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Shock Absorber Active Shaped Sports Bra



Our Rating:

At a glance
Extremely supportive, perfect fit
Minuses: Many layers of fabric to collect foliage.

Weight 130g

Features: Adjustable straps and traditional back hook closure, allowing finely-tuned fit and support. Adjustable as it stretches out. Multiple layers of polyester fabric provide support without the use of an underwire. Perforated padding aids breathability.

Fit: The bra has band and cup sizing making it easier to get a perfect fit – and consequently better support. To provide more support, the fabric is quite stiff, which, while not constricting, is a tighter fit than other crop top bras.

Comfort: Once used to the tighter fit, the bra was very comfortable – and warm. I didn’t feel the shoulder straps under my pack and there was just enough padding on the hook closures so that these didn’t dig into my spine.

In use: It was nice to tramp in this highly supportive bra. The back-closure system makes it easy to take the bra off under your top, meaning you only have difficulty trying to maintain in-tent decency when putting it on in the morning. I found it less comfortable to sleep in than a looser, less supportive bra. The many layers of fabric provide ample opportunity to collect foliage. It’s also not the quickest-drying bra due to the multiple layers of fabric. Even with the perforated padding, these fabric layers make it a warm bra to wear and it is not the most breathable on hot days.

Value: It’s expensive, but the support provided more than compensates.

Verdict: A great bra offering a huge amount of support on any adventure. But in order to achieve this support, there is a compromise to breathability and drying time.