I was delighted to find that this bra is supportive enough to run in it - even without using the J-hook. I wore it for a 4+ mile run today on a hilly route, and while I am not the speediest of souls, I felt well-supported and did not notice any bounce, other than in the very tops of my breasts that are "above" the bra (which was minimal). Trudging up stairs and racing down them is comfortable, no need to hold myself. Jumping jacks and bouncing around like a hyperactive pre-schooler had no ill effects. This bra keeps you secure and supported without making it impossible to ... breathe.
The shape and support is extremely similar to that of the wired bra, though it does not feel as "secure" along the band due to the lack of wires. This does not seem to affect the actual support, but it does have a different feel, especially if you are used to mostly wearing wired bras, including sports bras. The wired bra *feels* a bit tighter and supportive in the cup perimeter, but again, I did not notice a difference in function. I think the non-wired version is slightly more closed on top, though I do not have a wired version in the same size for proper comparison. There is less separation of the breasts without the wires, indeed, it is probably more accurate to say there is hardly any. This has not bothered me so far. When lounging, the non-wired version does not keep breasts contained on the sides the way the wired version does.
Because the bra is less structured, sizing down may be necessary for better support. I also tried the 34FF, and it appeared to fit and felt generally okay, but seemed to have a bit of extra room at the lower sides. Fit was a little harder to assess without wires (I have not worn a non-wired bra in years, except for sleeping.)
The band is firm enough to support me but does not seem as tight (for the size) as my wired ones. I did not size up in the band, my loose measurement is currently fluctuating ~33.5-34 inches. The cup seams do not appear to be as flat as those on the wired bra cups, and the seams are somewhat noticeable under a fitted shirt, especially the side panel ones. The shape is pretty good, especially for a non-wired bra. Overall, a very good sports bra.
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