There have been a couple of occasions where I have believed the hype and bought a high intensity sports bra only to find myself bouncing around during a tennis match or on one memorable occasion, bursting out of it during a cardio class. I was happy to see a high intensity sports bra arrive on my desk from a brand I already trust to produce high quality products.
The Vanish High from Under Armour (UA) is the brands fastest drying base layer, helping you to remain, cool, dry and comfortable. Available in either Black on Black, or Blue with navy body with light blue straps, it comes in standard bra sizes (unlike the Mid Sports Bra) from 32A-38DD, and has been created for high-impact activities like running, tennis, squash, football, aerobic and cardio classes. Featuring UA “Next-to-skin without the squeeze” and can be set up in either the standard shoulder strap or criss-cross style, both are comfortable, but I found the standard shoulder strap gave me more of a fat bulge (still a minimal bulge) near the armpit than the criss-cross configuration, the criss-cross also felt slightly more supportive than the other option. There is a dual Hook and Eye fastening on the back strap with three size options, two hook attachments for the straps and the length adjustment on the straps, like so many bras the straps can’t be adjusted whilst wearing, but they remain in place whilst putting it on, unlike some over the head versions and this is due to the strap fastenings.
The fixed performance foam pads provide extra coverage and support while maintaining breathability, the pads are integrated into the material and don’t leave visible outlines. The waist band is smooth against your skin and provides sweat-wicking performance, in fact the entire bra, cups and straps are gentle against the skin with a silky feel, stretchy enough to be comfortable without sacrificing support. Constructed from 59% Elasterell and 41% Polyester it uses the UA Microthread technology to dry faster, prevent clinging, chafing and losing shape. I found the straps slipped ever so slightly after a week of testing that included, running, a cardio class and boxing but not enough to cause too much trouble and it was easy enough to tighten them again. Overall I found the Vanish High, comfortable and supportive, it moulded perfectly against my body, it feels like it has been made just for me, it provides plenty of support, without the need of an uncomfortable underwire. RRP £55
4.4 out of 5
Supportive during high impact sports
Two strap configurations
Wicking sweat band
Hook and eye entrance
High quality construction
Soft against skin
Can’t adjust straps whilst wearing
Only two colours to choose from
Straps slipped slightly from original position after a few sessions