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
I got this bra about two weeks ago and have worn it once or twice around my room, but I waited on a review because I hadn't worn it to the gym until today.
Pros: It's pretty comfortable. This is likely because its actually the right size for me (I finally decided that it was time to retire my 34E Shock Absorber bra). The band fits true to size (or close enough). I haven't measured it yet so I can't say if it measures exactly 32 or not, but I don't feel like I need to size up or down. While the gore doesn't tack, it doesn't poke me either ...so I think that's a pro. The color scheme is nice. I really like the bright blue on the straps because it makes it feel a little less boring.
Cons: Everything else. The straps adjust short enough, but just barely. I'm 5'9, so if I have to my straps as tight as they go, that's probably a really bad sign for most people The cups are way to wide. The underwires sit at the very back of rib cage. I guess that this eliminates the issue of the wires poking my armpits because they're so far behind them, but it is definitely not ideal. To go along with the wires being to wide, the arm holes are set too far apart for me. So while the straps are actually not too wide for me, there is a lot of fabric on the outsides of the straps that rub my arms (the straps aren't at the edge of the cup). I also really don't like the shape that it gives me. Instead of keeping them centered, it kind of creates a splayed shape. This is a pain when running because my arms are bumping my boobs around every time I bring one forward. In addition to placing all of my breast tissue in a prime location to be bumped, it also doesn't do a very good job of minimizing bounce. It is definitely not a good choice for high impact activities.
Overall, this bra looks nice and thats about it. Unfortunately the only other two sports bras I own at the moment are a 34E and 32FF though, so this one will have to be a keeper for now.
Edit: I'm just going to edit this to mention some measuring technicalities. The first is that the band is not nearly as tight as the measurements make it appear. The wires are just very flexible, so they start to distort with very little pressure. The second is that the straps are tapered. I measured them about at the middle, but they measure about 3cm where they attach to the cup and about 2cm where they attach to the elastic part. Read more 350 more words
I used this size and model sports bra for a few years and was happy with it. It's VERY supportive - I felt like my boobs were locked in place! It has a pretty good life span and feels comfortable and well constructed. I wasn't crazy about the shape it gave me, but it looks fine under workout tops that aren't too tight. I bought this pretty black and blue one to add to my rotation, but my boobs grew before I got around to taking the tag off. So I'm hoping to find it a new home
I ordered this from Figleaves with a 20% off coupon code. Yay for discounts! When I opened the box and saw the bra, I was first a bit disappointed in the color. It was supposed to be 'magenta', but it looked more like a purple color. Oh well, it was still nice and better than the black or white sports bras I've had my entire life.
Also, I feel the need to disclose the fact that this bra was not the correct size for me (band too large, cups too small), but I will give as much information as I can. I ...will be returning this bra and ordering something else in the future.
*Colors are nice (so-called 'magenta' and grey) *The fabric is of good quality *4 hooks for lots of support *Underwire for support *Straps are more centered over cups than at the edge
*The shape....wow. SUPER POINTY. I don't have a problem with boobs in your face, but this bra made my breasts come to a SHARP point. It was just too much. Also, the east/west look wasn't helping with the pointiness (I'm sure if someone saw me, they would be afraid I would shoot!) *The straps are not fully adjustable. I'm 5'4", so in most cases, I have to adjust my straps quite a bit on any bra. There was very little room for adjustment here. *I found that the bra didn't control bounce at all, but this may be due to the fact I was wearing the wrong size. I ordered the larger of my go-to band sizes because I had read many reviews saying that the band runs small, but I should have stayed with my normal Freya size of 32. Also, the largest cup size that the bra is made is an H, and I really need a HH or J in most cases. Read more 210 more words
I usually wear a 30 band in Freya, but there was no way the 30H in this bra was going to hook in the back.
At first the 32G was hard to hook, but on trying it a second time, it hooked more easily. It's comfortable enough, but I think it doesn't quite fit well enough to keep for the gym. I may have to try it again to take more notes.
The wires are fairly wide and so they don't sit quite right against my breast tissue. The wire as it comes up to the center gore is sitting on the edge of the breast tissue ...rather than encasing it. The wire doesn't press the tissue against my ribcage, but as it comes up, it isn't quite on my sternum until the very top of the wire.
Also, this bra is very much an encapsulation type sports bra, providing a good deal of lift and separation, pointing the girls up and out.
I think the wire shape of this bra isn't working for me. I don't think the next cup size up would do much good as the wire would likely be even wider.
That said, it does seem to provide pretty good bounce control, and if you fit well in Freya wires, you may well like this bra. Just remember, you may need to order a larger band size than your usual Freya size. Read more 129 more words
This bra is great at reducing the degrees of freedom of my breasts, nothing's moving, and that's the most important thing in a sports bra.
That being said, it does give a funny "pointy" shape because of the seam across the middle. It runs smaller in the cup and wider in the wire than my other Freya bras, so it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
I am a fairly even and projected breast shape. I have average-to-narrow roots with a slight omega shape. My best fitting bra is a Cleo Lily in 28GG, though I think a 30G would be more comfortable in terms of band length.
Great for breasts with a decent bit of projection. The colours are very nice, too - a great bra to wear if you like running or exercising in just a sports bra.
Love this bra, first bra-sized sports bra I ever owned. It is quite tight but no problem in a sports bra. I don't use this for anything high-impact, just for teaching yoga.
Still figuring out my Freya size -- I think I have to size down in the cups. These cups are ok, they don't wrinkle exactly but they are just not as firm as a sports bra's cups should be, also too wide, and I'd take a cups size down next time -- I don't think this would do for high-impact because of the loose cups. Also I think the too-big cups adds to the pointiness that others have pointed out. I super don't mind the pointy as I find it's way better than uniboob!
Straps WAY too short, had to take out the adjusters to have enough room to lengthen them which will suck when they eventually stretch out and I have to alter them again. I'm tall with a long torso and low-set breasts.
The underwires were just too wide for the band. the cup width takes up 2/3 of the total band length. When I first got it it was completely unwearable until I figured out to bend the underwires into a more human shape than triangle. The underwire is very stiff so I never managed to really get it bent enough. The band is too large for me so my boobs fall into the gore. I can't exercise comfortably in it at all.
I've just recently starting wearing 30 band size bras (previously wore 34C), so I am still experimenting with my size.
Goodness, this bra fits tight, but I do measure a 31 under bust. The band doesn't stretch much at all. I cannot tie form the back, but what I do is tie it in front (cups in the back) then rotate it so it's proper. I might wear a bra extender next time, but despite that, I'm happy with the 30 band.
I feel very supported with this bra, and my breasts don't bounce at all when I go running/jogging. Like I said, the band is tight, but it feels tight in a good way.
The bra seems to give a pointy shape, but I'm not too bothered by it.