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Look at what I got!!! A couple weeks ago Figleaves was having a sale and I was able to snag this beauty for £29.40 plus shipping, which translated to about $61 CAD (which is basically the best price I've seen in Canada for the Panache Sports bra). Well, I got this in the mail on Friday and I went for my first run wearing it yesterday, so these are my first impressions.
First of all, it's so vibrant in real life! I love it! Secondly, its quality and craftsmanship is absolutely impeccable. There isn't a single thread out of place. Third, it fits pretty well! I was lucky to ... be able to try on a 30F at Broad Lingerie in Toronto when I was there last, and Sam said that this Cosmic colourway (and the black) runs a bit tighter in the band than the other colourways, so she said I should be fine with the 28FF. It fits well on the second set of eyes for me, and I really enjoy that it has three hooks! The encapsulation is a very different feeling to the compression of my Shock Absorber Ultimate Run that I'm used to. I don't know which I prefer yet. The gore does not tack on me, so I don't feel quite as locked in as I was expecting, but it still seems to support me well. I will probably need to shorten the straps down the road, but for now they're fine. I don't know whether I'll use the J hook or not. My Shock Absorber can only be worn racerback style, and it feels very secure that way, I just don't like the tan lines hahah.
In this size range, this bra seems to run small in the cups. The measurements are in the range of other 28F bras I own from Panache and Cleo. It is shaped best for someone with at least moderate projection and who has some upper fullness and tall roots. For those who are shallow or very FOB, I would say you may be able to size down, but it'll depend on whether you still need the depth at the bottom of the cups or not.
Overall, I'm happy with this bra so far! I'll be sure to give an update down the road to let y'all know how it holds up over time
Updated on Oct 19, 2017 Flag this
I am not such a super exercise machine like I should be, but I wanted to invest in a good sports bra because, let's face it -- without one, there's absolutely NO hope of me ever getting out there to exercise! I like to jog when I have time and the weather is good, so I really needed something better than the crappy one-size-fits-most champion sports bras.
I chose the purple and grey version of the panache sports bra simply because it looked awesome. It's a little more "fun" than just black and probably shows the grime a little less than white. It doesn't look like a sports bra ... meant to hold in big boobs, it looks great!
The biggest con so far is that the band is, in my opinion, extremely small. My underbust measurement fluctuates between about 27.5 to 28.5, and I can close this band on the loosest hooks, but just barely. I feel that I may have to get a band extender to extend it seriously just one more hook's width in order to, you know, breathe properly! I like a good, fitted band, but this might be a bit too much.
The other HUGE plus of this bra is the shape it gives me! Whoa! I'm used to the unending uniboob of other sports bras, but this gives a nice, rounded shape with two clearly defined boobs! It isn't as super awesome as my other bras(naturally), but I feel like I could wear this underneath real clothing with the intention of taking a jog later in the day and not feel self conscious that it's overtly obvious that I am wearing a sports bra, given that the cut of the shirt isn't giving it away.
Updated on Oct 10, 2012 Flag this
I have this bra in 28FF, which is two sizes too small. I had heard it was a good idea to size down a cup size from the reviews on Amazon.com, and then my boobs went up a cup size between ordering the bra and its arrival. Keeping it because I need a sports bra asap and I'll just have to make do with altering the wires until I can afford another. (It's much more comfortable with the wires adjusted, but still not ideal.)
I don't believe it's necessary to size down; the bra seems true to size (way too small for me) and if anything I ... might recommend sizing up in the band. I can fasten it, but it's almost too tight on my 27.5 inch ribcage.
I notice much less bounce when I use the j-hook to turn it into a racer back. Not sure if that's because it doesn't fit properly or if everyone would have that issue.
Otherwise, the construction of the bra is very good, and the wires are padded enough that I can't really feel them. And it gives me a nice shape under my tank tops without any seams showing.
I'd really like to try this bra in my proper size once I have more room in my budget!
Updated on Mar 21, 2015 Flag this
This really is the best sports bra. It is so supportive, yet it still gives a great shape under clothes. The band is nice and snug and there is a J-hook so it can be worn as a racer-back if desired. The band is nice and tight too. This fits well right now, when I am more of a 26G/GG or 28FF/G. When I weigh about 5 pounds less and tend to wear 26FF/G and 28F/FF, the 28F fits better.
Updated on Jan 27, 2018 Flag this
I have had this sports bra for a long time now. I wear it all the time. Is a good fit and comfortable and supportive.
Updated on Aug 02, 2016 Flag this
unfortunatelly the coral colour isn't as tight in the band than the black one. But on the middle hoock its still ok for the start.
Updated on Nov 21, 2015 Flag this
I have now tried 4 different sizes of this bra at different points in my post-pregnancy weight loss. None have fit me until now. I measure at 28G these days, but I figured based on my past experiences with other sizes that I'd need to go one cup down because of my short roots and lack of upper fullness if I wanted to avoid the empty space I usually get at the top of the cup.
The band is very snug around my 27.5 inch underbust, but not uncomfortably so. The cups are tight to the point that I might actually be able to wear a 28G ... after all, but the 28FF fits well enough that it probably isn't worth buying a brand new, full price one just to try.
To give some context to the activity I bought the bra for, my "sport" of choice is dance gaming (so like Dance Dance Revolution type stuff). I didn't notice any bounce at all while playing, even during the jump-heavy parts, so I would call this a success. (As an added bonus, the pink spot colorway I got actually kinda matches the aesthetic of older DDR machines.)
After wearing it for a few hours of play, I do notice some upper back pain. I'm not sure why this is - it happened with the other sizes I tried when I walked around in them, and I assumed it was because I used the j-hook in the back to try to lessen the empty space at the top, but I did not use it this time. Maybe I just need to loosen the straps, or I need more time to break it in.
As others have mentioned, the shape it gives under a shirt is nice, and the construction is high quality.
Updated on Sep 27, 2015 Flag this
Additional measurement: Gore height, from underbust to end of wires (about halfway up the bra): 7.5 cm.
Review to come soon
Updated on Aug 04, 2015 Flag this
Even though it's a cupsize too large it really holds everything in! It does get a bit warm though.
Updated on Jun 08, 2015 Flag this
A sports bra worthy of everyday wear! It looks absolutely amazing under clothes, and I wouldn't be too embarrassed to wear this thing to work out without a shirt. My asymmetry is somewhat noticeable (the cup on the smaller side caves in a tiny bit), but not enough that I'd be self conscious about it. The wires are completely enclosed in foam and feel extremely comfortable.
I'm in love with the aesthetic of the colors and cup construction. Panache has a gorgeous product here.
My only complaint: the band is tight. Super tight. I am on the larger end of a 28 and I have a hard time ... fastening this thing. Will be wearing it with an extender, which makes everything feel great (I can breathe!). If in doubt, size up in the band!
Edit: I have noticed some pain in my shoulder blades due to the straps being too wide during use with the extender. I tried to used the racerback option, but the straps sat too heavily on my overly-tense neck muscles and I couldn't deal. Will have to size up if I try this again.
Updated on May 31, 2015 Flag this
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