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I didn't expect a huge amount from this bra but wanted an 'interim' sports bra having lost some weight. My cup size had reduced but not my band size, so I didn't want to spend a fortune as I know it'll need replacing in a month or two. The reviews swayed me to purchases. Initially I was disconcerted by the butterfly hooks, and couldn't do them up by myself when the bra was on. The racer back means you can't do the band up at the front and then swing it around. A little help from hubby and problem was solved, but I practiced getting the fastenings closed when the bra was off (simply a matter of keeping the 'eye' part completely flat when fastening) and on my second wear got the fastening done up by myself behind my back with the bra on, on the first attempt. Once you get your head around the different mechanism it's a breeze and actually much more secure (and with better longevity) than a hook and eye. The bra itself is brilliant, I went down a cup size from an E to a DD (due the above-mentioned cup volume loss - gutted!) and it fitted perfectly. The band size was ideal. The bra itself is tremendously supportive, even more so than my far more expensive Slazenger bra which I hate wearing as it's so uncomfortable. Once on, you'd barely notice this one. Running on the treadmill was no problem and so I'd be confident any high impact activity or classes would be covered. I'm knocking one star off because the band does roll up at the sides a little, not something I've experienced before with a sports bra, but it didn't in any way impact on the bra's effectiveness or comfort, it was just a little unsightly under tight gym clothes. Really brilliant, and makes me wonder why anyone would pay forty quid for a known brand-named bra again, even if you're big of boob!
Although the fabric, feel and look of this garment was lovely - I struggled to get into it, with the criss-cross back and no opening I almost pulled my back trying to get into the sports bra. It is high impact and larger bust so they should expect larger ladies to be wearing it. I am to return it. Once on it supported me, but I'm afraid I couldn't go through that twice, everytime I go to my zumba classes.
Do not waste your money on this item - the design of racer back in conjunction with the excruciating awkwardness of the fastening (you have no choice but to fiddle about at the back to try to get the practically invisible catches to work) which, for the fuller busted (and let's face it, this is why we want a high impact sports bra in the first place!) is a complete pain.
The proportions were all over the place. it held nothing, if i ran i would have been in pain. It doesn't even feel comfortable to wear as a house bra. I just chucked it into a drag queen pageant donation box in the hopes someone gets a laugh out of this weirdly portioned sports bra.
I am between a 36DD and 36E but went with the DD to help control movement when working out. This is a great product that I found to not only be very comfortable to not only wear to the gym but also around the house. Very happy customer.
I had to return this. I am a 36DD and it didn't work for me. The fit was a bit large but you can't adjust the straps tight enough, and the clasp is just ridiculous. Shame really because it looked like it might work.