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I had a bad feeling sizing down in this but I read a bunch of reviews that FOBs should size down, and the way my 30GG - Panache Sport » Sports Bra (5021) fit I felt like that had some merit so... I sent back my 30GG and got a 30G instead.
Bad idea. If you are extremely FOB, with zero upper fullness, size down. If you are like me, FOB but with tall shallow roots, do not do it. As is obvious from the one angle photo, this bra is cutting into my chest at the collarbone fiercely. On my larger side it's pretty extreme, on ... my smaller side not as much but it's still happening.
In some photos it doesn't look like it's happening but the thing about (any, not just sports, but sports especially) bras is, you're not stationary when you wear your bra. You move around, you raise your arms up, you pull them back, you lean forward, you lean backwards, et cetera, et cetera.
So, moving around with this bra cutting in gets pretty damn uncomfortable at some point.
The band is comfortably snug, and the gore is a soft tack, being pretty tall it gets to be a bit too much cause the cups are having that push up effect so I get some buttcrack cleavage into which the gore cuts in as well.
Overall, a disaster. Maybe this bra is just not for me?
Updated on Feb 05, 2019 Flag this
"What's good about this bra?"
Well, first of all, and most importantly – it supports!
The sizing runs quite large both in the cup and the band, so if you're between sizes, I recommend sizing down, or even beyond that. I first tried it in 70G, which already is smaller than the 70GG that mostly I use in Ewa Michalak. But even if the cup was fairly okay, it was way too big in the band and offered zero support.
The 65G (i.e. one size smaller both in the band and cup), on the other hand, is pretty much perfect! It passed my bounce and wiggle test with flying colours. ... I'll give you an update tomorrow after putting it through the ultimate test: horseback riding.
The band is okay, snug enough, although I can fasten it in the second hooks without it being too uncomfortable. Thus I might have to narrow it down in the future, but that's not anytime too soon, I hope. The cup might be just a tad too small for me (especially my right breast), but if that's the price for decent support, I'm definitely willing to pay!
The straps are wide and comfortable, but a bit too long for me – I always have to shorten the straps if they're not fully adjustable... But when the straps are fastened to an X with the extra hook between the shoulder blades, they're okay, and the support is even better.
As if it wasn't enough that there exists a sports bra in this universe that actually fits and supports even my size, the shape this bra gives is very nice! Not at all sports-bra-ey.
Edit: Now it's been tested in horseback riding, and I can confirm it works. Or at least I didn't notice any disturbing bouncing – of course my focus isn't on my boobs when I'm riding (and I'm wearing winter clothes), but if it were too bouncy, I think I'd feel it. So far, still so good!
Updated on Feb 20, 2013 Flag this
How great is the bra in the right size! I usually wear a 30GG in Panache, but the sports bra in that size ran a bit large. I had some empty space at the apex in the 30GG. The 30G is perfect. A bit on the wide side, but not as bad as Freya's sports bra. Band is comfortably tight (I wear 28s in Freya and Cleo, but 30 in Panache).
The blue Odyssey print is pretty, but darker than I expected. I would call it more of a teal than a turquoise.
Updated on Nov 10, 2016 Flag this
After teens of workouts I can finally write a review. My sports are jogging and fitness, so lots of jumping.
The bra is extremely comfortable. I love to wear it as everyday bra too. Straps are soft, the band is wide under the cups, so there is no wrinkling the finishing tape (which can happen in bras with band made of 2 parts). After haveing it 3 months and wearing it every day when I workout and 2 times a week when I didn't workout the band is just the same tightness as it was at the days of buying.
What I love about it is that it is a ... sports bra, but gives me quite nice shape and it separates my breast (no squishing and compressing). The bridge does not lie flat, but as the brafitter said, it is normal in this model.
The one thing I don't like in this bra is the special racerback option. It hurts me on my neck/shoulders even when it is super loose, so I think I'm just not compatibile with that option.
As a binus I can say that after 2 weeks of fitness workouts and 1 week of jogging my boobd become shorter and thicker. They are more and more filled at the top, and in most of my currently own bras I have spillage on the top of the cup.
