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My experience with "convertible" bras has always been that in their efforts to work well in multiple styles, they work great in none. This bra is another testament to that rule. While the colourway is fun and sporty, giving the bra a cool appearance, and the band fits great (29" ribcage, I found it TTS compared to Panache & Cleo), I had fit issues and RETURNED.
This bra was not meant for my breast shape. It is too east-west for me and did not support me in the middle, making it uncomfortable and poorly resistant to my bounce (I'd be better off with my old ratty cotton nylon sports ... bras that I've had for 6 years). I do not recommend this bra for someone with close set or projected breasts. It also digs into the top of my breast a little(not a huge deal, but confirms for me that this is a shape mismatch, not a problem of cup being too big). Meanwhile, the straps are too long on their tightest setting. The sides of the cups come up too high for me, digging into my underarm area, making this bra uncomfortable even for loungewear, and negating the possibility of shortening the straps. I also have an odd fit issue with the bottom of the cup.
The inner semi-molded layer folds over at the bottom of the cup, and this continues around the sides of the band. It is uncomfortable. I think it's because I don't fill the outer bottom area of the cup, and this bra wants boobs that are more shallow or FOB. If you prefer a wider gore (i.e. don't have close-set breasts) and aren't worried about straps being too long, you might like this bra. The fold mostly disappears when I convert to racerback, but I find the racerback extremely uncomfortable, as it causes the sides of the cup to dig in even further, and puts too much pressure on my shoulders, even with straps loosened.
This bra was a big fat fail for me. I'm hesitant to try the underwire version because of this bad experience, and because TONS of women on amazon reviews report the underwire poking through within the first few months of use with that one. I tried Wacoal Contour which also has underwire at Dillards in 32G US and it was WAY better than this. Although I wish they made it in 30H, I may get it.
Updated on May 16, 2015 Flag this
I love the pattern on this bra. It is really the best looking sports bra I've ever seen, so I can't compliment it more on appearance. It is also very well made and sturdy. The J-hook is not something I'd ever look for in a bra, but I can see it being useful mainly because it allows the straps to get even tighter and improves side support.
The bra is an almost perfect fit for me. The support I get from it is excellent. Previously, I had only worn compression bras. Even though I know the encapsulation style is better/healthier, I can only accept a sports bra if ... it stops movement and bounce and this one does.
Since I have already reviewed the Panache Sport Sports Bra (5021) , I will put some comparisons here. The coverage is full at the top and sides, so the side panels don't jut outwards like they did for me on the 30FF - Panache Sport » Sports Bra (5021) and I don't quadboob out of it. The J-Hook also does not hurt me on this model, while it did on the wired version. Furthermore, the wired version was notably uncomfortable on the straps for me. They are very scratchy and irritating on my skin. I was getting bad red marks right away. I also found the underwire uncomfortable on my ribs. The non-wired version has none of these issues.
I was concerned from reading other reviews that this bra would not be suitable for someone short in stature and with high roots. I would say that it is not *perfect*, but it still does the job. If the straps could tighten about one more inch, it would be ideal. Also, I think short women will find that they have to really make sure the bra band - because of lack of underwire - is positioned as high as possible against their IMF to avoid wrinkling at the bottom of the cup. Unlike compression bras, the lack of underwire here requires some positioning to get the right cup fit, at least for me. But once it's on, it's not going anywhere.
This is partly because the band at 30" is very snug; tighter than I would want for comfort in a regular bra. I can only speak for it as new and unwashed. I haven't worn it enough to test it for longer. I have a 29" underbust and 28.5 tight underbust (not much squish). If you have 30 or above I would recommend sizing up in the band.
I can't stress enough how great it looks on. I love the black with geo pattern. I'm not a fan of solid black sports bras, so this adds something different even though I'm not likely to wear it without a shirt. I still like knowing it's pretty. The seams on the bra are somewhat visible through a shirt, but for sportswear I really don't mind that.
If I had to nitpick, my only concern is that there is still a little wrinkling at the base of the cup. They are probably a tad wide and shallow for me. I don't feel it when I'm wearing it and it doesn't affect support, but when I take the bra off, I can see some creases forming on the inside of the foam cup, even after only a couple minutes of wear. (It is not a cup size issue and in fact this problem was worse for me in the 30FF). I don't know what that will mean for longevity. I hope it will be ok. Finally, how the heck am I going to pack this ginormous bra into my luggage?!
Updated on Apr 30, 2015 Flag this
I`m not entirely sure how I feel about this bra. I use it for running, my other sports bras are all by Shock Absorber (Ultimate Run, D+ Max), so they are my point of reference.
The band is very tight (I did not size up), but after wearing it for 20+ times, it stretches out quickly (but not excessively). The cups fit me well, there is no spilling on top or on the sides, and I do not feel restricted in movement. The support is very good (I have very soft breasts requiring lots of support), similar to the Shock Absorbers.
My main problem with this bra is ... the racerback hook. When I use it, I get intense neck pain after 30+ minutes of running. I think the reason is that the hook sits way too high for me (almost on my neck) and it is not adjustable. Adjusting the straps does not help. When I do not use the hook, the support is reduced noticeably - still ok, but the bra could work so much better. If the hook were adjustable, I think this would be a perfect sports bra for me - now, it is a pretty good one for short trainings or hiking, but not for longer runs.
Updated on Sep 16, 2017 Flag this
This was my correct fit in this bra, but I returned it because it was damaged. I also found the violet color to be way too loud - much more so in person than online. I will do a full fit review on the Geo pattern.
Updated on Apr 30, 2015 Flag this
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