Oh, this bra. Definitely mixed opinions on this. I haven't decided whether I will keep it or not. It's not great, but the selection for J+ sports bras is quite limited, so it may be the best I can do.
Firstly, this bra runs small in the band! Like don't just get the bigger of two sizes you might wear, actually size up a band size from your larger possible size. On the other hand, the band seems to have already stretched a little just from trying it on 3 or 4 times. The first time I could barely close it on the first set of hooks, now I ...can comfortable move it to the 2nd. Also the cup sizing is a little weird. According to Figleaves, the K cup is equivalent to US-M, when ordinarily a UK K cup would be equivalent to US-O, just to give you an idea. I don't know how the letters on their size chart work, exactly, so I'm not sure what will be the case for other cup sizes.
So, the good: I really like how it looks in this color. I love the heather gray with black and pink detailing. It looks sporty, and like something that could be seen at the gym and not look too much like underwear.
Overall, it's pretty comfortable. The band is nice and wide and supportive, and mostly stays where it belongs (it seems to want to roll a little sometimes). I actually like how high up the front comes, I want that kind of coverage in a sports bra, to keep my boobs out of my neck. The lack of underwire means the sides are comfortable as I move my arms around, nothing rubbing or poking my arms.
There are four rows of 3-hooks. I like having the additional flexibility of an extra row of hooks.
The in-between: They have at least tried to make this bra separate your boobs a bit, with the way the entirely-soft front is constructed. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. Now, it's possible that if I could get a bigger cup size this separation would work better, but as it is, in a size that at least seems to fit reasonably well (as far as my whole boobs fit in the cups), my boobs are completely pushed together in the middle and not separated at all.
Bounce control is okay. Boobs-out-of-neck is okay. Both of these things would be significantly better, I think, if the straps were shorter, so that my boobs were held more tightly against my body, and the top of the bra came up a little higher.
The bad: The straps don't adjust short enough. There's really only a small section of strap that is adjustable, and it doesn't go short enough. I need the front to be pulled up more to get the best fit, otherwise, my boobs sag down below the band in front. The strap attachment in back is the oval kind with two parts, and it turns (not surprisingly), which makes it dig in. (If I keep this sports bra, I am going to open up the strap attachment, and replace these with rings, and re-attach the straps shorter.)
That stupid velcro panel in back! The bra has a velcro piece that is supposed to close over the hooks in back, presumably to make it look less underwear-like and more appropriate to wear without a shirt over it. That's a nice idea, I guess, but it is really poorly thought out. First of all, the velcro panel really only closes properly when the bra is hooked on the tightest hook. On the first hook it doesn't close at all, and on the second it sorta closes, but doesn't stay very well. It is stiff and the end curls outward, so it doesn't look very good, and would probably get caught on shirts and stuff. This velcro piece also makes closing the bra more difficult (at least for back-closing). Read more 546 more words
I prefer U-back sport bras rather then racer-back so when I saw this bra available I decided to try it. The band is very tight and hard to fasten. It has Velcro to help secure it but the Velcro only works if using the tighter hooks. Since I use the looser hooks and it kept getting stuck everywhere I cut off the Velcro. I probably could still get a good fit if I went up a band size but I wanted to make sure it was tight enough. The shoulder straps are too short for my long frame so the back sits higher then it should. This is ...an encapsulating bra so there is space for each boob but the cups are a little small and there nothing in the center to keep them apart I do have some touching. The inside cups are seamless while the outside has seam that puckers a little because the cups are too small. If I was wearing this bra for lounging I would size up but for working out I prefer the cups tighter. The bra is 81% cotton so it does a good job of absorbing sweat but not drying quickly and can be very hot and uncomfortable after a work-out. The bra comes up very high and shows with most of my shirts. I also dislike the pink. Read more 121 more words
This is a sportstop-style bra, which in theory could be used as sportswear as-is. Well, I wouldn't dare, they'd kick me out of the gym for indecency. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" /> Well, the bra is very comfortable and sturdy in a general way, which means it's absolutely spot-on for low impact sports like oriental dancing, canoeing, trekking and cross-country skiing, but out of (painful) experience I certainly wouldn't recommend it for martial arts or running if you're above G-cup. I know, since I've had one of these throughout my bra history, from F cup upwards. Overall sizing is pretty standard, the H cup encloses my ...breasts very snugly, the bouncing problem comes from the fact that the material itself - comfy and airy as it is - is simply not sturdy enough for breast mass in H-cup. The band is on the snug side, I have it in the first hook and it's tight, on the other hand it _will_ stretch with wear, trust me. Personally I don't like the velcro strip as it often comes loose as it's too short when you have the bra in the first hook. It also makes washing difficult and may scratch your shirt or skin. Read more 99 more words
This is shockingly supportive, especially for a cotton bra. The band is firm, and the cups keep my breasts very, very still. From a support standpoint, I would not hesitate to use this as a gym bra (although it might not be *quite* supportive enough for running, but what is?). With that said, it is not the most comfortable. The straps are very close to the neck, which make them cut into my neck muscles and feel less comfortable than bras where the straps sit at the typical spot on the outer collarbone/inner shoulders. The band is incredibly hard to fasten, and I'm not sure how I'd do it without help.
This bra absolutely does not screw around when it comes to a snug band. I would highly recommend sizing up a band size. The cups also seem to run a tiny bit small, but I would give your normal cup volume a shot before sizing up.