This sports bra is legit. The band does NOT stretch. I waver between a 30-32, depending on stretch level. Very, very glad I ordered a 32, and could probably make a 34 work as well. The support is fantastic. the shape is very classic Freya, a bit wide and a little flattened, but overall fairly flattering. It covers significantly more than a bikini top and could easily be worn as a "crop top" for those that don't want to wear a shirt. Hooks in the back with 4 rows and 4 columns of hooks. The wires are wide but not cumbersome. I have no issues with the tall ...gore (usually bras with a tall gore get stabby) or tall sides. The J-hook in the back is MOVEABLE so you can slide it up and down the strap in the back- very convenient, and less likely to snag on long hair (looking at you, Panache sport). The shape is a bit wide, however, so if you're doing an activity that requires arm motions across the body (golf swing, kickboxing) you may want to look into anti-chafing options. Definitely not a great low impact or yoga bra, but if you're doing a lot of movement, this is a great option.
I have a flared rib-cage, so sometimes the elastic bit at the bottom rolls up. I don't notice this most of the time, but it does make the band seem tighter in a more concentrated area.
Moisture wicking is pretty good so far. Went for a 3 mile hike in extremely humid conditions. Kept me as dry (as possible) and dried quickly post-hike for a long drive home.
Compared to the Panache sports bra, the Freya bra has less room in the top of the molded cup, which, for me, works perfectly. Panache bras don't fit me well (I've tried many, MANY options), and Freya has almost always come through for me. They came through again with this sports bra. If you tend to get a good fit out of Freya bras, I'd highly recommend this sports bra. Order in your true Freya size, or sister size up if you need a looser band. Read more 251 more words
This is my second attempt at the Freya Active Core bra, the first being a 30JJ which didn’t fit right. I didn’t have high hopes for the 30K as I felt the 30JJ wasn’t a full cup too small. Since I was able to try this with Amazon Prime Wardrobe I figured it was worth the attempt, for the data if nothing else.
This bra is an unpadded, underwire sports bra. It comes in a variety of colors/patterns, but I tried it in black as it was the one with the Prime option. The cups are shallow, pointy and definitely East West in nature, but if it does ...the job of holding the breasts in place while running around after my 5 year old for PE time, then the look didn’t matter to me.
Over all I am undecided on this one. My husband hates it, says he doesn’t like the look at all and doesn’t feel it matches my shape. (How did he get to be so bra smart?!?) While I agree it’s not a good shape match, it does feel supportive, separates which will lessen sweat irritation, and feels like a secure fit. Do I feel that it actually fits? Sort of? The bulk of my breast feels tight and secure in the bra without being painful, but the base is too shallow, the cups too wide, the gore too wide and far from tacking, and the straps/armpit curve is horrible. Yet I think if I bend the wires and lower that armpit curve it might work well. Unfortunately I can’t say for sure, and I can’t do bra surgery if I plan to return it, and I am not 100% sure the gamble is worth it at $62….. I will try it on again (or a few more times) over the next 2 days then decide if I should keep it or send it back. Unfortunately Day 2 of my cycle is not a great time for thought needing decisions, especially while I’m nursing the tail end of a migraine.
For the technical aspects: All measurements are taken prior to trying the bra on to insure no figure is obscured by the body. I also take all flat measurements before taking the stretched cup then band measurements for the same reason.
The band measures 26.75” and stretches to a max of 29.75” so very little stretch to it. It has 4 hooks and 4 rows of eye loops.
Cup Depth as measured by: 1 Hovering the cup between the knees, then placing the tape measure into the cups without any resistance. This measurement is: 13.75” 2 Placing the cup over the knee and stretching it similar to what a breast would, to the maximum resistance. This measurement is: 15”
I feel these two figures give you a general idea of the minimum and maximum depth that the cup can accommodate, just like the flat and stretched band measurements do with bands. Since Bratabase only has one cup field, I enter the larger of the two, as it’s this larger number that determines if a cup is going to fit me or not since I am on the max end of the cup scale, but do realize that some may need the lower number to determine fit for their needs, so I will always include both figures in the reviews for full disclosure.
The cups are insanely wide at 8.5” and ridiculously tall at 12” but securing for sure. Read more 474 more words
All the reviews said that this bra runs tight in the band and to size up. They don’t make a 28 in my size so I did. I have to say that a 30 is not the equivalent of 28. Right off the bat I have it on the tightest hook, and it has 4 columns of 4 hooks. The wires are very wide and the bra is quite shallow. The center gore is very high but does not press against the body, which works for me as it is quite wide. The cups feel a little small to me, as I can see no empty space on ...my smaller side, which is about a cup size smaller. This feels manageable however. The material feels silky and does not cut into my top shallow tissue.
