The Trans Consumer


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.



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.



Underworks Double Front Compression 997
September 24, 2010, 10:57 pm
Filed under: 3.5/5, binders, rating, things, video | Tags: , , , ,

The review is a video that you can watch here.

When asked, ze gave the binder a 3.5 out of 5 rating.