To kick things off in this little series, I thought I would start with the first “real” sports bra I tried – the Fiona by Moving Comfort.
Let’s get to it.
The size options on the Fiona are okay. Points are earned here for having a DD cup size combined with smaller band sizes (even as small as 30). The Fiona is currently sold in sizes 30B – 44DD. However, this is definitely not the most extensive range of sizes I have seen on the market.
My normal (i.e. non-sports) bra size fluctuates between 32DD – 32DDD/E – 34DD depending on my current weight. If I am at the smaller end of that range, I find that the Fiona 32DD fits well and true to size. I would not, however, recommend trying this bra if you are a DDD/E or larger cup size, even if you typically size down for sports bras. Because the material is only double lined (not reinforced with padding) and the straps adjust with velcro, I always had the fear that I would pop a strap on the run when I tried to shove myself into it. I also found that it would quite noticeably sag a little bit in the front and was overall less supportive.
The back has a 3-hook closure with three notches so it fits like a typical bra. I find that this is nice to avoid potential chafing, and also to preserve the life of your bra – if you fit on the outermost hook when the bra is new, you’ll be able to tighten the band over time as the bra naturally stretches with wash and wear.
This is probably the most subjective category, so take my words with a grain of salt. I find the straps on the Fiona to dig a little bit when I tighten them to what seems like the appropriate amount to support my chest. It’s not the worst I’ve ever experienced, though. The lower band chafes occasionally, especially when it’s very warm outside. I’m guessing this is due to the material not being the best at wicking moisture. I don’t think it’s due to band movement, as the back closure has always ensured a solid fit.
I typically like compression style bras but for some reason – and I’m really not sure how to quantify this – the Fiona feels compressive in the wrong way. Almost as if it squishes my boobs close to my chest, but doesn’t do much to eliminate any vertical movement once I’m running. It’s not awful, it’s just not ideal. For these reasons, I’ll wear this bra for shorter (less than an hour) runs only.
The Fiona gets points here for being offered in a multitude of colors and prints. It also is a really lightweight looking and feeling bra for something that is made to support D-DD breasts. I’ve owned enough bras that have caused my friends to point and laugh at the mere sight of them; anything that looks like a “normal” bra gets points in my book.
However, I have to take away major points for the lack of racerback style. This might just be me, but wearing a sports bra that looks like an actual bra always makes me feel a little … uncomfortable. I like to wear tanks in the summer, and I would like to think that eventually I’d be brave enough to race in just a sports bra. I can’t comfortably do either of those things in a sports bra that looks like a regular bra. This is probably just me being crazy but … this is my rating system and I’ll deduct points when I want to.
The Fiona regularly retails for $46 which is a little pricey in my opinion. However, Moving Comfort often has some pretty good sales, and other retailers carry this bra as well. A quick Google search shows many options as low as $19.99 depending on size and color preferences.
A solid option, but not the best I’ve come across. I would definitely recommend this for those in the C-D range as it is supportive, cute, and relatively inexpensive. I think there are better options for DD+, but the Fiona may be worth a try regardless especially if you can snag a good deal.