Helly Hansen Pace Sports Bra ReviewMarch 12, 2013
- Compression provides great support for smaller busted women
- Breathable back panel
- Difficult to get on/off
- Straps dug into shoulders on long runs
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.
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.
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.
There’s no fancy design features on this bra: it’s just a simple over-the-head, wrestle-on style.
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).
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.
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.