Coobie bras have a reputation for being exceptionally comfortable while still looking good under casual clothes. I don't know exactly how wide-spread this reputation is, but I can tell you that I've had word of their comfort whispered to me a dinner tables. I've had women friends literally pull up their shirts to show me the wondrous Coobie. Women previously unknown to me have been inspired to confide to me over a display table of colorful Coobies that "they are their favorite bras ever".
It is against this somewhat fanatical backdrop that my eyes perked up when I read that Coobie had a new sports bra out. The emphasis is on the new here as Coobie had a sports bra already but apparently it wasn't such a big hit and we, the company says, "asked for" a new sports bra. Anyway, assuming the Coobie cult is fairly wide-spread, I decided I better give the new bra a try.
Before we get too far in, I have to say to those of you who are more well-endowed, this is not the support you are looking for. The Coobie sports bra, like their regular bra, is a nylon and spandex slip on. It is stretchy and there is no underwire or real structural support. The plan for keeping "the girls" in place is mostly compression, as it is with many sports bras.
I suppose with compression in mind, the Coobie sports bras seem to run a bit smaller than their regular bras. I admit, that affected the comfort level for me, but there is also comfort in containment when you are working out. The Coobie sports bras have racer back adjustable straps which are not too thick. They sent me one in a luscious deep plum color with contrasting grey stitching on the straps and neckline. They really do have fun colors.
But here's the catch: You can't sweat too much. I decided to test mine in an advanced Pilates reformer class. One in which I seriously sweat. It was not a happy situation. This "sports" bra got sopping wet and stayed wet for the few hours it took for me to get to where I could change out of it. Other sports bras get sweat-wet too, but I have a couple (one from Abi and Joseph and one from Champion) that seem to have more moisture wicking properties and dry faster than this did.
So, yes to reasonably comfy. Yes to attractive and well constructive. Yes to basic support with move-ability. My recommendation is to use take advantage of the the Coobie sports bras for mild to moderate exertion sports. I'd like it for moderate Pilates or yoga, or exercise walking. Quite affordable at $22.00 at shopcoobie.com.
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