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Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra Review

With a plethora of industry awards, the Shock Absorber Sports Bra brand is a well-known leader in its field. This particular bra has been involved in a highly regarded study conducted by Scurr et al, out of the Portsmouth University in the UK where it found that the Ultimate Run Bra reduced breast displacement (bounce!) by up to 78%.
The moisture wicking materials used are firm yet light compared to many of the other bras I have used in the past, so immediately there is a feeling of radical freedom of movement. This is helped by the racer back style. Not a traditional racer back however, the Ultimate Run bra has a dual clasp at the back which makes this much easier to get on and off than a traditional racer back bra, providing you have decent should range of motion to get the top clasp done up.
There is also plenty of quality adjustability on this model with a soft hook and eye clasp on the bra band as well as a firm bra strap adjustability system that’s unlikely to give as you work out.

As a 10DD this was a great high impact option for me, which I felt uninhibited running in. I also enjoyed the shape it gave me by separating the breasts well, so it quickly became a favourite for my gym, personal training and pump sessions too.

With sizes up to a G cup this will be a key style for bigger busted women seeking a firm level of support. Something to watch with the sizing is the bra band size. Mine fitted a little tighter than most 10’s I wear so be sure to try before you buy so you get the perfect fit!

Click the below images for more info on the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra or to purchase.

shock absorber ultimate run bar shescience melbourne

Shock Absorber ultimate run bra

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What’s the use of an adjustable strap configuration on a Sports Bra?

Firstly, I should clarify that this blog is about adjusting your strap configuration, and not the strap length. I do often talk about the benefits of Sports Bras having easily adjustable straps, this is of course generally referring to the length as opposed to the configuration.

There are four main variations of strap configuration.

Traditional, U shaped back

Cross back

Racer back

Cinched back (pictured below)

More so in Sports Bras than every day bras, when it comes to the shoulder straps it’s important that the materials are firm, so they don’t give too much during motion. As we know the straps are not the major support feature of a bra, but they do provide an additional layer of stability that’s important during activity. Actually, it was just yesterday that I caught a friend going to play tennis in a strapless bra – I could not believe she was attempting this and she later admitted that her decision was a horrible one that may just have cost her the game!

The problem we often see with bras that allow for a change of strap configuration is that the strap is then largely made up of elastic. It has to be elastic to be able to drastically change length from being U shaped to a cross over style bra.

It’s this increase in amount of elastic material that generally results in a below par product. The wearer doesn’t usually get that secure feeling of firm support, and if she does, it won’t last long.

Some brands are now using a hook system that allows for the straps to be cinched together high in the back. With most options in this category that I have looked at it seems to have worked well. This technique ensures that a good amount of the strap can be made of a firmer material as pictured below. I personally like this system as I do enjoy more upper limb freedom of movement when I’m wearing a racer back, so I find you get the best of both worlds without any compromising any control or durability.

Berlei Sports Bra with cinch-hook, click the image for more info or to purchase

My advice when it comes to straps is don’t try and find one option that will do it all. If you want a bra that works optimally as a racer back and something to support you properly with a traditional U shaped back then buy two bras. That’s my best advice!

 

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