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Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra Review

- published May 2017

83

2017

RATINGS

Comfort
7
Fit/Mobility
7
Support
7
Breathability
6
Style/Design
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
83

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THE GOOD

  • Four-strap system reduces stress on shoulders
  • Adjustable straps create personalized fit
  • Removable cups
  • Higher neckline for more coverage and support

THE BAD

  • Adjustable straps can bunch up
  • Minimal chest ventilation
  • Larger cup sizes may have side exposure
  • Moderate support for C/D cups while running

THE VERDICT

The unique design of the Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra creates more coverage around the chest and adjustability in the straps than the other bras tested, and it is a versatile bra for a range of cup sizes. The adjustable straps are a convenient feature, but also make for a less streamlined look and feel if the straps bunch up at all. Support for C/D cups is best during medium-impact activities, but the increased chest coverage doesn’t create enough compression for complete support while running.

FULL REVIEW

COMFORT 
The athletic material of the Gifted Verrazano Bra is smooth on skin, although the shoulder straps can create some irritability if they move against the skin or are pressed into skin with a pack. 

FIT/MOBILITY 
The Gifted Verrazano Bra purposefully fits snug against the body. The higher neckline does provide more coverage, but may come above some athletic tank tops or shirts. Mobility in the shoulders is good, but some skin to fabric chaffing may occur for larger cup sizes where bra fabric may rub on exposed side chest areas. 

SUPPORT
The fabric is a poly-spandex compression which supports C/D cups, but some of the support is lost during high-impact activities. Four shoulder straps on the Gifted Verrazano Bra can decrease stress points and also hold up more chest without shoulder strain.

BREATHABILITY 
The internal cup design of the bra is athletic mesh, but otherwise is a flush fabric throughout. Increased coverage on theGifted Verrazano Bra means more fabric, so the ventilation is average. 

STYLE/DESIGN 
The Gifted Verrazano Bra combines the classic athletic bra style of the racer-back, with the over-the-shoulder strap style of a traditional t-shirt bra. The four adjustable straps work together to provide support, but can also feel like a lot going on around the upper chest and shoulders. 

How We Tested It

The bras in this test were used for three months while running in both warm and cold weather conditions. Time spent wearing each bra and running ranged from short 20 minute interval sessions to more casual fun runs, to trail and road running races. The tester has a size D cup.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other running bra tests, road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, and other related running gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Kim Fuller

Kim Fuller

Kim Fuller lives in the Colorado mountains as a freelance journalist and outdoor enthusiast. She’s a runner, skier, mountain biker, hiker, backpacker and yoga instructor, and believes movement and fresh air is the key to happiness and vitality.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$60.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Comfort
7
Fit/Mobility
7
Support
7
Breathability
6
Style/Design
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
83

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