing suit material as that is what it is meant to be. The softer fabric is longer than the compression material. Therefore, this binder does not roll up while it still maintains the length that many of us guys, especially the chubby or large chested ones like myself, need. However, it does mean it’s slightly more difficult to adjust. You have to grab the bottom of the compression material to pull it down as opposed to grabbing the bottom of the binder in general.

Speaking of pulling it down, this is not your typical binder when it comes to putting it on. You won’t need anyone’s help or fancy tricks to get this sucker around your chest. I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m serious. The Swim Tank comes with a zipper in the front making it much easier to put on.

It’s black with blue stripes along the sides. The neck comes up pretty high on one’s chest, meaning no v necks while wearing the Swim Tank. I have always personally been a fan of white binders, since that means I get to wear white t-shirts with them. With the Swim Tank, there are no color options.

On the down side, the 997 is known for rolling up and cutting into the hips. The 983 (Tri Top) is known for having inconsistent results acting as a push-up bra for some and an excellent binder for others. The Swim Tank, for me at least, cuts into the top of one’s shoulders. I wear this binder to work and while I ride my bike to work, meaning I am in it for long periods of time. Because of this, I sometimes experience sharp pains in my shoulders and also have a scab wear the binder rubbed off some of my skin. This is the question: is this pain worse than having it cut into my hips? For me, yes.

the dark line is where the Swim Tank rubs my skin off.

The Swim Tank has the potential to be excellent, maybe even perfect, but needs some tweaks. Currently, it does about the same job as the 997 but for a higher price. Therefore, I rate it a 3.5/5.

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The Tool Belt STP-Friendly Packing Harness
August 13, 2011, 6:06 pm
Filed under: 3/5, featured, harness, text, things | Tags: , , , ,

Finding an STP-Friendly packing harness is not exactly the easiest of tasks. The Tool Belt has pros and cons, just like any other products, but it’s interesting: the pros are the cons simultaneously.

I didn’t find it to be too difficult to put the packer in the harness. There’s a bit of resistance due to the texture most packers have (especially the ones with Cyberskin material). It was never frustrating though. I did find that the packer would gradually slip out in the front. It never fell out completely of course, but this added to the low hang issue which I’ll talk about right now.

A packer sitting in the Tool Belt will hang incredibly low. This can’t particularly be avoided since it’s meant to facilitate using your STP. On the other hand, it hangs so low that your entire packer gets stick in between your legs. In my case, I wore it while working, and I found my dick going farther and farther down my pant leg. I wear men’s pants, but I also wear pants that actually fit me. So, it was very obvious, and it looked as though I had an erection. This is not the look I want to be sporting at my job.

Transguys.com says the problem with the low hang is mitigated by wearing briefs instead of loose boxers. This certainly gives the product hope. If you don’t already own briefs, that’s just another thing on the list you have to buy just to use the restroom. If you’re on hormones, briefs may irritate your downstairs. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t recommend the product. If you own and enjoy wearing briefs, this product is perfect for you.

Rating: 3/5

Behind the cut are pictures of me wearing this harness with a packer (one sitting and one standing). These are NSFW. Please follow the corresponding laws for your country concerning adult images. Continue reading



STP Fitz with Nipple
August 13, 2011, 5:41 pm
Filed under: 2/5, featured, medium, rating, stp packer, text, things | Tags: , , , , , ,

I have been pretty desperate about finding an STP packer that works, so when I heard about the STP Fitz with the nipple, I was pretty excited. I heard that it worked for virtually everyone and was easy to use.

Th STP packer has grown to be pretty infamous since when Michael Fitz first made

I wish the device would have come with some sort of instructions for easiest/most-efficient way to use it. I found myself in the stall fumbling over binder, shoving my hands down my pants, and bending my knees trying to adjust nipple just right due to the fact that it’s parallel to your body. It’d be much easier if one didn’t have to contort it. There were a couple times when the pee spilled out of the back of the nipple.

It’s not a terrible product; it works for a lot of people who swear by it. It just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 2/5



PeeCock Prosthetics Review

This video unfortunately does not have any captions or a transcript. If you would like to help make this more accessible, please email Ira Gray at ira.d.gray@gmail.com.

He rates it 9.5/10 in the end, but this is categorized as 4.5/5.



The Deluxe Packing Pouch
January 20, 2011, 7:17 am
Filed under: 3.5/5, featured, harness, medium, rating, text, things | Tags: , , ,

This is the Deluxe Packing Pouch made by Gear Guy Gear (they call it the FTM Velcro Pouch) and distributed by Babeland. It’s one of Babeland’s newer products and costs $18.00. You can see photos here.

This packer harness worried me at first since the only thing holding it up is a strip of velcro. I was concerned about the possibility of it falling out of my pants while at work or while in the men’s room. I sucked it up and gave it a shot. The harness comes with instructions as to how exactly one gets the packer inside without damaging either of the products. The instructions were helpful but could have been more helpful with a visual presentation or by separating the paragraph into multiple steps. They also did not address my concern. I know it seems silly to wonder exactly how one is supposed to wear this, but I was, as I said earlier, afraid of it falling out and wanted to know the best way to avoid that.

