CW-X VersatX Bra ReviewMarch 12, 2013
- Adjustable band and straps for customized fit
- Band and cup size specific
- Seamless front panel
- Individual cup support
- No gripes – this bra was impressive!
Out of twenty bras in the test, I thought this was easily the best running bra out there. CW-X scraps the old one-size-fits-all scheme and trades it out for a fully customizable, functional, supportive and comfortable high impact running bra. Finally!
The Coolmax, lycra and mesh fabrics are lightweight and non-chaffing, even where the straps meet the neck. Also, unlike traditional sports bras, you don’t have to squish and jam yourself into this bra—it has an easy clasp in the back—so there is no uncomfortable squeezing or pinching.
The VersatX is fully adjustable. First, it comes in your regular band and cup size (a major plus). There are three band-size options with the hook and clasp back closure, and the smooth, adjustable Velcro straps allow further tweaking. The mobility was fantastic for such a supportive bra, although it wouldn’t be my first choice for yoga (see the Athleta Tempo Seamless Bra Top or Lululemon All Sports Bra for the best in that category).
For some bras, its a workout just getting the bra on. There was no struggle at all with the hook and loop back closure on the VersatX, although I did have some trouble getting it hooked at first since the bra is pretty snug.
The VersatX was among the most supportive in the test, and since it’s built for larger cup sizes, super high impact sports were no problem for my B cups (including 30 minutes of jumping jacks). This bra is a combination between a compression-style bra and an encapsulation bra (for larger bust sizes), so each breast is supported individually for both up/down and side-to-side movement.
The Coolmax and mesh fabrics wick moisture well, eliminating post-run clamminess. There are even mesh panels under the breasts – an area overlooked by most manufacturers. The U-back shape eliminates excess material in the sweaty back area.
This was among the most expensive bras in the test at $65, but it was also one of the top performing.