Brooks Epiphany Bra II Review

July 21, 2012
Brooks Epiphany Bra II
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Brooks Epiphany Bra II 2Running-on-the-beach-with-the-Brooks-Epiphany-Bra
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
81
Comfort
5
Fit
5
Functionality
9
Fabric Quality
8
Breathability
9
Value
5

The Good

  • Great support; nothing moves in this bra
  • Mesh in just the right places allows perspiration to escape
  • Clever double strap lightens fabric on shoulders
  • Very tight; I wanted to take it off as soon as I was done exercising

The Bad

  • The tighter, the sweatier
  • Narrow size selection
THE VERDICT

An excellent choice for long-distance and/or high-impact summer runs, if you get the sizing right. Otherwise it can get uncomfortably restrictive and hot.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A racerback style compression sports bra for high-impact activities

FULL REVIEW

Fit
The tight fit of this bra was both a pro and a con. I struggled a bit to put it on, and felt somewhat smushed at first. But once I started running, it was great to have the compression support and the snug chest band, as nothing moved.

Breathability
The inner material is comfortable with no awkward seams. Mesh lines the upper part of the front of the bra up to the double straps, and down the entire part of the racerback. This strategic mesh placement allows those sweaty spots—between the breasts and shoulder blades—to vent well, and the double straps make the minimal fabric on the shoulders feel light yet secure.

Support
While great for running, this bra is probably overkill for sports that don’t involve high impact or motion, such as hiking or yoga.

This bra comes in just four sizes (small through extra large), so it doesn’t span the full spectrum of women’s cup sizes. Looking at the sizing chart, my size was in the upper range of small and the lower range of medium, so perhaps going up a size would have improved the fit (though it may have compromised support).

 


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