The Deluxe Packing Pouch does its job without being the typical harness. One does not have to worry about a bunch of straps and whether or not they are loose or tight. This pouch simplifies the process allowing the customer to go on with hir day. It also keeps the stickiness of the cyberskin material off of your legs as the balls rest inside the pouch. Packers, for whatever reason, tend to make me feel dirty, so this is a huge plus for me.

The pouch only works on certain fabrics since it is only supported by velcro. Therefore, it fails to do its job a lot of the time. Its only purpose is to hold the packer up. This pouch really only works with knit materials. If wearing loose, knit boxer shorts, odds are the weight of the packer and pouch will weigh down your shorts.

Lastly, the manufacturer could benefit a lot and help out a lot of guys by making the Deluxe Packing Pouch STP compatible. They are becoming more and more popular, and this pouch does not meet those potential customers’ needs.

Costing a whopping $18.00 the Deluxe Packing Pouch is a little more than I’d like to spend on a sock with a hole and a velcro strap on it. While it can be incredibly useful to some people in some situations, it simply doesn’t meet the purpose it’s meant to meet.

I give it a 3.5/5 rating.



SpareParts Joque (double strap) harness Review
January 14, 2011, 6:06 am
Filed under: 5/5, harness, rating, text, things | Tags: , , , , ,

This is the best harness EVER! I ordered the size A (Belt 20”-50” hips) in black from Amazon.com and am very satisfied with my purchase. I had heard a lot great things about this harness from lesbians and other trans guys, so I was eager to see what all the talk was about. Boy does this live up to its reputation. Putting it on for the first time was slightly confusing, but once I figured out how to adjust the velcro and thigh straps I was good to go. There’s not a lot of buckles or straps, so this harness can be worn by itself or under boxers. I instantly noticed that it fit close to my body, was extremely comfortable and I found it easy to forget it was actually there. (The jock strap style also made my ass look even more awesome.)

The cock ring stretches to about 2”, anything bigger will be difficult to fit through. I liked the pouch design, its great for balls as well as holding bullets for stimulation for both partners. The position of everything makes it very easy to feel every moment and the experience was very realistic.

Overall this is a great harness, especially for trans guys. I would recommend it to anyone whose looking for an exceptional harness. I guarantee you’ll feel sexy while wearing it, as well as have an amazing time.

Rating: 5/5

Source: Crafty times with Dom

 



Soft Pack (Mini) from Babeland
December 22, 2010, 11:58 am
Filed under: 4/5, featured, medium, packers, text, things | Tags: , , ,

theCircle has been a Babeland affiliate for months now mainly because we love that they provide good, inexpensive packers. We work with economically underprivileged persons, so having this resource is incredibly beneficial to our community. We thank them for that.

The cheapest packer Babeland provides is the Soft Pack. This packy comes in five different sizes: mini (3.5 inches/8.89 centimeters), small (4.5”/11.43 cm), medium (5.75”/14.61 cm), large (7”/17.78 cm). The larger the size, the higher the price. For this reason, we decided to review the mini Soft Pack.

The first thing you will notice when you pull this packy out of the box is that the shaft does not lie against the scrotum. Instead, it pokes straight out. When wearing slacks, jeans, or other relatively stiff pants, there is nothing to worry about. People on the street will not stare at your crotch in a negative way (wink wink). However, when wearing this packy with soft materials such as gym shorts, you should certainly where it under a pair of briefs to hold the shaft down. Otherwise, you might make innocent bystanders feel violated. If you don’t like briefs, you can always get the next size up. The shaft is longer, so it falls over the scrotum thanks to the added weight.

This specific packer is produced by Mango which no longer produces shades for persons darker complexions. This is not the fault of Babeland, but it is unfortunate that there is not an equally inexpensive packer for us persons of color.

There are wonderful things about this product. The first thing, as stated earlier, the price is one of the lowest on the market. This has an incredibly positive impact on our community making it more possible for trans* persons of lower incomes to reach a happy place in their transitions. This outweighs just about anything relatively negative about the product by far.

The design is very detailed. This along with the texture give you a pretty realistic cock. If you wanted to turn the Soft Pack into an STP, it would most certainly “pass” in the men’s room. The bulge it provides is also very natural (except in gym shorts) and is the perfect size. You don’t find people staring at your crotch, but the bulge isn’t practically invisible either.

The Soft Pack is easy to clean. All you need is water and soap. Conversely, it gets pretty sticky when you wear it. To avoid this, you can apply some cornstarch to it and store it in a cool, dry place. The back of the balls are slightly convex (it curves away from your body a tiny bit) making it so it fits comfortably against you and makes it so you don’t necessarily need a harness to wear it.

All in all, the Soft Pack is an awesome product that definitely needs to come in more colors. We give it a 4 out 5 rating.