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
The band on this bra is nice and firm, which I would expect from a sports bra. I normally wear either a 32E or a 30F, depending on the particular bra and how firm its band is, so I opted for a 32 band in this bra, and I'm glad I did; it's very firm. I was, however, surprised to find that the cup definitely runs 1 size too small. I tried on the 32E, and after I finished scooping all of my breast tissue into the cups, I had cleavage and double boob. I sized up to a 32F and the fit is perfect. Even when I jump around, nothing moves. I have never had a sports bra like this before. Also, I look like I have two distinct boobs, rather than monoboob, like you get with compression bras. Excellent support and comfort.
This is an excellent sports bra. The wires are nice and wide and the band is VERY firm, I can barely hook it (which I think is good in a sports bra).
My fit issue is that I do have wrinkling at the tops of the cups, but my boobs don't move much at all when I jump or shake so I can overlook that issue. I think it's more of a shape thing since I'm quite shallow. The top of the bra on my chest is also very tight, it would be nice if were even just a little bit more stretchy. Otherwise this bra should work well for me. I would consider getting this bra in a 28C, but that size is not produced, so this will do.
Unlike "regular" Freya bras, the band on this is NOT AT ALL stretchy! I couldn't even fasten it! I find that in general the 30 inch band Freyas are stretchy and perhaps some are even too big for me (at 30.5 underbust). Not so with this... There's maybe an inch and a half or two gap, even with struggling to fasten the hooks.
So all my sizing comments are guesses...
It provides a very pointy, triangular shape. But I can't really say much about it because I couldn't get it on!
I know other women like it, as it does reduce bouncing. And they also note the very pointy appearance. I may try it in a 32G.
These are my first impressions after trying out my first proper-fitting sports bra. I'll update the review after a couple more runs. As this is a sports bra, I won't delve deeply into how it looks (not a big fan of the lime color) or what shape it gives under clothes (pointy but minimising, which is a plus!).
The band is quite tight, so even though I generally feel better in 28 bands, I'm really glad I chose a 30 band in this one. I could probably even get away with a 32. The band is not at all stretchy, and the closing consists of four by four ...hooks, which is quite awesome. The material itself is very soft and of an almost foam-like consistence.
The whole bra is very constricting - great when running (reduced bounce), but terribly uncomfortable when sitting down. I would never want to wear this bra during non-sport activities, but, then again, I suppose that's the point of sports bras https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> I'm also very happy with the underwires - they are wide just enough and very flexible, and don't poke anywhere.
I had a bit of a problem with the center gore - it didn't lie flat against my chest, so I figured I'd need a smaller band and larger cup. However, the 30 band was really the tightest I was willing to endure, and I swam in the 30H and couldn't tighten the straps enough. In the end, I attributed this problem to the closeness of my breasts and my ever-so-slight chest hollowness, but I'm not sure... I just felt that the tightest possible band was less tight at its upper edge than at the lower one.
So, with a slight wink, I fit into a 30GG, which is my normal Freya size.
All in all, I'm glad to have at least one sports bra in my wardrobe. It's priceless for heavy-bounce activities (running), but I think it's too uncomfortbale to be worth wearing for less bouncy stuff, such as inline skating. Read more 235 more words
The band is very tight and not stretchy, especially considering this is a Freya. Order at least a band size up from your normal Freya size. The cup also is fairly small. I wear a 28H Freya Arabella and this 30GG is too small. It does feel supportive.
Best sports bra I've ever tried. The shape is not as obvious (pointy) as people say, I was quite rounded, actually. Extremely supportive, no movement at all, and very comfortable. Different than a regular Freya bra, band more true to size (Freya runs large generally), and wide underwires (Freya's are generally narrower). Fantastic!