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Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 Review

A shirt designed for better posture can help with post-flight body aches.

Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 Review

Price and Where to Buy Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0: $95 for men and women on Alignmed.com; some Alignmed shirts and braces available on Amazon.com

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.

(Photo: Alignmed)

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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