At a glance
Plusses: Comfortable, chafe-free seams well placed for a heavy pack
Minuses: Foliage collects within the bra.
Features: Broad comfortable shoulder straps cross over at the back and there are slots for additional padding, depending on fit. Made from Lululemon’s Luxtreme fabric, which performs well in a tramping environment, providing support but also a comfortable level of four-way stretch with excellent moisture wicking.
Fit: The bra is fitted to band size, not cup size. This is fine for most people, but not so functional if you are outside (or well outside) the recommended cup size of B to C – the range at which the All Sport III is supposed to provide medium support. I’m larger than that and still found the support adequate for tramping purposes (though not for higher impact sports). Although it is possible that this bra will become stretched out and less supportive if you are bigger than the recommended B-C cup.
Comfort: A very comfortable option, the broad straps don’t dig into shoulders and I didn’t notice the chafe-resistant seams, even with my pack sitting over the bra straps.
In use: I found it suitable for most of my tramping trips, but bras of this style are prone to collecting forest detritus in your cleavage. Being an over-the-head item presented the challenge of discreetly removing and putting it on within the confines of a tent or sleeping bag. On the plus side, it’s comfortable enough to sleep in and it’s quick-drying – even after a swim. 4/5
Value: Reasonably expensive compared to similar bras, but it is well-made and likely to last.
Verdict: If you’re within the recommended size range, it’s a good option – though it’s not the best for bush-bashing given the propensity to gather foliage.