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I have the challenging combination of huge shoulders (from climbing) and small cup size. My measurements would be a 38 A if that even existed. These bras are the only sports bras that work for me for long outings where I want to be comfortable. These are my go-to for backpacking, climbing, long runs, and anything else where I want to be comfortable... Read More and happy over a long time frame. The cut isn't very flattering for cute lower cut workout tops, but that's not really what I use this bra for anyway. I have 2, and I'm planning on wearing them into threads!
Not flattering or supportive
I have worn every version of the mesh bra that Patagonia has come out with for almost two decades. The version with the wide straps from a few years back was my absolute fave, and I have SEVEN of that type. This latest version is terrible for me. I wear a 34C and this thing is not flattering, not supportive, not uplifting in the least. I may as wel... Read Morel be wearing no bra at all. The wide strap version was super flattering, just the right level of compression, made me look even better than a regular underwire bra. Even though at this point my old bras have all stretched out quite a bit, I can double them up and theyre just as flattering as before with even more support, and still leagues more attractive than this version. I feel like most of these positive reviews must come from women with A/B cups who only use this latest mesh bra for no-impact activities like yoga, but I dont even like wearing this on a hike. Please bring back the version with wide straps, or tell me how to find more of them and I will buy seven more keep this version around for women whose boobs barely bounce, and bring back the wide strap one for the rest of us! Id happily post photographic evidence of the difference in support if I could.
Hi Lydia! Thank you for taking the time to write us such a detailed review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes made to our Active Mesh Bra. It's really disappointing to hear that the bra didn't provide you with proper support or offer a flattering look. All of these comments are truly appreciated, and we'll share them with our design crew. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I wear them EVERY DAY!
I just purchased my fourth and fifth of these bras. I adore them. I originally bought one for a 200 mile hiking trip; wanted quick dry and not too hot, but still supportive. I ADORED it and bought more, now wear them pretty much every day for every occasion, and have slept and swam in them when necessary too! They're just pretty and practical ... Read Moreenough to wear without a shirt on a hot day, yoga class, sports, etc. Some things to know: - Yes, you can sometimes/often see nipples through a tshirt when wearing them. For heavier sports or work (no nipples lol), I sometimes choose to switch. - I usually don't like pull on bras, but this is stretchy enough that it's not a problem. - After about a year and a half of constant use they got a little soggy/worn out... However, that's a LOT of use! Totally worth it. - I got medium; I usually wear a 34 C or slightly smaller. They're so stretchy and adaptable, and soft/comfy! - I hang dry instead of dryer; they dry soooo fast anyway and it helps the elasticy fabric last longer. Bottom line: If you're looking for something comfy (I forget it's on), supportive but not intrusive, casual but sporty, adaptable - this is an ideal bra. I hope they never discontinue this style! <3
Thank you for sharing all of this experience, Ami! This is hugely helpful to customers, and our design team reads it too!
I normally wear a Sm but after reading reviews I purchased 2 Sm and 2 Med to see what fit best. I'm 5'6" 125 lb and 34A The truth is either size works. The med fits like a second skin and I don't even notice it on but the chest is a little big and I'm afraid it will bag out as it ages. The Sm feels a wee bit restrictive in... Read More the back but still more comfortable than most sports type bras. As I'm mainly using for sports I decided to go with the snugger fit for more support. It's a very comfortable bra !
Going Strong for 15 years!
I absolutely love this bra. It remains my favorite bra to wear to the gym, for any fitness activity, or any time I want more support. I have owned the Active Mesh Sports Bra (in a bright pink, no longer available) for over 15 years, and the only thing negative thing I can say is that there is some fading/sweat staining in the underboob area, but th... Read Moreis has only occurred in the last 2-3 years. Also, some of the elastic from the straps in the back has started to split from the bulk of the fibers, but not enough to affect the performance of the bra. I will continue to wear this bra until it is completely unusable, which does not appear to be anytime soon! I have worn many bras and sport bras over the years, and this one has been by far the most durable, the best quality, and the one Ive reached for the most. Highly recommend.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, PATAGONIA!
For not retiring this sports bra! I was getting VERY nervous when it was only available in black for a large portion of 2021. As an active individual who has relied on this sports bra for everything since 2013, I was heartbroken when I did not see new colors released. I wrote to you last August pleading for you to keep it alive and it looks like my... Read More voice was heard! (Okay, I'm sure dozens of other folks said the same thing!) I just ordered the 'Warm White' color and would love to order any other colors you release! THANK YOU!