It minimizes bounce, but I still get a little bit of bounce if I jump up and down. I think this would be good for short duration, low impact actives such as yoga and weight lifting. I’m not convinced that it would be comfortable for running. Read more 73 more words
pros: - found on Amazon for $15! - I wanted a bullet bra but didn't want to pay What Katie Did prices for a good one. These cups are bullet bra style (one horizontal seam across each cup) with wireless sports bra-style internal hoist. - 4 columns of hooks for when it stretches out. - regular back fastening. Racerbacks don't fit over my shoulders. (Honestly, I have no idea how people even get them on.)
cons: - the band passed the 2 finger test but is still very tight. This was expected, and it will certainly loosen up with wear so it's not a dealbreaker, but at this point I couldn't wear it to ...work without deep regrets. - the quality doesn't seem the best -- loose threads (in nonessential areas at least), wavery stitching in the elastic, etc. It wasn't marked as a factory second but I've had really mixed luck with Freya in terms of quality. OTOH, 75% off.
shrug: - the straps fit, technically, but they're tightened as far as they'll go. If they stretch, I'll have to snip and stitch.
my bust: projected, fob, splayed, short breasts with wide roots on a very petite frame. Ribs are currently ~27 inches. I could have probably sister-sized up to a 30D in this bra with no trouble (but that one wasn't on sale). Read more 107 more words
The Freya Active in 28F has an extremely tight band. I would suggest going up a size in the band. It has four sets of four hooks in the back, but I cannot imagine wearing it on anything but the loosest right now, and I'm about 27" around the ribs. Only get the 28 band if you are actually 26" or smaller, unless you want your back muscle and fat squeezed noticeably.
Cups seem true to size, but I can't tell that well due to the ridiculously wide wires and shallow-on-bottom, pointy cups. I assume this design is supposed to both minimize and encapsulate your breasts during ...exercise--and it works well; there's no bounce whatsoever. Other than the tightness and lack of stretch, the bra feels good. The only fabrics that are stretchy are the backs of the straps and the back of the band.
Center gore floats above my sternum, probably because the band is so tight and cups are stretched lengthwise, and it's probably supposed to be that way. The top comes up high, anyway, so you shouldn't have to worry about cleavage.
The bra is very well constructed and sturdy. The wires are very thick and stiff. However, the horizontal seams on the cups show through shirts, but I think it's substantial and good-looking enough to not have to wear anything on top. It gives a slightly pointy, but minimized shape.
I sold this bra because it was too tight and did not suit my shape. Read more 143 more words
I'm positive this bra is THE bra whenever you get it in your correct size. I've tried both this one and the Panache one without any real success. I'm a shorty( 5" feet tall/152 cm tall) so the straps are far too long on the Panache one, a bit better when clipped to racerback but still too long. The Freya one is a little better for me, a little shorter straps. It's easier to alter these if needed than the Panache bra's straps, since they're already shorter. That's why I'm aiming to try this one in another size instead of trying the Panache in another size. I have ...a hunch Freya will be an averall better fit for me.
The awesome thing about this bra is the fact that it's actually FULLY intended for sports. No flimsy shitty materials that won't actually work, just so that you can look extra pretty in the gym. Of course I'd like a stunning sports bra, but let's face it, performance comes first in a sports bra and the bra market hasn't really come that far yet( extremely supportive + fab look). I'm a little apprehensive putting this on in the locker room, it's not exactly as cute as the tops my classmates are using. Pink crop tops that look really neat... Oh how I wish I could have this Freya bra with just some alterations x) Vertical lines that would banish the pointy shape and make it super-round and extra supportive and a flimsy little overlay that wicks away sweat and makes the bra appear seamless. I can't be the only one with that smart little idea! To put a thin overlay over so the seams will "dissapear". I wish I could be the designer haha. This bra would be THE bra if my wishes would come true x)
Oh well... Back to reality. This bra is clearly too small for me. I'll have to try a bigger size to determine whether or not it'll work for me, but I think it will! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
It has a very firm band, which is positive for me! Many of the 28-band bras I buy are too big for me anyway. I think I'm a 26" maybe. Idk. Read more 268 more words
This bra is great. It does its job: keeping my boobs from bouncing. The bra is an encapsulation bra.It lifts and supports your breasts, and minimizes bounce. The straps are semi-adjustable. The hooks have 4 columns of 4 rows.
A quick note: I have recently experienced breast growth that means this bra no longer fits. I will provide feedback on how it fits now, and before my growth.
