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Soft, comfortable, and supportive. Minimizes bouncing downward, but upper breast tissue is free to move about. I don't fill out the top parts of the cup due to my breasts being bottom-heavy. The top seems to sit away from my skin. I tried a cup size down, with unsuccessful results- cup was way too small, I had tissue leaking out under my arms, but still didn't fill the top half of the cup. I've never gotten a good fit out of any Panache bra, though, so this is unsurprising to me.
The band size runs SMALL and is TIGHT, especially for all-day wear. Definitely a technical bra built for heavy exercise, wouldn't recommend for yoga or stretching.
The J hook in the back. Convenient if you want a racer back look. But beware- if you have long hair, your hair WILL get caught in the hook! My braid has gotten caught on it many times, causing awkward head turning, weird faces, and minor whiplash. Not cool.
Updated on Oct 13, 2016 Flag this
If I were in charge of naming this bra, it's name would be "Like a Boss." It looks and feels like serious armor and, indeed, I'm not going anywhere in this thing, no matter how much jumping and bending over I do. But it's so comfortable!! There is no part of this bra that pokes or pinches or digs in anywhere. There is extra cushioning in the straps, around the wires, and behind the hooks. The wires also stop way before the bra does, which makes them extra comfy (1/2 in under the arm and 2 inches in the front!). My boobs ... are separated and supported and so happy. I want to wear this everyday!
A few more things I should mention: I never ever work out, I just wanted something for every day. Though, I do watch a lot of kids at work, that's kind-of exercising.. Also, this review was written the day I bought the bra, so if anything changes, I'll come back and edit. And third, my measurement of the inside of the cup may be off. There is a double layer of fabric in the cups, and they don't lay together until you put it on. Lastly, you can wear this with straight straps or as a racer back. Awesome!
eta: It's still wonderful, I love it!
Updated on May 28, 2012 Flag this
Oh man, these sports bras are insanely comfortable, even if they are sort of ugly, hah! A 32G fits me the best, other than the wires are too long and poke me in the armpits sometimes. (One side poked through the fabric; my husband bent the wire on the end so that it wouldn't poke, and I just quickly stitched the fabric back together. It's ugly, but works.) I wear them pretty much every day, all day long, but I'm not particularly active. If I did, though, these would be great at containing "the bounce." Highly recommended, even with the armpit-poking problems.
Updated on May 30, 2016 Flag this
It is fine overall but I am going to order one cup smaller, as I feel it is a bit loose on the top, and I think that makes it less supportive. The band size is perfect. I don't find it too snug as some other reviews said.
Although I haven't tried it at the gym yet, it feels very confortable and supportive enough.
Straps are very well cushioned, so they are really confy. It has "hidden" underwires which is great because it gives lovely shape with 2 separated boobs but it doesn't look like underwear from the outside. It does on the back, which is a common bra ... back with 3 hooks (and an extra clip to make it racerback). The underwires are completely cushioned, they don't dig at all and you don't even fell them. As it says on the label, the breast are encapsulated individually so it gives you better support. I fell very "secured" when I wear it, even though I still feel a bit of bouncing when running in place, but I hope it gets better with one cup size smaller.
Quality looks great.
My only concern is its performance with sweat, because it looks great on the outside, but the padded inside doesn't look very breathable. I will update this when I test it https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
It is 49%Polyamide, 38%Polyester, 15%Elastane
I've ordered this one, Freya Active and Shock Absorber and this is one is definitely my favorite and the one I am keeping.
*Update: One cup size smaller was fine for me. I've tried it at the gym and I love it. My concerns about sweating were wrong. I don't get sweaty boobs, probably with the help of the individual encapsulation of the breast, as it avoids rubbing skin between the breasts.
It is supportive enough for fitness, aerobics, etc. Just love it!
Updated on Aug 28, 2012 Flag this
This is pretty much the best sports bra I've ever bought. It's supportive, secure, and stays in place while I'm exercising, and I don't have to layer any bras with it. To be honest, I personally do not like the pattern I have, which is a neon design; it's too loud for me.
Updated on Sep 19, 2020 Flag this
I was finally able to try this on at a store, and ended up getting the size I would have ordered online based on my older one that's now too large. It does give me a little bit of quad boob, which has generally been the case with this bra and I expected it as I sized down. ETA: I did change my fit information to reflect that though it cuts in, it does fit me as the other size didn't. I'm not sure if the cups do end up stretching a little at the top over time, or if I just keep shrinking, but either way, it ... all works out in the end. I did try the 32GG too and it's just too big and not supportive enough. I think this size is still really flattering despite the slight spillage, and it gives me good separation where the wires start further down in the gore. It's very supportive and for the first time I'm able to wear this model without an extender from the beginning! I wore it for a good 8-10 hours yesterday without needing to adjust it; I totally forgot I was wearing a new sports bra. I haven't even done a thing to the wires yet and they're very comfortable. The one thing that was very strange at first was the cups being low under my arms. I know this is a thing on this bra, but going two cup sizes down from last time, I feel kind of bare there. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":p" /> Still, after trying the other options in the store, I feel this is the best model for my needs (I absolutely *hated* the wire/padding-free version).
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 Flag this
At the time that it fit(before having children), it was a perfect fit in my size at that time. I only wore it maybe 3 times because I became pregnant soon after I purchased it.
It held me in well and I didn't pop out when doing jumping exercises.
Updated on Dec 03, 2018 Flag this
Prior to my breast reduction, this was a great sports bra for me. It was supportive, and it was one of the only sports bras I could wear without wearing another bra either underneath or over top of it. I eventually outgrew it, but continued to wear it even though it was slightly too small for me, which of course resulted in less support. Now that I have had a breast reduction, I have too much space available in the cups, and there is a lot of wrinkling.
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 Flag this
Comfortable and supportive. I wish the wires weren't so wide! If they were narrower, ala Polish bras, this would be perfect. Other than that, a solid sports bra, one I've had multiple versions of. This particular design is really fun and brightly designed. I especially love the purple color on the inside of the cups. (I think it's called the "Painterly" design) I was getting sick of wearing my plain black sports bras, and this one was about $20 cheaper than the other colors. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
Updated on May 11, 2018 Flag this
This is one of the most comfortable bras I've ever worn; that being said, I don't tend to wear it while "working out" or doing anything super strenuous. I wear it sometimes as an every day bra, and also when I walk.
I have two of the black Panache sports bras, and would have tons more in more of the fun colors, if they weren't so dang expensive. They don't make your boobs look cute or sexy, but the comfort level more than makes up for it.
If you want an every day bra that you can easily wear while doing light exercises, like walking or biking, this is the one for you.
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 Flag this
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