Update 8/12/09 – Undershirt Review: RIPT Fusion Body Sculpting Undershirt
Update 7/21/09 – Whoot! Wore My RIPT Fusion Mens Body Sculpting Undershirt Yesterday!
Well this is pretty noteworthy undershirt news, and pretty darn exciting too!
Heather Tomson, designer of the incredibly popular Yummie Tummie shapewear line for women and creative force behind P. Diddy’s Sean John line, has launched a new men’s undershirt compression/shapewear undershirt line called RIPT FUSION - pronounced “Rip Tee” ($58). She is said to be currently working with national retailers to offer the garments in stores.
Here’s what Heather has to say about why she created this new Men’s undershirt:
“Men today care about their appearance and their health, but are unwilling to compromise comfort,” states creator Heather Thomson, “That’s why I have fused fashion and function in the creation of a new version of the classic men’s undershirt that provides unique benefits without sacrificing comfort.” Heather previously served as the creative force behind P. Diddy’s Sean John clothing label where she mastered her understanding of what appeals to the most sophisticated and discriminating men.
The compression characteristics and shirt design of RIPT FUSION are similar to that of Yummie Tummie, in that they use a dual fabric technology where the mid panel of the undershirt is made from 79% Polyester, 21% Spandex and the chest and sweep of the shirt are made from 100% lightweight cotton.
This new men’s compression undershirt is bound to give Equmen, Sculptees, Firm51, and others a run for their money. I really like the concept behind Heather’s design because conceptually it will not only give you the comfort in the places where it matters the most (torso/chest and arms), it gives you the compression where it’s needed most (around your waist and love handle area). I also like the fact that the sweep (the bottom of the undershirt) is made of cotton and not the polyester/spandex blend because I think it will keep the undershirt from rolling up like some other compression undershirts I’ve tried.
Not too long ago I was perusing the Yummie Tummie website and reading up on Heather and I was asking myself why she hadn’t designed a men’s shapewear / compression undershirt yet — man, I ought to be a psychic.
Here’s some information about RIPT FUSION from their website:
RIPT FUSION is a body-sculpting undershirt designed to support your core, shave inches off your belly and enhance your posture. Immediately, you will look and feel better in your clothes with a heightened sense of core consciousness.
Styles: Short Sleeve Crew, Short Sleeve V-Neck
* Classic men’s undershirt
* Designed to physiologically shape your body while visibly improving your physique.
* Body-sculpting undershirt designed to support your core
* Soft cotton fabric, tricot tummy panel
* US Utility and Design Patents Pending
* Slick fabric won’t cling to clothes
* Panel firmly shapes and smoothes bust line to hips
* Moisture-wicking, keeps you feeling cool and dry
* Elongated design, won’t roll up
* Ageless for comfort
* Perfect for layering
* Fabric: 100% Cotton.
* Body Panel: 79% Polyester, 21% Spandex.
* Style MK1002 – Short Sleeve Crew
* Style MK1003 – Short Sleeve V-Neck
I guess this is the year of men’s shapewear. I’ve heard for some time that Spanx was coming out with a men’s compression undershirt as well, and based on some of the articles I’ve been reading lately, that announcement is imminent.
I’ll reach out to the company to see if they might be willing to give yours truly a sample RIPT FUSION to review! Stay tuned.
Update 6/12/09: I heard back from the folks at RIPT FUSION and they agreed to send me a sample to try out and review here! This is going to be Awesome! As soon as I receive it, I’ll snap some pictures and post them here. Stay Tuned.
Update 6/30/09: Still anxiously awaiting my sample. Exchanged emails with Heather’s PR person and was told that I should be getting my sample by early next week. Although, the person did mention that the RIPT Fusion was getting TONs of interest (so it sounds like initial sales could be going really well). By the way, I think Heather should put a hypen in the name like this “RIP-T” so we know the name is pronounced “rip tee” and not like “ripped” or “ript”. Hmm, I wonder if people will get RIPT (rip tee) mixed up with RibbedTee??
Update 7/9/09: Got word from their PR folks yesterday that the sample is on it’s way. So, I should be getting it any day! Get ready for my upcoming review
Update 7/14/09: Ugh, still haven’t received my RIPT Fusion. Oh man, where’s the love? Hmm, maybe they sent it via Pony Express. In the meantime, I was checking out RIPT Fusion’s Facebook & Twitter pages and found some pretty interesting stuff. Check them out!