BEST BRA IN THE WORLD
I'm a tiny athletic woman who is not flat chested. Wearing a bra to me is essential, and I'm fussy. There is NOTHING LIKE THIS PATAGONIA BRA! It's not too tight but holds me in. The shape is perfect, I don't come out of the top. And the straps don't dig into my shoulders. Brava Patagonia once again, it's the best bra i... Read Moren the whole world!
It's comfy, the racerback is a good balance of delicate and durable. Holds the girls just fine for light exercise. The top front of the bra has a very straight line, no dip, which is different from my other bras that have a similar style. It seems like a solid piece for the collection, but nothing particularly amazing.
Bring back the wide straps
Several years back they made this bra with much wider straps. I owned one and it was the most perfect bra ever even though the elastic frayed all over the place. The thin straps on this version dig into my shoulders and I don't find it nearly as comfortable. Bring the wide straps back please!!!
not the same cut as the older one I have
I was not happy with this current cut of this bra. I have an older version of this - it's amazing it has lasted for a long time and no shrinking, no tears it's as good as new and I wear it all the time. (I have a few) I just wanted more and a new one. But alas it's not the same as the 2012 version which to me, was perfect.
We appreciate your feedback, Wendy. This style has gone through a few changes in the past eight years and we're sorry that the current mesh bra is a disappointment. Please reach out to our Customer Service for a recommendation on a different bra, and to return it if it's not working for you. Our team will be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
Fav Sports Bra of All Time
Dear Patagonia, This is the best sports bra you sill ever make. Several iterations of this sports bra have supported me in outdoor endeavors all over the country (For reference, I am 56, chest 34A, weight 115lbs). You can swim, hike, bike, run, do yoga and sleep in this bra. This bra is great because it is lightweight, proportioned well, fits snug... Read Morely along waist band, and provides decent coverage with NO padding. While I will admit the pre-2017 styles of this bra are my absolute favorite go-to sports bras (the current offering being a little looser along the top chest), I still love this bra. Please, please, please, release more colors and dont do away with this one. None of your other sports bra offerings compare to the simplicity and comfort of this bra. Additionally, no other companies make a great alternative - Ive tried Lulu Lemon, Athleta, Nike, Adidas, Target etc. Gap has a slightly close comparison but it is not the same and does not offer the eco-consciousness and durability I appreciate when buying Patagonia goods. Thank you, Katie
Still Looking for the Perfect Bra
Every few years I will order a Patagonia bra in hopes it fits me better. Unfortunately still not good for me. The Active Mesh Sports Bra does not stay put...it creeps up. I think the straps are too short for my longer torso. Beyond the fit, the rest of the bra seems solid. Nice feel to the material.
Band falling apart
Sized up to a L so I could wear this casually around the house. Amazingly comfy. Unfortunately, the band is literally tearing away from the upper part of the bra, just from the action of pulling it on. Ive owned it for less than 9 months and this has never happened with any other Patagonia bra I own. Ive only washed it in a mesh bag and line dried.... Read More Will not repurchase.
We're so sorry to hear that your Active Mesh Sports Bra is not holding up. Fortunately, all of our items are backed by the Ironclad Guarantee and you are absolutely welcome to return for a warranty evaluation. To get started, please click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Nice fabric but uncomfortable
I got this bra for long distance hikes but turns out its really comfy to wear daily. Except there is an issue with how it was designed. Where the stitches meet on the back of the bra makes the fabric hard and risen, which makes it uncomfortable. I was sad to see this overlooked, especially at its price.
Want to love this bra...
I purchased this item in July, and have worn it casually since then. It's really comfortable, and works well for my activities. Unfortunately, I went to put it on this morning and realized that it's completely falling apart on the inside. It's not too tight, and I've never heard it tearing, but this morning I realized that there... Read More are holes and tears all along the band at the base of the bra, on the inside. Really disappointed that it hasn't even lasted a year - I've never had this happen to any bra that I've owned. Bummer!
Hi Kaitlin, we're so sorry to hear about the untimely wear on your Women's Active Mesh Sports Bra. Please feel free to begin a warranty return or exchange under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can begin either process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
I purchased this sports bra less than a year ago. I have never put it in the dryer - it has only been laid flat to dry. It is already falling apart. I did by it on sale but absolutely Not the quality I would expect from Patagonia. Disappointed in my purchase no matter the price tag- I have sports bras from target that have lasted longer.
We are so sorry to hear that this bra didn't last you very long. We stand by all of our product and expect them to perform and last you much longer than this. With that being said, we hope you can [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back to us under our Iron Clad Guarantee.
