I returned this to the bra store, since this was much too tight for my ribs. That's why if you get a sports bra, go up a band size https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" />
QUALITY: Excellent quality, I'm already a pretty big fan of Shock Absorber sports bras and nothing felt bad about this one. Sturdy elastic seams, elastic fabric, strong mesh, wide band.
COMFORT: This was much, much too tight to wear, so it was not very comfortable at all. If I unhooked the bottom set of hooks and only hooked the ones between the shoulders, it was wearable, but wasn't providing the desired comfort or support. It hurt my chest to wear on the loosest hooks and breathing felt restricted.
DESIGN: I already love the Active Multi's hook design and overall structure, but I got this one because it was pink. And it was a really nice pink color! Salmon pink/Berry pink is nice, and I really enjoyed the contrast between the light pink bra and dark pink seams.
This bra is great for my omega-shaped, center full, close-set breasts.
It pulls a bit too tightly across the top of the cup and 1/8" of my breast escapes out the top while jumping. I'll need to wear this a bit longer to determine whether or not I can tolerate the tightness across the top. Generally, my breasts/lymph nodes/tendon protest loudly after a few minutes when a cup pulls across the top near the strap/underarm.
However, the discomfort I often feel in the bottom of sports bras' cups is not present here. It feels like my breasts have enough space in the bottom. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" />
It is likely I may need the 32FF, but this may work well enough for my needs during my two smaller weeks. One exercise session will reveal the answer https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" />
Sadly, this bra didn't fit me. I tried it in three different cup sizes and I could tell by the difference from each size (not a lot of vertical increase from size to size) that this would not suit me even if I altered it as I would've been open to, had the vertical coverage been greater. My boobs are very high on chest and full on top and unfortunately the neckline wasn't nearly high enough to contain me. I would've needed a cup size that exceeded my standard-size waaaaay above and even so it might've not turned out successfully because then the seams on the sides of the "cups" would've been spread way too wide, making it less supportive. There's not enough vertical coverage in my size range. I decided against it. I would not recommend this bra if you are very full on top. It should work great for FOB's though.
This is the only bra I can run in; it keeps things completely locked down. It is a standard compression-style sport bra, but because the band is so firm (almost uncomfortably so) and the compression is so strong, there is no bounce. (It also makes me look much, much flatter.) I can't wear this for long, and I wouldn't call it comfy, but it allows me to run which is something I simply did not have the ability to do before.
There are two sets of clasps in the back (with two hooks each), but I can only reach the lower one behind my back without help. But I usually just go with that one undone; it's secure enough with just the one fastened.
Edited review because I realized it was a 32F that I received not a 32FF as indicated by seller. This is my second Shock Absorber and it is preloved. My first is a 30FF but the volume was too small and the band is really tight. I received this 32F, which is now a bit too loose in the band, but still very wearable. I like bands to fit around 29 inches, and this one goes to about 30.5" measured to the last set of lower hooks. I will be searching for this bra in 30G as I think the right band does provide better stabilization for jumping around. I normally wear 30F unlined and 30FF lined.
I got this bra because I was in need of a racer back bra and the Shock Absorber Ultimate Gym bra just did not work for me. I haven't actually used it yet but here are my first impressions (for the record I purchased the blue/yellow colourway).
I got this in a 32 instead of a 30 and I think that was a good choice as the band feels comfortably firm. It feels secure across the chest with the top closure hooked on the loosest hook and I didn't have any problems during the bounce test. What I like about this bra compared to ...the Shock Absorber Ultimate Gym bra is the upper closure. It sits a bit lower on the back, the the closure is a regular hook and eye closure with three columns so it's easier to reach and easier to do up.
Review will be updated once I have a chance to work out in it.
Post workout review: Just for context, I do martial arts and that usually involve a lot of quick twisting actions like when I'm punching. I feel that both the upper and lower hooks are too loose and needed to be set to the tightest setting in order to get the support I really need for the type of activity I do. I think next time I would try a 30FF.