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Just received this bra in the mail this morning–thanks, LarsandtheRealBra ! While I may update this review after I try to actually exercise in the thing, I thought I'd give a review based on initial thoughts.
Initial thoughts: wow! Is this what I've been missing out on? I've bought sports bras in sizes small or medium for years, based on what was the least painful at Target or Walmart. Always, the bands are too large and the cups are too tight. This is my first ever "real" sports bra, and I think I may be a convert! No painful squeezing, no wrestling the darn thing over my ... head, and it actually fits!
Fit-wise: this thing seems to be just the right size.The straps are wide (width actually varies), padded, and quite comfortable. The center gore is high (measured at almost 5"), but most of that is fabric; the wires themselves only come up 2.75" and don't jab me in the chest like some high-gore bras. While the top of the bra is slightly tight, it's less of a quad-boob and more of a quad upper chest effect? Meaning, there's a small bulging at the top, but I don't think it's actually breast tissue. Either way, I find the bra to be very comfortable. I'm so excited to try this thing out! Who knows? Maybe this will be just the thing to get me back into running!
Updated on Sep 06, 2016 Flag this
Tight in the band but still really comfortable. No pain when running, so it does the job.
The one eye on the loosest set was always loose and got all bent and had to be cut off so now I'm only able to use 2of the hooks.
Updated on Jan 13, 2016 Flag this
First of all; I love the colour. Wearing this bra just makes me feel peppy. Great quality, I like the materials used, and the silicone encased underwire is a great idea. Unfortunately this bra is too small for me, it cuts into my upper breast tissue and creates a lump under clothing. The centre gore is very high and doesn't lay flat on me, but I still feel very secure in this bra. The cups appear quite deep, I don't think they run large though, at least for me. I absolutely must try this bra in the correct size, I would love one that fits!
Updated on Aug 05, 2015 Flag this
Definitely my favorite sports bra, but I still haven't settled in on my size. 30DD is my usual, but it seems a bit big in band. 28E is probably best fit, but when I have a few extra pounds I get lots of back fat protruding (I am pretty fit and slim in the torso). Still, 30DD, 30E and 28E all work pretty well; even 28F seems ok at times. Maybe none of them truly fit, but the cups are molded so they work. Gives a very nice shape!
Updated on Feb 22, 2015 Flag this
This is only the second underwire sports bra I've ever purchased, but it's noticeably better than my prior one. The center gore, though it doesn't lay completely flat, lies flatter against my sternum than I would have expected. This is possible because the underwire itself doesn't extend all the way to the top of the bra. It stops midway. The reason it doesn't lie flat has more to do with my breasts being set close together than with anything else.
As for the band, I started out at the outermost hooks and now am wearing it at the 2nd set of hooks after 5 months.
The shoulder straps are quite comfy.
I actually feel quite comfortable in this bra and wear it as an everyday bra when I'm feeling lazy.
Updated on Apr 08, 2014 Flag this
I tried this bra in my regular size.
It runs true to size in both cup and band in my impression.
The bra is like a boob armor. The materials are thick and sturdy and the cups are thick and molded. It's made of several layers of moisture-wicking fabric. However, it does not seem suitable for warm weather.
The straps are very long and didn't adjust short enough for me. I had to use the racerback clip to get them in place, but it felt a bit uncomfortable since the clip is sitting very high.
It fit great right after putting it on and scoop & swoop. However, after moving my arms, ... I ended up with empty space on top of the cups and "armpit fat" that wouldn't go back into the cups.
Sizing down in the cup didn't help (too small). I didn't try sizing down in the band, since the band already fit tightly and I cannot stand a too-tight band in a sports bra.
Since a sports bra is kinda pointless if you cannot move in it, I didn't keep it.
Everybody loves the Panache Sports Bra, but it's just not the right style for me.
I prefer my Shock Absorber bras, since they are light and thin, suitable for any kind of movement (even yoga!) and still give great support. Plus they are machine-washable!
Updated on Dec 28, 2013 Flag this
This bra is definitely too small for me. The band is too snug - I would certainly have problems running or doing anything else where I would be breathing. Wayyy too constricting! It also seems that the wires are not long enough, so there's quite a bit of tissue being pushed into my underarms. I think trying a 32DD might solve many of these issues. Otherwise the bra seems to be very solidly constructed and extremely supportive (in the right size).
Updated on Sep 12, 2013 Flag this
Molded cups, so I don't quite fill the exact shape toward the top. Since it's a sports bra, it comes high enough there is no quad-boob.
Comfort = Good but not Excellent for my application, as the (non-adjustable) rings on the back sit exactly where the barbell is placed for squats, so I get bruising. If I wear it as a racerback, it's uncomfortable because the straps don't adjust long enough for my low-set boobs.
Also tried 28E (too tight, pushed muscle on either side of spine together) and 30E (comically big and empty - no amount of scooping & swooping could hope to fill it - too much projection).
Updated on May 08, 2013 Flag this
It makes a lovely shape with separate boobs. Unfortunately the cups have too much projection for me, I may as well have some space left at the wires, and the band is too loose too. But a 28DD should fit perfect for me! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Updated on Feb 21, 2013 Flag this
Quadroboob effect, too small cups https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> That´s why the band feels too tight.
Updated on Dec 13, 2012 Flag this
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