I’ve been hearing great things about the Shock Absorber lately, and despite writing it off when I first started running I thought it deserved a second chance now I actually know what I’m talking about.
But first, full disclosure: I went in to this review not expecting to like this bra, and certainly not expecting to like it as much as I like the practically perfect Freya Active underwired bra that supports me while I run, jump and gym myself silly 3-4 times a week.
So in that sense, the Shock Absorber was a good surprise. I wore my go-to size 30G, and the fit of bralet style top was great: firm, but not constricting, and soft in the straps. And the support is good. There is rather a lot of movement even in the ‘maximum support’ level 4, but it’s controlled and there are no jolts or judders that stopped me in my tracks. It’s not a bad little sports bra.
That said, there’s not enough here to tempt me from my Freya Active. Firstly, while the movement is contained it is pronounced, and I get significantly less bounce in my Freya. Secondly, I’m not a fan of the bralet style or the double hooked back – the Freya manages to give what I believe is a superior support whilst looking like a fairly normal bra both in and out of clothes, and so wins on counts of ‘ease to get in to’ and ‘not making me feel like bag of boulders in Lycra’.
So there you have it. The Shock Absorber is good, but (certainly if you’re running) it’s not as good as the Freya Active. But perhaps it was an unfair fight: the Freya Active is practically perfect. She just needs to come in a 28GG and I’m hers for life…
The Shock Absorber is widely available, and retails at about £30.