Summary: encapsulation instead of compression, runs small in the band, great for close set breasts, strongly reduces bounce
I have searched for a functional sports-bra that both fits and handles bounce for the better part of four years at the minimum. I don't need maximum support all the time, but one to two weeks a cycle even my small breasts get extremely sensitive to any motion, even walking, so I basically couldn't exercise at all during those times. Everything I tried with an underwire spaced the wires too far apart for my close set breasts (this included the highly lauded Panache Sport) and everything without either didn't ...reduce bounce or relied too heavily on compression, which only caused me more pain. This Anita Active wireless bra fits everything I needed. I had to go one band size up, but the cup size is perfect for me, and it encapsulates instead of smashing my breasts. There are no gore issues and I have almost no bounce running or straight jumping, but there is still some pain (tolerable, but there) doing jumping jacks. The material is pleasantly thin and light, the shoulders are padded, and the cup lining was a big surprise: plush micro-terrycloth! The only negative there is that the lining is stretchy while the outer is firm, so the lining tends to get a little wrinkly unless you really work at moving it around after you put it on. I left some wrinkles visible in the picture so you can see what I mean, but it is only an aesthetic quibble; the material's texture helps keep the wrinkles from being felt at all and affecting comfort. Last little complaint: no J-hook to secure the straps in the back, but I haven't had any slippage yet, so it might not ever matter. Read more 197 more words
I now own 2 Anita Sport bras and I love them both.
This one is more maximum support than my other one(Light and Firm) and is definitely suited to high impact sports like running.
I find them bigger in the cup than my Ewa's - I can get away with a 30F no problem. Maybe because there's no wires Yayy!! (I'd never wear wires to the gym) and I like the girls held close to home in the gym.
Unlike Shick Absorbers, the bands are TTS. NB I tried Shock Absorbers in 30 bands and I couldn't even get them done up. So, warning. If you're going to buy those, be prepared to go up 2 band sizes. They're brutally small.
They have regular bra backs, which I like because it avoids the Cirque de Soleil routines needed to pull a sweaty sport bra off over your head.
This is a nice sport bra that provides shaping and support without additional padding. Somewhat confusingly, the removable tags said this is model 5537 while the inner tags said 5527. I believe it is truly a 5527 because it is not a racerback style like the 5537.
I decided to size up in the band from my usual 34F size, as I am not planning to use it for high impact exercise and I frequently find sports bra bands to be tight. The band fits snugly on me in a 36. This bra comes in EU sizing, so pay attention when ordering, especially if you are above a D cup. The label calls this an F in every country's sizing scheme, but most bra size conversion charts say that an EU 80F is equivalent to a UK 36E. I found it to fit similarly to my Panache sport bra in 36E.
This is the first bra-sized (i.e., not SML sized) sports bra I've bought and it is fantastic. The cups run quite small, as I normally wear a 34E and I bought a 34G in this bra. I can run and jump and do all sorts of things in this bra and my boobs never budge, which is exactly how a sports bra should work. Overall a very functional and comfortable bra. And it comes in purple!
Band is comfortable and stretchy (not super firm like some sports bras). The straps are comfortable and well positioned. However, the cups are a little too tall by my arm and would rub with activity. This is definitely a light/medium activity sports bra, despite the name.
This is an awesome sports bra. It gives a great shape and excellent support without any discomfort. I've worn it many, many times, and it has aged well. It's light and breathable. Sometimes the band loosens too much and the breasts start to pull over the front elastic; a wash fixes it. Unfortunately, it also shows a lot of cleavage which is undesirable in a sports bra.
Don't get me wrong, this is the BEST bra I have ever had, but I should have gone with my instinct that the lady at the store was just trying to rush me out because I am such a difficult size to work with and asked to try on more. I definitely recommend this bra to someone else (even though it's on the pricey side), and I would love to have one like it in my size.
I bought this Anita Active bra in a 30F and I was pleasantly surprised. This is my first sports bra (which was needed) and I'm glad I picked right first. Although I am a 28F/G, this bra fit tight in the back with 4 sets of hooks. Although I don't fit like the girl on the box, who must be like a 32C or something, it is still very supportive for my bust size. There is a little armpit pudge for me, but I'm still very happy with it.
So, I use one of these as both a sports bra and a sleeping bra.
It's got wide, padded straps, which are incredibly comfortable. It's breathable, so you don't tend to get that icky sweaty stuck together feeling when you exercise. It does compress your breasts, but not in that uncomfortable strapped down kind of way. I'm not sure I would recommend this for extremely rigorous activities for the larger busted ladies, however.
My only real complaint about it is that the elastic at the bottom tends to end up rolling upwards over time. And it isn't pretty...but hey, it gets the job done.
This is a very snug sports bra, and though I haven't tried it while exercising, suspect it would be a great running bra. It does give a little bit of a uni-boob effect from the compression.
The straps are extremely sturdy and thick (both width and depth) to provide more support. The fabric is breathable all around, and has air holes on the sides near the underarm. The band is also very wide (over 1") and on the snug side for extra support.