Marketed as ‘Support for every sport’, Panache claim to have created this bra utilising their ‘renowned fit knowledge to create a product that was more advanced than anything else on the market and that reduced confusion created by other sports bras’. Considering my last post about the Shock Absorber Run and their ‘designed for purpose’ different styles, I found this idea rather attractive: something which does it all and does it better than anything else was the promise, it seemed. I wont have to buy three different bras and have a different one on tab depending on what activity I was embarking on; all I’ll ever need is the Panache…
The Panache Sports Bra has been developed to individually encapsulate each breast, holding & supporting and reducing movement in all directions. Providing the ultimate support for every sport! After rigorous testing, it was found that wearing the Panache Sports Bra could reduce breast bounce by up to 83% compared to wearing no bra!
I’m a bit confused why this statistic is used since just about anything would reduce breast bounce when compared to wearing no bra! I was really REALLY looking forward to trying this bra out since seeing it at the MODA exhibition in Birmingham and I was eager to get my hands on one. I wasn’t disappointed and their 28FF fit me really well. I found it was true to size (although at the gym today I felt I could benefit on tightening the hooks slightly on the running machine), and the cups were smooth, rounded and so comfortable. They are verging on being a bit small but I think it’s important to be fully encapsulated in a sports bra to effectively ‘Banish The Bounce’, so I don’t think it warranted an up-sizing. The cups are ever so slightly thick, not enough to be descriped as ‘padded’ but a thick supportive firm cup, with underwires which appear hidden under the double-lined exterior. I love how this makes the bra look a bit like a sporty crop top as opposed to a bra and I think for the brave it would look great with yoga pants or running shorts. With my beloved Freya Active (the underwired version being my current favourite) I found that I have to wear their straps at the tightest they can go despite being still fairly new. With the Panache this wasn’t such a problem and for lighter exercise I wore it about this tight (see above), however for strenuous activity about another two inches tighter. Unfortunately it was more torrential rain than casual jog weather so I was limited to the concrete and metal jungle of the gym, however I didn’t find myself missing my Shock Absorber or Freya Active much – I really enjoyed the fit of this one. I wasn’t as firmly or securely held as perhaps a compression bra gives, however I felt no heavy bounces, back pain or excessive movement but just light, carefree movement. Just me, the machine and my music player.
Goldie Sayers, Panache Sports Ambassador has struggled to find a sports bra through her sporting career:
A well fitted bra is essential for any sportswoman with a large bust. Since meeting with Panache we’ve worked hard to reduce the risk of injury during both training and competition and now with their ultimate sports bra, I feel 100% comfortable wearing this bra and I can’t wait to wear it when I compete! -Goldie
I’m not sure that the Panache sports bra has answered all my prayers when it comes to sporting activities, however it’s certainly up there with some of the best. It’s definitely one of the most comfortable bras I’ve tried and doesn’t sit so high up around my armpits like the Shock Absorber level 4 does which can be quite restrictive during some sports – I can cartwheel away in the Panache with minimal boob movement or moments of restrictive fabric. Whilst the bounce was not being completely ‘banished’ was greatly reduced.
One thing that gets me is the idea of hand washing it every time I want to wear it since it’s not machine washable…
Price vs. Quality: 8/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 9/10
** This bra was gifted by Panache Lingerie for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion or my write up in any way. All views expressed are my own. **