Overview: complete failure for me
This is the worst sports bra I've tried to date (I've tried: Bravissimo Inspire, Elomi Energise, Freya Active, Panache sports bra, and Shock Absorber). Either it runs very large and I was wearing completely the wrong size, or it has no support whatsoever.
Band: true to size, but awkward
I ordered a 36G, which is the larger of the two band sizes I routinely wear. I clipped it on the second hook of four rows, which is probably better than wearing it on the outermost hook, which would cause problems with fastening the velcro hook cover (it only seems to completely attach on the ... innermost sets of hooks; what's the point of that?).
Straps: half adjustable, don't go short enough
The straps were shortened as much as I could shorten them, which was clearly not enough. I'm not someone who routinely has problems with half adjustable straps, so this generally means the straps are long.
The bra comes up quite high on the chest and completely covers my collarbone. It's the first sports bra I've encountered which completely encapsulates my breast tissue.
Fit: strange, and not in a good way
The bra has some unusual fit issues. At the bottom of the cups there is a sort of "shelf" which extends for a few centimeters before my breast spills over it and down. I've tried to take a picture of this. At a guess, it isn't made for softer breasts. Another strange thing is that the top part of the bra is quite loose, instead of being pressed firmly against the skin. I can easily stick a finger in the armhole and pull the bra out somewhat. Needless to say, this makes the high coverage useless; it's little more than a tank top on the upper part of my chest. Actually, a tight tank top might offer more compression. Mind you, this is supposed to be a compression bra not an encapsulation bra: it doesn't have wires. I've included a picture of this as well.
Bounce test: ouch!
I could tell that I was bouncing a lot, even when I took up the slack of the straps with my hands. But I couldn't tell just how bad it was until I looked at the video. Yikes! I've said in the past that with some other bras I might as well not be wearing them, but I have to retract those comments to say that some other bras were no better than wearing a normal bra not intended for sports. This bra was worse than anything I have ever seen. I would get less bounce wearing an everyday bra. I may as well have been nude, except that I think my breasts would have had a more flattering shape as they flew up to my mouth had I been naked. At the bottom of the bounce they were saggy teardrops, in mid-bounce they were flattened east-west pancakes, and then at the top of the bounce they were torpedos aimed at my chin.
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This bra is not owned any more
Updated on May 30, 2013 Flag this