The SNEWS® team has some very active females who are always on the lookout for a supportive, well-fitting sports bra for pursuits like trail running, hiking and working out. We got our hands on Moving Comfort's Alexis sport bra to see how it would meet our testing.
The Alexis is said to be for high-impact activities, and it combines two construction methods: compression (that’s the smooshing and flattening stuff) and encapsulation (that’s the stuff with separate cups for more shape). It has a built-in shape with seam-free padded cups. The company says the bra cup is made to redistribute breast tissue to evenly press against the chest wall to limit motion. The cup also surrounds the breast to provide shape and support to protect the breast tissue from horizontal, vertical and circular motion during sports activities.
The Alexis is an attractive sport bra with contrast piping on the top edges, so our testers didn't mind wearing the bra without a top. It didn't have any odd puckering spots around the chest or breasts, and overall, it fit well. The straps were not too tight on shoulders and didn't bite into the skin. During running or high-movement activities, one tester found she had minimal "bounce" and was pleased with the support it provided. It moved sweat away from the skin quickly and dried well too. Another tester who is used to more of the “smoosh” and to thinner materials found the pre-molded, thicker cups just simply too thick and stiff for her and preferred not to wear it for more intense activities.
Nevertheless, our tester who used it regularly for workouts found that it held up well, and after multiple washings the bra hasn't shown any signs of wear or breakdown or any movement or misalignment of cup padding. And the padding adds a touch of modesty if you do choose to wear it without a shirt on hot days or in the gym.
Even that tester did have a few issues with the Alexis. First, the pre-shaped cups made the bra a bit stiff and difficult to put on. It didn't have much give or stretch in the front at the bottom, so it was difficult to pull it over the shoulders (or up and over narrow hips, as our other tester tried), and then more difficult to get…er… around the right places. Also, the back of the bra at the inside top was scratchy against the skin. There isn't a tag there, but several pieces of the bra meet at this point and it has a lot of stitching that our testers noticed while working out.
Overall, once you have this bra on, it sits and wears well, so for somebody who likes to add shape to the hold and is an A or B cup size, this could be a great choice. For those who may not care about the shape and don’t want the stiffness it adds, it may not be the best choice, at least for workouts.
The body and mesh are made of a polyester and spandex blend with the company's Powermesh lining of nylon and spandex. It's designed for women with A and B cup sizing, and comes in small to extra large, accommodating chest sizes from 32 to 40.
SNEWS® Rating: 3.5 hands clapping (1 to 5 hands clapping possible, with 5 clapping hands representing functional and design perfection)
Suggested Retail: $34