Welcome to another installment of Editor’s Review from FREESKIER. Each week our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear they’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on lululemon’s Fast & Free Bra, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
If you’re a woman trucking along the skin track, hot lapping at your local ski resort or hiking, running, climbing, biking, etc. there’s a good chance you’re getting rad while wearing a sports bra. Finding one that is comfortable, breathable and supportive is key to enjoying active endeavors and now, with the explosion of “athleisure” wear, there are countless options to choose from. But, how to settle on just one when there are so many great offerings out there?
This past weekend, after a fair bit of hunting over the months, I found my match in lululemon’s Fast & Free Bra; I’m confident that this beauty will rise to your call, as well. After skiing at Arapahoe Basin, playing soccer and rock climbing all within the span of 24 hours, I was extremely happy with this bra’s moisture-wicking and breathing capabilities, its support and its coverage. (Boys, you can keep reading, too. This might just be a nice gift for the lady in your life.)
The first thing I dug about the Fast & Free was its incredible breathability. As I ripped top-to-bottom laps in the (very) balmy spring weather, with the bra underneath my jacket, I remained dry and comfortable at all times. This was thanks in part to lulu’s use of Nulux—a quick-drying, ultra-sweat-wicking material. The bra’s awesome support was also immediately apparent. I felt cool, calm and collected while hitting bumps, weaving between trees and launching off of rocks.
I felt this support on the soccer pitch, as well. The bra extends lower down on the body than a traditional sports bra might, and it also incorporates a higher neckline, providing increased coverage. That coverage translates to support and also general comfort for the wearer. I felt 100-percent comfortable sporting this bra on its own, and that’s not something I normally go for. While running up and down the field, even when sprinting at full-speed, the straps stayed in place allowing me to focus 100-percent on playing.
For the third leg of this adventure, I went climbing in Boulder Canyon, just down the road from the FREESKIER offices. While I was climbing I specifically noticed how the racerback shape on the back gave my shoulders full range of movement while the wide, low profile straps evenly distributed weight without cutting into my shoulders. I appreciated this immensely as I made my way up the rock, never having to worry about the bra constraining my actions. Furthermore, lulu uses Lycra fibers in the bra to help maintain that oh-so-delightful four-way stretch and shape; even after a hard day of use the bra felt like new.
At the end of the day I was impressed with how versatile the Fast & Free was, excelling in every situation. I’m excited to continue wearing this piece as I enjoy all of the activities spring has to offer. —Sarah Sherman, Social Media Coordinator