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Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra Review

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Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra

The Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra has many excellent features to help keep your mind on your exercise task and off what your sports bra is doing. The Brooks UpLift Crossback is designed for medium to high intensity activity, such as running, for women with C/D sized cups.  Here’s a breakdown by feature for the sports bra.

Sizing

One of the most important features I look for in a sports bra is the fit. If it doesn’t fit you, then you aren’t going to use it and it will go un-used in the back of your drawer. I was very skeptical of the sizing system for the Brooks UpLift Crossback as sports bras that I love typically are based on band size and cup size, ie 36C etc. The UpLift Crossback is available in XS to XL with suggested sizes based on the size guide below.

  • XS/XP  30 CD-32C
  • S/P        32 CD-34C
  • M/M      34CD-36C
  • L/G        36CD-38C
  • XL/TG  38CD-40C

Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra

I opted for a size Medium as I typically wear a size 34 B/C bra. The band sizing was spot on for me and features DriLayer® Adapt fabric that stays in place and easy adjust or molds to your rib cage for a precise fit. The bra features a single J-hook at the rear for closure. This is different than many of the older Moving Comfort bras that featured 3 different adjustment options, similar to a traditional bra. Some may find it difficult to get this bra on/off, especially if they lack shoulder flexibility.

Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra

Straps

One of my favorite features of this bra is the straps, which are soft, supportive, and never dig in at the shoulder or at the arm pits. In the front, the straps feature a fun pattern and thinner material. In the rear, the straps feature stretchy, double layer mesh to help with moisture management and to provide some give to allow the bra to move as you move. The crossback design, as the name suggests, provides excellent support without covering your entire back, in high heat producing areas.

Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra

Cups

The cups are soft, lightweight, and feature small perforations within the cups (seen in the photo below) that allow them to move with you and match your shape. The cup padding stays put, which is a bonus, however they are thicker than I am used to and they took some getting used to. The cup thickness does provide modesty, no matter the temperature, but I would like to see the option of a lighter or thinner padding. I’m hoping to try out the Brooks UpRise Crossback which is more designed for A/Bs, as I am in between sizes.

Fabric and Quality

The Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra exceeds with the construction and quality of fabric. The UpLift Crossback features DRILAYER® fabric that is composed is breathable and dries quickly. The sports bra doesn’t retain the sweat smell and is easily washed by hand or on the gentle cycle in a lingerie bag. Yes, this sounds old fashion but I promise your sports bra will last longer.

Final Impressions

The Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra has been my go-to for long runs over the past month. It has been hot and humid (by Colorado standards) and I have worn the bra on runs of up to 6 hours and experienced zero chaffing. I consider this a major victory. My main critique of this bra is that I would like to see a little less padding.

Fortunately, Brooks allows you to try a variety of sizes and styles and you are able to return them, no questions asked, if they aren’t the right fit or style. That means, you can take the bras for several runs and ship them back for free if the product doesn’t meet your expectations. This is a great option, as many stores only carry a few models available from Brooks, not the entire line up.

The Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra is available in a variety of color/pattern combos as well as solid gray and black. The bra retails for $44, which is a good value considering the features and fabric. For more information about this sports bra, please visit Brooksrunning.com

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Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.

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