Panache Sports Bra Review

Updated February 28, 2014
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Panache Sports Bra
Bottom Line

Women with large busts who want to ditch the squish should look into the Panache Sports Bra, reviewers say. The bra's molded cups and underwire encapsulate each breast to provide high-impact support, making uniboob a non-issue. Users love the huge range of sizes and colors. But this may be too much bra for smaller frames, and some women say it allows more bounce than compression bras.

Comfort

Comfortable and easy to put on. The Panache Sports Bra is made of polyester, polyamide and elastane. The fabric is moisture-wicking, and the bra has a mesh panel in front between the breasts to increase breathability; reviewers say the bra does a good job of keeping them dry. They also report few problems with chafing from the flat seams or poking from the underwire or hook-and-eye closure, which are padded for comfort. The wide mesh straps are padded in front and adjustable in the back, and users love that they can wear them straight or convert them into a racerback. The bra is easy to put on and take off, women say.

ProsGood for high-impact activities, Available in many hard-to-fit sizes, Stylish; vibrant colors and patterns, Supports and shapesConsToo much coverage for some, May not control bounce enough

Support

High-impact support for large busts. Reviewers say the Panache Sports Bra delivers on its promise to provide maximum support for full-busted women. Testers give it particularly high marks for high-impact workouts, including running, cross-training and aerobics. The padded underwire and molded, lightly padded cups encapsulate each breast to minimize movement. Converting the straps to racer style can also increase support. While most women are pleased with the support, a few feel compression bras do a better job of minimizing bounce. The Panache is best for DD cups and above. It's also a good pick for hard-to-fit frames: Band sizes range from 28 to 44, while cup sizes go all the way up to H. Some say the bra runs small.

Style

Stylish and modest at the same time. The Panache Sports Bra has a high sweetheart neckline, an open back and hook-and-eye closures. The thick straps taper in the back and can be joined into a racerback. The bra is available in at least a dozen vibrant colors, many of which have bands of contrasting colors or patterns. Reviewers love the designs and style, especially since bras for large-busted women are often utilitarian-looking. The bra's padding keeps nipples from showing, and testers praise the shape the bra gives them under shirts. But while some women like the full coverage, others say the high neckline and full cups are too overwhelming on their chests.

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Panache Women's Underwired Sports Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

The Panache Sports Bra earns 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 700 reviews. Reviewers love the support, lift and separation the bra provides. However, some say sizing is tricky, and others report bounce. Several say the underwire popped out of the bra after normal wear.

2. Good Housekeeping

Best of the Test: Sports Bras, Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Not Dated

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute say the Panache Sports Bra is extremely durable, with "thick, sturdy" material. They also note the underwire and convertible straps. They note that the high-cut neckline could turn off some wearers.

3. Prevention.com

25 Sports Bras That Will Change Your Life, Kelly Gonsalves, Not Dated

The Panache Sports Bra is named Best Underwire High-Impact Bra in this roundup. The underwire and cups "fully encase each breast to eliminate bounce," Kelly Gonsalves says. One tester praises the bra for minimizing bounce, but another says the design "consumed" her chest.

4. DailyBurn.com

The Best Sports Bras for Every Activity, Amy Schlinger, Oct. 8, 2013

The Panache Sports Bra is a high-impact pick for "top heavy women" in this roundup. The bra's vibrant colors, molded cups and wide straps also win praise, but the short blurb does not note any cons.

5. Rank & Style

The Ten Best Sports Bras for High Impact Activities, Editors of Rank & Style, Feb. 20, 2014

In this roundup, the Panache Sports Bra is named best for DD cups and up. Editors praise its ability to minimize bounce, reduce friction and provide an "adjustable and secure fit." The short review does not note any cons.

6. Glamour magazine

15 Editor-Tested and Approved Sports Bras for Every Activity, Nikki Ogunnaike, Not Dated

The Panache Sports Bra has editors "raving" for its easy-on, easy-off design, full-bust support and vibrant designs. They also note the wide varieties of challenging activities they engaged in while wearing the bra, giving it an A-plus overall. No cons are noted in this short review.

7. Babble.com

Best Sports Bras for Petite Figures and Full Busts, Casey Mullins, March 3, 2013

Casey Mullins loves the Panache Sports Bra's variety of colors and encapsulating support, saying it's a great pick if you have a "small ribcage and huge boobs." She also praises the convertible straps, comfortable, padded underwire and wicking fabric. She does not note any cons.