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I have owned this bra for 2 years, wearing it frequently. I originally purchased it because I was going on safari in Africa, and a GOOD sports bra is a necessity. This did the job, and I cannot imagine doing such a trip in a S/M/L top masquerading as a support garment.
The band is quite firm, I did not size up from my usual size, but if you are between band sizes you might prefer to take the larger. I can still comfortably wear it on the first hook and be supported enough for everyday activity, though I would want a tighter hook for actual workouts. Based on ... that, I would not advise anyone to take an uncomfortably tight band - it may well take YEARS for it to stretch.
The cups are padded enough and the seams are flat enough that this can be worn as a t-shirt bra. The padded wires are absurdly comfortable, enough so that even though the gore is too wide and high for my close set breasts, I still find this bra comfortable, to the point that I can sleep in it without ill effect. The gore does not seem to fully tack, though it is hard to really tell due to the construction of the bra. The fabric comes up significantly higher than the wires, so it is difficult to determine tack visually. The cups are tall, do not have enough immediate projection for me, and are slightly roomy in the top. The bra does not actually gap at the top, it is more that the fabric does not give a feeling of containment or restriction. This is fine for a normal bra, but less desirable in a sports bra. As a result, I do not feel as "strapped down" as I would like when doing high-impact movement. If the cups were a little shorter or cut a little less full in the top, it would probably feel more secure when I run.
I get a great shape for a sports bra. I always work out in a shirt, but with or without one, my breasts look good. Lifted and separated, good apex projection visually and practically. I recently bought a replacement in a cup size down, 32F - Panache Sport » Sports Bra (5021). It is a bit too small, but I think it will be more supportive for workouts, and since I am still looking to drop a bit of weight, I think/hope I will get more use out of it than if I bought a new 32FF. I seem to get a bit less bounce when I run in the smaller size.
Caveats: I am full on bottom, somewhat soft-tissued, projected, slightly pendulous, close-set, inner fullness, need a lot of immediate projection. I have narrower roots. I am long-waisted and tall for a woman (5'8"). I have a smaller frame, am a bit deflated on top and have some looser skin. It is not super obvious, but likely affects fit slightly.
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 Flag this
Why are the cups so big on this bra? I first ordered the Panache Sports Top, which is pretty much the Panache Sports Bra with a tank top over it, in my regular size in Panache (30GG), only to find that the band was so tight that I could barely fasten it and that the cups were way too big, especially at the top. So I figured a band size up and a cup size down would do the trick. Unfortunately, not quite.
The band is perfect in the 32FF, but the cups are still too tall for my high set breasts. It acts similarly to the Fantasie Rebecca ... on me - the cups are rigid enough to keep a normal looking shape even though the top isn't completely filled. The J-hook in the back helps with this gaping, but it doesn't completely fix it.
I haven't tried working out in it yet since I might want to exchange it, but I suspect that if I did, it probably wouldn't control bounce as well as it could if the shape worked better for me. The wires seem wide enough that I might be able to size down even more to a 32F or maybe even a 32E. This extreme difference would make me suspect that I'm not actually anywhere close to a 30GG if I hadn't been wearing a Cleo Lucy in that size all day that I filled out just fine. I guess it's just one of those weird shape issues I'll probably never fully understand.
I could see this being a very good t-shirt bra as it gives a very nice, rounded shape under shirts. I haven't worn it for very long, but it seems like it could also be a comfortable everyday bra.
Updated on Apr 17, 2015 Flag this
ORIGINAL REVIEW AND PHOTOS (March 2019):
After trying on a ton of sports bras (I was honestly concerned Amazon wasn't going to let me order any more), the Panache Wired Sports Bra is my favorite.
I often fall between sizes, so I tried on a few different sizes (32FF, 34F, 32F, and 34E). I ended up keeping the 32FF because I like a tighter band in my sports bras. There is a tiny bit of space in the top of the cup during part of my cycle, but the 32F was too small so I stuck with the FF. The space doesnt seem to be a problem. The bra ... does a good job of encapsulating my breast tissue and keeping everything where it needs to be. I use this bra for weight lifting and running with no issues.
