Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 Review
Flights can be a real challenge for anyone with back or alignment issues. With this in mind, we tested the zippered Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 for inflight use and other types of transit that involve sitting in a small seat for extended periods.
Pros: Back issues come in all shapes and sizes, so not everyone will have the same experience with the Posture Shirt that I did. But in my case, it helped me help myself. The fit of the shirt reminded me to sit up straight, which I don’t always do on planes. It also helped me be more conscious about how I rotated in my seat. The technology aims to “continually create the right amount of touch and tension on the muscles to effortlessly align, the body, relieve pain and increase stamina and vascularity,” and after taking it off after a six-hour journey, I noticed how much less supported my back felt without it.
Cons: Most of the advice we give about staying comfortable on a flight relates to wearing loose-fitting clothing. The tight-fitting posture shirt, by necessity, goes against this advice; but for anyone who tends to disembark from flights with back problems, it may well be a worthwhile tradeoff. It also has a very specific, sporty look. But wearing a layer over the shirt easily solves this fashion issue, if you see it as such.
How Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 Rates:
- Value: 8/10. At $95, the shirt makes the most sense for people who are trying to solve a chronic problem of back and body pain during travel. For those people, the value will be significantly higher than for the general public.
- Durability: 8/10. A lot depends on seam strength when you’re wearing a shirt this snug, and the Posture Shirt feels well-made and durable.
- Cool Factor: 7/10. If you rock athletic wear on a regular basis, you’re going to feel right at home. If you don’t, you’ll likely feel somewhat self-conscious. I solved for this by wearing a loose, light sweater (planes are chilly, after all) over the shirt.
Final Verdict: Anyone who battles back trouble on long flights should consider a Posture Shirt.
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