With that being said, I've found the band runs quite a bit tighter than my 32-bands for day wear. However, the extra hooks along the back means more versatility, and thus more comfort. Unfortunately, the fabric the hooks are sewn onto ...stretches quite easily and after only a few months, whilst the rest of the bra is showing no signs of wear, where the hooks are attached is very warped. Aside from that, I don't have issues with the band rubbing, digging in, or not fitting - it's great!
The underwires are a bit too wide. They actually sit behind my arms! Needless to say, I have a lot of spare space in the cups underneath my arms. This doesn't affect the performance of the bra though, and it still keeps me from bouncing.
The straps are a good length - neither too long nor too short, which is great since they aren't fully adjustable. The straps are lightly padded for comfort, which I really love, because I tend to get sore shoulders during a workout.
The cups used to fit well, with only some slight wrinkling at the base of the cups between my breast tissue and underwires (though I have this issue in most bras). It did not affect performance, nor did it cause discomfort. The gore sat flat against my chest, without digging in. The cups gave me a slightly pointy shape.
Now, the cups dig in to my breast tissue, the gore will not sit flat, and I am noticing more bunce than before (but still better than any other sports bra I've had yet). The gaping at the bottom of the cups is worse than ever. I still manage to get pretty pointy breasts.
With that being said, the bra is remarkably comfortable. Plus, I am training for circus, so a lot of my workout is running, tumbling, spinning, hanging upside down, bouncing, rolling, or other such movements. This bra has held up very well over 3-4 intense workouts a week, for several months, the only wear showing is the hook-fabric warping as already mentioned. I do not bounce, nor do I fall out of this or have to readjust while working out, even if I'm hanging upside down on a rope, or flipping on a trampoline. I have never had the band/underwires/gore dig in or rub. The only downside is the gapping at the bottom of the cups. Read more 361 more words
First of all, the obvious... wow, is it ugly. Images speak for themselves... The cups are just so grossly saggy-looking.
Might be caused by too-long straps. See back photo for how little you can adjust. There is simply no way to make the straps tight enough.
On the plus side (the only plus) - the cup wires felt shaped and placed right! Gore didn't quite tack but I gave it cred anyways. This was the FIRST sports bra that had wires that felt even close to correct on me. But with the saggy feel to the cups in front, I wondered if they really had enough support for ...activity/movement?
Also on the wires, I noticed when measuring that a very short wire was installed, with 1-2" of empty space in the wire channels at the armpits. Maybe that's why I didn't have a wire fit problem, lol.
Armpit fit problems. Cups are too tall / wide. So even if I magically made the straps shorter in back, I'd just cram the sides of the cups further into my armpits.
The cup shape with that sloooooooowwwwww taper into the strap is just so bad.
This bra was also borderline impossible to clasp myself - so difficult that before I had it on, I wondered if it was worth keeping for that sole annoyance.
So basically everything about the fit was comically bad - and $70 LOL. Read more 126 more words
I like the visual design of this sports bra, but the fit as a sports bra is less than optimal. The band doesn't support enough so there's a lot of jiggle. The four hooks are not a bad idea, but the band's shape and their placement don't offer enough support across the entire chest area that needs to be supported. The Shock Absorber does this much better, and that's why I sent this back to Brastop pretty quickly and got a SA as replacement.
The Freya Active Underwire Sports Bra style #4002 is an unpadded, underwired sports bra. I ordered it in Black, but it is currently available on Amazon in White, Beige, and Black.
The band is super firm. Seriously firm. Flat 27" but only stretched to max of 30" firm. No joke. Wires are insanely wide at 8.5". Cups are shallow on bottom and pointy at the apex while measuring. The material is firm in the cup except at the pointy nipple area which is weirdly not as firm, but isn't nearly as point looking while on, although the cups definitely lack immediate projection unfortunately. It's odd. Gore wires ...end short, so the gore is 4.5” to the wire top, 5.5” to the fabric top. While the bra itself is not padded, but the straps are. They only adjust half way-in the back sliding up to loosened and down to tighten.
As for fit, at first try on, the cups felt tight, and cut in a bit at the top. It’s as if it needed to be a bit more open on top since my breast tissue tapers up to my collarbone, but not necessarily too small in the cup. Gore was 2.75 fingers off my sternum, which is a bit much, especially for this type of bra. Side of cup is in my armpit (hello 8.5" wide wires) but wasn't painful or even noticeable really aside from seeing it in the mirror. (I only had it on maybe 10 minutes though, so this could change with longer wear.) When I tried it on in the morning for photos, the cups felt too constricting, and uncomfortable. As if the bra cups shrunk overnight a bit. It didn't feel as comfortable as I knew it should. Band felt good on the tightest hookset. (Thank you 4/4 hook/eye combo-I love you.) Alas, back to Amazon this one went…..
