Binders, Packers and STPs
What is a Binder?
Simply put, binders are garments designed to compress one’s chest. People bind for many reasons: chest binding can be part of one’s gender transition, gender play, or as part of post ‘top’ surgery recovery. Cis-gendered men often wear binders for gynecomastia. Regardless of why you’re looking for a binder (or chest compression vest), there are some good options out there and some simple guidelines to follow.
Health & Safety
To our knowledge, there has never been a study done on the use of binders, but from our own experiences, we find that binding too tightly for too long can cause muscle compression and possibly limit lung capacity (with long-term use). Bind as little as you can, and try to find a binder that gives you adequate compression with a little room to breathe. Avoid binding during sleep, and only use the binder recommended by your surgeon if binding is part of your aftercare.
We carry three styles from Underworks (Ultimate, Tri-Top, and Extreme Compression). They all fit very similarly, come in sizes ranging from XS to XXXL, and are usually available in white or black. We recommend washing your binder in cold water, and hanging to dry. If your binder stretches, a quick spin in the dryer should help restore its shape.
By measuring the midline of your chest, you can get the best sense of which binder will fit.
XS 29-31 Sm 32-34 Med 35-39 Lg 40-44 XL 45-48 2X 48-52 3X 53-56
What is a Packer?
In our collective mind, a packer is any object (socks, silicone, or otherwise) that allows anyone of any gender to ‘sport a package’. At Come As You Are, we carry a number of different packers in different colours and materials that are explicitly made for the purpose of creating the appearance of a flaccid penis in one’s pants.
How to Choose a Packer
We carry packers in silicone (which is non-porous, easy to clean, and lasts forever) and in an elastomer material (which is porous, and will last a few years depending on how well you care for it). If you find that you sometimes have reactions to sex toys, it is best to choose a silicone packer. Mr Right and Pack-Man are both made of silicone, while the Ultimate Packers are elastomer. Packers may seem small on the shelf, but appear much bigger once you’re packing - a porn star package is a great look, but definitely sends a message!
How to Wear a Packer
Packers can be tucked into ‘tighty whitey’ underwear, boxer briefs, or secured to the body using a packing strap. Aslan Leather makes the Packing Strap for use with the Mr Right and Pack-Man Packers, and SpareParts makes both a Commando and Trunk style of their Pete. Additionally, the SpareParts Tomboi will easily accommodate a packer of any size or style.
Aslan Packing Strap: Sm 28-34 Med 34-38 Lg 38-42
SpareParts Pete: XS 26-28 Sm 29-32 Med 33-37 Lg 38-40 XL 41-44 XXL 45-48 XXXL 49-52
What is an STP Packer?
An STP is an packer that enables the user to Stand-To-Pee in public washrooms or in the privacy of one’s own home! Some folks who are transitioning or have transitioned, find that being able to use public urinals without detection (‘passing’) is integral to their masculine identity, while others love STPs for sex play and piss play, and some just like the convenience being able to easily urinate while standing.
Currently, none of the STP manufacturers have capacity to wholesale to retail stores like ours, but there are many companies that you can order from online.
Here are some of the more popular STPs on the market:
The original STP device uses an elastomer packer with a medicine-spoon style opening which sits around the urethra. It is recommended that the Mango be used with the Mango Harness. The Mango costs about $70.
The folks at PeeCock have created a truly revolutionary STP product with their all-in-one packer design. The PeeCock is adaptable for penetration play, and available in multiple sizes, colours, and styles. The PeeCock costs between $130 and $150, and their harnesses cost $23.