Talkback: Shock Absorber RUN bra

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28/04/2010 at 09:15
Bought one of these bras a couple of months back - have since bought another two. They are without doubt the best and most supportive running bras I have come across for the larger bust. not the cheapest but definitely the best in my opinion. I have run everything from 5K to a marathon in mine and have found it comfortable at all times.
28/04/2010 at 09:42
Jovi, do you mind my asking what size you are? I ordered a couple of different sizes online but neither fitted so I sent them back. Did you buy your normal size or one bigger/smaller?
29/04/2010 at 19:09
How did you do up the top clasp, I tried one and couldnt fasten it, I run in the shock absorber crop top B4490, very supportive and about £8 cheaper
29/04/2010 at 19:31

i believed the hype and bought one.

good points

1. its easier to get on and off than any other bra ive tried

bad points

1. fit not brilliant makes you look like you got ice cream cones down your tshirt and cup a bit baggy looking. 

2. i found it didnt give much support under the armpit area and i am continually reaching to pull it up higher.

3.its a lot hotter to wear than previous shock bras ive bought

4. its far too expensive and i bought one but its not worth the money for another

29/04/2010 at 21:33

These bras are fantastic!

I'm normally a 32GG but bought a 34F and the support is fantastic - I barely notice my chest at all! I originally bought it in black and recently bought the white one.

I ran the London Marathon on Sunday and ran for the first time in the white one - no chafing or rubbing at all.

It is difficult to do the clasp up at the top - I had to move it so it was slightly looser to be able to get it on but its definitely worth the money.

30/04/2010 at 17:17
looks too big for my 34B....I personally love the Nike Crop Tops I use as bras....just brilliant
01/05/2010 at 10:15
its stiffer than the other shock absorbers but as im a 34dd i need the support,so far it's great,but the enell bras are still my favourite,ugly but wonderful for big-boobed runners!
01/05/2010 at 16:45
Best bra for running by far, even for my 36As.No friction and very comfortable.  Not great looking under clothes (bit bumpy), but in terms of function it is good.
05/05/2010 at 13:47
Best bra by far!! I've run upto marathon distance in mine with no problems at all. It doesn't rub anywhere, looks good and fits in my usual size fine. I don't find it at all hot to run in. well worth the money.
05/05/2010 at 14:05

Don't do them for my size 30H.

Have to stick with a B109 shock absorber

06/05/2010 at 16:56
love this sports bra, very supportive with no chafing, racer back style gives nice free feeling, better than any I have tried, am running 40 miles a week at the mo, and its the only bit of kit I have no issues with!
06/05/2010 at 21:28

Love this bra too

I find just before a period my boobs used to hurt when I ran....; BUT not anymore with this bra.

It is fiddly to fasten I find it best to fasten the top plastic piece before fastening the strap.

10/05/2010 at 21:14

Found a solution to the top clasp......

Fasten the plastic clasp BEFORE putting the bra on over your head. Then fasten the strap....EASY

15/07/2010 at 15:43
Absolutely LOVE it! I have had chaffing in the middle of my chest from all the other bras I've had, shock absorber range included, but I don't even notice I'm wearing it. As for fit and look, it squishes my 32DD close in and fits tight and perfect, no gaping, rubbing or shifting about at all... totally fab and so much so, I'm considering buying a second one, even despite my near heart attack at paying such a 'high' price for the first!
15/07/2010 at 20:17
Simona - I agree. Nike crop tops are the best
16/07/2010 at 11:19
How much adjustment is there on the distance between cup and back band? I usually end up tightening the shoulder straps my current sports bras further than the adjustment is supposed to go as it is. These look like that possibility is further reduced, so I might simply not be able to shorten it enough to hold anything in place.
17/07/2010 at 11:28

I have 3 of these and - whilst they're good - they're not the bra-nirvana I would expect for this amount of money:

 - I'm glad they don't chafe other people, but they chafe me: both at the front (where the logo is) and at the lower back clasp. On shorter runs up to 12 miles or so they're fine, but on longer runs they're heavy on Vaseline use.

- They are butt-ugly. The rear strap length adjustment (which offers a good range, Helen Liz) looks like it was originally designed as industrial marine lifting gear and is wider/higher than the backs of all my race vests. The front looks like a surgical truss.

- After about a dozen washes the white one looked hideous - displaying a wide range of grey shades and varying degrees of fabric distortion.

- They are very hot to wear, particularly down cleavage alley - this area could really do with some extra ventilating fabric.

- The upper back clasp is a waste of time - like others above I have to do the top clasp up before I try to put the bra on otherwise I could spend all day just trying to do my bra up

On the upside the support is very good, but not as good as the old model M&S long-distance running bras, which incidentally held up much better to washing as well. This bra is worth trying, but the Shock Absorber design peeps still have quite a bit of work to do IMO.

I'm a 36B and do 55-65 mpw, by the way. I have 3 of these because whilst I don't think they're perfect, they're still better than the other currently-available bras I've tried. If M&S got their act together again, though ...

21/07/2010 at 11:36

Are they any longer in the strap/main body than the B4490?

I have a B4490 which is brilliant for giving rock-hard support (32D), however you need to be a contortionist to get it on and even at full extension of the straps, it's very very short and so wants to be up under my chin until I've got it into position.

 I'm just over 5ft 6 by the way, so not very tall but I have heard from some taller women that they can't wear 'em at all.

24/07/2010 at 22:59
I am 5ft 10" and 38d and fits me fine. Shock absorber run bra best bra I have had - every other bra left marks/ cuts but have had no problems with this. Yes little bit tricky to fasten at top but manage ok however bra ur talking about OJO had to send back previously as could not even get it on! Defo recommend shock run bra .
Edited: 24/07/2010 at 23:03
12/08/2010 at 09:52

Im in 2 minds as to whether to get one of these or go for an Enell.Has anyone tried both? thanks.

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