Okay, so I haven't used the bra as yet.. I'm just typing up a quick thing. I'm down and out with a nasty cold but figured I'd just put this here.
So this is review is for the black and aqua colourway model for the Bravissimo inspire sports bra. The main colour of the bra is black and has an aqua border along the top of the bra and the border of the straps.
It is a four part construction with a side sling connecting to the straps, a horizontal seam, and a vertical seam on the lower section of the cup.
The straps are not fully adjustable, which I assume ...is, in part, due to the padding on the first half of the straps. The straps ranges from 1.25" wide to 1.75". The latter being the section going over the shoulder.
The cup depth was measured and recorded at both maximum and minimum. The maximum cup depth was measured by stretching the cup over the knee. This was recorded at 14 inches, and this is what I had entered in the measurement table. The minimum cup depth was measured by hovering the cup between the knees and hanging the tape measure. This was recorded at 13 inches.
The band is quite firm for a 30 and would recommend ordering a band size up. For comparison I usually wear a 30 band on the tightest or second tightest hook, for this loosest was quite fine for me. And as the measurements show it is a 22 inch band that stretches to 27.3 inches.
I haven't done any heavy exercise with it as yet but I did a few jumps for testing purposes. While it doesn't reduce the bounce completely, it does reduce it significantly, and your breasts do feel secure when in it. While I do believe this could be a good bra for moderate to-heavy impact excercise, for me, it's cutting in at the top of the larger and smaller side.. But more noticeable on the larger. As well as empty space on the bottom and the sides. And I think these are what will contribute to it being not as effective as it could.
Also of note, the gore is similar to that of the Freya active sport and the Panache wired sport, in that, where the wires of the gore end, the gore continues..so there's a bit of some floating gore (if that makes any sense)
That being said, it fits better than my other sports bras, and it does it's job, so I'm sure I can get some mileage out of it 😉
Oh, one thing I'm not a big fan of, is the pointy shape.. But I'll live I suppose.
EDIT: Pictures should be up. I will note again, that it does cut into my breast tissue considerably, but I suppose, I can sort of hide it depending on the blouse I'm wearing (if only to get the mileage out of it). So the search for a proper sports bra continues. Read more 389 more words
This bra is a second-generation Inspire, released in 2013. It is supposed to be the same as the original Inspire but with the slider on the straps corrected.
In addition to this bra, I tried the 32H and the 36G. I wrote a description of the bra itself as part of the review for the 36G: http://bra.pe/RCH5/ so I won't go over the same material but will instead just talk about how this bra fits me.
The straps do adjust short enough, but I have them as short as possible already. The wire width is fairly good for me but I do have some wrinkling ...in the bottom of the cups, most likely due to the bra not having as much immediate projection as I require. The fit in the cups is pretty much the same as what I got from the 32H and the 36G. Here is a comparison with the 32H: http://www.bratabase.com/compare/dhnz7/
The bra gives a much better shape than I would expect from a sports bra. Maybe it is a little bit torpedo, but it's quite lifted. I don't expect to look good while I'm working out, but it's nice to have a slightly less hideous shape from a sports bra. From the side, it actually looks like a normal bra. I've taken pictures wearing a white t-shirt and the 32H bra: http://www.bratabase.com/browse/bravissimo/inspire-sports-au27/32H/
The bra does not go high enough to contain the upper part of my breast. You only see a hint that the top is cutting into breast tissue unless I lift my breasts up with my hands, as I have done in one of the pictures, when the tissue becomes visible. In a filmed bounce test, I found the bra quite good when I was jumping, much better than any other bra I have tried. If all my breast tissue were contained it would be perfect, but instead I have about 4 cm of breast tissue 'quadboob' bouncing above the top of the cup. For any woman with tall breasts this will probably be an issue. The tissue at the top of my breasts is not very thick, so you can only slightly see the top cutting in. In the picture I've included, I am lifting up the bra slightly to demonstrate what breast tissue bounces in the bra. It looks like this at the upward part of my bounce test.
Some of my breast tissue also escapes into the armpit. I think this is due to cut. I have the old version of the Inspire bra in one cup size larger and I do not think a larger size helps contain either the top or the side breast that is escaping. I would go with your usual cup size in this bra. For the band size I would round down rather than up, but not go down a size.
Despite the problems I have with this bra, it is by far the best sports bra I have tried. Here are my other sports bra reviews.
I had two bras from this type, both are white. They have definitelly not the same measurements. One of this war a bigger, as the other. Comparison with other bras they are smaller as PanachePanache Tango Ii Balconette (3251) Pros: +very confortabel material +very good support after longer time (more than 6 month) +very good support during sport Cons: -extended central gore fit not really (function is not really clear for this) -little bit pointed -boobs are little bit separately
I had two bras from this type. They have definitelly not the same measurements. One of this war a bigger, as the other. Comparison with other bras they are smaller as PanachePanache Tango Ii Balconette (3251) 34JJ. Pros: +very confortabel material +very good support after longer time (more than 6 month) +very good support during sport Cons: -extended central gore fit not really (function is not really clear for this) -little bit pointed -boobs are little bit separately
This is my second try with this bra, the previous being a 32HH, which was too small in the cup. It gave me slight quadraboob, which wasn't notiable under clothes, but unfortunately it was also very uncomfortable to wear for a longer sports session as the encapsulation transmuted into painful squashing. Well, this is a slightly better fit, but I'm still not happy. Pros: - sturdy - very tight band, more like 30 than 32, but on the other hand, the bra stays in place - soft, well-padded straps - keeps breasts in place, the bounce is minimal
Cons: - the adjustable part of the straps is very slippery, you have to tighten them quite often, the more so the harder you run/jump - the underwires are HUGE => a lot of poking => not nice - the shape is very pointy - I'm really not sure if I like the encapsulation thing. For me straightforward compression works better