Which boxes did the X-Bionic Energizer tick?
Support needed will depends on the size of your breasts – a woman who wears an A cup bra will obviously not need as much help as someone in a DD. Personally, I measure up as a 28E (according to the nice lady in Bravissimo), so I need a good sports bra.
The X-Bionic Energizer Sports bra is highly elasticated, highly stretchy, much like the crop top styles available. However, it’s much more technically constructed and uses an x-shaped structure to stabalise breast tissue and counteract vibrations. It’s sized in chest inches and cup size, though only goes up to a D cup which I actually found fitted fine.
Unlike most stretchy crop top options, this sports bra provided plenty of support on the road. I wore it with a base layer and a loose fitting jersey on slow easy rides and intense sessions with plenty of climbing out the saddle. I felt no vibrations or discomfort whilst the stretchy band meant I could totally forget about it – fantastic!
However, when it came to turbo sessions where I was bobbing around out the saddle, and the all important ‘jump around in the changing room test’, the bra didn’t perform as well. I was definitely aware of some movement and I’d expect any woman wearing a C+ cup size would want something more supportive for intense turbo/spin sessions and definitely mountain bike rides.
When it comes to wicking, X-Bionic have reached perfection. The brand take temperature management incredibly seriously, getting it right is basically their party trick.
X-Bionic use sweat, rather than discouraging it. When it’s cold, they allow the body to sweat and then use that moisture to keep you warm as your temperature increases. When it’s hot, the ‘3D Bionic Sphere’ reduces body temperature by storing fresh, cooling air in the ducts formed in the fabric.
Having worn the bra on cold days and indoors when sweating on the turbo, I was comfortable in both cases and though I was sweating away, the bra felt dry (even so much so that I wore it the rest of the day after a ride – but shh!).
The stretchy nature of the fabric means that there is no fastening system. No scratchy wire clasps, no plastic bits digging in, and with all the washing instructions and information printed in white on the fabric, no itchy labels.
So, the overall verdict?
This sports bra was supportive enough for a DD+ rider to wear on road rides, but we could have done with a bit more for any activity such as mountain biking or spinning when there’s more bouncing around. The key highlights for us were the excellent wicking properties and ability to stay bone dry, even when we were pushing hard, as well as the stretchy construction that meant we could totally forget we were wearing it.
The X-Bionic Energizer Sports Bra will set you back £52 and is available in a range of sizes. See it here.
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