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I like this bra. This is the first sports bra that I've ever owned, and I decided that it was time to invest in one. So far, I've been using this as a yoga/around-the-house/sleeping bra. I'm excited that I'll finally have something appropriate for dance classes once I can afford to take those again.
The bra fits really well, except that the center gore is a little wide and a little high for my close set breasts,,, This is why I usually wear nothing but plunge bras. They fit my shape the best... Anyways, as a result, the center gore of this sports bra can sometimes become a little irritating/itchy with a lot of movement.
However, this isn't super noticeable and is offset by the fact that I get such great support in this thing. I just feel really secure. No jiggling because the bra covers the entire breast area. Cups are true to size and the band is nice and firm. This also gives a really nice shape under a shirt.
Updated on Jan 05, 2013 Flag this
This underwired Sports Bra is the one I reach for when I'm going to the gym or know that I'm going to be out jogging for a while.
The center gore is designed to lay flat against the sternum but I find the 28GG is a compromise fit for my shape: it cuts in a little bit near my underarms (where I'm not filling out the side cup really well) but doesn't quite lay flat at the center (where my boobs are full/soft).
The 28 band is a tight fit but I would say only a little bit tighter than other 28s from Panache - just want you want ... in a sports bra. I also wear this in a 30G which is a bit more comfortable at first but isn't quite as supportive/bounce reducing when running.
The thing I like the most about it is that it doesn't push my breasts outward, and actually the shape is very flattering. Definitely wear this one as outerwear. I own it in three colours: Grey, Purple and Black and wear and love the Grey the most. It looks awesome with a white tank thrown over the top and goes with all kinds of base colours on my bottom half. Then again I tend to wear a lot of black, navy, blue and pink exercise wear.
It's the best underwired Sports bra I've tried. However I don't find it gives quite the same comfort and freedom of movement as my soft cup sports bras. I would say this is the best "gym" bra I own and it's the most comfortable to wear post-workout because the underwires and even drenched in sweat everything is separated and held in place.
One quibble on quality: I wash my sports gear with med/hot water (for hygiene) and the metallic Panache Sport logo on the front center bra band peeled off within 2 washes.
Also - running while wearing the back in its racerback configuration gave me shoulder and neck pain twinges. When worn normal bra-strap style it's absolutely fine. Love the racerback option and hope to see something this nifty in other bras, but I wouldn't use it in this sports bra.
Updated on May 07, 2012 Flag this
When I first tried on this bra, it felt very strange. Though it appeared to fit (gore tacked, etc) it felt....off and not very supportive. However, after wearing it around the house a few times it started feeling better. I took it out for a run and rock climbing yesterday, and I believe I have found my first ever properly supportive sports bra.
The bra itself is very solidly constructed, as Panache bras frequently are, and includes great details like soft cushy padded straps with mesh coverings, a racerback clip adapter and foamy covers for the underwires.
Updated on Jun 10, 2013 Flag this
I'm not quite sure how to feel about this bra yet. It fits comfortably... offers more support than any other sports bra I've owned (but then again up to this point I've only had cheap sports bras that are 32/34 band and not made for large cup sizes, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. However I feel that it flattens my boobs a bit, pressing them down causing a minimizing effect, and pushing them close together more than I'd like (slight case of uniboob). But what really turns me off is the pointy shaped cups... my breasts have a more round spherical shape, and ... the pointy cups just look awkward. I've only worn it once so maybe once its "broken in" the pointy boob effect will be less noticeable. Overall I'm happy because it does offer great support, and fits very comfortably. I just wish that the shape of the cups was more rounded and less pointy.
fits band perfectly
love the racer-back hook option
pointy shaped cups
pushes boobs together a bit too much
Updated on Jan 27, 2013 Flag this
I am not sure what to think yet... The bra itself fits, somewhat. I feel like it does push my boobs together a bit more than it should, and flattens them... but more than anything I think its the shape of the cups being pointy. My breasts are naturally round and the pointy cups just fit awkwardly.
Updated on Jan 26, 2013 Flag this
Wear testing, review to come.
First impressions, comfortable and looks good under clothes. Gives a great shape, no pointy boobs. I sized down 1 cupsize, which is a touch small, but my normal cupsize probably would have been a bit big.
This is an encapsulation bra, no compression. My bust measures 36" with it on when it is normally 37.5-38."
Updated on Mar 14, 2012 Flag this
Fantastic quality sports bra, very supportive. The band is waaaaay too tight for me, and the cups just a tidge big. An expensive bra, but the quality is obvious. Wish it fit!
Updated on Jan 16, 2018 Flag this
Ok so I LOVE the panache sports bra. This one is like a size too small so it is slightly uncomfortable, but I have a 28H and it is the best thing ever!!!
Updated on Sep 24, 2016 Flag this
I still own this sports bra and it still functions for great support. However, the wires are now too wide for me due to weight loss. I still highly recomend it.
Original Review 5/9/12:
I Love this sports bra, it fits me perfect. I originally purchased and reviewed this in a size 28G but have since upgraded to a 28GG and it's even better.
Updated on Jul 18, 2015 Flag this
Sports bra success!
I just recieved my grey 28GG Panache sports bra in the mail, and it works!! I'm not saying it's perfect, but it contains all of my tissue, without feeling like a torture device. I only have a tiny bit of boob popping out on my larger/taller side, but seriously, I'd need a turtleneck bra to cover that up. The wired part of the gore tacks, and yes the cups are too wide, creating that emptiness at the bottom-outer sides of the cups, but I seriously don't have any bras where the underwires perfectly follow my root. Thanks to the padded wire channels, there's no stabbing, and I don't actually *feel* the wideness. The band is tight without suffocating me, and while the cups in the 30G I tried had some extra space, these are much better (weird, as they should be the same). The band also feels a little firmer than in 28G. The grey/lavender is a great option to the boring white and black basics. I'm ready to go sportsing!
Updated on Aug 12, 2014 Flag this
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