As with any type of bra, it is important to wear the correct size. The wrong size does not provide adequate support and may damage the delicate breast tissue. It is also vital to choose the right kind of sports bra for your activity. This is made easy with our Shock Absorber Support Level Indicator. Have a look now to see which of our Support Levels are right for you.

Next it's important to find your perfect size. Shock Absorber sports bras are currently available in sizes 30-40 inches / 75-100 cms with cup sizes A-HH. To find your perfect size, it is always best to have yourself measured at one of our stockists. However, if you prefer to measure yourself, just follow these easy steps.

» Step 1: Measuring your band size

  • Measurements should be taken without wearing a bra as this will give the most accurate measurement.
  • Using a tape measure, place the tape around your body, ensuring the tape is level around your back. (1)
  • The tape should be firm but not tight against the body.
  • If the tape slips when measuring do not try to wriggle it back in position, just start again.
  • This measurement will give you the band size of the bra needed.

Use this table to find out your band size.

If your measurement is equal to the MINIMUM you may need to go down a band size.
If your measurement is equal to the MAXIMUM you may need to go up a band size.
If your measurement is equal to the centre size you will need the band size indicated.

Minimum in inches Centre size in inches Maximum in inches Band Size in Inches
24.5 25.5 26.5 30
26.5 27.5 28.5 32
28.5 29.5 30.5 34
30.5 31.5 32.5 36
32.5 33.5 34.5 38
34.5 35.5 36.5 40

Minimum in cms Centre size in cms Maximum in cms Band Size in cms
62.0 65.5 67.0 65
67.0 69.5 72.0 70
72.0 74.5 77.0 75
77.0 79.5 82.0 80
82.0 84.5 87.0 85
87.0 89.5 92.0 90

» Step 2: Cup size

  • Using a tape measure, measure around the bust at the fullest point. (2)
  • The tape measure should be held straight but not tight.
  • The difference between this measurement and your BAND size is your cup size.
  • Each inch of difference is equal to one cup size. For example, if your band size is 34" and your bust measurement is 35", you should wear an "A" cup.

If the difference is...

less than 1 inch = AA cup
1 inch = A cup
2 inches = B cup
3 inches = C cup
4 inches = D cup
5 inches = DD cup
6 inches = E cup
7 inches = F cup
8 inches = FF cup
9 inches = G cup

» Step 3: How to know if a bra fits

We want you to be completely happy with your Shock Absorber sports bra.

So to make sure it is doing its job properly, just follow these simple steps to find your perfect fit:

  • If the breasts are forced towards to the sides or bulging over the top of the cups, then the cup size is too small.
  • If the cup of the bra wrinkles all over, it shows that the cup size is too big and a smaller cup size is needed.
  • If the band of the bra does not sit straight around the body and rides upwards at the back, then the band size is too big.
  • The band of the bra should be firm but not too tight.
  • The shoulder straps should be properly adjusted to minimize bounce.
  • A common fitting problem is selecting the wrong cup size. If each cup doesn't encapsulate each breast snugly try a smaller band size with a larger cup. e.g. 38C to 36D
  • Finally, the 'jump test' is probably the best way to test how effective a bra is at reducing bounce – so please have a bounce around.