With the wonderful 4x4 band hook-set, I am tempted to try this in a 30K, but don’t really think this 30JJ is a full cup too small, so I am hesitant on ordering up, knowing that the cup width could also increase resulting in a horrible fit altogether…. I am also a bit tempted to try it in white in the 30JJ to see if it fits a bit larger in the cup, though that may just be silly…… Opinions anyone?
The shape isn’t perfect. It’s a bit pointy, and as the photo from below shows, very East West, though I hadn’t noticed that until cropping the photos.
I must gush on this 4x4 hook-set though. I swear it is the perfect combination. With 4 hooks, it really helps to anchor the cups where they should be, and feels 1000x’s more supportive than even a 3 hook bra. Seriously, it puts the support where it needs to be, covering not just at the base of the wire, but practically all the way to the top of the wires, so you are getting full wire support. Seriously, it is perfect support, I am telling you! I remember a Parfait by Affinitas bra that I had (Sophia) also had the 4 hooks and while the bra didn’t really fit me, I didn’t return it due to those 4 hooks. Every so often, I’d put it out and try it, hoping the fit had changed, as I really wanted to be able to wear it! Even with it not fitting, that darn thing was so comfortable. At the time, I was thinking it was so comfy due to the cups being made completely out of full stretch lace, but now I am thinking it was the 4 hooks.
The final details: Cup Depth as measured by: 1 Hovering the cup between the knees, then placing the tape measure into the cups without any resistance. This measurement is: 13.25” 2 Placing the cup over the knee and stretching it similar to what a breast would, to the maximum resistance. This measurement is: 15”
I feel these two figures give you a general idea of the minimum and maximum depth that the cup can accommodate, just like the flat and stretched band measurements do with bands. Since Bratabase only has one cup field, I enter the larger of the two, as it’s this larger number that determines if a cup is going to fit me or not since I am on the max end of the cup scale, but do realize that some may need the lower number to determine fit for their needs, so I will always include both figures in the reviews for full disclosure. Read more 660 more words
The cup are too big for me, they make wrinkles. The band is ok when not fasten at the thigthen hooks, otherwise after some hours it starts to hurt. This bra gives you a very pointy shape, visible also under the t-shirts.
Not my favorite sports bra, but okay in a pinch. I originally purchased it on sale on Amazon, and it was miles better than anything I had - I'm now preferring the much narrower Panache Sport underwired sports bra to it, but will probably still keep this as a backup.
The good: I love the way the gore tacks and separates my boobs in this bra, while locking them down (great for yoga - no cleavage, can actually touch thumbs to sternum). Also, I've worn it running a bunch of times and find it controls bounce and wicks sweat really well.
The not as good: My boobs are narrow, ...FOB, and projected, and I am petite (other than my boobs), and like other Freya (non-sports) bras I've tried, the wires on this are just ridiculously wide on me. They kind of cut up into my armpits - not enough to chafe and never wear it, but enough to be noticeable. There is also space at the top of the cups, but it still seems to do its job without a lot of jiggle. It's made of a spacer foam, which is pretty comfortable, but I do prefer to wear nipple covers under it if I'm wearing a solid-colored top as I don't prefer to have the outlines of my nipples visible. I have this in the "Storm" colorway; I don't love the white contrast stitching, but it was the most "basic black" option available. Read more 137 more words
I've been putting off writing this review because I feel like I should wait until I've put this sports bra through more vigorous quality testing first but honestly, if the review has to wait until I start regularly exercising, it will never get written. So here goes. Beating around the bush for a while: aesthetically, this thing is pretty ugly, not gonna lie. That horizontal seam makes me look more pointy than I naturally am which is impressive and unfortunate. The heavy duty wide straps don't look good peeking out underneath anything. I bought it in white because I'm boring. Moving on, the fit is actually pretty good and surprisingly ...not uncomfortable. Some days my smaller left boob wrinkles slightly and some days my bigger right boob quads slightly but most days both boobs are happy. The band is tight and has hooks and eyes for daaaays. It will NEVER stretch out at the rate I'm using it. Now let's talk bounce. For reference: I snowboard, have recently started hiking up mountains, occasionally drop in at my university's fencing club for lessons and casual bouts, and play dodgeball because that's a thing in residence. I don't run, work out or do anything overly bouncy. I tried to simulate that kind of boob abuse by skipping in my room for a couple minutes, simultaneously reminding myself why I should exercise and why I don't. Anyway, this bra passes the skipping test, as well as everything else I've thrown at it. So if you're in the market for a sports bra that has all the functionality and none of the aesthetic appeal, I have to recommend this one.
