About V-Shape Trainer Belt
The V-Shape Trainer Belt claims to use double compression waist-training technology to help you instantly look 2 sizes slimmer and get a v-shape in seconds, while also supporting your back, trimming your waist, and helping you feel fuller, faster.
In order to accomplish this, the V-Shape Trainer is claimed to feature 2 levels of adjustable toning, in addition to flexible ribbing, Geo-Flex grid back panels, and breathable Constant Cool fabric to let cool air in while releasing hot air.
According to the manufacturer, the V-Shape Trainer can be worn anytime for a “more buffed look,” including at work, when exercising, or when out for the evening, and works over 2 simple steps:
- Fasten the power shaper around your waist using the V-Shape’s tough-grade hook and wraps.
- Tighten the waist-training bands.
If you’re skeptical of many of the claims made by the V-Shape Trainer Belt, you’ve come to the right place. So before you hand over your hard-earned money, consider the following:
How Well Will the V-Shape Belt Really Work?
Although the V-Shape Trainer is claimed to help you instantly look 2 sizes smaller, just how much slimming you’ll experience depends on your specific physique. In other words, how much slimmer the belt makes you appear will vary on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, although the V-Shape Belt might provide a minimal hunger-reducing effect by compressing the area around your stomach, it will not provide the same results as a dedicated belt, such as the Portion Controller.
Regardless, keep in mind that all of the models featured on the V-Shape Belt’s website are young, good looking, and in very good shape, without the use of the belt. And even then, it’s fairly clear that in some of the before and after pictures, these models are pushing out their gut in the first, and sucking in for the second.
Many of the V-Shape Trainer Belt models are pushing out their stomachs in the first image, and drastically sucking in for the second
Is It Possible to “Train” Your Waist?
According to a recent Health News article, waist training came into mainstream consciousness after being promoted by the Kardashians, and seems to have quickly moved over to the men’s market as well.
However, when answering whether or not these “waist shaping” belts can actually work, the article goes on to state, “as for the claims that these devices can actually reshape the body or trigger fat loss, there’s no evidence. “In my opinion, that is complete nonsense,” Dr. Apovian says. In fact, some experts believe that regularly wearing a waist trainer can actually decrease core strength—exactly the opposite of what you want if you’re aiming for a sexy stomach, says celebrity trainer Nicole Glor.”
In fact, recent products such as the V-Shape Trainer Belt aren’t actually “waist trainers” at all according to an article posted on Dailyburn.com:
Sandman also notes that these garments are not true corsets and that using a waist cincher isn’t real waist training — the practice of reshaping the body by wearing progressively smaller corsets for two to 10 hours a day. “People get the idea that cinchers work for waist training because they look at themselves in the mirror and they have a smaller waist when all they’ve done is sweated out water weight,” says Sandman.
Will the V-Shape Belt Cause Any Side Effects?
Because belts such as the V-Shape can be loosened or tightened based on personal preference, you may not experience any side effects whatsoever.
However, many physicians warn that wearing a too-tight waist trainer can lead to shortness of breath, and even fainting in some instances. Granted, the V-Shape Trainer doesn’t appear to compress the lungs (which can certainly change depending on your physique), but it’s something you’ll definitely want to keep in mind.
After all, can you imagine passing out on your hot date right in the middle of dinner? How embarrassing would that be!
Your Secret Will Soon Be Found Out
Finally, although it’s pretty apparent, the V-Shape Trainer will only provide temporary results, and when things get steamy, your special someone will quickly realize you’ve basically been wearing a men’s version of a corset.
What Are Customers Saying About the V-Shape Trainer Belt?
The V-Shape Trainer Belt was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered March 2015), so there weren’t any online customer reviews available.
However, the V-Shape Belt is manufactured by Tristar Products, one of the major players within the “As Seen on TV” industry. As such, the company manufactures dozens of popular ASOTV products, including Copper Wear, Clear TV, Perfecter Fusion Styler, and many others.
Among more than 700 HighYa reader reviews for these products (as of 4/20/15), they have an average rating of 2.25 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality, failure to work as advertised, and poor customer service experiences (difficulty processing refunds, upsells during calls, etc.). Although this might not be what you’ll experience with the V-Shape Trainer Belt, it’s something you might want to keep in mind.
Despite this, Tristar Products holds an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on nearly 1,000 closed complaints. Most of these reference the same concerns noted above.
V-Shape Trainer Belt Pricing & Refund Policy
Two V-Shape Belts (one black and one white) are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H, which are available in sizes S through 3X.
All V-Shape Belts come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you choose the BOGO offer, by the time you’ve shipping your Trainer Belts back to the manufacturer, you could lose more in S&H charges than you’ll ultimately receive as a refund.
With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 973-287-5135.
Is the V-Shape Trainer Belt Worth Your Money?
Chopping to the point: Although the V-Shape Trainer Belt may help you temporarily look slimmer, just how much slimming you experience will depend on your specific physique. On top of this, the results will only be temporary, your waist will not be “trained” in any way, and if your special someone figures out you’re wearing it, you might be rightfully embarrassed.
As far as the V-Shape Belt’s other claims, it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a compression belt for back support from a local retailer, which could save you a good chunk of change on S&H charges. Also, in order to help with your search, be sure to read through our article titled Winning the Battle Against Sciatica & Chronic Back Pain.
When it comes down to it, the only effective way of achieving the waist and physique you want is through proper diet and regular exercise, so your money might be better spent on a gym membership than on the V-Shape Trainer Belt.
1 out 2 people found this review helpful
Velcro not adhering well
if the Velcro worked properly I would say this product is an excellent belt, but being that it doesn't it's not a good belt.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
The absolute worst company and customer service on the planet in the year 2015... Disgusted
This has to be the worst run company of all time. The first thing I noticed about their website, is that there is no toll free number to call, or no email address to contact their customer service.
That should have been warning enough. I live in Toronto, and the product ships from California. After ordering online and believing the price was too good to be true, I was horrified to find out that's exactly the case.
It took 2 and a half months before my product even came, and I had to call them to make sure at the two month mark because their child like website showed a status of 'product currently out of stock'. When I called them to inquire, they said that they had charged my credit card, but reversed the charges three days later, because they were only going to charge it when the product shipped. I have no problem with that, the only thing is they never called me to tell me! So I had no idea.
So when it came time to ship, they charged my card (2 months after I thought they already did, there wasn't enough to cover it. Again, nobody made an attempt to tell me via email or phone! After some choice words for the extremely rude customer service agent, I demanded they send it right away. After charging me $40 for the product and $15 for shipping and handling (standard of course), my product came to my local UPS for me to pick up.
After 2 and a half months, I finally went to get the product, only to be horrified to find out that although I paid for shipping and handling, there was a 30 dollar surcharge just for picking it up because it's an international product.
So let us all see if I got this straight. I paid for a product that took almost three months to arrive, I paid shipping and handling of 15 dollars, and now another 30 for taxes that No one told me about?! What was shipping and handling costs for? Why is the shipping costs and TAXES more than double what the product itself costs? Aside from that, the product itself is cheap and can barely fit around my waist.
If I could give this product and its company a negative rating it would be a minus 5-star. The worst false advertising, and shadiest company I have ever seen in my life. Pathetic from top to bottom. Absolutely disgusting.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend