The Asics Cross Back Bra features X-shape, adjustable shoulder straps that experts either love or hate. So far the consensus leans strongly toward love, with reviewers in two prominent fitness magazines praising the straps for creating a comfortable, highly customizable fit. They say the Cross Back Bra's encapsulation-style support is best for small cup sizes, and the tightly woven fabric and chest band help minimize bounce.
There aren't many user reviews for this bra yet, but most of those we did find come from C- and D-cup wearers. The majority say the Cross Back Bra does a good job of supporting them and is very comfortable, although one complains about struggling to get the bra on. Another says that the straps "look cool," but cut into her shoulders. Looks aside, users like the bra's encapsulation-style fit, which prevents the unattractive "uniboob" look some sports bras produce. Expert reviewers say the Champion Shape T-Back Sports Bra (*Est. $30), our best reviewed bra for B-cup wearers, is also a good fit for A cups.
We found reviews of the Asics Cross Back Bra at Runner's World -- one of the most authoritative and prolific sources for sports bra reviews -- and Shape magazine. This bra doesn't have as much consumer feedback as its competition, but there are a handful of helpful posts at Zappos.com and a single enthusiastic user review on Amazon.com.
1. Runner's World
In the most recent roundup of sports bras from Runner's World, 25 testers select the Asics Cross Back Bra as best for A/B cup wearers who like adjustable straps. Testers praise how the back straps and chest band minimize bounce, and say the bra is light and cool.
Review: Top Honors, Dimity McDowell, November 2011
2. Shape magazine
The author praises the Asics Cross Back Bra for its adjustable, criss-cross straps, saying they make the bra "comfier than basic workout wear." She describes the bra as best for AA-A cup sizes, and likes how its back configuration allows body heat to escape.
Review: Best Sports Bras for Your Cup Size, Kimberly A. Daly, Not dated
Although expert reviewers recommend this bra for an A/B-cup woman, most users posting comments here wear a C-D cup. They rave about the Cross Back Bra's fit and comfort, even for high-impact activities. A couple of larger-chested users do complain that the bra doesn't give enough support or is hard to get on. About 10 women give the Asics bra a 4-star average ranking.
Review: Asics Cross Back Bra, Contributors to Zappos.com, As of March 2012
So far just one reviewer comments on this sports bra -- her husband surprised her with it after seeing it recommended in Fitness magazine. She says it fits great and "is very cute."
Review: Asics Unisex ASICS Cross Back Bra, Black/White, X-Small, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2012