Champion Powerback&reg; Underwire Sports Bra
Difficult to get on, but I LOVE it!
Yes, I agree, this bra is very difficult to get on and off. It does get easier with continued use though - it took me a couple of months, but it is not the struggle to get off that it was the first couple of weeks. If they made it easier to get on and off I believe it would lose the structure that makes it work, so I just committed to get acclimated to it.
This is my first non-compression bra, so I am enjoying having a nice shape and form as opposed to having a uniboob
For me, this bra, both in cup and band-width ran large. I originally ordered my normal size of 36C and it was HUGE in both band-width and cup size. I reordered a 34C and it is PERFECT! I have never been comfortable in a 34 band size, so I do believe this runs large. If you are in doubt, I would order both your normal size, and a size smaller and return the one that does not work for you.
I agree with a couple comments about the fabric being slightly scratchy . . . The IMPORTANT thing is it does not feel scratchy while being worn. If it were soft I believe it would stretch quickly and lose its effectiveness as a great sports bra.
I love the slightly padded straps. Also the way the straps attach to the cup sides then go across your back to the racer-back provides very nice support.
I run 25 to 30 miles per week and wash this once per week. It NEVER has never been in the dryer. I do wash it in the washing machine with my workout clothing in cold water, on delicate in a bag, then let it hang dry. I've had it for six months and it shows no signs of wear.
I also appreciate the breathability of the fabric, this bra keeps me cool, my former compression bras made me very warm.
My husband loves the shape that this bra gives me, and I have worn it with 'street clothes' because of the nice shape.
If I could ask Champion to change just one thing, it would be to provide a bit more 'coverage' or petals since nipples are extremely visible. It seems like they could use a firmer fabric in the cups, perhaps like the fabric across the back to provide a bit more coverage for your nipples.
November 6, 2013
I couldn't even get this over my head to try it on. Therefore I don't even know how it fit. I have returned it.
October 19, 2013
NOT the "No Poke"
I bought this bra when my favorite, the "No Poke" was discontinued. While the fit is good, it is not as supportive as the No Poke - especially for horseback riding. I had no trouble getting it over my head , but the closure was very difficult and frustrating . If I got a top hook fastened, the bottom hook came undone - and vice versa. I decided it wasn't worth the frustration and sent it back.
September 20, 2013
I have purchased other sports bras with you and have been happy. I have never purchased a racer-style back because I am over weight and big busted (36DDD) and I just thought they wouldn't work. Plus I had never seen a racer-style back with an underwire. Well, color me wrong! This is a GREAT bra. It has excellent support, no fleshy bulges and very comfortable against my back. It's so comfortable, I wear it daily and am going to get another one in black. It was a bit scratchy new but that disappeared after the first washing. And, yes, you have to be a bit of a contortionist to get it on and off, but I figured it out and it is definitely worth the effort. I am a high performance driving instructor and racer so am outside 12+ hours some days, in and out of cars, on the ground working on something and I never notice this bra all day. I would recommend this to anyone.
September 13, 2013