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!
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.
I find it extremely comfortable (considering most sports bras seem to be trying to squeeze my boobs through my ribcage. The bra does push my boobs together a little bit, but not nearly as much as most sports bras. The bra itself is more focused on holding the boobs in place with the shape and the non-stretch fabric than holding them down as tight as possible (though it being a little tight helps in preventing my boobs from having room within the bra to move around).
This sports bra does not fit me correctly because the band is way too big for me. I do have to say that the material is nice with a top layer and an inside layer made of a terry cloth type of fabric. The construction is good but I don’t think it really lifts the breast up where they should be. It does, however lock them down. The straps are really nice and wide with some thin padding in them. The back of this sports bra has 4 hooks with nice wide elastic for the under-band. This sports bra was just not for me for activities and sports. I do however use it around the house on days I don’t want to wear a regular bra.