Product Review: Brooks FastForward Sports Bra

Rachel Brumfield can be seen racing anything from the Resolution Run to Eleven Miles to Paradise, but also likes to explore and spends time in the mountains during the summer. You can follow her adventures on instagram @rachbrums.

I’ve never been super picky about my sports bra – but thanks to Runner’s Edge, I’m becoming something of a connoisseur. Brooks has always exceeded my expectations with their gear, so I had great hopes for the Brooks FastForward bra. It didn’t disappoint.

Look – The FastForward bra keeps it simple. The design is flattering, but without excess. Thick straps cross once in the back and fasten with a fuss-free hook. A fun mesh accent spices up the front and sides. It comes in a fun geometric pattern or solid black. Though simple, the bra is sleek and feminine. I’d call it a classic.

Fit – This bra fits a little snugger than most of the other sports bras I own. This could because of the fabric, level of support or that it runs a little small. The straps are adjustable, though, making it easy to get the right fit every time. The back closes with a simple hook, which I love (Does anyone else lose precious minutes in the morning trying to get a strappy bra untangled and clasped or removing a clasp-less bra after a sweaty run?!).

Feel – The FastForward bra feels a little stiff at first, but quickly becomes unnoticeable. The fabric seems a little less flexible than a bra with a lower level of support. On the other hand, though, it stays comfy when wet and doesn’t hold much stink. (Both very important for summer running). It has removeable cups, if you prefer a lower impact feel, and doesn’t rub under the arms or along the band.

Overall, the FastForward bra is a solid pick. It’s comfy enough to wear all day and simple enough suit any style. Personally, I prefer the Brooks FineForm for its softer fabric and any-occasion feel – but for a more classic-style running bra, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Fast Forward. It’s cute, comfortable, durable – and definitely a staple item for everyday running.