The Moving Comfort Alexis sports bra has a racerback design and thin straps that curve inward behind the shoulder blades to allow a better range of movement. It earns a number of endorsements for women with A/B cups who choose low-impact activities like cycling, yoga or walking. If you need a sports bra for high-impact exercise, the Champion Shape T-Back Sports Bra (*Est. $30) comes highly recommended for runners with an A/B cup. The Asics Cross Back Bra (*Est. $40) also draws rave reviews from women with A cups -- and sometimes bigger-busted women as well -- for its comfort, adjustability and support.
Since the Alexis was redesigned, user reviews contain some negative comments about the new fit and cut, as well as complaints about irritating seams. Even so, reviewers with small breasts like the subtle shaping this bra's built-in cups and compression-style hold provide, and the bra gets high marks for breathability, style and comfort. Testers for one publication point out that although they worried the padding might get soggy with sweat, it didn't. According to reviews, the straps stay in place and are comfortable, but several reviewers complain that the Alexis runs small, and a few women report problems with chafing.
Several reviewers test the Moving Comfort Alexis sports bra, but the best coverage comes from Runner's World. The magazine enlists the help of a number of runners to test various sports bras, and reviews are balanced and relatively detailed. Women's Health and Fitness magazines also cover the bra. Amazon.com is the best source for user reviews, although the updated version of the Alexis doesn't enjoy the same high customer ratings as the older version.
An older version of the Alexis sports bra receives a 3.7-star average rating from about 50 Amazon.com reviewers. The newer version, however, gets just 3.5 stars out of more than 40 posts. Some users praise the bra's support and comfort, but a significant number complain that it runs too small or is hard to get off, and that the previously fabulous cut has been altered and now doesn't fit as well.
Review: Moving Comfort Women's Alexis Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Paige Waehner, the exercise guide at About.com, selects the Moving Comfort Alexis as one of the 10 best sports bras. She praises its adjustable straps and "banding around the chest," and says it's great for higher-impact workouts. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Best Sports Bras for Women, Paige Waehner, Jan. 12, 2012
3. Women's Health magazine
The Moving Comfort Alexis is an Editor's Pick at Women's Health magazine, where the bra is recommended for women with A/B cups who engage in medium-impact sports. Testers like the padded cups; one declares the Alexis to be "the Wonderbra of sports bras!"
Review: The Top Women's Sports Bras, Editors of Women's Health magazine
4. Fitness Magazine
Fitness magazine recommends the Moving Comfort Alexis for women with A cups. Reviewers say it offers "awesome support" and praise the bra for its breathable, molded cups, but don't explain whether they actually tested it.
Review: The Best Sports Bras for Your Size, Editors of Fitness magazine, Not dated
One small-chested editor at FitSugar.com gives the Moving Comfort Alexis a positive review, saying it's comfortable and supportive enough for high-impact exercises. However, she notes that the high neckline can show under workout shirts.
Review: Gear Review: Moving Comfort Alexis Sports Bra, Editors of FitSugar.com, March 20, 2009
Testers at Runner's World have good things to say about the "sassy" Moving Comfort Alexis bra. Women with small breasts appreciate the light padding, saying it "creates a nice shape, instead of just smashing the ladies." The bra also gets high marks for being breathable.
Review: Support Group, Dimity McDowell, Aug. 19, 2008