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Active Front Close Sports Bra
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rating Size: 44B

This is my new favorite around the house bra! I got the 44B and there is a little looseness in the cup. I tightened the straps and put in concealers and that did the job. I now see that it comes in a 44A. I am getting the other color in the A. I especially like that the bra comes down 5 1/4 " on the sides. Totally smooths out the side bulges and sits around my rib cage so there is no digging in. The hooks are a trick, so I hook them up and then put it on over my head. The straps adjusting in front are a bonus. They look bulky, but are not. Virginia from California
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: January, 2012
rating Size: 42B

I bought this sport bra specifically during my recovery from breast reduction surgery. It is so comfortable, I believe I'll be using it when I am able to exercise. It fits very well too. Roxanne from Idaho Falls, ID, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: January, 2012
rating Size: 36B

Love it and am anxious to try one without front opening (I have one on order now) - the 1" band at the bottom of the front is a real winner for my comfort. gayle from santa clara/ca/usa
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 70s
  • Posted: December, 2011
rating Size: 34C

I purchased this bra as part of my recovery for breast reduction surgery. It is absolutely awesome. Great coverage and great support! I love it so much I am ordering one more. from WI
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 20s
  • Posted: December, 2011
rating Size: 40B

I could have picked up a training bra from the supermarket for all the support this bra gives me. If I want to sleep in it, it's ok, but if I want to jog or do a sitting trot (on a horse) it's useless.

Anita Response: This is our sport bra from our medium level. We suggest this one more likely for yoga or pilates. We do have in our high level 5527+5529 which give the most support you can find on the market. In 5529 we even won the RED DOT DESIGN award in 2011. Both run up to H Cup and give a really good support. Pam from Northport, NY

  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: December, 2011
rating Size: 36A

After trying 7 other bras, this is the first I've worn that doesn't irritate, that fits my rib cage without binding, that adjusts on the shoulders, and the cup feels just right. Wonderful! Renee from NY, NY
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: November, 2011
rating Size: 42A

First jog bra I found that both fits and that I can wear for more than an hour! The front closures are different but easy to manage. Linda from Denver, CO, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: October, 2011
rating Size: 36B

excellent bra...wearing it after breast cancer removal jennifer from mill valley, california, usa
  • Height: Tall (5'9" and over)
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: September, 2011
rating Size: 40D

I bought 3 of them to change in summer. They are the most comfortable to wear and also have the subtle understated look I like. Marilyn from Beaufort, NC USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 70s
  • Posted: September, 2011
rating Size: 36E

The "older" design of this bra was much better. I bought this same style 1 year ago and it was one of my favorites. The "new" design is unflattering and awful...breasts look like cones : (

Anita Response: Thank you for your feedback. There have been no design changes for style #5523. The female body constantly changes and molds so bras like #5523 are able to adjust a little bit to body changes like your favorite jeans do. Amy from Atlanta

  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 30s
  • Posted: September, 2011
rating Size: 44A

I purchased the bra for my Mom, it had too many snaps for her to manage. Returned the bra. Terry from Jamul, CA USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: September, 2011
rating Size: 42D

Very high quality, super comfortable and supportive. Unfortunately, it was on backorder so long that I found a substitute to suit my situation better. I really needed a mastectomy bra that has a pocket for my prothesis. Jackie from Pacific Northwest
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: August, 2011
rating Size: 34B

This sports bra deserves the high ratings everyone else gave it. Easy to put on and crazy easy to adjust the straps once it's on. Easy to take off when you are dripping with sweat post work out. The best I've tried at keeping everything in place while still being comfy. I don't feel like my implants are being squished against my chest wall. I am ordering 2 more since I work out every day. I trail run at least 5 miles almost every day. Cathy from Raleigh, NC
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: July, 2011
rating Size: 38A

The band on most bras is uncomfortable for me. A wide chest band in a large size around -- is more comfortable. But I have small breasts. The virtues of this bra is that it offers a combination that accommodates these needs. You can order large around chest and wide band and small cups. For more comfort yet, you can also unhook the bottom hooks and not lose any of the support and flattering line that the bra offers. I haven't found another bra to match the comfort and flattering fit of this Anita. D from Asheville NC USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: July, 2011
rating Size: 40D

It was a little challenging hooking all the hooks in front because I have arthritis, but, once on, it was so comfortable. I'm used to wearing underwire bras and wondered if I would get the same support . . . well, this is even better support! Gail from Novato, CA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: June, 2011
rating Size: 36C

I just had a breast lift 1 week ago and just received this bra today. It has met all my expectations! The adjustable straps are a great feature and the front close is a must have. The compression is perfect! I would highly recommend this bra is you have had a breast lift!!! Will be ordering another one today! Annette from Alaska
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: June, 2011
rating Size: 34E

