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CW-X Ultra Support Bra

*Est. $70
Reviewed
April 2012
by ConsumerSearch
CW-X Ultra Support Bra

Pros
  • Excellent support
  • Minimal bounce
  • Comfortable
  • Breathes well
Cons
  • Difficult to put on
  • Adjustable straps can be uncomfortable
  • Creates "uniboob"

The CW-X Ultra Support Bra has a lot going for it: Experts and users alike report that it's extremely supportive and bounce-free. It even breathes well. "For the first time ever I feel almost no bounce while running," says one user, noting that the CW-X Ultra is also very comfortable. Another reviewer says: "It is so nice to have a bra that makes you forget you have boobs while running." A DD-cup tester from an expert review adds that "there was absolutely no bounce." Yet that support comes at a cost, with the CW-X priced much higher than the Moving Comfort Fiona (Est. $45), the best-reviewed bra for C- and D-cup wearers.

There are additional downsides that keep this bra from getting the rave reviews others receive. Users are generally unhappy about the "uniboob" look it generates, with several saying that advertising material and images make it appear that the bra separates the breasts. Most like the customizability of the adjustable straps that feature hook-and-lock closures behind the shoulders on either side, but those who use the loosest setting report a bare hook that digs into their skin. Others complain that this bra is hard to get on. We also found the usual smattering of complaints -- and perhaps a few more than usua -- saying that the bra isn't supportive enough; users say they'd use it only for lower-impact activities. This boils down to the usual love-it-or-hate-it mixture of opinions, and most reviewers with D-cup or larger breasts seem to love the CW-X Ultra. However, it's still not quite in the same league as the Fiona or the Enell Sports Bra (Est. $65)

Runner's World magazine publishes a testing-based roundup of sports bras every year, featuring the CW-X Ultra Support Bra in 2009. Fitness and Shape magazines also select the Ultra Support as a good choice for larger busts. Several dozen user reviews at Amazon.com and Backcountry.com provide the negative side of the bra that typically doesn't crop up in expert reviews.

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Our Sources

1. RunnersWorld.com

A total of 26 testers evaluate new sports bras and select the CW-X Ultra Support Bra as the most supportive for C/D cups. This review is older, but most of the sports bras featured are still available and very popular.

Review: Technical Support, Lisa Jhung, October 2009

2. Fitness Magazine

Testers name 16 favorites out of more than 50 sports bras evaluated, calling the CW-X Ultra Support Bra a top choice for women with DD+ cups. One tester says she likes the fit, wicking capability and support.

Review: Perk Up! The Best Sports Bras for Your Size, Sarah D'Angelo, July/August 2011

3. Shape magazine

An undisclosed number of wear-testers review an undisclosed number of sports bras, and pick the CW-X Ultra as one of the best for women with D+ cup breasts. They say it breathes well, and one wearer says her breasts didn't budge at all during high-impact exercise.

Review: Best Sports Bras for Your Cup Size, Kimberly A. Daly, Not dated

4. Backcountry.com

About 20 user reviewers weigh in on the CW-X Ultra Support Bra, giving it an average rating of 4 stars. Most love its comfort and support, saying it allows almost no bounce. However, even several users who love it complain that it can be hard to get into, and one reports that an uncovered hook on the adjustable back strap digs into her skin.

Review: CW-X Ultra Support Bra - Women's, Contributors to Backcountry.com, As of April 2012

5. Amazon.com

More than two dozen user reviewers give the CW-X Ultra Support Bra an average 4-star rating. One 36DD reviewer says the bra is "definitely worth the extra money." Most like the level of support it offers, although multiple DDD-cup users say it's not supportive enough for them.

Review: CW-X Women's Ultra Support Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012

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