Did you know that Terry's make sports bras as well as chocolate oranges? Okay it may be different people but this cycling-specific crop-top style bra will keep your juicy fruits in check.
Sports Bras. Only half of us need them, but if you have knockers to be proud of, finding the right one is crucial to enjoying a comfortable, black-eye free ride. At 38 D I'm not exactly wanting in this department, so I was pleased to find that Terry cater for everything from 32A to 42DD.
Several design aspects make this bra suitable for cycling but the most crucial is the angled straps. Instead of sitting on my shoulder blades in a straight back to front line, they are angled in so that when I stretched out to the bars, the straps nestled in the cavity on my clavicle, leaving my shoulders free to move.
The straps are mesh, and join to form a wide racer T back which is also mesh. The support band under the bust is about 2cm wide and made of a soft but elastic fabric. I didn't notice any particular wicking properties and instead of the soft nylon which it was joined to, I would have liked to see additional mesh under the bust where things got rather sweaty.
The main fabric of the bra is a soft nylon, which is doubled layered at the front of the bra. This helped to wick swear away but again, the fabric wasn't the best at keeping my skin dry. The flat-seam construction meant that the whole bra was extremely comfy to wear.
The bra does not offer any compression and the fabric seemed a lot less elastic than my other sports bras as a result. This did mean it was not likely to be cutting off my circulation after a long ride, but if you value keeping everything exactly in its place then you may miss this. As I wasn't mountain-biking, however, I didn't feel that anything was going to go astray.
With the Terry bra there was no separation of the cups as it is of a crop top design, so it did lead to a bit of a cliff look rather than twin peaks. Apart from that the black with pink detail was pretty standard fare. This bra could quite easily be worn without further layering in the summer, a la the Sky mesh tops, without looking too different from a sports crop top.
Very comfortable, cycle-specific sports bra, offering support but not compression.
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Make and model: Terry Cyclo Bra
Size tested: Black, XL
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Not just another sports bra, but one developed especially for cycling. The straps that angle slightly in at the front and form a wide racer back T shape at the back mean that your shoulder blades are kept pressure-free for maximum comfort and mobility. The fabric is soft as soft- even the tenderest of skin will love it, plus mesh inserts help keep you cool. A wide support band keeps everything in place and a flat-seam construction just adds to the comfort. Low to medium impact.
Minx likes: if you suffer (as mind does) with any feeling of pressure on your shoulders this is the one to try.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Fabric: Body: 76% nylon/ 24% spandex mesh:81% nylon/ 19% spandex
Meticulously developed out of the best feeling, best performing fabrics. Terry's new Cyclo Bra offers a wide bottom support band that won't chafe; softest, breathable mesh front and rear panels; flat-seam construction; exposed shoulder blades for mobility and comfort. Low to Medium impact.
There were no buckles, seams or clips to get in the way.
Unsurprisingly cheaper in the US, where it is manufactured - we Brits lose out again when importing. Comparable to similar offerings.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It kept everything in place, but could have featured fabrics to deal better with sweat under and between the breasts.
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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 36 Height: 5'7 Weight: size 16
I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Novice
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure