Expert reviewers recommend encapsulation bras for women with C cups or larger, and the Moving Comfort Fiona rates highly for high-impact exercise. This bra is underwire-free, using both encapsulation and compression to provide support for large breasts. It comes with a hook-and-loop back closure and straps that adjust from the front, instead of the more common back adjustment, so the bra's fit and support can be fine-tuned while being worn.
Users with large cup sizes appreciate that the Fiona looks like a regular sports bra instead of a piece of lingerie, which can be common among sports bras designed for large breasts. However, reviews indicate that the Fiona doesn't provide quite enough support for women with DD or larger cups, and several complain that the back strap curls up or frays easily. One user also points out that the Fiona has no padding to conceal the nipples.
Running Times magazine publishes the best review of the Fiona sports bra. The magazine enlists C- and D-cup testers to evaluate several models, and its commentary is detailed and balanced. We also found testing-based reviews in Health magazine, and a short evaluation by a professor of exercise and sports science published in Self. About.com offers relatively detailed comments of the Fiona bra, and we found hundreds of enthusiastic user reviews at Amazon.com, HerRoom.com, Athleta.com and RoadRunnerSports.com.
1. Running Times
A number of runners with C- and D-cup breasts test sports bras for Running Times magazine, and these testers rave about the Moving Comfort Fiona bra. It earns nearly perfect marks for support and comfort, and testers appreciate the adjustable straps and breathable fabric.
Review: Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Candace Karu, November 2007
2. Health Magazine
Health magazine recommends the Moving Comfort Fiona, but calls it best suited for low- and moderate-impact exercise. Some testers find the straps uncomfortable, and dislike that the bra pushes breasts together to create the dreaded "uniboob."
Review: Sports Bras for Real Curves: Moving Comfort Fiona, Beth Dreher, July 24, 2008
3. Self Magazine
LaJean Lawson, Ph.D, adjunct professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State University, selects sports bras for testing based on "science-backed criteria." She praises the Moving Comfort Fiona's adjustable straps and its underwire-free combination of encapsulation and compression support.
Review: The Best Sports Bras for Every Size, Editors of Self magazine, Not dated
Well over 650 Amazon.com reviewers chime in to give the Moving Comfort Fiona bra an average 4.4-star rating. They praise its comfort and not-too-constrictive support, although a few DD+ users say it's not quite supportive enough for them. Users' biggest pet peeve is that the back strap curls up after several uses, and a few notice that because there's no padding, your nipples may be noticeable.
Review: Moving Comfort Women's Fiona Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
This retail site's editors name the Moving Comfort Fiona their #1-selling bra for C-DD cups, and more than 200 users give it an average rating of 4.5 stars. Most praise its comfort, breathability, support and no-slide straps, and the vast majority of reviewers say it fits true to size. Just a few complain that the Fiona can flatten your bust, and even fewer say the band is sometimes too tight.
Review: Women's Moving Comfort Fiona Bra, Editors of and contributors to RoadRunnerSports.com, As of April 2012
More than 170 users give the Fiona a 4.5-star average rating. The majority say it fits true to size and covers as expected. Most reviewers praise the support, and one nursing mother says she loves how easy the adjustable straps make it to nurse. However, those with larger than D-cup breasts say this bra doesn't offer enough support.
Review: Fiona Bra by Moving Comfort, Contributors to Athleta.com, As of August 2012
Move than 120 users give the Moving Comfort Fiona an average rating that appears to fall between 4.5 and 5 stars. They say it eliminates most, but not all, bounce during exercise and complain that it isn't easy to get on and off.
Review: Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra 350003, Contributors to HerRoom.com, As of August 2012
Christine Luff, the About.com guide for running and jogging, asks well-endowed running friends to help her test the Moving Comfort Fiona sports bra. They like its back closure, wicking capability, supportive fit and good coverage. Their one complaint is that the adjustable straps may dig into your shoulders, depending on how you adjust them. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra, Christine Luff, July 18, 2012