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Bellum Active TriMax Compression Bra review

by kirsty
Friday 29th April 2016
Sports bras are on the face of it just a bit of underwear but they’re a difficult piece of kit to get right and many a race has been ruined by rubbing, chafing or pinching. They are also a very individual thing. One person’s highly comfortable and supportive is another person’s bullet-proof vest. 
We at Run247 are fans of Bellum Active’s range of technical, affordable sportswear for women (here) and they were kind enough to send us their TriMax Compression bra to try out. I’ve broken my review down into the key bra activities and how well it performed.
1. Putting it on. Sounds easy but it often isn’t. With some sports bras you’re in danger of dislocating your arm or putting your back out. This bra is stretchy enough that you can put it on with zero injury risk. 
2. Running in it. The key one. There are no seams to rub and it’s made of incredibly comfortable fabric. It’s also quite stretchy so it makes important factors like breathing while running easy to do. It has nice details like a small pocket on the inside, which is just the right size for a house key or that all-important emergency £5 note. The pocket’s padded so a key wouldn’t dig in. I’ve done about 20 runs in it now, including longer ones, and there’s been no chafing or rubbing at all. 
3. Sitting in a train in it. Sounds like a simple test to pass but I often run-commute and in the colder months it can be really horrible to run back to the train, getting sweaty, and then sit for the next 50 minutes feeling damp and getting colder and colder. The TriMax passed this test with flying colours. It’s really breathable and so the fabric doesn’t hold dampness like other sports bras can. No horrible, damp shiveriness for me on the 5.42.
4. Getting it off. Now this is a biggie. Some sports bras of the pull over your head variety can be very tricky indeed. The ones of a thinner fabric can rip when you try to pull them off and the ones made of thicker stuff can just be really difficult to manoeuvre over your head. Nobody wants to be in a position where you’re in a gym changing room, needing to ask a stranger for help because you’ve got yourself stuck in this way. Again the TriMax passed this test - it was soft enough to get off easily but not so soft that it was in danger of ripping or pulling the stitches.
So, a highly scientific bit of testing from me. As I say, this sort of thing is highly individual but if you’re looking for a comfortable, racer-back sports bra of really good quality, stretchy, breathable material then this is a great option. 

About The Author

Kirsty Reade

I’d describe myself as borderline obsessed with running, racing, reading about running, and watching others run so hopefully I’m fairly typical of Run247’s visitors. I tend to do longer races, particularly off-road marathons and ultras, but am pretty much a fan of any distance. I'm passionate about helping runners of all levels to improve through running communities I'm involved in, such as Underground Ultra and Free Range Runners. 


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