Last year, I reviewed the Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports bra. Being a big busted runner, I know better than almost anyone how important it is to get a good fitting bra. The Multi Sports Bra has been a long time favourite of mine so when Shock Absorber got in touch to see if I wanted to review their updated version, I jumped (with a bra on) at the chance.
Before I continue, I’m going to jump back on board my sizing soapbox. Shock Absorber bras are well made and they are award winners for a reason – they are simply the best. However, it doesn’t matter how amazing a bra is, if it doesn’t fit you properly, it’s not going to support you. So be sure to make sure you check your bra size regularly and keep in mind that different bras can fit differently. For example, a 34F in one brand may fit you, but a 32H in another brand or style, may suit you just as well.
When running, it’s really important to make sure that you are wearing the right bra. Many women make the mistake of thinking that most of the support comes from the straps and that if their straps are digging in, the bra is too small. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of the support should come from the band and it’s important to make sure that this is a snug fit. I generally go for the tightest fit that is comfortable. If your straps are digging in, this is because you are likely wearing a bra that’s too big and forcing your straps to take the weight instead. Check out this bra calculator and take some measurements – you might be really surprised. Remember though, it’s not an exact science, you may find a cup up or a band down fits you better – it all depends on the individual bra.
Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra
For 2015/2016, the bra has been updated in a fantastic new colour as seen above – if you’re someone who runs in a bra only during the warmer months, it looks really stylish. The design of Shock Absorber bras is constantly revised and I noticed how there seemed to be a bit more support in the cups compared to my pink version from last year. Straps are adjustable and padded for comfort, with the racer back giving extra support. The bra also boasts powermesh side panels for extra breathability, to go along with the technical material. As someone who suffers from sweaty boob syndrome, this is great as it really helps to reduce chafing.
I usually wear a 32G or 32H depending on style in my day to day bras, as I measure 33. In the Shock Absorber, I usually increase the band to 34 as I find they don’t usually have as much give as a normal day to day bra – important when doing sports. So in this style of bra, I opted for a 34FF.
The bra, as all other Shock Absorbers, is great. I did notice compared to my pink version, it seemed slightly looser. In this photo, I’ve opted for the second fastening and you can see it slightly digs into my shoulders – I will wear it on a tighter fastening next time, as I usually do. I think after Christmas, I assumed I’d need it looser and this wasn’t the case. 34 is probably the right call, although I need to wear it on a tighter fastening for extra support, I think the 32 would be too uncomfortable, unless I used an extender.
Everything is nicely contained and I’m pleased to report that on yesterday’s 4 mile run for Janathon, there was no movement. I also wore this bra for the first time when I took on the Dymchurch Marathon in November and it kept everything comfortable during those 26.2 miles, with no chafing, or back pain. In previous designs, the Shock Absorber logo was centre of the band at the front and occasionally rubbed. This has now been moved and is printed, rather than stitched, which also reduces chafing. In fact as before, my only real criticism is the fact that I always struggle to do up the top fastening and need help. Maybe I have abnormally short arms.
The fantastic Shock Absorber Run Bra continues to be the leader in running bras, but I’m a huge fan of the Multi Sport Active and would suggest you also consider it as an option. It retails for around £33 and is available in sizes up to 40HH, catering for the needs of us bustier runners. Check it out in leading department stores and specialist running shops.
This sports bra was provided to me by Shock Absorber in return for a review. Views, as always, are my own.