Comfy and Functional
I love the soft, breathable fabric and straightforward cut of this bra. I ordered a small first, and while it fit in the bust the band was too small around my rib cage. The medium fits around my rib cage comfortably, but there's a bit too much fabric coverage in front now. I'm keeping it for the comfort, also it's a nice under layer ... Read Morefor a tank top with an open or v-shaped neckline.
Very comfortable for low-impact sports
This bra is great for lounging and doing light activity. I wear this when I don't feel like wearing a real bra and it's perfect. It also stays cool and dries quickly, so it's my go-to backpacking bra-swimsuit item. This provides sufficient support for a larger bust size (D).
Really comfy but mine ripped after 3 months of wear
I love these bras so much that I have about 4 pairs of them. I love to wear these when ever Im hiking, roller skating, weightlifting etc. however, it ripped at the band when I put it on one day. I was not expecting this because Patagonia is great quality in my opinion and I was really sad when this happened.
I bought this bra a few months ago, just looking for something comfy. And boy did I hit the jackpot. I love this bra so much, for easy going day to day, as a makeshift swimsuit top, or under a shirt if I get too hot. I am a full 34C and a medium fit great. Ill be getting another for sure!
I am in love with this bra! I had a mastectomy with reconstruction a few years ago & finding a bra that doesn't irritate *something* and actually fits is next to impossible. This doesn't dig into my neck, ribcage, or under my arms and it stays in place! While I don't necessarily need support, I do need compression and this gives ... Read Morethe perfect amount. I've had it for a year and have put it through about everything, definitely worth the money. I'm ordering 2 more of these and trying 2 new styles, I may finally give my traditional bras the boot! Thank you!
I have many of the old style of this product and after 10 yrs I am still able to use them but wanted to try to start updating my stock. This new style is ok, but not as good. Thinner, which I guess can be good or bad and the neckline is more square causing it to open up when I bring my arms forward. My old ones are M but they fit horribly, so I exc... Read Morehanged for a S which is better but still opens. I wish they'd go back to the old style, even in this fabric would work.
Perfect for t-shirts
I'm very small chested, so the support (or lack thereof) of this bra doesn't bother me. There is no padding, so if I didn't want to show the world when I was cold, I'd avoid wearing the bra under tight fitting tops. Otherwise, i'm excited to not be tugging up bra straps all the time. Great product for me!
I love the fabric, but it runs small. I carefully read the size instructions of Patagonia and still the size was too small.
We're sorry the sizing was off and appreciate your comments. We hope you can [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back and we can help with getting a size up.
Love this bra but not great quality
This bra fits super well and is very very comfortable. Perfect for yoga but I also wear it to work. It would not be supportive enough for a running bra for me. It is a medium and fits perfectly, I normally wear a size large in sports bras. However, I have had it a few months now and there is a hole developing along the bottom left side. This is rea... Read Morelly disappointing because I really like this bra!
We are so sorry to hear about the hole that is developing on this. Please note, we guarantee everything we make and you're welcome to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back to us.
This is hands down one of my favorite all around sports bra, I can even run wearing this baby! It is light comfortable and affords easy movement on all the crux moves. I so much like the style Id purchased multiples last year and agin this year! This will probably remain a key piece for traveling (washes and dries easily). Thanks Patagonia for and ... Read Moreyet another great product!!
World's best sports bra
In 2005 I splurged and bought one of these before my Outward Bound Outdoor Leadership School course. I then spent 2 and a half months living in it. That was just the beginning. I have done everything in that bra. From bouldering to blacksmithing. It's finally beyond repair. This new one is lovely, the pattern is much prettier. It is perfect an... Read Mored comfortable.
Perfect bra for everyday wear
I hope you always make this bra. Always. I own it in seven different colors and have bought several. I wear a size large during the day and have a few in x-large to wear at night. So why is this bra so very important to me that I have invested so heavily in an item of clothing that I only see. A few years ago, I had breast cancer, surgery, and reco... Read Morenstruction. After surgery, I had purchased no less than 20 different styles of bras within a four year period trying to get something that is wireless, covers properly, provides support, doesnt cause lymphedema, has pretty colors, looks cute, and makes me feel normal and like my old self. Nothing met my needs, and I was quite discouraged. Then a year and a half ago I found Patagonias Active mesh bra. I wish I could shout out from the rooftops about how great this bra is and how happy I am to have a super cute bra that meets all the aforementioned qualities. Also, its quality is excellent. It is truly the best bra in the world. Thank you, Patagonia.
