Sports bras reviewed: Shock Absorber

Shock Absorber Sports Bra Review

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.

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13 Responses to Sports bras reviewed: Shock Absorber

  1. Alison says:

    I actually got this exact bra in a 30G a few weeks ago. I’m a runner, and I adore it. I dont have any bounce issues. Granted, it may run a bit more snugly on me, as I should probably really be in a GG, but I’ve found I liked it better than my Freya active (in Freya’s defense I was definitely in the wrong size in that one, and I’ve known it all along). To each their own. I think bust shape has a lot to do with it as well.

    • I’m sure. And actually, it’s not that the movement is bad for me – in a world without Freya Active this would be my top choice (I did not get on with the new Panache) but bounce as i might he ladies just do not move in my 28GG Freya. Would be a nightmare in the wrong size though!

      • Incidentally I just got a 30G 2 weeks ago, and I’m loving it. I’ve been a devoted fan to the ShockAbsorber bras for the past 4-5 years since they were the first brand I found that actually made sports bras that gave me proper support.

  2. Nicola says:

    I’ll try sports bras again when they come in my size and don’t cover 90% of my upper torso!!!

    • What size do you take Nicola? The Freya Active Underwired is pretty much like a normal balconette bra if they do your size – looks normal under clothes too (I hate the BOOB SHELF you get with Shock Absorber styles…)

  3. eiremerald says:

    My biggest issue with this is the double hook. I find it’s too much of a hassle and requires contortionist capabilities which just gives me another excuse not to work out.

    • This is very true. Have you tried the Freya Active? Just like a normal bra – I wouldn’t have become a lycra nut without it.

      • eiremerald says:

        The Freya doesn’t go high enough in cup size for me. I have an Elomi that mostly works, but I should probably have an HH instead of the H that I do have. I just wish there was a place I could try several on locally, but I have to settle for ordering them, which is just a pain. *sigh* Inevitably I decide to keep one that “almost works” but then regret it!

      • Arg frustrating! The Panache sports bras go to an H – I don’t get along with them (they come up too high for my body) but people rave about it. Might be worth a try.

  4. I have a softcup Freya Active in 28FF, which is numerically too small in the cups but I am usually comfortable and don’t get quadraboob. (I wear a 28G/GG in regular Freya bras, but have to shorten the band.) I find that while I can do jumping jacks without moving at all, running is just too much: about 15 min in, I start getting upper back pain. I think the “up and out” aspect allows for too much movement, and then the style or size doesn’t help.

    Given your experience with running and sports bras, do you think the softcup aspect is to blame, or the too-small cups? I found an old uniboob sports bra which lends compression to the encapsulation, and I’ve been pretty good ever since. But the combo just looks rather fugly, and didn’t I get into cup-sized sports bras/swimwear to never have to layer sports bras again?

    • I actually don’t use the soft cup style for running – I use the underwired version. I find the support is much firmer, and when I’m running it’s the firmness I’m after more than anything (you have a point about the up and out – it’s different on the wired version too). I hate uniboob sports bras, so it’s a perfect solution for me. I think the soft cup is a decent bra but for me the wired one is a whole other league. Have you tried it?

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