My only complaint is that the j-hook is at a fixed point. I will sometimes use it while running because it tightens things down just a bit more and it frees my shoulder blades. However, the attachment point is a little high for me. I've tried other sports bras where the j-hook can be moved up or down the strap.
Design is similar to the Chantelle Women's Sport High Impact Wonderwire, though the sizing is a little different (I had to size down in the Chantelle cup to get the same fit).
UPDATE (November 2021):
I absolutely loved this sports bra - it got a ton of use over the last two years. Unfortunately, it no longer fits because my size has changed. At 24 weeks pregnant, I currently measure at a 34G or 34GG. I can fasten the band on this bra, but it feels very tight and suffocating. The shape of this bra makes it a little hard to evaluate, but I can tell there is no enough room for my tissue in the bottom of the cup at the wire. This pushes the wire out of my IMF and distorts the bottom of the cup. The tissue gets pushed up and out though the quadding isn't visible due to the way the outer portion of the bra is constructed. The gore floats about 1" off my sternum. Overall, the fit issues are clearly a result of the bra being too small. I can make it work in a pinch and have worn it with a bra extender, but it is probably time to put it away.
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 Flag this
I'm very impressed with the comfort, appearance, and stability of this encapulation-style, wired sport bra. The underwire is too wide but it's padded enough that it doesn't dig in or cause discomfort. The gore almost tacks! It goes up very high, but it's narrow. There's a bit of unfilled space at the bottom of the cup, it's maybe half a cup too big, but I don't want to size down and lose the perfect depth and beautiful top line. My breasts are very stable in this bra. There is very little jiggle. I could use it for almost any activity except possibly running (I think I still need mondo-compressions for that). What I wanted this bra for was something I could wear for a long period of time while doing moderate activity like hiking, and I think it will be perfect for that! It looks as good as a regular bra under a shirt, which is an added bonus.
Updated on Apr 07, 2017 Flag this
I bought it as used bra, and it appears that the previous user removed the wires. I was thinking about putting new ones, but it works fine, when the j-hook is fastened. It'll be good for low impact sports like yoga https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
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Updated on Feb 09, 2017 Flag this
Returned this before I could measure with in on so I guessed a the overall bust Measurment. Ordered my usual bra size in Panache instead of sizing up (like Freya Sports Bra) as recommended on ABTF. Band was snug yet comfy, generously wide wires to enclose my migrated tissue and gore mostly tacked. Not sure if sport bras are suppose to tack as snugly in the middle as regular bras. Cup are generous, there is some gapping along the top causing bounce support issues. Although this goes away when I use the j hook, I prefer not to **NEED** to use it. Probably need to size down to 32F (my other usual)
Updated on Sep 30, 2016 Flag this
Well, this was an experiment in me seeing if my boobs could fit more comfortably in a 32FF, mostly since I have nee trying to excercise and eat better and lose weight. 32G is still my go-to size, though I CAN technically wear this 32FF. It's really tight and a bit too shallow for me, though, so not worth me keeping and trying to squish the girls into a too-small cup.
Updated on May 30, 2016 Flag this
Yet another great fit with @Panache sports bras! So comfortable! The band is snug, but never digs in. The gore is tall and wide, and usually that would never work for me, but it never bothers me at all with the soft fabric! The straps are where bra straps belong, up on my shoulders. Seriously some of the best lift I've ever experienced! Cups run one size large.
Updated on Jan 07, 2016 Flag this
This is the best sports bra I've ever owned!
It's very comfortable and supportive but I can't wear it with the back hook because it presses on the junction of shoulder and neck and hurts.
The front pulls a little from the gore on the top but it's not uncomfotable.
Updated on Aug 18, 2013 Flag this
It looks like I'm joining the chorus of voices saying the Panache Sport is the best sports bra ever. I have the purple one (with grey and pink accents) which I love. It's comfortable, supportive and gives a surprisingly attractive shape (uplifted and separated). Brilliant bra.
Updated on Jul 22, 2013 Flag this
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