As someone with an H/I (D5, D6; US) cup, finding a sports bra has been difficult. I',m also petite, so this doesn't help things. Anyway, I found the Panache to be a decent bra overall in fit and support- little if any bounce. I also found the style and color to be flattering, and the racerback hook is a nice option.
However, I can't say all good things because this was not the rights size for me. I have found that the waisteband runs large for me in the Uk brands like Panache and Freya. Even with it on the tighest hook and the straps adjusted all the way, I still had some serious gapping between my breasts, and that it did not rest flat at the top. I'm waiting on the smaller size, 36G.
Another thing I found annoying is the way sizing is listed on the tag of the bra. I realize there are different standards out there and that's what the conversion chart is for, but this bra lists the same size for every country of origin. For example, even though my UK size is a FF, it also lists my US size as a FF, and I can tell you, I am nowhere near that in the US standard. In fact, to my knowledge, the size FF is not utilized in the US. I read in a response to another review that reason for the change- at least for Freya- is that women were too confused by the different sizes on the tag. Personally, I find having only one size listed very confusing. I can't just look at the tag and know what size I am in my country, I have to look up a chart. And for those that aren't familiar with the different sizing standards, I imagine this would give them the wrong impression about what size they are. Now when you buy shoes, generally they list the equivalent size for each country, and I've never heard of anyone being puzzled by the various sizes on the label. It all seems pretty stupid to me.
Anyway, I finally found a very nice sports bra in Freya 4002. Great Support and comfortable even with the underwire. Just throwing that out there. I would still highly reccomend the Panache with regard to the things I mentioned, and will have a better idea of how it works and fits once the smaller size arrives.
Please remember that every women and bra is different. What works for one person may not work for another. If you are taller, or have a larger frame, then you may find this bra runs true to size for you. You may want to order a couple different sizes based on what your size should be, or be prepared to exchange it if a particular size doesn't quite work for you. Kinda goes without saying, but definitely worth considering if you want to avoid the hassel of waiting for the correct size to arrive, or to save on shipping by placing fewer orders. Hope this helps.
Chani from USA
Petite (5'3" and under)