This sports bra is so comfortable that although this size didn't fit me, I went hunting for a larger cup size. Yeah, I was that impressed after trying 7 or 8 others. I need underwire (my ladies are very soft, pendulous and projected) and need taller cups in a sports bra to contain my tissue comfortably. I also have challenges with tissue (tail of spence perhaps?) being crushed between the strap and wing that can be especially painful in cups that are too short/small/constricting. This Wacoal Sport Underwire Bra was the first model I found that did not torture me so, even though it ...was too small. It passed the bounce test, run test, and burpee test. The straps are wide and supportive, and adjust enough to work for me on the very last hook (beware if this is typically a trouble area for you!). The strap adjustment is only barely long enough though, and it's a little hard to get on because I have large upper arms (33 cm circumference) and am not one of those talented souls that can hook a bra behind my back. These are just a couple of things to be mindful of if you are considering this bra. It has four rows of hooks and feels very supportive, which I like a lot. I prefer the feel of an encapsulation sport bra, and the wires of this bra come darn near to tacking in the actual size that fits me (not this 32DDD - my winning size is a 32G in this bra). The way the underwires are on the outsides of the cups is pretty brilliant - the center gore comes very, very, very high but I am not bothered by that because of how this bra is constructed. This sports bra gets sweaty but feels breathable because it's a fairly thin material. To that end, nipples may show through - mine do, and that's meaningful because this is seldom a problem for me. If you have prominent nipples you prefer to keep on the DL this bra may not be right for you. Also relating to looks, this bra is plain-Jane and very utilitarian - not a sports bra to show off at all. However, under clothing this bra provides a very nice look - not too minimized for my liking - just gently rounded and nicely lifted. I am returning this 32DDD, but was so impressed I've already purchased, received and worn two 32G's and I won't be looking at other sports bra models anymore. Read more 333 more words
To think I wouldn’t feel “comfortable” in a sports bra. Boy was I wrong. This sports bra oozes comfort for me. The band is on the short side and fits more like a 30. No complaints here since a 30 is my ideal fit currently. With the underwires on the outside of the sports bra, the inside is protected by the lining. No chafing or rubbing. It gives a locked and loaded feel without the bulk. Compared to my Panache underwire sports bra, which feels like a Viking chest plate, this is just easy to wear. Gives a wonderful lifted round shape. Love the four bra hook and eye closure. So easy to get off when you’re sweaty.
I have been wearing this model bra consistently nearly every day for the last 3 to 4 years. As a man, it's been a huge challenge for me to find something that fits, and just by random choice, this one did it.
The underwires are on the outside of the cup, which is interesting. You might think that it would mean you don't feel them, but that's not entirely accurate. The cup lining, as you'll see in my fit pictures that will follow shortly after this post, is pretty thin, and it doesn't do much to reduce the pressure of the wire against the ribcage.
The band is rather ...solid, which is great. I get so frustrated with bands that make a simple rubber band seem tight. I don't mean that the band is too tight for me, as it gives just the right amount without being sloppy.
The straps are about my only complaint, but at the same time I love them. Instead of having a slider adjustment, they have large loops and hooks that slide into the loops. I normally wear it on the third loop, which means there's a sort of tail of the strap from the other unused portion just dangling. This really only presents an issue when I put it on, as the straps don't lay flat until you do some sort of contortionist move to fix them. After that, though, they're fine. I learned through the purchase of an Ambrielle clone of this bra, but it didn't have the same strap adjustment: It used a slider. About half way through the day, those straps would slide to full extent just from normal daily activity. The Wacoal straps don't do that though: They stay put.
The picture's I'm going to add were advertised as "blue". When it arrived in the mail, it was totally purple. It does come in other colors, but I tend to follow the clearance sales and usually end up with some wild colors. My most recent was actually a blue, but still closer to the purple end of the blue range on the spectrum. I've had the nude color and black in the past though.
All in all, I love this bra. The only fit complaint I have is related to my own personal needs, though. I am starting to need something with much more lower-cup support, and since this bra is a stretch cup, it doesn't meet those needs. I might stitch a woven fabric panel into them to provide that support sometime, but we'll see. Read more 320 more words
Fits well, but the underwire behind on the outside was more of a hindrance than I expected. It showed through T-shirts. I even tried wearing it inside out and that was better, the inside is seamless. Encompassed my breasts well. Without the underwire coming so high, and something to cover the nipples it would have been a great T shirt bra. I liked the 4 hooks and stretchy back band.
Very supportive. High impact running and no uncomfortable bouncing. The strap length adjusts via hook, I'm currently on the loosest, I could see an issue for someone with a longer distance up around the shoulder, do not know if there are extenders.
While this bra fit me, it didn't work for me. The main problem I had was that the cup encapsulated my breast tissue, but didn't do anything to keep the tissue from bouncing when I moved. Additionally, the construction looks a bit odd. It is basically an underwire that sits over a smooth piece of fabric. This is a good idea in terms of keeping the wires from irritating the skin, but it looks a strange. I definitely wouldn't want to wear this bra without a top over it like I often do with my sports bras.
The straps were interesting - they hook at specific places as opposed to continuously adjusting on a slide. I thought that was odd, but it isn't a terrible idea. It may work well for someone that has trouble with straps loosening.
Finally, I have enough space in the bottom of the cup and the band is comfortable and supportive. But, whoa!! This is one long wire. My very short-waisted physique is incompatible with wires of this length. Yikes.
Other than that, this bra is blissfully supportive without the heat-inducing padding of Panache Sports bra. The wires are positioned outside the cup; creating a soft barrier between wires and sensitive breast tissue. The gore is too wide for me, but less center full and close-set breasts may really appreciate this construction.
Because of the gore width and height, I didn't bother to tighten the straps. It is likely a small strap ...adjustment would have eliminated the wrinkles in the top of one cup. It is important to note: the straps are fully extended in every photo which is very unusual for me! Typically, I require straps nearly fully tightened. Conclusion: the strap length may prevent tall and/or low set users from wearing this bra.
If you can tolerate a 1" wide gore whose incredible length may collide with a clavicle, this bra is worth a look. Otherwise, run along ; -) Read more 80 more words