I finallllly got a whale tale! I had been nervous about this cut since the sides looked thick and I was afraid of how it would look on me. Worry not! It's flattering and great!
I have an older tav bottom and I think they're supposed to be the same band width. The new update to the whale tale actually makes the band a little slimmer (and more flattering) and it's the perfect amount of coverage. The new fabric does dry quicker and it is thinner than the older versions. I'm a little sad about that as I loved how thick the older styles/materials are. That being said, this fabric is still soft and still feels great. I also like that it doesn't cut in and is really flattering. My only other note is that when I got mine, the two sides were slightly different thickness (probably manufacturing issue) and that I was able to see where the material folded when I had the bottoms on. I was able to massage the material so that it looks like it does in the picture but the inside line does slip back out. Still love my new whale tale though!