When I first heard about Equmen’s new range of singlets & undershirts I gotta say I was intrigued. From what I understood they were heralded as the equivalent of a wonder-bra for men. Only instead of an enhanced rack, the whispers were that the Core Precision Undershirt could rid the world of beer bellies. Of course none of the models in Equmen’s campaign looked like they suffered from any sort of paunchy problem, so the only way to know for sure was to try one out for myself.
Not that I have a beer gut of course… how very dare you! But I definitely have a swollen stomach that protrudes when I slouch. The first thing I gotta say was that the V-neck Undershirt I was given to try was difficult to get on in the first place. Obviously it has to be snug to do its job right, but it was quite a feat to get it on without dislocating an arm. However, I’m sure that after a few wears, you would develop a bit of a technique to wrestling it on. The one good part about it not having any sort of zips or buttons is that the shirt gives you a completely seamless fit under your regular clothes. No bumps, lumps or visible stitching.
Although they look like regular singlets or undershirts, they are engineered with a variety of different compression sections to give you the right amount of support where you need it. The aim is to give you a more streamlined silhouette – pull your stomach & sides in, pump up your pecs & help you maintain more flattering posture. The shirt definitely does not give you a completely new body shape, but it does work with what you have to make everything look its best. I noticed that my body remained conscious of its posture without me having to remind myself not to slouch. This would come in really handy after a few drinks when you tend to get really relaxed & forget about standing correctly.
When I touched my chest I felt noticeably firmer. It’s kind of like that feeling when you just finish your workout at the gym & everything feels pumped & at its absolute best (you know, right before it all deflates by the time you’ve finished your protein shake). While I was pleased to see that it did hold my swollen stomach in a little more than usual, I don’t think it would work wonders on any decent sized wobbly beer gut. Those out there who could probably really use something like this would only lose an inch or two round the middle. It’s definitely not any sort of miracle girdle that sucks everything in dramatically. But if you are after a more natural looking streamlined silhouette, that even after you take your regular shirt off just looks like you are wearing a normal singlet, then this is for you.
Another great part was that although the weather was quite stuffy when I tried the shirt out, I didn’t feel uncomfortably warm. I had a long sleeve t-shirt over the thick undershirt, & barely broke a sweat at all. I later found out that the range utilizes body temp controlling material. Nifty!
All in all I would recommend the Equmen range to those who are soft around the middle, as opposed to the full-blown pregnant man look. If you’re suffering from a few bulges here & there, give it a try. Think of it like Spanx for men. It’s not a miracle worker, but it can turn pudgy to polished.
V-Neck Black Medium Size