|FilaToning Resistance Tank|
I recently entered a contest held by FilaToning. While I didn't win (whole 'nother story there), I was sent a toning resistance tank in size 2X for entering. I decided to try it out for my workout yesterday which consisted of a 15 minute circuit training exercise DVD (Jackie Warner, for those of you that want to know) and 20 minutes on the recumbent exercise bike. Heres' my thoughts on it.
PRO: After putting it on, I immediately loved the compression I felt. I could feel my muscles and see them working much better than just with a t-shirt. CON: Um, the boobies, they had no place to go but UP. As in, in my face. If I hadn't had my exercise bra on, they'd have been falling all sort of out. (Now I realize I have more than the average person, but again, in a 2X, there should be some sort of compensation for boobage.) Note: Also the tank comes with a shelf bra, but I like the extra support of an exercise bra. Bouncing and boobs do not go well. I'd love to see a little more of the tank up top, just to keep all the cleavage in where it ought to be.
PRO: I love, love, love the racer back. I felt like I was made to have better posture with it pushing against me to stand and sit straighter. CON: Not long enough. I have some hips, I know, but the length just wasn't long enough to stay put. It rolled up on me while I was working out and landed somewhere under the ribcage by the time I was done. Maybe some silicone threading at the base to help it stay put?
PRO: After the initial roll-up, it pretty well stayed put despite some serious sweating going on. CON: Getting it off after said sweat session required some serious contortionism. That sucker was stuck to me.
Now, I realize that this tank is probably meant for people much smaller than I am. However, if you make it in a 2X, please don't just size up the pattern from the smaller sizes. 2x's have some more stuff in areas that the skinny people don't. I'd love to see some sort of compensation for that. Silicone stitching on the hems to keep them in place. And shelf bras in 2x's are pretty pointless. We're going to wear exercise bras, I promise you. We don't need a shelf, unless it's a very big shelf.
I will say this, as a woman of size (or whatever), I beg companies to get us big girls in there for consults and design ideas. We know what we need and I can tell you it is NOT out there. This is a market that needs to be catered to, and catered to well. If you make a product that listens to us AND fits us, you'll have customers that will give you everything they have and more.