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Donnie Thompson Formal Bowtie

Developed by powerlifting legend Donnie Thompson and Spud Inc., the Formal Bowtie is a simple but effective accessory for helping athletes train and maintain superior posture. In a time when the average person spends much of their day working at a computer, looking at a cell phone, or stuck driving in traffic, the problem of slouching—and the shoulder pain that comes with it—is all too common. The Bowtie attacks this issue by applying firm compression to the pectoral tendons and reducing strain on the muscles behind the shoulders. When worn during warm-ups or as you move through your squats, bench, deadlifts, etc., the Formal Bowtie not only helps limit some of these aches and pains, but also trains more consistent form. Along the way, your muscle memory is rewired, as the brain encourages better posture in your day-to-day life.

The Thompson Formal Bowtie is designed specifically for serious athletes, and is made from a heavier, stiffer webbing material than the Casual Bowtie (which can be worn throughout the day over longer periods). Available in a wide range of sizes, the Formal Bowtie can have a noticeable effect on reducing common shoulder pain and pec tightness, while also reducing the risk of more serious injuries down the road.

Most in-stock Bowtie orders placed before 3pm on a business day will ship that same day from the Rogue warehouse. You can also track your package each step of the way using the Rogue Shipping Tracker.


  • Made in the USA
  • Created by Donnie Thompson
  • Strong, stiff webbing construction
  • Sizes: S - 4XL (see chart below)
  • Color: Red with Spud Inc. branding in black and gold

See Also: Thompson Casual Bowtie - for light, everyday use

Fit Guide:

Size S M L XL 2L 3XL 4XL
Body Weight (lbs) 125 - 150 150 - 185 185 - 225 225 - 255 255 - 275 275 - 300 300+

Gear Specs

Brand Spud Inc
Made In USA Yes
Color Red
Donnie Thompson Formal Bowtie is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I have had my bow tie for a few weeks now and love it. I like to put it on for 30-60 minutes before I squat and deadlift. I like the compression that it gives. It makes getting under the squat bar a little easier as well.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed Very not comfortable for a woman, I bought a small size Im 135lbs and it was really too tight
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I just purchased these products a month ago. I have rounded shoulders so this perfect to correct my round shoulders and posture
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for improving posture, and shoulder rehab ex It’s one size too big, but I use it with my sweatshirt on, and it’s pretty snug. I ordered it bigger figuring I will grow into it. Surprisingly, I am able to get good results with it now in the meantime too. Great product, as are the rest that Donnie has produced
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mixed reviews I think the idea is great. It definitely keeps the shoulders back which helps. The cons. The sizing chart isn’t accurate. I weigh low 290s which indicates a 3xl. It’s definitely too big. Being 6’3 290 vs someone who is 5’10 290 are huge difference in body type. Measurements should be done by chest and not weight. Not sure if it’s bc the bowtie is too big but it rips into my arm pits. Very uncomfortable. I stopped wearing it already. Don’t feel like shelling out another $60 to guess on another size.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's OK I picked up three of these in different sizes. They seem to help/work a bit. I feel like for this produce to give an adequate pull/stretch on the shoulders it tends to be too tight in the armpit area. Just my two cents.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Oroduct Since I have been using this I am using correct posture which in turn works the muscles where they should be getting worked. Won’t be without it now !
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Advice for sizing Really enjoying the formal bow tie and reaping positive benefits. i got the XL as a 220 lb male with a 44 or 46 size suit jacket. The fit is great - good compression with the shoulders tugged back. Good for a 30+ minute dog walk or sitting at my desk for about that much time. So a good mix of tight enough but also not so uncomfortable that I can't keep it on longer
Date published: 2017-09-26
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