Helly Hansen Pace Sports Bra Review

March 12, 2013
Helly Hansen Pace Sports Bra
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
80
Comfort
6
Fit
7
Functionality
5
Support
9
Breathability
7
Value
6

The Good

  • Compression provides great support for smaller busted women
  • Breathable back panel
  • Difficult to get on/off

The Bad

  • Straps dug into shoulders on long runs
THE VERDICT

The Pace Sports bra is a typical compression style sports bra with no fancy bells & whistles. A-B cups will find this supportive enough for high impact activities. It serves it's purpose well, but didn't stand out in any way, except for some slight chaffing.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A polyester/elastane over-the-head compression bra with breathable back panel.

FULL REVIEW

Comfort
Although my sample was a size medium, I found this bra to be very tight – I had marks on my skin for hours after my workouts. Both the chest band and the shoulder straps began to chafe and dig during long runs.

Fit/Mobility
Sizing here is the typical S/M/L with no adjustability options for chest band or shoulder straps. Consequently, I felt pinched and chaffed while stretching.

Functionality
There’s no fancy design features on this bra: it’s just a simple over-the-head, wrestle-on style.

Support
The Pace bra makes up for some of its quirks through its support. I am a 34B, so compression style bras work well for my body type, even during very high impact workouts (C-cups and larger typically find encapsulation bras to be best for the added motion of larger breasts).

Breathability
Although the greater part of the bra is made of a polyester/elastane blend that can get pretty stuffy (standard sports bra fabric), the racerback back panel is a very thin, super breathable material. There is also a strip of this fabric on the front panel above the band, although an interior layer covers it, reducing its functionality.

Value
The Pace bra is a good value for smaller busted women who are looking for a simple, basic running bra. Retail is around $40 – about the average price of the 20 bras tested.

 


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MSRP
$40.00
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