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Wearing a decent sports bra when exercising is essential to stop the breasts from jiggling around unsupported. Not only does the bouncing look terrible but it also causes breast pain and can lead to sagging as the ligaments are stretched. I had previously worn a brilliant Shock Absorber bra which lasted me for more than a year before it started to go grey and saggy looking so I decided to look to the brand again. The D+ sports bra (B109 on the website) is specially designed for us ladies with larger bosoms, and goes from a size 32D to a 40 H. I wear a DD or E cup and finding good supportive bras can be a bit of a chore so I was really happy to see a bra designed for us more well-endowed ladies in mind.
What I especially like about this bra is the lack of underwire yet the fact that it remains exceptionally supportive. It is made from special moisture wicking material which keeps sweat away from your skin so I don't feel sticky and yucky when I take it off. The seams are all really soft and I can't feel them at all when I'm wearing the bra, the whole bra is made of really soft material so is really comfortable to wear.
The shoulder straps are wider than the average bra spreading the area which holds the weight from the breasts and it has never dug into my skin at all or left ridges. The side panels of the bra go a lot higher than other bras, almost to the armpit giving more support there. The cups are structured with light padding which means no visible nipples. There is additional material on top of the cups going only a couple of inches under the collarbone which also helps spread the weight more evenly. The back strap is also thicker than normal and fastens with a triple hook and eye fastening.
The combination of all these design details means that my breasts feel very well supported when exercising and barely move around at all. The bra feels really comfortable to wear and because it is so soft I can barely feel I'm wearing it and it does not impede my movements at all. Shock absorber rates their bras depending on how supportive they are and this one is for high impact exercise like running. I do not run very much, I use the treadmill at the gym occasionally and go to an aerobics class weekly and it suits me for those purposes.
The only downside to the bra is that it does not give you a sexy looking cleavage. The breasts are held high up on the chest and to me they feel quite pointy and cone shaped and weird compared to my normal bra. It's not enough to put me off wearing it and I use the bra for everyday use sometimes.
The bra can be machine washed and because of the special fabrics dries really quickly. My previous Shock Absorber bra lasted well over a year before going grey but still retained its support and I have no reason to believe this one won't be equally long lasting.
These bras cost £28 from Shock Absorber but can often be found cheaper in discount shops or Ebay. It might sound really expensive but considering the quality of the materials and level of support given I think it is a good investment.
I really had hi hopes for this product. Like many other large breasted women, I'm concerned about damaging breat tissue and causing any undue sagging ( cause lets face it when your a FF gravity is not on your side ) I really need that extra support when execisizing or even just on days when I know Ive got a lot on and want to avoid the back pain that evening. Im afride It just didnt do it for me. I would imagen for women who are relatively large i.e. DD it would be great but I silly hade that una boob action going on, as if the cups tried seperately to hold them in, then gave up and joined forces to do the job. I have to say it is one of the better once i have tried and i have tried alot. Most of them I wouldn't recommend even for a B cup. I still searching for that support my frame needs.
Having recently got into fitness, I decided that I needed to get myself a good sports bra. I'm a 32E and need something with a lot more support, or I'll end up with two black eyes and very sore!
Starting with the price, I managed to grab a bargain by finding mine at TK Maxx for a very reasonable £4.99, reduced from around £29 I believe. I got myself an unbelievable bargain, not only was it so cheap but I was shocked to find that TKMaxx actually stocked something in my size. I would pay the £29 for this though, it is fab.
The sports bra itself has adjustable straps and also has 4 different tightness at the back, it fastens like a normal bra. This makes a huge difference for someone such as myself, the bras that pull on over your head can be very painful and awkward to get on!! Also theses adjustments are fab to make sure that the bra fits you snugly, very important when working out.
The bra holds everything up and securely, although admittedly I felt a bit like Madonna wearing it, definitely not a good look but then who looks good when they are working out? I tested this out with some squat thrusts and then decided to give it a full trial of jumping up and down. Absolutely nothing moved. The bra is also very comfortable as the straps are padded and although it dug in to begin with, once I'd adjusted the straps it was a perfect fit.
Also considering it is a sports bra, it is not actually bad looking, mine's plain black and about as attractive a sports bra as you will find. Definitely a fab bra for the bigger boobed lady, I also have a friend who has purchased the bra on my recommendation. She is a 32B and a fitness instructor and says it is the best sports bra she has found.
This is the third sports bra I have purchased and definitely the best of the bunch. I am a G-Cup and I needed a sports bra that I could use at the gym for taking part in Aerobics classes, and although originally I liked the idea of wearing a sports bra that had a similar design (and shape) to a normal bra, after trying one on and then trying this bra on there was no contest.
Although the Shock Absorber Max was bulkier and fitted higher up the chest than I would have preferred, the way it fitted provided plenty of support and prevented bouncing more than any of the others I tried on. At first I found it difficult to do up around the back due to the double fastening but this is an excellent feature as the mid-back strap is adjustable and can really minimise bounce. The straps also have a good range of adjustment as I have found with other sports bras that I can never get the arm straps tight enough. The real test was at the gym, and I could jump around to my hearts content with little side to side movement or hurting myself!
Before I start, let me just say that I am writing reviews of two different sports bras, and some of the general information in the first two sections is common to both, so if you've already read the other one, just skip down to the 'This bra in particular' bit!
~~~ Why use a sports bra? ~~~
I think most people are aware that breast tissue is easily damaged, and there are no muscles you can tone, so sag is sadly irreversible (well, if you don't include surgery!) It's therefore very important if you're doing any kind of aerobic exercise to ensure you have a bra with the proper support - and that really does mean a sports bra. I read somewhere that normal bras reduce bounce by 38% and a good sports bra by 78%. Not sure if I've got the figures absolutely spot on, but I think so.
