A Review of the Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly Sports Bra
When I pulled the Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly Sports Bra out of the box, my first reaction was something along the lines of “That’s it?” This is a very, very ultra lightweight sports bra. Extremely lightweight. Crazy lightweight. Needless to say, I was shocked. It is very thin, no padding what-so-ever. And did I mention lightweight?
All the sports bras I own have some amount of padding. And while I’m not looking to *ahem* make anything bigger, I think of the padding as more of a supportive and comfort factor. But this? I was incredibly skeptical that this sports bra would absorb any shock as the name suggests. But true to the name, it did hold everything in place and quite comfortably. That said there were a couple of cons, but overall, I was super impressed with the Ultimate Fly Sports Bra.
Materials & Design
The fabric of this bra is 77% Polyamide, 19% Elastane and 4% Polyester. In other words, it is made of a stretchy but comfy synthetic fabric that felt like other sports bra fabrics. So what’s the difference? Look up close. Real close.
See the design? This unusual design allows for a lot, and I mean A LOT of breathability. But it is also part of their CrossControl technology that allows this sports bra to be super light, very breathable and yet still super supportive.
The bottom inside band is slightly fuzzy, but soft and comfortable. The straps are the only thing on this bra that is lightly padded. The material will feel familiar, but the design, lack of padding and the flashy neon green color is what makes this sports bra stand out.
Fit & Sizing
This sports bra goes by regular bra sizing. I wear a 36C and found that this bra fit true to size.
I was a little worried that the bra would be a bit suffocating in order to provide enough support, but luckily it was snug, but did not squeeze me excessively. The straps sat comfortably on my shoulders, thanks to the padding and smooth fabric. The band around my ribcage also was comfy without being too tight. Everything felt good, and everything was where it needed to be. I wore it on both short and long runs and had no issue with chaffing or bouncing.
The only thing that was a little tricky in terms of getting it on was the top clasp in the back. Took a few tries to get used to and even then, it’s still a little tricky to clasp when getting ready at 5 am in the morning. But it does provide some additional support.
I’ve already mentioned, but it is worth repeating over and over again. It is so lightweight which ultimately I found very comfortable. However, since it is very thin and being that it is currently very cold where I live, I needed to add another thin layer like a tank top under my other running clothes to make up for the lack of padding (AKA lack of warmth). With that being said, this sports bra will be especially comfy in the summer on warm weather runs.
The padded straps did not cause any chaffing on long runs, which has happened plenty of times in the past with other sports bra.
Personally, I love the neon green/gray combo. It also comes in a pink and black combo that is also nice. The CrossControl design though supportive also adds to the overall style. The back of the sports bra throws me a little in terms of style. While that extra top clasps helps with the support, I don’t think it really adds anything in terms of style.
While I’m not a run-in-just-a-sports-bra kind of gal, it’s definitely stylish enough to do so.
Though the price varies and can be found a little cheaper than the original MSRP depending on size, this bra almost hits the $80 mark which is no small price tag. For me, this is more than I would usually pay for a sports bra. I will say that it is very durable, has not lost any of its support in the all the wear and washes I’ve put it through and it is very comfortable. However, I see this sports bra as a bit of a splurge.
- Super lightweight
- CrossControl technology
- Moisture wicking fabric
- Two closures
What I Didn’t Like
While not a deal breaker, it was a little too thin to wear in super cold weather. The only adjustment I needed to make was wearing a light tank top under my other winter layers. Also the top closure in the back was a little tricky to figure out. The price tag is also a little high, but those that really don’t want or like padding or are looking for something to keep them cool and supported, the price tag might be worth it.
The Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly Sports Bra is a surprisingly supportive, comfortable, ultra lightweight sports bra. It fit well, kept me cool and dry and was very comfy. I do think I will truly appreciate its lightweight and thin, breathable material more in the summer time. And while the top closure took a time or two to get the hang of, it definitely added to the support. And on top of that, it’s cute. If you don’t mind the price, it’s definitely worth trying out.