Brooks FastForward Crossback Bra Review

June 11, 2018
Brooks FastForward Crossback Bra
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
92
Comfort
8
Fit/Mobility
8
Support
9
Breathability
8
Style/Design
9

The Good

  • Excellent support
  • Fun & functional style
  • Good range of colors & prints
  • Good breathability

The Bad

  • Almost too compressive for A/B cups
  • Hard to get on and off
  • Tight around the rib cage
THE VERDICT
The Brooks FastForward Crossback sports bra proved to be one of the unanimous favorites in the test group. Though it was only an average score for stand-still comfort, the bra ultimately offers the ideal combination of mobility, support, and style. Because it is one of the more compressive bras that worked great for high intensity running workouts, it was a little tight to wear any other time. The testers appreciated the flattering fit and style in a highly functional sports bra.
FULL REVIEW

Comfort

The Brooks FastForward Crossback sports bra is a moderate support running bra that scored average on the comfort scale. This bra proved to be great for high impact sports more than loungewear. Despite the discomfort of its compressive nature when it’s first put on, it feels good when put to the test in high intensity workouts.

Fit / Mobility

Adjustable straps allow for a customized fit of the Brooks FastForward Crossback. However testers still reported the bra fitting tight, which made it “a little hard to get on and off” and uncomfortably “tight around the rib cage.” Even with a tighter fitting bra, it still moved well and scored well in the test group for mobility. Minimal back coverage allows for a full range of motion.

Support

As one of the most supportive sports bras in the test group, the Brooks FastForward Crossback is a highly compressive bra that will please active women. Our A/B testers said they felt secure in their highest intensity workouts. Some A/B testers thought the bra provided more support than necessary though it became a go-to bra for fast runs and workouts that included a lot of jumping or bouncing.

Breathability

Front, side, and back mesh paneling and an open back design on the Brooks FastForward Crossback kept testers cool during warm weather and sweaty workouts. The ventilation on this bra is one of the best in the test group. This bra is well designed for intense workouts and it delivers when the heat turns on.

Style / Design

The Brooks FastForward Crossback bra is one of the more serious sports bras in the test, designed to handle high intensity workouts, though it still is one of the best in the style category. Mesh paneling and an open crossback give this bra a nice look. It is also available in a range of colors and print options. Our testers agreed that it had a “cute design” and a “flattering fit.” Considering the design is a variation of the classic scoop neck, open back cross strap, it manages to take that style and make it look better than ever.

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