Keeps me cool in hot, humid weather
This skirt, sleeveless or short sleeve shirt, and sandals is perfect for occasions where a skirt or dress is most appropriate, or not. No matter how hot and humid the weather gets, I still feel cool, comfortable, and dressed up. I feel cooler in this skirt than any other clothing I have ever owned. Honestly the best skirt and a must for hot Midwest... Read More summers.
Not the same bra it used to be
I am MADLY IN LOVE with my old active mesh sports bras. I own 5 from the Fall 2012 line (I know this because they used to print the item # and season in the bra). My old bras provide plenty of support for my medium to high impact activities and hold everything snug and secure. This new active mesh bra is for much bustier women. The piping along the... Read More top is gone, leaving an area that gaps out away from the chest when a person leans forward, such as to do push-ups, etc. The band is still plenty snug, but this provides very little support for the breasts themselves. Whereas I could run/hike/HIIT with my old active mesh bras, this one is good primarily for lounging around the house. This was my go-to bra as a smaller-chested woman, but it looks like I will need to find another fit/brand. It's great to have bras for all shapes and sizes, but disappointing when there's no consistency as to the "same" cut from year to year, as this is a much different bra than it used to be. Straps are also too long, and unsupportive.
Great cut and support
I am 5 ft 7 in, with broad shoulders and a small chest. This sports bra was a fantastic cut for me, and I plan on purchasing more in the future. I love that it is simple, durable, and flattering. It is also not too thin of a material--I often have the problem of sports bras and bralettes being too flimsy to prevent the world from seeing me nip out,... Read More but not so here! In the future I would love a wider variety of solid colors (patterns on bras tend to show through under my clothing). I also wanted to add, simply for Patagonia's knowledge, that there was a small stitching mistake on one of the two bras of this style I ordered, where the strap was fraying, but that is the first time I've ordered anything from Patagonia with a construction problem. I easily fixed it myself, since I am working on learning to fix and repair my own clothes, and I didn't think it was worth the carbon footprint for shipping a repair or exchange. I really value the efforts Patagonia is making as a company to be sustainable and I love your brand.
36 years old and I finally found THE bra. I ordered three more because I never want to take it off. I'm normally a 36C and the large fits me comfortably. I love that it's just thick enough that the nipples don't show through. One small thing I've noticed is that a seam on the side band is rather rigid and tends to dig in a bit, ... Read Morebut I imagine that will soften with a couple washes. OtherwiseI LOVE it. Seriously.
Material is disintegrating in less than 2 years
I purchased three of these in October of 2018. I was excited to splurge on them in expectation that they would last and be a long term item I could love like other Patagonia items I own. I did love them. Unfortunately, it is now 1 and a half years later and the material on the back of one of them is Loose, floppy and full of holes - it seems to be ... Read Morecompletely letting go and breaking down. Im disappointed in the quality of the material. Ive also never put it in the dryer, I always line dry. Unfortunately I will Not be purchasing these again and wouldnt recommend them given the lack of longevity for the price. Is this an unlikely chance occurrence? The two others are still in good shape... but, not sure what to think about the quality of the material.
Hi Laura, we're so sorry to hear about the disappointment and untimely wear of the material on your Patagonia Women's Active Mesh Sports Bra. We'd be happy to help you out with a warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can start your return here, [https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html].
Comfiest bra I ever owned
This is great- it fits true to size and is extremely comfortable. The fabric is soft and doesn't chafe at all. It washes really well. It also fits perfectly- the strap length matches what the band should be for your cup size. I use this for lower impact activities and love it.
I used to love this but they changed the cut
I have several from years ago, and keep trying to buy new ones to add to my wardrobe. But they have changed the cut/fit completely. It is now too tight, too short, too little material. This used to be my all time favorite everyday. I am so sad I don't know where else to look
Hi there. We're sorry to hear that the new design is too tight. You are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if you were looking to do so, but haven't already. We're also always happy to email you any item's specific measurements so you can feel more confident about your next purchase. Thanks so much for your review.
I bought 2 of these bras for sport and casual wear. I find them to be comfortable all day and work well for small breasted women (I'm 32-b and ordered size small). Also, they are cute as a camisole look under low-cut tops. I'll probably get more over time for the different colors and patterns.
This bra is soft, cute and comfortable, but it is not supportive for larger busts (30DD, size xs provided adequate coverage, but no support). The straps also stretch out after only a few hours of wearing. That said, I do think it would be a nice item to bring along on backpacking/winter yurt trips to have something light and comfortable to change i... Read Morento after being in a ‘real’ sports bra all day.
looks good at first sight
Initially I thought I would like the cut of this sports bra, but it turns out it really pinches my armpits. I've gotten a size small sports bra from Patagonia before, and that's what size I got in this, so I think the cut of it has to do with my discomfort, not the size.
