The Moving Comfort Maia sports bra doesn't get a lot of expert attention; we found only an informal review from a sports writer who enlists several well-endowed running friends to help her test this bra. However, their positive comments echo those in customer reviews; in fact, it's impossible to find any overall negative user ratings for this bra. Customers like how the Maia's combination of encapsulation and underwire support separates and supports the breasts, providing comfortable, uniboob-free support and creating a great silhouette from any angle. Although some posters complain that the Maia allows too much bounce, we found many more happy women -- often with DD or E cups -- reporting that the bra allows minimal to no movement. It's also a nearly universal consensus that the Maia breathes and wicks well, and is very durable.
With the Maia's recent redesign, we found the usual few complaints from reviewers who don't like the changes, but the vast majority of comments on the new model are extremely positive and echo all the compliments of previous years. However, cup sizes often run large; some customer reviews recommend buying a cup size down from your usual bra size. The Champion Double Dry Seamless Full-Support Underwire Sports Bra (*Est. $40) also offers excellent support for C/D cups. The Enell Sports Bra (*Est. $65) is more expensive and doesn't have underwires but draws rave reviews from women with D-cup and larger breasts.
The only recent expert review we found for the Moving Comfort Maia comes from Christine Luff, About.com's guide to running and jogging. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.) We found hundreds of positive user reviews for the Maia on Amazon.com alone, and many more at other retailers such as HerRoom.com, DicksSportingGoods.com, RoadRunnerSports.com and REI.com.
More than 350 Amazon.com user reviews average out to a 4.5-star rating for the Moving Comfort Maia. Most are thrilled with its comfort and support, but a few complain that they still have "bounce issues." A former Enell Sports Bra wearer says she'll go back to the Enell because it's more supportive. Users report that cup sizes tend to run large.
Review: Moving Comfort Women's Maia Bra, Black, 38DD, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
The Maia gets a relatively high average rating here, somewhere between 4 and 5 stars, from more than 400 reviewers. Most comments are brief, with many posters including their bra size. "This is the 2nd time I have purchased this bra because it is wonderful and very reliable," writes one, who adds that the Maia "almost completely eliminates bounce."
Review: Maia Underwire Sports Bra, Contributors to HerRoom.com, As of August 2012
About 50 reviewers give the Maia an average rating of 4.7 stars, saying the bra is great for running and other high-impact exercises, generally feels true to size, and offers comfortable support. They also like its durability, breathability and moisture wicking. All of these comments apply to the new, redesigned Maia bra.
Review: Women's Moving Comfort Maia Bra II, Contributors to RoadRunnerSports.com, As of April 2012
Plenty of the more than 40 reviews on this retail website come after the redesigned Maia was released, giving it a 4.6-star average rating. "I will be buying this product again," says one 34D half-marathon runner, who adds, "It is the most supportive bra I have ever owned."
Review: Moving Comfort Women's Maia Sports Bra, Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com, As of August 2012
About 30 reviewers chime in here, reporting that the Maia is comfortable, supportive, durable and breathable. "It may not be sexy, but it works," writes one reviewer. The same user warns that the cups run small, and although she would recommend this bra to a friend, she also suggests trying it on in a store before you buy.
Review: Moving Comfort Maia Sports Bra, Contributors to REI.com, As of April 2012
Christine Luff, About.com's guide to running and jogging, asks some well-endowed friends to help her test the Maia. They report that the bra wicks and supports well without chafing, but warn that "women who are on the lower end of the C/D cup range may find that the Maia bra leaves them bouncing a bit." This review predates the Maia redesign. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Moving Comfort Maia Sports Bra, Christine Luff, July 18, 2012