Under Armour Protegee ReviewMarch 12, 2013
- Front zip for easy on/off
- Great for high impact activities – even for large cup sizes
- Soft, flexible fabric is super comfy
- Customized sizing
- A little stuffy in the front
The lightweight, comfortable Protegee is a fantastic high impact running bra for larger cup sizes with a front zip that allows for added compression and super easy on and off. It's takes a slight hit on comfort though—it's a bit hot, and feels like you're wearing a lot of fabric.
The soft, flexible polyester/elastane fabric was comfortable and chafe-free, even on long sweaty runs. Also, even though this is billed as a “compression” bra, the individual cup support provides added comfort and stability.
Under Armour builds their Protegee bras specifically for different cup sizes, and provides a full range of band sizes for each. This allows for a superior fit which is incredibly important when large cup sizes meet high impact sports. The supple material allowed for a wide range of mobility although, it is designed to fit very tightly.
My fellow tester and I loved the front zip. Although the hook and loop closure bras also allowed for extra compression, the front zip virtually eliminated any struggle getting the thing on and off.
Although we thought there were more supportive bras in the test (see the CW-X VersatX), the Protegee was adequate for high impact trail runs. (A warning that both testers had fit issues with this bra which affected our support, so be sure you get just the right fit – it is meant to be very snug.)
Although there is no airflow under the breasts or side panels, the medium-coverage back is fully mesh up to the shoulder.
At around $50, this is a very good buy for larger busted women who are seeking high support.