Get Bra Fit For Summer
In our second article (see the first here) our reviewer, who wears a size 36GG, tested three sports bras designed for the bustier woman. These bras also feature wide,adjustable straps plus ‘breathable’ fabric that wicks moisture away from the body, allowing you to feel fresher after exercise.
Shock Absorber S4490 in Multi Print Red (non wired) – see featured image
The first thing we noticed is ‘missing’ middle hook from the 3-hook back closure. Initially it appeared support would be lost, but this ‘omission’ allows is greater freedom of movement in the upper body. The boobs fall easily into the non padded, multi panel cups, and a double layer of fabric extending sideways from the cleavage panel provides additional support. During jogging and gym mat exercises such as rolling and bending we found the boobs stayed in place, and experienced no rubbing or chafing. Our verdict? A dream bra that is stylish and super supportive without an underwire. Available in 28-40 A to HH cup. Currently on offer from Boobydoo.
Freya Active Underwired Moulded Sports Bra in Lime Punch
Described as a medium coverage, high performance bra, this upgraded model features softer, more rounded cups that eliminate ‘pointiness,’ making you appear a cup size smaller. We found fantastic support when jogging, no doubt due to the four-hook closure, which grips the ribcage yet allows easy breathing. However, this bra wasn’t so suitable for yoga and mat exercises due to its ‘rigidity’ restricting movement in the upper body. Our verdict? A top choice for high impact activities. Comfort and performance is assured, in addition to the attention to detail and styling expected from this brand. Available in 28-40 B to H cup, RRP £38.00.
*Panache Ultimate Sports Bra in black (under wired)
The three-hook band feels snug around the ribcage, and the bra’s ‘square’ design lifts the boobs high, however our tester found a half-cup size upgrade gave the best fit. Of the three bras, we found this to be the least supportive, experiencing more bounce during jogging, even when using the racerback clip supplied. On the plus side, the ‘looser’ feel around the bust area allowed adequate upper body movement when bending and stretching, making it more tailored for mat exercises. Available in 28-40 B to J cup, RRP £40.00. *This bra won the UK Lingerie Awards for Best Sports Bra in 2012 and 2013.
Stay Boob Aware
With injuries like sagging breast tissue and back injuries a reality, incorporating a well-fitting sports bra into your fitness regime is a savvy investment for every woman. Available from stockists nationwide and from Boobydoo who stock a full range of sportswear for low to high impact activities.