Updated on Oct 01, 2013 Flag this
Just tried this on, so I can't review the sport profile, but I can say something about the fitting.
The textile feels very good quality, like the one which can take much bounce. Although I believe for some more delicate skins it can be too harsh.
The breasts are separated, which I take as an pro. The straps tend to fall from my arms, but with a back-X-clip I feel more secure.
It covers almost all of the breasts in front. But there was a problem with sides of the band. For me it was too low, and I felt like me boobs are escaping on the sides.
For the proper fitting ... the 30G is good for me, but as I have uneven boobs and not feel very safe at the sides I will order 30GG which is my normal size at the time.
In comparison to other sport bras I had in my life, this one gives a very nice, not smashed, shape and great separation. Although I don't know how the wires will do while jogging or biking, they are completely 'invisible' in comfort. I think that if anyone has not told me that this bra has wires I would not felt them (just standing and jumping in a fitting room).
Updated on Jun 21, 2013 Flag this
I own this bra in both 30G and 28GG. I fluctuate between both sizes in Panache. I find that the 30G is more comfortable and a better fit when I first put it on however the 28GG is tighter around my chest (my ribcage measures 28 inches exactly) and the 28GG is a bit more supportive when running.
That said, I still get lots of wear out of this one!
This is the only underwired sports bra I've found that fits my shape (full/fleshy in center chest and shallow/no breast tissue high up near my arms) and the Freya Underwired Sports Bra was hopeless (with a fitter to try and help me!) no matter what size I tried on - it was too wide and cut in under my arms (cup too big) whilst pinching the top of my boobs towards the center gore (cup too small!).
For other comments about this bra check out my review in size 28GG.
Updated on May 07, 2012 Flag this
I really like this sports bra. I find it keeps things stable while running. I have two small issues though, first I found the band seemed to stretch out quite quickly. So I will likely have to go down a band size soon. Second, because of my tall roots the trim along the top tends to cut in a bit, even though the bra fits.
Updated on Jan 10, 2019 Flag this
So, this review is for the ODYSSEY PRINT, which I feel is particularly important to note since some of these bras are known to run small depending on the colorway. (Here's lookin' at you, gray/white.)
This particular one seems TTS, stretching only to 31" and that with protests. It might actually be a little TOO small on me, but sports bras are my nemesis; tight enough for support, without being too tight to breathe deeply...? It's a bit of a battle.
Generally I like underwired Panache sports bras. The racerback hook gives me added support for jogging, while unhooking that allows for the range of motion I need to do yoga comfortably. I can't stand compression bras, and there aren't many alternatives, so I wouldn't necessarily say this bra is perfect for me... but I do own several, because it's definitely the best I've found.
Updated on Sep 12, 2016 Flag this
This is the most comfortable bra I've ever worn. Which is kind of a bummer, because it doesn't actually fit my shape well, but it's perfect for exercise. I ordered a 30GG first, and that fit my lower projection and overall shape much better, but there was a bunch of empty space in the top, which wasn't suitable for exercise. In the 30G I have empty space near the gore and the bottom, but it is still somehow comfortable and plenty supportive. The construction of the bra also makes it look like it fits perfectly, so that's nice! The straps adjust just short enough for me, and I ... use the clip for higher impact activities and it works like a charm for me. I would buy more if they weren't so expensive, because I love it as a t-shirt bra! The only thing I'm disappointed in is a couple of the bottom hooks seem to be coming loose after less than two weeks of exercise. I think it's a fluke, and easily fixed, but it's still annoying.
If you don't have much upper fullness or have short roots, definitely size down in the cup. I like a very firm band and this one runs true to size so I wouldn't order up a size.
Updated on Jun 24, 2016 Flag this
This is the absolute best sports bra I've ever worn! I can now add Lindy Hop to my dancing repertoire because the girls are contained while I can still breathe! I purchased the cup size smaller than I normally get (2 sizes smaller than the Cleo by Panache Neve Plunge t-shirt bra that I need) & after wearing it nearly everyday for a month (it's comfortable enough that I'm considering it to be my everyday go to bra) it has stretched to fit perfectly.
Updated on Dec 19, 2015 Flag this
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