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Good fit, stained everything I own (including me)
on October 22, 2013
I first posted this review on October 22, 2013. I'm editing it on May 28, 2014.
While I initially believed I had stopped the bright pink sports bra from bleed profusely (through 2 machine washes and 4 sink soaks) it has not, in fact, stopped frequent occurrences of the pink bleeding through my clothes during particularly sweaty workouts. One included a rock climbing outing last month and, more recently, a hot temperature vinyasa flow class last week. In the latter, the pink of the bra (as I mentioned in a reply below), bled through my shirt, onto my mat and onto the towel they supplied as well. Thank goodness it wasn't red; it would have looked like a crime scene.
As my previous review mentioned: after the first (separate) machine wash, I went out climbing on a hot day (sometime in September). By the end of the day, the bra had bled through my white tank top, both front and back. I washed it in cool water afterwards with other similarly-colored items and it managed to stain a t-shirt and a few pink towels. Finally, after wearing it to the gym I removed the bra only to find that it had left a hot pink outline of itself *on my skin.* I think the similar incidences - in September 2013 and May 2014 - demonstrate that NOTHING about this item has improved.
As also mentioned in my first review, since soaking, washing, etc. the bra has blotchy patches as opposed to the diamond pattern advertised. There's none of this 'sheen' as other reviews say. It just looks incredibly poorly dyed. Almost 8 months later and I STILL can't wash this with any other items, making it an incredibly high maintenance item for something that's supposed to be utilitarian and 'easy.' It is a SPORTS BRA. I shouldn't need to treat it like lace lingerie. If I'm paying 40 bucks for a sports bra, I expect it to be dyed WELL, not colored poorly with a pink sharpie.
The fit of this bra is excellent and it doesn't seem like there's a problem with any of the other colors (based on the reviews) which is why I'm keeping this at two stars. No matter what your size, sports bras that offer both support and a flattering shape (aka don't suffocate or pancake your bewbs) are rare. HOWEVER, I hesitate to buy anything else from this line since I'm in Asia and returning items back to the US is incredibly frustrating.
PS - if there's a way for me to upload a picture of this bra sitting in my sink last week staining everything pink, please let me know and I'll gladly give everyone a visual.