The Champion Powerback Underwire bra is extremely popular with users, most of whom report having fairly large bustlines. However, there's one persistent complaint about this bra: It's very hard to get in and out of. Reviewers report having to bend over, nearly upside down, to put it on, and repeatedly getting hung up on the underwire. But there's hope: "This bra is a bit difficult to get off at first, but once you figure it out it's not that bad," says one user.
In spite of those issues, the bra receives extremely high consumer ratings and one expert recommendation. Users almost universally agree that this bra is sturdy and supportive without creating a "uniboob," and the straps don't slide. The Powerback is also highly breathable -- solving a common issue with sturdy bras designed to accommodate bigger busts -- and, according to wearers, is very durable. Despite the Champion bra's popularity, the Moving Comfort Maia (*Est. $45) is even more well liked, and the Fiona (Est. $45) also gets extremely positive reviews.
We found just a very brief mention of this sports bra in O, The Oprah Magazine, but the Powerback Underwire's popularity in user reviews more than makes up for the dearth of expert opinions. It attracts hundreds of user reviews on Amazon.com, and dozens from posters on HerRoom.com, FreshPair.com and SportsAuthority.com.
Move than 240 user ratings average out to a score of 4.2 stars. Reviewers love the Champion Powerback Underwire's great support, but struggle to get it on and off. "If you have someone around to help you put your bra on before every workout, it might not be an issue," speculates one. "Once you figure out how to get the bra on," another notes, "you are on your way."
Review: Champion Women's Powerback Under Wire Sports Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Some 80 reviewers give the Champion Powerback Underwire Sports Bra a roughly 4-star average rating. Most call it comfortable and supportive, even during high-impact exercises like jumping jacks, but a few complain that it's hard to put on and even harder to take off.
Review: Champion Powerback Underwire Sports Bra 1694, Contributors to HerRoom.com, As of August 2012
Here the Champion Powerback gets an average rating of 4.3 stars from about 30 users. They like its great support and straps that don't slide, and say it's comfortable, breathable, and durable. However, the majority of reviewers reiterate the common complaint that this bra is hard to get in and out of.
Review: Champion Powerback Underwire Sports Bra 1694, Contributors to FreshPair.com, As of August 2012
4. O, The Oprah Magazine
Joanna Scurr, Ph.D, of the University of Portsmouth, explains that "the right bra can reduce breast pain for about 80 percent of women" and picks the Champion Powerback Underwire as one of the best sports bras. However, her review is only a line or two long, and doesn't contain any detailed analysis.
Review: You've Really Got a Hold on Me, Selene Yeager, August 2008
5. Sports Authority
About 20 reviewers give the Champion Powerback an average 4.5-star rating, agreeing that it fits true to size and offers great support, with straps that don't slide. Users say the Powerback breathes well, but almost all of them note that it's hard to get on and off.
Review: Champion Women's Powerback Underwire Sports Bra, Contributors to SportsAuthority.com, As of August 2012