So today I have a Shock Absorber Active D+ Flexi Wire sports bra* to review, but there is something you should probably know about me: I don’t do exercise. I try, I promise I do! Charley and I have started doing pilates weekly (well, kind of weekly – I had an operation, she had an operation…sometimes it gets cancelled and we end up wandering around the centre very confused), but that’s currently about the extent of my exercise. So I’m not really the best person in the world to advise on sports bras for high impact sports, but it has had a couple of ‘proper’ tests too, all in the name of lingerie blogging.
For this bra, I ran. Yes, I, Sian Thomas, went for a run. Okay, I was kind of planning to start actually running, but that plan went in the bin when my face got sooo cold on that run that it nearly fell off.
And now, onto the review!
Despite doing barely any exercise, I actually own two sports bras (you never know, I might need them both!) – the other is a Freya Soft Cup Sports Bra (which I reviewed on my blog here). I actually much prefer the appearance of the Shock Absorber one, despite the Freya one having pretty bright colours. I think the shape is a lot nicer and tidier looking if that makes sense. It does give a very flat shape from the side, as you can see, but that’s about right for a sports bra because it’s essentially just strapping them down.
It’s different to the Freya in that this one has wires – the flexi wires are there for additional support aside from the compression and really make a difference I think.
Sizing, fit and comfort
My Freya sports bra is a 28FF, but is a little tight (!) in the band, so I decided to go for this one in a 30F instead. The band on this is just about perfect – I’m on the loosest hook because it hasn’t had a lot of wear! Looking at these pictures, I’m thinking it may be a little too small in the cup, but I have grown around half to a full cup size recently, so if I were to get another, I would go for a 30FF, but it’s not small enough to be uncomfortable for me. It doesn’t *feel* small anyway, I’ve only noticed that from these pictures!
My favourite thing about this bra is the straps, which are very slightly padded and thicker meaning that they’re super comfortable! I really love wearing it for this reason! The band is nice and thick too, also really comfortable, with 3 sets of 3 hooks.
So, I’ve worn this for pilates a few times, and it certainly rises to the occasion there keeping astray breasts out of the face whilst upside and ‘doing the seal’ (Charley and I cannot do this without fits of giggles!). I’ve also worn it for around 6 or 7 sessions of the 30 Day Shred (which is as far as I got before my ribs with costochondritis started complaining) – I had no issues with it there at all – no rubbing, no bounce and no adjusting needed. And finally, the run. I ran up the lane and back again in it, around a mile in all (which I am very proud of, thank you very much!) and again, no rubbing, bounce or adjusting.
Overall, I’d definitely rate this sports bra well. It definitely comes above the Freya soft cup in my opinion in appearance, comfort and support.
The Shock Absorber Active D+ Flexi Wire is currently available in sizes 30-40 D-G, 32-38 GG-H and can be bought at various retailers, but I’d recommend Very where it is £25 or Isme for £25. You can also buy other Shock Absorber bras in a range of colours at Figleaves.