I love this bra! I have fibromyalgia and my muscles are very tender. I am also tall and straps are often too short for me -- even this one when my shoulders are really sore, but because of the velco straps, I was able to extend them by using an additional piece of velcro -- easy, no sewing, and perfectly 'customizable'. Also, properly fitting bra bands often feel too tight to me and increase my pain even after a short time, but because I am an E cup (with a small ribcage) I need to wear a bra in public. With this one I can unhook the bottom hooks when it gets uncomfortable and it still holds me in place -- amazing. Also, the way it's designed, it holds your breasts apart -- no 'uniboob' :) (a little manual positioning when putting it on helps to make it fit right). I am so grateful to the makers of this bra, and to Herroom for carrying it. Please keep doing so! (btw, for those complaining of the velcro not always holding, you could add a piece that would secure it. I just leave it connected when taking it off.) Chris from VA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: June, 2011
rating Size: 32D

LOVE this bra. I actually use this as a night-time bra. I prefer front close night bras (got to keep the love life in mind!), but I am never without a bra (the reason the girls have stayed so perky all these years), and this is sooo comfortable. The one oddity is the hooks work differently than the Enell bra (the hooks are on the opposite side), which takes a time or two to get used to - but, the second I tried it on, I immediately ordered a second. I hope they carry this forever - although I plan on ordering more soon, just in case they don't. gracie from cedar hill
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: May, 2011
rating Size: 34E

This is my all-time favorite bra. It is extremely comfortable for everyday wear, and easy to put on even with two arthritic shoulders. Sadly, due to weight loss, I now need a 34F, which is not available in this particular bra. Dear Anita, please PLEASE consider extending your size range for this style. The back-close version is not as comfortable supportive for someone with a large bust -- that full-back panel really helps. For now, I have ordered another 36E, and I'm going to try to get the band altered to fit me. Heidi from Baltimore, MD USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: April, 2011
rating Size: 36H

little to no jiggle & easy to get on Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Posted: April, 2011
rating Size: 38D

I purchased this garment for everyday wear after my breast reduction surgery. I have been very pleased with the comfort and the velor straps are a great help for removing the bra as pain free as possible. I am glad i opted for one size larger than my target cup size to allow for the swelling to go down. Be sure you buy at least one size lager for the weeks after surgery and your target size for after the swelling goes down. Marimar
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: April, 2011
rating Size: 40E

I had looked everywhere for sports bras in a 40DD with no luck, and the one I did find shrunk when washed. I went on line to HerRoom and found what looked to be a great bra, but figured I could return it and felt sure that would be the case. Boy was I wrong. I would recommend this bra to larger chested women. I purchased one in white and one in black. The comfort and ease of the front closure make it a 5 star in my opinion. Not only was the merchandise excellent but so was the service and how quickly and professionally they arrived, along with follow-up emails. Thank you for quality merchandise; I am a customer for life! Extremely Happy in Houston. Sue from Houston
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: March, 2011
rating Size: 34E

I purchased the bras based on my surgeons recommendation of what would work best - I am having a breast reduction surgery and right now the bras do not fit - but after the surgery I will post another review - the fact that they are "compression" bras, wireless and front closures is the reason I purchased them. Also, there were reviews from previous surgery patients who chose them - that was a help. Nancy from Shelty Twp., Michigan, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: March, 2011
rating Size: 36E

A bit disappointed as the straps (velcro) sometimes don't stay closed. I was walking into the grocery store when my strap opened and a breast dropped. Not a good feeling. I fear that will happen in my Pilates or Yoga class. The bra is comfortable with the nice wide back but the straps could be an issue. Janet from Fredericksburg,VA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: February, 2011
rating Size: 36E

I love this bra! I play volleyball and softball, and always feel supported. I have one in black and white, and sometimes wear it to work as it helps support my back also. The hooks in front are easy to use, and stay closed. Denise S. from CA
  • Height: Tall (5'9" and over)
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: January, 2011
rating Size: 40E

Breast Cancer. Needed a front closer bra to be dressed in following surgery. The first voice I heard, was nurse on my left dressing my incision saying "nice bra" then the nurse helping on the right tapped my shoulder saying "this is really nice bra"...all I could do is smile...they were so right! Dianne from Union City, Ca
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: November, 2010
rating Size: 42D

It works because I can only use a front closing bra that is also a sports bra. Easy to put on and off and the support is adequate for everyday where. KRC from N. Bethesda, MD
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: November, 2010
rating Size: 38B

Firm control with nice adjustable straps. The bra was too long for me. Mary from Virginia Beach, VA, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: October, 2010
rating Size: 44B

Love this front close bra that has shoulder adjustments. My only *itch is that as a big girl (200lbs+) I can never find a sports bra that doesn't roll at the band. I thought I had it with this one but after a few washes (handwash, cold, hung dry) the roll is there after about an hour of wear. Still comfortable though, even on the hottest of days(100's). For me this is a light duty bra for golf. Amanda from NY
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: July, 2010
rating Size: 36E

Great support and low enough to wear under a tank top. Amy from United States
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 30s
  • Posted: July, 2010
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