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5k Sports Bra Wrap-Up: How the Winning Bra Performed

Well, ladies – yesterday was the big day! My first 5k! I donned the Shock Absorber Level 4 D Plus Max Sports Bra Top B4490 and the rest of my gear for the race. Did I choose the right bra? Would I recommend this bra for other women who are running a 5k, 10k, marathon or even just running for exercise?

The Good
This bra has a lot of good going for it. It’s comfortable to wear. It’s extremely supportive. It effectively prevents bounce. It’s breathable and moisture wicking. In short, it’s everything you want from a sports bra!

The Bad
This is a very compression-oriented bra. I was surprised again when I put it on today by exactly how much compression is involved, because it’s been several weeks since I’ve worn it as I’ve been trying other sports bras. I definitely had the uni-boob look, but I wasn’t concerned about how I looked – I just wanted to run the race and have nothing more to worry about than my pace. However, even with all the compression, it wasn’t unduly constrictive – it held my bust in place but it moved with me and didn’t make me feel hampered in any way.

The other negative about this bra is that it still remains difficult for me to put on. The straps with the cutout just aren’t easy for me to reach – I can reach the bottom strap ok, but the strap that goes above the cutout is just on the edge of what I can reach. For a bra that involves this much compression, that’s even more difficult. I guess I need to take up Yoga to improve my flexibility and make this bra easier to put on.

Final Verdict: Buy the Shock Absorber Level 4 D Plus Max Sports Bra Top B4490
I was a little skeptical of how well it would support my 40F bust. I often have trouble finding fitness gear designed for my body type, so I was happy that I had as many bras to choose from as I did. But the Shock Absorber exceeded my expectations – basically, I didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything particularly restrictive during the race, although I did start to notice it a while later after wearing it around for a few hours during post-race celebrations.

It absolutely held me securely in place the entire time. The course was mostly flat, but there was an uphill section and a downhill section and several corners – the bra contained me throughout all of it, and even better – it moved with me. In short, it was absolutely fantastic.

I didn’t feel as overheated wearing it as I did with the Enell sport bra. The Shock Absorber Level 4 D Plus Max Sports Bra Top B4490 was very moisture-wicking – the cotton shirt I was wearing was fairly sweaty, but the bra was only somewhat damp, and when I finally took it off a few hours later, it had dried completely.

If you’ve got a bigger bust or a fuller figure and you’re planning to do any running – whether you’re running for fitness or training for a 5k or marathon – do yourself a favor and buy this bra. You’ll get the support you need in a level of comfort and mobility that you didn’t know was possible from a sports bra this supportive! I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend it, from personal experience.

(Oh, and if you’re wondering how I did on my first 5k – I beat my target time by 5 minutes, and I enjoyed it so much that I’m signing up for another 5k in December! And you can bet the Shock Absorber is going to be the primary sports bra in my training rotation!)

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