Whether you're scrambling up a rock-infested trail, jogging along your favorite river path, or sweating it out in a hot yoga session, the Patagonia Women's Compression Sports Bra has you covered, providing medium-impact support for aerobic activities. Plus, its moisture-wicking polyester-spandex blend and breathable mesh inserts keep you comfortable during the hottest workouts of the year.
- Polyester, spandex
- Breathable mesh inserts
- Medium-impact support
- Item #PAT00RH
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
Reader's Digest Version: I liked this bra so much I bought two of them.
Non-Reader's Digest Version: I know I've uttered this statement in previous reviews (in regards to other items), but sports bras are one of my least favorite things to buy. As in, I'll put off buying new ones until the last minute (rarely bodes well for me, too). Admittedly, the unpredictable fit of a sports bra rarely justifies the high price tag that comes along with it. Yeah, a supportive bra does wonders for your back and can last a long time, but I'm still not feeling persuaded enough to drop $120 on two bras.
So, I was a bit apprehensive of the Patagonia Compression Sports Bra, but between the price tag and my brand loyalty, I couldn't really say no. Also, to be completely honest, I was in dire straights and down to one sports bra, which if you're active 5+ days a week, doesn't work well. So I bit the bullet, and was so impressed with the bra's performance that I bought another one.
That being said, my requirements were pretty simple.
1. I wanted a medium to high impact sports bra, specifically for running.
2. I wanted it to be reasonably priced.
3. Despite my need for a high-to-medium impact bra, I did not want the bra to fit me as though I was a pot belly pig being shoved into a small stuff sack.
4. I wanted soft fabric.
5. I wanted a minimalist design. Strappy bras are super cute, but uh, too many baubles and doo-dads is not my jam.
My initial impressions of the bra were that it checked off all of my boxes. It was comfortable, compressive, but not too squeezy, and minimalist (yes, it withstood The Jump Test). Granted, that only gets you so far, so I took the Compression Sports bra on a preliminary 4-mile run, just to get a feel for how the fabric would move and whether or not I'd incur any chafing . And it performed stupendously! The wide band was supportive, and the v-neck design provided ample coverage and compressive reinforcement. Despite the wide straps, I had unobstructed mobility and barely even noticed the racerback straps. Fabric was super comfortable and I had no chafing, at all. And still haven't!
So, yes, I have two of them and they're great. That being said, the v-neck has stretched out a shade, but it really doesn't prohibit the bra's overall performance.
As for the fit, I'm a 32B / 34A (dependent on the bra), and wear an XS in Patagonia's tops, both swim, active, and casual. I went with the Small in the sports bra, simply because I have a wide upper ribcage that's better suited in a size small and (or an XS should the band be adjustable). Quite frankly I think I could have gotten away with an XS, but preferred the fit of the Small. Honestly, this is a really great bra and I'll most likely be buying a few more in the near future.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: True to size
I bought this for my wife and she loves it! After trying lots of other brands over the years she has only liked lululemon but these changed her mind and she will be trying more Patagonia products.