Despite the label explaining that this bra is meant for high-impact exercise, it failed the high impact bounce test for me. This would be a good bra for low intensity workout. And Yoga.
For a 32 the band is quite tight. As a matter of fact, it only stretches out to 77cm and that was pushing it to the limit. It wouldn't budge past that. So it feels more like a 30 to me.
The molded cups sort of fit. The gore doesn't tack (my guess is because it is too shallow for me), but curiously, the gores never tack for me in sports bras. Not Freya Sonic, not Panache, and ...not this one either. I wonder why that is. The wires are also extremely flimsy, and very very wide (around 17.5cm wide in this size).
With all that being said, it might look like everything I'm writing is negative, but I assure you I am actually pretty satisfied with how this bra fits. Out of all encapsulation sports bras I tried, this one definitely fits the best. And the bra is very comfy-- the only issue I have is the black trim on the gore sometimes bends for me.
I love the straps on this. They're not adjusted the normal slider way but with a hook. So you can detach the hook and make it into a crossover as well. So much nicer than it being a J-hook (I hate the J-hook).
I got this bra pre-loved but in excellent shape, and I am happy with it.. I really needed another sports bra. The one I have is grey with black trim. It has underwires and padding - encapsulation style. Normally I wear 30FF, but this one actually fits quite well except for the too-wide wires. I wonder if the 32G is US sizing, which I think would be the equivalent for a 32F or 30FF UK. The only thing I found while moving around in it was that the straps came up a smidge high under my arms, but not enough to irritate my skin while working out. The straps can be adjusted, and I was on the tighter setting, so maybe lowering this would help. The wires are too wide for me at 6.1", as I normally need 5.1-5.4", but it didn't seem to affect things much. I worked out with this bra, but I'd still prefer my shock absorber compression bra for jumping around. This bra will be better for 'gentler' exercises.
For reference, my measurements are: 1: 30.5 2: 27 3: 36 4: 37.5 5: 35.5 Size: 30F or 28FF Full on top, slightly wide roots.
Good: This bra is sturdy and comfortable. It holds breasts in firmly without being painful. I like the double-layering of fabric—the smooth material on the outside lays over the cups on the inside.
Neutral: My breasts look squished and flat in it. It's a sports bra, though, so I expect it.
It's not the bra's fault, but the gore doesn't tack. I was talked into buying this size by the sale's lady and I regret it. I need my proper cup size. It's really a shame, because this is a high-quality sports bra that I would recommend.
Bad: I don't like the hook straps. The extra fabric hangs out and can itch. It's difficult to get it to stay under the strap.
This colorway is the hot pink with bright yellow/green trim. Cute for a sports bra. Wayyyyy too shallow for me so sizing up in the cup (even if they made a larger one) wouldn't solve it. The underwire isn't anywhere near my boobs and the girls are squished together under the gore. All that being said, it's pretty comfy and controls movement pretty well. The 34ff panache is a surprisingly good fit by comparison. The bands on both are very firm so I took a 34 instead of a 32 which is more typical for me. The bottom of the band folds up but isn't uncomfortable. If it wasn't so far down my chest (consequence of the too-shallow cups) it probably wouldn't happen. I appreciate the almost infinite adjustability of the straps and the 4-hook band.
My shape: soft, deflated, full on bottom with tall shallow top, measure to 36E
Pros: -Supportive band, holds everything in place during exercise/activity -Soft wicking fabric, thick double layered cups and front -Comfortable enough to use as a daily-wear bra.
Cons: -Band runs big in this style -The straps are adjustable, but the system uses clips with discrete slots instead of the typical sliders and these can slip out or cause the strap ends to twist or stick out in back. -I suspect that more serious athletes would appreciate firmer/stronger support. This is marketed as a more medium intensity/impact bra.
My shape: close set, center full, full on bottom, average/narrow width roots, tall shallow roots, soft tissue.
I want to write some thoughts on this bra before giving my full review after wearing it for exercise. First of all, this bra is extremely comfortable! It pretty much feels like I have nothing on. Both the band and the straps have some very soft padding and the material of the bra itself is very soft.
The straps are adjustable with a hook and eye closure and can be worn crossed or regularly. The ends on the straps sort of have this overhang on them which looks kinda funky, but hasn’t ...really bothered me. The band is okay on the loosest hook, but I might try the second set of hooks and play with the strap height some more before putting it to the test.
The cups are very wide, way to wide for me, but I think with my soft tissue it feels okay. The underwires feel comfy, I can’t even tell they’re there to be honest. The gore doesn’t really tack at the very top, but it comes up very high so that might be why.
This bra was a steal in price so I thought I would give it a go seeing as the sports bras I have are all 2 cup sizes too small. I don't love the white color, but it was all I could find.
When I jump there’s still some jiggle, but it’s almost all contained by the cup. I wonder if I got a smaller cup I would feel even more contained.
Editing to add some updates: I've know used this bra three times, twice for kickboxing, and once for yoga. Definitely a win bra for yoga class. Breasts stay put in downward dog, forward folds, etc. Plus, it is really comfy in the regular bra strap style so it's really a plus for low impact workout. I can also see wearing this bra for cycling in the gym and lifting weights. Walking is also okay, my boobs stay pretty contained, slight bouncing.
For high impact activities like running and kickboxing, this bra is not enough. I love that it comes up very high on my chest and I thought it would contain me more, but I still get more bouncing and jiggling than I'd like to have in a bra. I tried this bra for kickboxing in two ways, both the regular straps and crossed, but it didn't really make a noticeable difference in the hold.
One negative: this is a thick bra and very warm! It got absolutely drenched and very sweaty! I only noticed at the end of my workouts, but I think when the weather gets really warm, it might be uncomfortable.
Overall, this is a great bra, it does stay put and I didn't get any chaffing. I do prefer to wear it in the regular strap position because it can cut in a bit under my arms. Read more 389 more words
I really wanted to like this bra because the fabric is super soft and it seems well constructed. However, it doesn't work for me because the gore doesn't tack and the wires sit too low for my breasts (not enough projection at the wire for me?). Additionally, the wires wrap around to well under my armpits.
I really wanted to like this bra because the fabric is super soft and it seems well constructed. The 32H didn't work because the gore didn't tack and the wires were too low and wide for me. The 34G has similar problems. Additionally, the band isn't tight enough for me.
Loooved this bra until pregnancy changed my shape. Held onto it hoping that I'd eventually fit back in it, but ... nope. It got approx 6 month's worth of use only. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":-(" />
This was the first sports bra that I found in my size that kept me from bouncing all over the place. I really love the overall comfort of the bra, but the straps are too long so I had to cut off the extra as I only use the first few loops. Tried tucking the extra under the strap but it wouldn't stay. Wearing as a racer-back is difficult as you have to set the straps first then put over your head and removing after a workout is a workout in itself, but I guess it's what you get used to when needing more structured support for the ta-ta's. I have this in multiple colors so that I can rotate my bras and give them time to dry out.