Over the last few weeks, I’ve been taking a few of our top running sports bras for a first-hand test run as I’ve been training for a 5k at the end of October. This week, I tried out the Shock Absorber Level 4 D Plus Max Sports Bra Top B4490. This is one of the two jogging bras I was most excited to try, and so far it has definitely lived up to the hype! Here’s what I have to say after a week of running in this sports bra:
The Shock Absorber Level 4 D Plus Max Sports Bra Top B4490: First Impressions
Wow. I was really looking forward to trying this sports bra based on what Shock Absorber puts into developing their sport bras. They have great reviews and they sound great on paper – but how would they really hold up to my 40F bust?
When I first got the bra, the first thing I noticed was the fabric. It feels soft and silky, but also strong. The wire free construction is a huge plus, as the Elomi Energise underwire has been digging into my right armpit while running, and the wire in my Le Mystere Energie Sport Bra digs into my rib cage if I wear it while sitting (like at my desk, writing). I was psyched about the lack of underwire in the Shock Absorber.
The first thing I noticed when I tried to put it on was… I couldn’t! This bra has a two-row hook-and-eye closure system around a cutout. I can reach the hook and eye closures on the bottom row, but I couldn’t reach the top ones. So I had to ask my SO to help me snap it. After reading the reviews on the site, I’m not the only woman who’s had this problem, but it’s a bit frustrating. By the end of the week, I had figured out how to snap it by myself, but it’s a bit off-putting to have to re-learn how to put on a bra.
It’s a compression style bra and it definitely holds you still. But it also does the uni-boob thing that traditional over-the-head sports bras do. The multi-part cups aren’t quite as bad as total uni-boob… you still get a couple of bumps… but you’re basically looking at one big mass. It’s not a big deal if you’re working out to work out, but if you want to be “cute,” this bra ain’t it.
How Does it Hold Up to Running?
Quibbles aside, one thing I can say positive about this bra: it holds you still! One of the reasons that it’s so difficult to snap is that it’s a snug bra that really compresses the bust. And that’s great when you’re running! I had the ever-so-slight tiniest movement when running, but not enough to be called “bounce” and definitely not enough to interfere with my workout. So for running, this bra is absolutely great.
It’s also great at moisture wicking and breathability. I didn’t feel like I was wearing a gross, sweaty bra – it definitely got wet but it did a good job of not feeling soggy. And it’s probably the most breathable of the sports bras that I’ve tried so far.
Overall: I’m totally thrilled with this sports bra. Once you get it on, you are utterly, totally contained. And I’ve even worn it all day and still been comfortable at the end of the day, in spite of the fact that it’s snug. So far, it’s leading the lineup for running sports bras for fuller-figured women, and it might just be the bra I wear to my 5k!