New Balance Tonic Crop Bra ReviewJuly 10, 2012
- Chest Strap elastic covered in soft, wicking fabric
- Cleavage pocket for cash or lip balm
- Nursing pad and prosthesis friendly
- Front and back reflective accents
- Allows a bit too much movement on high impact/downhill/trail runs
Among our top two favorites from the test. The Tonic Crop feels great all day, but, support-wise, is more suited to casual road runs, than downhill bombers. New Balance claims it can handle medium impact support, which we think is fair when it comes to A and B cups, but it fell a little short on long trail runs.
This has become my second go-to, almost-every-day bra (second only to Patagonia’s Overhead Bra). It fits comfortably, breathes well and clothes move nicely over it.
Comfort is key on this piece, with my favorite part being the chamois covered chest strap that stayed put and never felt scratchy against my skin. The underarm zone includes a mesh interior panel for less bulk and more breathability and the split straps mold to shoulder contours without digging in. And the racerback design allows for full-range of motion.
For those who have cleavage, the cleavage stash pocket is a handy spot to store your post run chai cash or a lip gloss. However, for those of us who don’t have much cleavage, it looks like you shoved a couple bucks and a lip balm in your bra.
This has been easy to care for in the washer and dryer, although I do hang it to dry when I remember. The polyester and spandex fabric remains snag-free and supportive after multiple washes.