One of the very few compression-type bras made for women of larger breast sizes (C/D cup), the CW-X Firm Support Bra works very well, reviewers say, providing what one calls "maximum bounce control." However, a smattering of user reviews at RoadRunnerSports.com disagree. The Firm Support has criss-cross shoulder straps for limited bounce and even distribution of breast weight, but because there's no back closure, you have to pull the bra on and off over your head. User comments at several online retail sites say it's difficult to put this bra on and take it off. "Getting it off after a sweaty workout is a HUGE struggle," one writes. If you want a bra that's supportive but easy to get into and out off, consider the back-closure Moving Comfort Fiona (*Est. $45), which also has front-adjust straps to help you fine-tune a comfortable, supportive fit.
The CW-X Firm Support Bra doesn't garner as many user reviews as more popular models, but we still found about a dozen each at RoadRunnerSports.com and Amazon.com. Fitness magazine briefly highlights the CW-X Firm Support as ideal for D-cup wearers, and it gets a brief mention in a StilettoJungleBlog.com entry.
1. Fitness Magazine
The editors of Fitness magazine select eight of their favorite sports bras, sorted by cup size. They recommend the CW-X Firm Support Bra for D-cup wearers, saying it's comfortable and offers "maximum bounce control."
Review: The Best Sports Bras for Your Size, Editors of Fitness magazine, Not dated
About a dozen reviewers give the CW-X Firm Support bra an average rating of 4.5 stars. The majority report that it's very supportive and great for running (although they don't mention their bra sizes). The downside is that several complain about how hard it is to get in and out of the bra. "Getting this bra off after a sweaty workout is a HUGE struggle," one reviewer writes.
Review: CW-X Women's Firm Support Running Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
About 15 reviewers give the CW-X Firm Support Bra a 4.7-star rating on this retail site. They say it's breathable, comfortable, supportive and runs true to size. However, several also complain that it's hard to get in and out of.
Review: Women's CW-X Firm Support Bra, Contributors to RoadRunnersports.com, As of April 2012
Blogger Kim Moshtaghi highlights three of her favorite sports bras, drawing on an unspecified type and amount of research. She recommends the CW-X Firm Support Bra for high impact exercises like running, but it's not clear how she evaluated the bra.
Review: Best Workout Clothes: Sports Bras for Every Workout, Kim Moshtaghi, Feb. 3, 2009