Saucony Curve Crusader Review
The Saucony Curve Crusader is a sports bra designed to minimize bounce during high impact activities, such as running. The customized sizing and open back design are just two features that really set the Curve Crusader above the rest.
The criss cross open back design of the Curve Crusader is not only stylish, it also helps to keep you cool when the temperatures heat up. Racerback sports bras often trap heat and ultimately sweat at the middle of your back. While the open back design equates to a large surface area that is NOT covered by fabric and allows for heat to dissipate through one less layer. The open back design does not result in decreased support because the straps are just the right length to allow for comfort and support, at the same time. The fabric of the Curve Crusader is a combination of polyester and spandex and feels much lighter and flexible than many other sports bras I own. This translates to improved breathability all the way around.
Getting the Curve Crusader on may be a bit more difficult for some women as you are required to slip the crossed straps over your head, pull the bra down, and then clasp the bra in the back with hook and eye closure. I had no difficulty with this, but perhaps some may have issues if they are unable to fasten a bra from behind. The hook and eye closure has 3 options to get a customized fit and fortunately the clasp does not dig or rub thanks to a gel backing on the “eye” portion. The elastic bottom band stays in place without causing any areas of chaffing, which is a must for runners that plan to be out on the road or trail for a few hours.
Unlike many sports bras on the market, the Curve Crusader is sized according to the band and cup size that you require. To help you get the right size, Saucony walks you through the measuring process so that their is no guessing about your size if you purchase online. Please see the detailed diagram below.
I ordered according to the size guide and it fit perfectly, therefore running true to size. Saucony’s website states that the Curve Crusader is for high intensity activity for size A through DD. However, the smallest cup size available on their website is a B cup. I am unclear if this is only due to current availability vs a typo in the “specs” section.
The cups on the Curve Crusader are separated and feature a highly breathable, double layered mesh fabric in between them. This area allows sweat to dissipate as opposed to pooling like other sports bras I have tested. The cups have a slight shape to them and are lined to keep you covered and allow you to wear the Curve Crusader by itself without thinking about things too much (ladies, you know what I am mean!).
Overall, the Curve Crusader by Saucony has been a pleasant surprise in terms of its’ breathability, fit, and style. The Curve Crusader is available in 5 fun colors and retails for $45.