EDIT: I'm surprised it took me this long to notice. The cups on this are actually too separate for me. I can feel the wires sitting on breast tissue in the middle, which makes it uncomfortable if worn for any longer than about 30min at a time. They're also too wide, which is less of an issue. Still, I prefer the moulded Panache one for comfort. More recent discovery: Shock Absorber 4490 is even better at reducing movement AND it doesn't have any hurty wires! Read more 247 more words
The wires on this for are quite wide but they don't dig in and so I don't find the width of the wires or the wire length an issue at all and I normally do. I like that the straps are a little bit water set then the Panache sports bra. That's not to say that the straps are wide but I like the look better. I don't get the bra cutting into my armpit fat so maybe that could have to do with the wing height.
The fabric on this bra is stretcher but still very supportive. The upper portion of the cups offers accommodation for upper fullness ...but also lower fullness. This bra has four columns of hooks with four hooks each
This is my preferred brought to the Panache sports bra which I love but I definitely like the look and feel of this bra better.
I have tried the Panache sports bra in size is 30G, 30FF, 32FF and 32F. I always have an issue with the cup depth to wire width ratio. I find it doesn't work as well with full on top chest.I am not able to fill out the upper portion of the bra. When the cup depth does work so what the cup width is too small and there's issues with it diggig in where it shouldn't.
I would recommend this for over the Panache sports bra to those with upper fullness or even fullness Read more 133 more words
This bra is a 34G Us size and 34 F UK size. My center gore does not lie flat on my sternum, and I'm bulging a little on the sideof the bra, but this is a soft cup. This sports bra has adjustable straps which is great and just a little bounce when I'm active. The cups are torpedo shaped. I don't mind this because I wear this when I work out. The straps are a little itchy, but again, I will only wear this when I work out, so I don't mind
Update*** years later, i have added pictures and I have since had a baby and gained/lost weight. This sports bra is more suitable for medium intensity. Also not good for very full on top breasts, I am full on top and the top of the cup is fine, but I have a lot of empty space in the bottom cup.
This is the best sports bra I have tried so far, but it is unfortunately too small (when I purchased it, I was a 28G and was quad-boobing already, and I have since gone up a size) .
I really wanted this to work , as it keeps me from jiggling at all, which is witchcraft, but the cups are too small, so I am quad-boobing a little bit out of the the top and sides of the cup and the centre gore does not tack, and the wires under my underarms overlap my breast tissue a little bit.
I think this bra is made for full on ...bottom breasts, as although I am quadboobing at the top and the gore does not lay flat, I still have a little bit of extra room unless I fiddle a whole bunch and sort of jam myself in.
The bra does not poke anywhere, but like all sports bras the compression gives me some upper back aching.
The band fits quite true to size. There are four hooks in the back, which I think helps with holding everything in. The shape of the cups is truly bizarre, but it seems to hold my breasts in place remarkably well, which is the key feature in a sports bra. Read more 108 more words
VERY supportive. The band is very snug (in a good way- but if you're between band sizes, I recommend you round up instead of down for this one) and the cups are very full coverage. I tried jumping up and down in it as soon as it came in the mail and my breasts barely bounced!
As many reviewers have mentioned on various sites, it is a bit pointy. It's kind of a retro silhouette, but I still feel comfortable about the shape it gives me.
There is a little problem with wrinkling at the bottom of the cups, but it's very minor and barely visible. It doesn't seem to ...effect the support at all.
For people who are short like me, you should be aware that the straps don't tighten as far as might be ideal. I tightened them in all the way to see if it would help with the aforementioned wrinkling, and they didn't go quite far enough. (I wouldn't want to wear it fully tightened anyway- too much strain on the shoulders- but once it stretches it might become a problem.)
The biggest problem I have with this bra is that the underwire doesn't lie flat on the sternum, but I think that might be intentional, as with many sports bras. It doesn't poke my chest or look strange, though. And there is definitely no quadraboobing!
All in all, I'm very happy with this purchase and I think it'll really help me step up my exercise routine!
Update as of February, 2013: I sent the bra back a couple days after I posted this. The problems I noticed just got bigger, and I found after I wore it for a while that the side support dug into my ribs painfully- all of the weight of my boobs was concentrated in the bottom front and sides of the band instead of all around the band. I think I needed a cup size up, but they don't make it in 30HH. Read more 219 more words