This bra is good ONLY for workouts. It is very supportive (without compression) and holds things in place, but it is only comfortable for 2-3 hours at most. Around the 2 hour mark it starts to HURT. Definitely meant to be worn ONLY while working out.
It runs VERY small in the band. When I first bought it I found it very very tight. I've lost a little weight since then and now it's more comfortable. The band does stretch, but I would say it runs almost 2 sizes small.
The straps are hard to place correctly. If you try to wear them like a normal bra, they are very ...painful. The bra has a strange cut around the neck and straps, so the straps sit at a strange angle. Wear it for more than two hours, and your shoulders will ache.
It veers inward in front of the armpits. Maybe this is to allow for greater range of motion? But it means that for a large-busted woman like myself, there is some bulge of breast tissue right there. Not a big deal, but worth noting.
No, it doesn't look attractive. It's a sports bra, looks are not why I bought it. I will note, though, that it is cut so high in the front that it shows under any tshirt that is not a high crew neck. If you are intensely modest to the point of not wanting any of your bra to show, you might not like this. I don't have a problem with it though.
I use this bra for working out, but I am glad I didn't pay full price (bought it NWT on eBay) and I wouldn't buy it again. I want something more comfortable next time. Read more 179 more words
I have wide root shallow boobs. The bra gave me a ridiculously pointy shape (rocket-boobs!!), but the support is superb. I've worn it while running and there is NO BOUNCE AT ALL, despite the pointy/projected shape.
Apart from that: - thick and cushioned straps - no racerback option - very high chest coverage (I couldn't find a tank top to go with it, and decided to wear a tight T-shirt.)
Sizing: Make sure you size up in the band! Shock Absorber bras run extremely tight and will turn into instruments of torture if worn in a too small band size. The cups are generous - I can handle wearing it one cup size smaller than I usually do.
It gave me serious OIG effect. My boobs are FOT, if not VFOT, and the horizontal seam on the bottom of the cup gave me a ridiculous silhouette. I also had quite an armpit spillage at the same time. My friend who's sharing same band size with me but a cup size lower than me fitted in it much better so I gave it to her (I don't know whether her boobs are FOT or FOB). I can't determine whether it was its small cup size or FOB preferring cup shape that gave me OIG effect, but I didn't bother myself to try bigger cup size.
I have moderately projected breasts, and this bra actually gives me a very nice - albeit minimized - rounded shape! The band is quite rigid though, and does dig in a bit, and the straps don't adjust quite short enough for my low-set bust. It seems to do the job though - I wear it for karate, and it keeps everything in place with no bounce. I'd definitely recommend sizing up in the band and down in the cup - I normally wear a 30E, but the 32D is generous enough in the cup and the band is very snug.