Rated 5 out of 5Â by freshwind Best all around - running, hot, wet, daily wear
...and even for sleeping in. So comfortable. It holds me better than any bra I've ever had, including one that was tight and felt like plastic - meant to provide "no-bounce". This is well-made with quality material. I don't mind the uniboob - pressing more flat means less bounce and good support. I'm between a 32B and a 34C, with B cups too narrow and C cups too deep, and have trouble finding bras that fit just right. No separate cups means nothing jabbing the sides of my very-wide breasts.
The adjustable bottom means a perfect fit even when the bra ages. With other bras I periodically have to pull down on the bottom and reach in from the top to readjust.
The front zipper means easy on and off. You do have to be careful (one broke on me quickly - but was also replaced quickly), and it does take practice - but once you get used to it, it's easy. I keep buying ths bra and haven't had a zipper problem since.
The best thing is the weather comfort, and we've had many days in the 90s and into the 100s, and I'm in direct sun in the field for hours and days on end - with profuse sweat and rain and swamp water. The bra is still comfortable when wet - and dries quickly when I take it off. Although white, it doesn't seem to hold the "dirty-look" of white bras.
I've read from others that the straps can be too short for those who need much larger sizes. The straps are perfect for me, and mine have always sat low on my chest. If i needed a much larger cup size, it may not work for me either. Maybe they could refurbish with a new design adjustable straps - velcro, hook and eye?
For the lack of complete front "coverage" - which is hard to find even with padded bras - maybe someone could come up with a metal insert. But this bra does have good thick coverage, and would probably lose the great drying ability (and breathability) if it was padded too much more - I don't know.
On ratings for "fit": The bra fits me perfectly although it was probably made for those with much larger cup sizes. So in deference to those with larger cups, I was going to mark it as "runs small -snug". But I think it's "true to size" for the "size small" category.
August 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Sam13 Great sports bra!
This bra provides great support. I wear it for running and all types of activities. It is my favorite sports bra. I also like the front zip closure...it makes it very easy to put on and take off.
December 28, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5Â by love2read not exactly uncomfortable...
I've never had any luck with the over-the-head sports bras (made by a competitor), and often required help getting it out of it once I returned home from the gym! Hence, I began looking for a front closure-type of sports bra. Perhaps it is the fact that I am a full-figured woman, but it is often difficult for me to zip up the bra--it can be very frustrating. My breasts feel very compressed once I can zip it, while all at the same time, I also feel like I'm wearing a push-up bra. Not long after I've been wearing the bra, it starts to feels uncomfortable--I think its all of that "squishing" of my chest, as well as a "pinching" sensation of the skin below my breasts. I referred to the sizing chart, so I didn't simply "guess" at the size bra I would need prior to making my purchase. This is definitely a well-made bra, so I would recommend it to anyone searching for such a garment.
September 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by perina No interest in going back to 'over head' bra top
I originally purchased 2 of these 3 years ago when I was nursing my son (was a 34 C/D). (I wanted something with quick access.) Now, I am sold. I must have 20 of various other Champion bra tops, but I always reach for these even though I am no longer nursing. They are just so easy to use. The others were always tight to get over my breasts, especially when taking them off after a sweaty run. Granted, I do not do as much core running as I did before, but I do run in these, and they hold me just fine (back to a 34B).
I do wish they came in more colors. I would buy more.
As far as the zipper 'holding' up, I only recently broke one. The pull part broke off in my luggage on my last trip. I can still zip up the top though, and I will be more careful when packing it in the future.
September 14, 2013