~~~ The importance of getting properly fitted ~~~
I've tried a fair few sports bras over the years , initially with not a lot of success - partly because I didn't really know what to look for and partly down to plain bad advice over sizing. My personal experience seems to be rather a common one, so I think it's worth talking about bra sizes before I get round to the bra itself, I really want to recommend very strongly that you get properly fitted. Having measured myself (as per sizing instructions in many a catalogue), for years I was convinced I was a 36B. When pregnant I thought I'd better go and get properly measured, and was told I was 38C or even 40C. Bras of any kind in these sizes just didn't seem to give great support or shape, and sports bras were slightly better but not much! I thought that was just the way it was.
Then, at our antenatal classes we were introduced to a wonderful lady known as the Bra Lady. She 'fitted' us all just by looking, and I was utterly shocked to be told I should really be wearing a much smaller back size and much larger cup size. I followed her advice for maternity bras, but somehow hadn't quite got the message and ended up back in my old bras after that.
Several years later I heard about Bravissimo and decided to pay them a visit. There I was also 'fitted' by looking and then sizes were confirmed by trying on. I was stunned by the difference in support and shape - and this time I got the message loud and clear! Far from the 36D I'd gone in with, I came out with 32F.
The specific application to sports bras here is that the ones I now wear are designed for larger cup sizes, and provide fantastic support. Before, when I'd been wrongly measured, I was just buying the sports bras for standard cup sizes, and they just didn't do the job. So please, even if you're too shy to get fitted somewhere like Bravissimo (though really, it's OK!) it's still worth trying a variety of sizes if you're quite well-endowed - it's amazing how many people are better off with a smaller back size and larger cup size, and for sports bras you will notice the difference, I promise!
Just one final point on fitting - I generally find I need to go up a size in sports bras (34G) so it's definitely a good idea to try before you buy.
~~~ This bra in particular ~~~
Well, the bra I'm reviewing here is the Shock Absorber Max Sports Bra. It's the first one I bought after discovering my real size, and I have used it so much I completely wore it out. It's for cup sizes D-H, and is pretty heavy duty - not something you'd particularly want to show off! It comes in white, black or nude. It has wide padded straps, and a 3-hook fastening, and is made of a moisture-wicking fabric.
I used it for high impact aerobics and treadmill running and always found it very comfortable, giving great support. When I use a treadmill opposite a mirror I can really tell how good the support is - there really is minimal bounce.
I would HIGHLY recommend this bra - it's not cheap but I don't think it's particularly expensive either (usually around £26 I think, but I have seen it a fair bit cheaper) - and well worth every penny for the level of support and protection it gives. I would say it's a vital piece of sports kit, and it's a million times better than anything I tried before!
As I have recently taken up running, one of the very first things I needed to purchase as a big-boobed lady was a decent sports bra. As I am a size 36FF, it is extremely important that I have a good sports bra - otherwise I'll be running around with 2 black eyes and will have saggy boobs by the age of 30. Not good looks, I'm sure you'd agree.
I did a lot of reading around and was impressed by the good reviews of the Shock Absober Max Sports Bra and decided to give it a go. I was able to purchase it from Amazon for the price of £18.60 which I felt was pretty good value.
So, the bra. We all know that sports bras are generally ugly, as they are designed for functionality rather than style. The Shock Absorber, as style goes, isn't too bad. You have the choice of ordering it in black or white and the black has a slightly 'shiny' finish on it, making it look slightly more stylish. The cups are large and cover the full bust and the straps are reasonably wide - about 3cm, I'd estimate. They are also adjustable, which is useful. There is no underwiring for the cups.
The bra is easy to get on and comfortable. I have worn this on runs of up to 6 miles and have had no rubbing, itching or chafing. It doesn't cut it under the rib cage, like some sports bras do, the straps don't dig in and you don't feel like you're struggling to breathe - all plus points.
However, although all these are positives, I'm not convinced that this is the best bra for running - at least not for the really big busts! Although the bra does offer some support and significantly more than a normal bra, there is still a bit too much up and down movement - not painfully so, but definately enough to make it slightly uncomfortable. For this reason, I have chosen not to wear this bra on runs beyond 6 miles and only wear it if I know I'm going to be running at a fairly relaxed and easy pace. For this purpose, it is fine, but when I am running 10 miles plus, or going for speed, I have opted to wear the Enell bra, which gives much better support.
All in all, if you're looking for a reasonably priced, comfortable sports bra for a low impact sport, then this will probably provide you with adequete support. Likewise, if you only want something for gentle jogging, then this is fine. However, if you're going to be doing high impact sport, I'd recommend saving your money and putting towards an Enell bra instead.
I love this bra! I have never had a big chest before so wearing a good support sports bra had never been an issue. However, after having my second child and deciding to return to excerise classes I needed a lot more support as i had gone from a B cup to a DD. An added issue was that i was still breastfeeding my baby and was a bit concerned about bouncing around with no support. I needn't have worried! I had looked at a lot of different sports bras but kept coming back to this one as the reviews on it were very good. I eventually bought it on amazon and it was a great price. It is very comfortable to wear(although when I first saw it I thought it was going to be too small as it was quit tight to get on but I suppose it has to be to hold you in)and fastens at the back like a normal bra instead of having to pull it over your head. The support is great. The first class I did with it on was body combat, which is a very active class and it really kept everything in place. I would definitely recommend it.