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Freya Sports Bra Review For Large Breasted Women

Gear Review: Freya Sports Bra

When you're heavy on top, finding a sports bra is downright frustrating. Most aren't made for women who are over a D cup — let alone DD-H. Even if you do manage to squeeze yourself into one, you end up with a very unattractive uniboob and barely there support. When Freya — one of my favorite bra companies — came out with an active line, I was overjoyed. (Without divulging too much, I have a small ribcage at 30 inches with an ample bosom.) Freya gets women with larger bust sizes. They even understand that some women have a large cup size but can still be small in the frame.

The look. The Freya Active 4002 underwire sports bra ($60) is not pretty, but most bras in my size aren't. More boob means I need more support, which means more fabric. The red version with the black trim is the most stylish and sporty of the bunch. But the rest of them (black, white, nude) have a sort of 1950s bullet bra pinup girl look to them that is kind of cool. If you don't need the full support of an underwire, they also offer a soft cup version for sizes 28-40, C-H.

The fit. Talk about support — nothing is moving in this bra. Both the bottom band and underwire provide amazing support without suffocating you. The wide straps have a slight padded feel to them, which is an added plus for comfort. But my favorite part is that it's an encapsulation bra. Most sports bras keep you in place by pressing your breasts firm against your chest. Encapsulation bras surround and support each breast individually instead. This is awesome because there is no uniboob — quite the opposite, in fact. You are lifted and the natural shape of your body is still apparent. I also like that there are four closure settings on the back. As the bra stretches out, you can move the hook a few times before having to buy a new one. It's also made from a thicker material than a normal bra, which adds to the comfort and durability of the bra. It's available in sizes 28-38, D-H.


Performance. This bra gets a solid A+ from me. Because of its CoolMax fabric, it wicks away sweat and also dries extremely fast. There're also mesh panels on the back of the bra that help keep you cool when wearing it. But what's most important is that I am totally and utterly supported when I wear my Freya sports bra. Whether I am bending over in a yoga pose, climbing, or jogging, my girls stay lifted. It's also built to last — the bras I bought a year ago still feel new and I haven't had to replace them yet.



CupsandMeasures CupsandMeasures 6 years
Anonymous, If you are in the GTA Area, I recommend Inside Story or Good Night Good Morning (both in Oakville, ON). Another brand to check out are Shock Absorbers: They are FANTASTIC! I recommend going to a fine lingerie store to get properly fitted if you've never done it before. I have yet to meet a friend/family members who didn't discover a different sized bra fit her better.
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 6 years
@kjp333 The longest I have ever worn the bra is for about three to four hours —  two hours of working out, and time before and after my workout. No problem there; but I can't say how it would perform for an extended period of time.
kjp333 kjp333 6 years
I'm wondering how long you could wear the bra for? For example I have a physical job and I tend to sweat periodically... I find my bra's never dry and I get rashes under the straps :(
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 7 years
This is great! I just recently discovered my favorite brand is no longer sold locally, so I decided to look online. I'm so glad I checked FitSugar to compare brands! I can't wait to try one.
rbaech rbaech 7 years
Also, I've found the sizing to be fairly true to fit, so buying them online isn't too big of a hassle. Most places have very reasonable return policies, too.
Fitness Fitness 7 years
Hi! I picked mine up at Nordstrom in San Francisco, but you can also buy them online. Just do a Google search and a bunch of stores will turn up! -Fit
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 7 years
Fit, where did you get yours? I'm in the SF Bay Area but according to Freya's website, the closest store that stocks them is in Sacramento. :( I'd prefer to try it on before buying.
rbaech rbaech 7 years
I love Freya's active line! I have a 29" rib cage, and my cups are overflowing, so to speak. I have the bra that the model is wearing in the pic, and it's fantastic. Not only is it a great sports bra, but it's actually a very wearable everyday bra.
ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
I really like my enell's for support I wear a 00 in enell, but hate the uniboob look. I recenlty bought a Ta Ta tamer from lululemon and that worked pretty well, but I still felt I may need more support...Can anyone compare?
taylvs3 taylvs3 7 years
I love Freya bras. I'm built like you- 30'' w/ an amble bosom. Freya is one of the few brands to carry pretty bras for those with smaller ribcages. I think the even go down to a 28, for comparison, Victoria's Secret's smallest is a 32. I felt a little bit like Madonna circa her Jean Paul Gaultier days, but this sports bra is very supportive. You should also try Anita, a German brand, for really supportive sports bras in small band/large cup combos. I'm finally able to run again comfortably. :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
this looks AMAZING. I'm a 34DD and typically just use two bras at once, and often a shelf-bra top over that.
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