The Trans Consumer

Extreme Chest Concealer FTM Chest Binder
October 8, 2010, 8:59 pm
Filed under: 4.5/5, binders, rating, text, things

This is the Extreme Chest Concealer FTM Chest Binder made by Underworks.

I opened the package with the serious fear that it wouldn’t do anything more for me than a sports bra does, or that it wouldn’t fit, and I’d end up in tears out of the perpetual disappointment and frustration I face with my breasts. It was a struggle getting it on—this thing is tight—but when I finally did…wow.

For the record, I wear a 30E/F bra normally. You can tell that I have a very small ribcage, and very large breasts. But this thing compresses them almost flat. To be fair, in the last few years, I have gained and lost a bunch of weight in them, so there’s a decent amount of…loose room in mine, shall we say. But with the right posture, it almost looks like nothing more than pectoral muscles.

I immediately look so much more masculine wearing it than I ever could otherwise. The compression panel is just across the chest and come down to about the bottom of my ribcage (I’m about 5’4”). The rest is just normal undershirt fabric, basically.  Underneath a t-shirt I actually think it looks a little less masculine—but then, that might improve once I buy men’s jeans. Under my sweatshirt, it’s basically invisible.

And I can really breathe wearing this thing. I wouldn’t exactly want to run any marathons, but it’s not hard to breathe at all. I’m just stunned.

The only problem I really have with it is that there is definite puckering right in the center front and around the arm holes, as you can see in a couple of the pictures. This is kind of visible under a t-shirt. I will have to try layering it with another undershirt just to see if that helps.

But all in all—this thing is a fucking home-run for someone with a larger chest. Well worth the price. I feel really good right now.

On the caveats that a) this is the only binder I’ve ever owned, so I can’t say comparatively, and b) I have yet to wear it all day, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. I mean it is seriously ridiculous comfortable while being ridiculously compressing. I just don’t like the puckering (which now I’ve noticed also happens at the back of the neck if I’m not standing up straight). I’ll probably make another post evaluating it once it’s gotten some use.

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