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Surprisingly comfortable for a sports bra! It feels very supportive, but also just as comfortable as a regular bra. I haven't yet tried vigorous sports with it, but jumping/running in place, and rock climbing, so far have been a success. I love that the straps can convert to a racer-back, though this can cause some discomfort in the armpits. It also shows through shirts MUCH less than my last sports bra.
Updated on Dec 01, 2013 Flag this
Before wearing this bra for an extended period of time (four-five hours), I would have left a glowing review of it. Yes, even before then I was aware that the band was too tight for me without an extender, and that the sides were high enough to be uncomfortable. But the uplifted shape it gave my boobs and the comfort of the rest of the construction (I could barely feel the gore! The underwires were so padded that I couldn't feel them either!!) persuaded me that its flaws were ignorable.
After four hours of wearing this bra, I never wanted to wear it again. With a couple more bad ... bra experiences under my belt, I think I can definitively say that it's not the right bra shape for me-- not in the cups, necessarily, but in the band. I have a high stomach (i.e. a sort of raised/rounded pad of fat that sits high on my stomach), you see. I'm starting to think that bras that don't have enough give below the gore are just not going to work for me comfort-wise. It's like the weight of my breasts will distribute along the front of my band only if there's nowhere else for it to sit, but they'll happily focus on that point where my stomach meets my sternum if the bra is cut to allow for that.
It's either that, or I have an oddly-shaped ribcage, and that's why it feels like a lot of otherwise well-fitting bras seems to put weight on that point. Either way, I'm going to find some way to unload this bra asap, because it's just not quite there.
-- Miscallaneous points:
- What people have said about the band on this being firm is true. If you're in-between bands like I am, I would try going up a band to see if that is more comfortable. Otherwise, if you can manage with an extender, this bra will definitely get you more wear in your "correct" size. And despite the initial, impossible-feeling tightness, it *will* stretch. I went from barely being able to hook myself into a 30 band sans extender to being able to do it fairly readily.
- The shape is awesome, especially for a sports bra. However it does mean that if you have FF+ boobs, they will be in the way of your arms a bit because of how evenly the bra places your boobs in the cup.
- The sides are really freaking high. That would probably have been the eventual end of this bra for me if I hadn't had the just-below-sternum problem, but I don't think I'd have minded coping with it as much.
- Boob movement is, I think, inescapable at larger cup sizes in this bra. A bit of movement didn't feel uncomfortable when I'd just put it on, but after a few hours of wearing it... *shudders*. Suffice it to say that if this bra is not perfectly comfortable on you to begin with, you probably shouldn't expect to do high-impact stuff comfortably after more than an hour of wear.
Updated on Jan 10, 2013 Flag this
Bra runs full in the cup. I recommend sizing down one cup size. The band also runs really tight, so if you're between band sizes go up one band size (and down two cup sizes).
The size 30H would best people who typically wear a 30HH or 28J.
Updated on Feb 28, 2018 Flag this
The pink marl version.
The fit and sizing is similar to other Panache bras, with a few exceptions. As mentioned by others the band is tighter. A 30 band is usually on the large side for me, but I wore this with an extender for comfort. The sides and cups are even taller than other Panache bras I've tried. The material goes almost all the way up to my collarbones, which is good, but there's too much room there to give sufficient support. Panache bras tend to have too much fullness on top for me, but with the thick material it looks kind of ridiculous. Perhaps that is needed ... for some, but I wonder if Panache has a problem with their scaling. Sadly a size down wouldn't have enough depth and width.
The wires are much less sturdy than normal Panache bras. They are still malleable, but it means it doesn't tack on me. (The thick material also doesn't help with that.)
It's comfy though. The support and lift is good and I'm more comfortable doing light exercise with this than I ever was in my old Shock Absorber compression bras. As long as I'm not supposed to press my elbows together in front, because there's too much stuff in the way. But before I do any running or jumping I need to find a sports bra that holds in the top of my chest better.
Updated on Apr 06, 2016 Flag this
Very comfortable considering I'm sized out. Great shape and support. Awesome colours and wearable without a top for yoga.
Thrilled that they just added a J cup this year. Will be running out to get one and praying I'm still not sized out.
Updated on Jan 03, 2016 Flag this
Fantastic support, coverage, and overall feel!
Updated on Oct 12, 2015 Flag this
i have the aqua, lime and grey version of this sports bra. It is super comfy. It runs tight in the band and big in the cups.
The measurements for this bra are a little tricky as the underwires are padded. so for example, the center gore is 7inches, but the underwires are only 4.5inches tall, and the rest is just soft material.
The same is true for cup separation: the padded channel for the underwires is thick, but i think it is flexible and the actual underwires are only 0.5 inches wide
Updated on Jan 30, 2014 Flag this
I bought this in a 30H because I have the 32G and feel that the band could be snugger.
At first it was difficult to hook the back, but when I tried it a second time it was easier. The bra is fairly comfortable, but there is a lot of padding and just material on the bra.
I am thinking I will return it as I'm not 100% satisfied with how it fits.
Also, I'm not sure this bra provides as much bounce control as I'm looking for.
Updated on Oct 14, 2012 Flag this
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