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The Panache Sports bra is just what I needed for pilates/yoga and hiking. It provide firm support without compressing my chest into a uniboob. I can't speak to whether it works for running, but it held up pretty well to the jump test.
The fit of the 30GG is spot on and the shape/profile is the best I've seen in a sports bra. The band is quite firm and unstretchy. The first time I hooked the band, it was a bit of a struggle, but after a couple days of wear it loosened just enough to become a perfect snug fit.
The central gore is a couple millimeters from ... tacking to my sternum, but I think this has more to do with the design of the bra than the fit. You can see in the pictures that the foam of the cups continues above the central gore and is sewn to the outer lining of the bra, pulling the wires out a bit. The underwires are thickly padded and quite comfortable.
The straps attach to the front of the bra a bit more centrally than a normal bra, which leave a tiny bit of underarm fat/sideboob uncovered, especially with the low wires under the arms. I haven't found this to be a problem in terms of support, but it can look a little like the fit is off.
Overall, I'm very happy with the bra and highly recommend it!
Updated on Jan 25, 2013 Flag this
I bought my first Panache Sports bra used on ebay, because I was going to work in a farm and needed some sort of comfortable bra in which I could easily move with less impact to my back than "normal bras". I followed the advices on Bratabase that said to get one cup size down from your real size.
It was my first sports bra ever, but since it was a used bra I couldn't really officially review its effect, in my opinion. Then I lost weight and changed sizes so I ordered a brand new sports bra. Now I've used it everyday for three months and I've just ... bought a new one in white, so I can finally review this bra !
The first thing I've noticed is that, unlike my "normal" (Cleo) bras, the band is quite firm. It was good because I have enough to deal with back pain with the physical activities I'm doing around the farm, there's no need to add those of a too much elasticated bra back !
The center gore is quite comfortable with its padding, and it separates my breasts nicely. The cups are soft and comfortable too, and it protect my nipples from the cold air out there, which is good since I'm in Sweden. There's nothing I dislike more than having cold hard nipples, it hurts !
The padded straps are also very comfortable. But I don't know if it's the texture of the padded sections or the sweat produced, but I have a couple of small red pimples where they sit on my shoulders.
The big advantage of this bra is that the straps are more centered and closer to my neck than on my other, "normal" bras. It's the feature I love best in this bra, because thanks to that the straps don't fall off my narrow shoulders like they did with my other bras ! I wish all of Cleo and Panache bras would have the same feature…
I like the 3-hooks closure for the nice support it gives.
As it is, this bra doesn't suppress bounciness, but then I have very soft breasts. I don't use the J-hook in my everyday activities but I noticed it helps a little with the bounciness.
It doesn't get smelly with sweat or retains much deodorant perfume, and when I wash it, it dries very quickly.
This bra gives my breasts a rather nice shape, but less projected and high than with my Cleo bras, so it has a little minimizing effect. I can wear this bra under normal everyday clothes too (which I do because I have only two bras that fit me at the moment) and it's not obvious I'm wearing a sports bra.
All in all, I think this is a pretty good bra ! The only downside is the price…
Updated on Sep 27, 2015 Flag this
LOVE THIS BRA!! This is the absolute perfect sports bra for my size/shape!! It holds in everything in place and keeps me from bouncing everywhere! I love the fact that that I can wear as a regular bra, but I love having the J hooks and that I can easily convert to a racer-back and it's easy to reach. It's also lightly lined so that nipples don't show through on cold days. I have several colors and rotate them as I work out several times a week. Again, very expensive bras, but worth the cost for the great fit and durability.
Updated on Mar 21, 2018 Flag this
I loved this sports bra when it fit me, very supportive and even fairly cute as far as sports bras go. I have recently gone down a few sizes so it does not fit me anymore.
Updated on Jan 21, 2018 Flag this
great sports bra, good support!
i'd say size down one size in the cups, keep your usual band size.
the shape isn't too bad, not super pointy and not squashed.
Updated on Mar 22, 2016 Flag this
I prefer the 30GG's (I own two) for lower-impact stuff like yoga.
Updated on Sep 14, 2015 Flag this
This bra is very CLOSE to being my size, but after an hour or so of exercise I'm just as glad to take it off. Still, I plan to buy a 32G, or possibly a 32FF. (I feel like I might want the size down? These cups are very spacious and molded, because of how they're designed, so it's hard to be sure.)
PROS: Nice shape. "Modest" enough to be worn without a shirt. Decent bounce-prevention, though I wouldn't use it for running. Comfortable, in spite of being too tight.
CONS: Well, if you're looking for a running bra... Plus, Panache bras seem to very rarely go on sale.
Updated on Dec 29, 2014 Flag this
Its measurements were modified after wearing it for so long on the last hook even though it wasn't my band-size (mistake on my part). The too small band teneded to curl up, also changing the shape. It's good for exercise, but not a perfect fit cup-wise. Fabric was a bit stiff and almost scratchy at first, but easily turns comfortable. Material is thick, so very durable but also prone to feeling 'too hot'. I still like it, it fits, it works. Overall, despite the minor cons (mostly my fault), it is the best bra I currently own.Will keep.
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Updated on Aug 07, 2014 Flag this
my first sports bra which separates the breasts. i really like everything about. fit is great. fabric is pleasant to touch and easy to care for. i really like the option of clipping the straps in the back for a racerback option. i wear it running. i wear it in self defense classes. it keeps my breasts steady during the most intense exercise and it looks good enough to be worn alone on those long summer runs
Updated on Jun 27, 2014 Flag this
The 30 band fits true, but I'm a bit perplexed about the cups. The left one (my smaller side) has a slight wrinkle at the top, and the center gore doesn't lie flat, though the band fits perfectly. So I'm thinking either the cups are too small, which I doubt, or it's just a flaw of this style (at least for my breast type). Because if I went up a size I'm sure it would be too big, but if I went down a size I feel it wold be too small. When I push the gore flat against my skin, the cups fits amazing-- no wrinkling and no pinching too tight--just right. So I'm perplexed, I really wanted this bra to work for me. However, it didn't pass the bounce test well either. Too much bounce for me, especially if I'm spending this much money on a sports bra. The panache sports bra in red/grey is beautiful and comfortable, well made from what I can tell.
Updated on Apr 03, 2014 Flag this
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