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Cafe du Cycliste's Rosalie bra is a cut above your average crop-top sports bra, but you do pay a premium for its cycling-specific design and features (a basic Shock Absorber one is about £25).
The Rosalie's virtually seamless construction (there's just a tiny seam on each shoulder strap) helps ensure day-long comfort, as does the soft feel of the stretchy, synthetic mix fabric.
Considering it is made from a double layer of material throughout, the fabric wicks pretty well. I've tested it in winter and expect, because it is quite thick, it might feel warm on a hot summer's day. CdC claims the integrated patterned panels are 'specially structured to further increase ventilation' so they should help keep you cool, although to the untrained eye they don't appear that different.
The Rosalie is described as a low-impact bra offering light support for cup sizes A to D. I'm usually a 34B and the medium size fits me well. If anything, I found the wide elastic chest band is on the loose side, so no digging in or red marks on my skin, and it didn't affect the support as this is provided by compression. I would say this bra is probably best for up to a C cup though, because the compression style works by squashing your breasts into a 'uniboob'.
Although it's labelled as suitable for low-impact sports, for flatter chested lasses the Rosalie is adequately supportive for more jiggly activities – I've worn it mountain biking on rough descents and it is perfectly fine. The racer back and nice broad straps are very comfortable, keep everything happily in place and remove the risk of slipping shoulder straps.
Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the Rosalie's design, and a clever touch is the lack of any labels, which could irritate – instead the care instructions are printed on the inside of the chest band.
Although £43 isn't cheap, that puts it in between Rapha's light and medium support designs, now £40 and £50, though both are currently reduced.
It comes in three sizes and is also available in an off-white 'Papyrus' colour.
Comfy, stylish and well made cycling-specific bra for smaller busted women
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cafe du Cycliste Rosalie bra
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Cafe du Cycliste says: "The low impact Rosalie brassiere has been specifically developed for cycling, combining superior comfort against the skin with optimum compression, support and performance."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
54% Polyamide | 36% Polypropylene | 10% Elastane
Low impact support
Moisture management properties
Super soft comfort
Made in Germany
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine wash 40 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, just as you'd expect.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Its comfort and racer back.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A very good bra, if a little pricey.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Whyte T-130 RS
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mountain biking, audax