Although I’ve already provided my initial thoughts of the new Spanx for Men Zoned Performance Undershirts in the comments section of the post where I announced the launch of the new undershirt line, I thought I’d pull those thoughts into an official review article and provide some photos and measurements along with it.
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Here’s the initial feedback I provided about the new Zoned Performance Undershirts from Spanx:
the new zone performance line from spanx are nothing like their brother line (the spanx for men cotton compression undershirts) because these are made with performance/wicking fabric (nylon & spandex) and they have a much smaller, more athletic cut/design.
these puppies a quite a bit more difficult to put on than the cotton compression line, but they are extremely comfortable after you get them on.
chest flattening is really good, quite a bit better than the s4m cotton compression line, but very similar to other synthetic blend athletic compression undershirts like equmen. it might flatten a hair bit better though.
posture support. well, my shoulders seem to sit back slightly when i have my arms in the resting position down next to my sides, so i’d say zoned performance line does noticeably pull my shoulders back and help me sit and stand a bit more upright. i would compare them favorably to how equmen pulls the shoulders back.
i wouldn’t say it offers more lumbar support than any other compression undershirt – if you really want lower back support, you should look for other products that focus their support in that area.
i’ll provide more feedback in my upcoming review, but overall the new line of zoned performance compression undershirt from spanx for men doesn’t disappoint.
also, since this product is a whopping $20 less than the equmen line, i have a feeling that the spanx for men zoned performance line will likely start to chip away at equmen’s market share.
Unfortunately, I have not yet had the chance to wear any of the new Zoned Performance undershirts to the gym or as my slimming base layer when going out, but as soon as I do, I’ll update this review with more information.
Probably the only thing I failed to point out in my original comments above is that the crew neck and v-neck zoned performance undershirts have ventilated areas stitched directly in to the underarm area and the back (upper and lower back) as illustrated here in the photos below:
Assumably these ventilation zones will help the undershirt breathe better in those areas and help the wearer feel cooler under more extreme conditions. Next time I get to the gym, I’ll be sure to wear one of these and see how performs.
9/22/10 Update - So I wore the Spanx for Men Zoned Performance tank top all day yesterday and it really did it’s job really well (holding in my gut and love handles, along with good chest flattening) but at the same time was very comfortable. I never had the urge to take it off. It did take a bit of persuasion to get on though – in fact, I decided it was best if I stepped into the tank and pull it up. Have to say, that feels very “chick-ish” – stepping into a tank and pulling it up - but in the spirit of getting you guys some feedback on these shirts, I’m willing to do whatever is necessary. I was a little worried that I’d get the dredded bottom “roll-up” effect that you get on many of the compression undershirts, and while the shirt bottom did roll-up a bit, because it doesn’t have as much length as some others, when it did roll-up a bit, there wasn’t much fabric gathering so it didn’t bother me. Also, I didn’t feel compelled to pull the tank top down during the day. I pretty much stayed cool and comfortable all day.
If there were anything that I could point out that might be perceived as something negative it would be that from time to time throughout the day I felt, for lack of a better term, a bit “clammy”. Meaning the coolness combined with the synthetic fabric had me feeling that way occassionally during the day. I’ve noticed this same feeling on several other slimming and fitted undershirts that have a large amount of polyester or nylon and I guess I’m just used to it so I don’t mention it very often. It’s very similar to the feeling when you’re wearing and undershirt that has 5% – 10% lycra in it and you sweat a bit. You feel the shirt cling to you a bit and it feels a hair bit “clammy”.
I still want to wear this guy to the gym to see how it performs, but I thought I’d share the above information while it was fresh in my mind.
Oh, and by the way. If you didn’t already hear the news, Spanx also officially launched their Cotton Comfort Underwear line earlier last week. Briefs retail for $38 and Boxer Briefs retail for $48. They offer them in white and black. I’m pretty sure they’re sending me a couple of samples of these too and once I get the chance to try them out, I’ll post some feedback here on the site!
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Here’s a bunch of pictures of the new Zoned Performance Undershirts so you can see them more upclose and personal.