This is my second Ultimate Run bra from Shock Absorber, because it's my favourite running bra! I bought this from Lingerie Outlet Store, and not only was this bra on sale for really cheap, but the shipping was also cheap and extremely quick to Canada (they shipped it on March 6th, and I received it on March 13th; one week later)! I'm highly impressed.
I've had the chance to wear it a couple times now, and there is no discernible difference between this colourway and the black colourway in terms of how it fits and feels when I'm running (except being able to wear it on the loosest ...hook, whereas I have to wear my black bra on the second hooks now that it has stretched a bit). There are only two differences in terms of construction that I can see, and that is 1. they've used a wider, padded eye tape on this one, and 2. there seems to be some thin padding in the top of the straps. The only negatives are 1. it smelled strongly of chemicals right out of the package, but that dissipated quickly; and 2. there are a handful of thread and fabric ends poking out, but I really had to search to notice them, and nothing seems to be unravelling, so I consider this just cosmetic; and 3. I have to wear the shoulder straps on the tightest setting right out of the package, but as far as I can tell, the straps haven't stretched at all on my black bra, so this should be fine for the foreseeable future.
Overall, I'm super happy with this purchase! Just for a quick recap on the fit of this bra, it does run about two band sizes tight (this is a "30" band that fits quite snug on my 25.5" ribcage). I prefer this bra over my Panache Sport for running, as I like the mild compression, it doesn't feel nearly as bulky, and I feel more secure and "locked in". Read more 227 more words
So, this is my second Shock Absorber Run Bra. I own a 32DD already that I'm wearing for running, and its band is still pretty tight after several uses and washes, and I wanted a less tight one for yoga and gymnastics. So here it is.
First of all, I did a side-by-side comparison and couldn't find any differences between this bra the older one, which is a Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra (B5044) (mind it has a B, not an S). Cut, fabrics, finish, sizing and band - everything is virtually the same.
Second, surprise: The 34 band feels comfy on my 27"/29" ribcage (measured firmly/loosely). It's ...firm but not restricting, and it's not shifting around when I'm moving. Perfect. The cups are quite generous and fit my boobs well, although I'm currently on the larger side of 30E. I'd say the cups *do* run 1/2 cup large in this one, but you can cheat somewhat by setting the straps tighter. If you get wrinkly cups while the straps are on their tightest setting then the cups are too large.
The support I'm getting from it is superb.
Comparing to other sports bras, I found the Ultimate Run less restricting than the Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports (4490). The fabric of the Run sports bra is more lightweight, thinner and less stretchy at the same time, with pre-shaped soft "moulds" for your boobs. So it acts more like an encapsulation sports bra, while the Active Multi is definitely a compression sports bra that works by squishing boobs closer to the body using stretchy fabrics.
Also, the Ultimate Run is waaaay lighter than the Panache Sports Bra (5021) and doesn't feel like an armor when you wear it. Plus it's machine-washable.
Let's talk about boob shape in different sports bras. While the shape I get in the Panache Sports is pretty close to a regular random moulded bra (due to the moulded and heavily padded cups), the Active Multi Sports looks rather minimizing and has some of the dreaded "mono-boob" effect going on. The Ultimate Run finds a good balance between both: It's considerably more lightweight and doesn't add padding to your shape, like the Panache does. But it doesn't flatten your boobs all out, like the Active Multi. Overall, I'm pretty impressed by the shape it creates without any wires. I guess I found my new favourite sports bra. Read more 288 more words
Awesome bra for runners with a small band and large breasts. It does not restrict me in my movement and in contrast to the Panache Sports bra, the racerback hook does not cause me pain and is in the right place. The material is very comfortable and soft (also easy to wash and dry), and still feels nice if you`re all sweaty.
The "cups" (no real cups, just some extra space) work nicely with my breasts (FOB, not too wide, very soft), there is no spilling on top or on the sides. My breasts stay where they are, even during intense workouts. As with all Shock Absorbers I ...ever had, the band of this bra is very tight (I need to go up 1 band size) and does not stretch out quickly.
Edit: I would like to point out that the band of this bra does not appear to stretch out at all after 50+ uses (1h of running each). Do not buy this bra in a band size which is too tight under the assumption it will soon stretch out! Read more 74 more words
I received this bra along with a different Shock Absorber in 34E. Funny story, I got them mixed up at first and thought this one was the 34E. Wore it all day and it was _painful_ by the end. I was thinking it had to be the smallest 34 band in existence until I looked at the label and saw it was actually the DD cup. I’m probably between a 30F and FF right now, so I guess the 34DD, a sister size of 30F, is just too small. The 34E Shock Absorber, which is a zipper front, fits much more comfortably. I’m going to measure them soon and will update this when I do.
Update- I was wrong again - the cups are fine; the band really is just that tight. I got 32 inches with a very hard pull, BUT I recorded 31 because there’s nearly an inch of unusable band length on the left end before you can actually hook onto something.
This bra has a beautiful bright red/gray color combo, much nicer than the all back version that fitted me ( http://bra.pe/X2O2/ ). These super shock bands though!!! The band is super tight! I can't even fasten it. Would suit someone with a true 28 band size better, it stretches to 28" with a hard pull!
This bra runs extremely tight in the band. I'm a small 28 band normally (ribcage measures around 25.5 inches), and this alleged 30 band is quite snug round my ribs. Definitely size up if possible, and if that's not possible for you then look for a different sports bra. Cup-wise, I suspect that this bra is a cup size too small for me, but since I'm only wearing it for an hour or so each time this doesn't really matter. The bra squishes my boobs all the way down to my chest and provides great support for high-impact activity such as running (it's a life saver when I'm exercising with tender PMS boobs that hurt with each jiggle).
The band is tight on me, which I suppose is good for a compression bra, but given that this is supposed to be running, I do wish I could breathe a little more freely. I don't use it to run; instead, I would prefer to wear it around the house. The straps do dig into the sides of my chest when I put my arms down though it's fine when my arms are to a bit off the side. I guess I'll wear it with an extender for comfort.
Bra does minimize bounce. Great option for a smaller size, but not for a 30GG. Without the underwire it is very comfortable and is very easy to move in, but it does create the uni-boob and smooshes everything together. The top clasp is VERY difficult to reach to close/open.
This bra is wonderful. Filled with very helpful features, and a perfect fit for those with my measurements. The bra has 2 clasps: 1 for the band, and 1 near the base of the neck (nape). The additional clasp further reduces bounce. The straps are wide and adjustable in length (although it is a little difficult to get the plastic hook out of the very unusual adjustable portion. This is a good thing once the hook is in place -- there is no chance of it slipping out during exercise. The regular band is very tight, but the clasps/hooks don't dig into your skin because the area is ...padded(!). Everything is very breathable and quick-drying. The bra as a whole does compress my breasts to the point where overnight wear, for example, would not be possible. However, this contributes to its function as a high-impact sports bra meant to be worn only during such activities. The model I got features 2 pinks: both are very cool toned, and super cute against neutral or cool skin. I love love love this bra and will purchase more as cute colours are issued in my size just in case it is ever (foolishly!) discontinued. Read more 94 more words