Thanks for the feedback on this and we are sorry to hear about the discomfort. Please feel free to send this back to us for a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return). We are happy to [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=help) if you need any additional assistance.
Old version was better
I like this bra for the moderate support and the sweat wicking fabric but I did like the thicker straps on the older model. This bra seems more similar to bralette with the smaller straps versus the other model where the straps were thicker and more supportive.
Thanks for your feedback regarding the new straps. We've passed it along.
Stylish and Sweet
Great fitting sports bra that is so comfortable I wear it for everyday in addition to exercise. Not a ton of support but I have gone on runs in it without issue. Athletic build. 5'11" size 36B bra and I own this in both medium and large. Both work, but much more secure in the medium.
Washed the sports bra once and the green almost completely faded. Not worth $45 which is disappointing because I usually love all of my Patagonia gear and don't mind spending more for the quality. Disappointing with this product however. Other than the color, the fabric has held up nicely.
Seriously, why change what worked?
I’ve been wearing this bra for 15 years, and held out on purchasing this updated version until now. The band is right, the cup area loose, the straps long and dig in in weird places. I bought from a big retailer (not Patagonia direct), and after wearing for a few hours today, I’m sending it back. Major disappointment. It seems to be redesigned to f... Read Moreit larger cup sizes better, but what do we small-chested ladies wear now? I have the same request I’ve seen posted in reviews many times: Patagonia, please make product lines with specific choices (short and tall, a/b and c/d, etc). Oh, and please, back to the old Active Mesh style. 5’11” 130lbs, 34a
Took on 5 week trip to Ecuador
I took 3 bras on my trip to Ecuador last summer. Loved everything about this bra and just bought two more for my next trip. The size was perfect and fabric felt great. I had to hand wash my clothes and these bras dried very quickly. Highly recommend for backpacking, camping, and rock climbing. Super reliable and comfortable bra
This year's version is a disappointment
I bought a few of the active mesh bras back in 2017 and just love them. Cute flattering patterns, cute colors, comfortable not too tight fit. I wanted to add one or two additional active mesh bras to my wardrobe, as they're pretty much all I wear anymore, but I was so disappointed by the changes. The patterns (asymmetrical flowers) were unflat... Read Moretering but more importantly, the fit was off. The medium was now too tight, the large too large. The straps didn't curve in as previously, so it didn't really seem like a true racer back. I wish Patagonia would stop tweaking products that so many people already love! Please bring back the old version....I am returning the ones I bought and may need to find another brand/style.
My favorite bra!
As with all bras, personal preference is huge here. I love this style, it's not too constricting but it's great for the activities in which I participate (rock climbing, hiking, biking, yoga). Probably not the best bra for running or other high impact sports, but great for slower pace and lower impact!
Doesn't fit like the original
Like other reviewers I've been wearing this bra and matching boy short for impact sports for 15 years. They've been my "go to." They never stretched or faded and are still wearable but I decided to order new colors. The straps don't work, they're too lose and long and there is a loose gap of fabric in the middle betwee... Read Moren breasts. I bought one last year that had wider, more comfortable straps and was perfect! Please keep trying or offer a XXS.
Loved last year's model
I LOVED last year's model, because the band around the ribs wasn't extra tight, as it is in most sports bras. I have asthma, so when I wear a bra that is extra tight around the ribs, I find it extra hard to breathe. Unfortunately, this year's model has a much tighter band, and I can't wear this bra for working out.
Straps are too long
I've worn this bra for years,and have a couple that are at least 10 years old and still going strong. But this latest version just doesn't work. The bra and band are perfect. The straps are the issue. The straps are made of a material that is much more stretchy than the old ones,and it causes the bra to ride lower and lower and lower in t... Read Morehe front as I run,basically eliminating any support. I'm only an A,but when I run and bike,I do need some support. I bought a couple of these last fall,thinking they'd perform like my old ones,and ended up having to return them once I discovered the issue. I appreciate Patagonia's excellent customer service and return policy. Now that it's spring,I saw that there were new colors,and I was hoping maybe the strap issue had been fixed,so I ordered another one,but the straps are exactly the same. I won't buy anymore,until it's redesigned.
So happy to active mesh bra back but need white
I just returned a barely ___ that I ordered in desperation. It did not fit--to small especially cups. I called in to customer service & asked about active mesh bras which I have loved. Need to replace. So glad to see it back,but I need solid colors black (check) & white (not available). Can we please get a solid white?
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