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I happened upon this bra on sale about a year ago, normally brand loyal to Lululemon for sports bras. I have two now and back for more. I am a 34B/C with relatively broad shoulders for my petite frame, and this fits well around my ribcage. I run, bike, hike in these, and also wear under my wetsuit when going from run to ocean swim. Snug but not tig... Read Moreht. Comfy enough to lounge around the house. The simple crossback does not twist and is easy to get off and on. The front has a slight tiny "V" to it front center which is a nice touch, just looks good under any top.
Ive never wanted to return anything to Patagonia before, but this item I do. The elastic band is super rough and uncomfortable with sharp feeling edges. Would not recommend!
Hi Kristin! We're very sorry to hear that the elastic band on the Switchback Sports Bra was uncomfortable for you. If you'd like to send it back, you are welcome to initiate your return here: https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html. Alternatively, our Customer Service team would be happy to assist you via phone at 800-638-6464 or with our Live Chat feature on Patagonia.com. Representatives are available M-F 6:00-6:00 PST or on weekends from 7:00-3:00 PST.
I can't speak to the durability of this bra yet, but you hit it out of the park with the fit. I have broad shoulders and back and relatively small breasts (34B) so I have trouble finding bras that don't bind or pinch around my ribcage but provide enough support. This one is perfect. The strap design is very comfortable and it provides eno... Read Moreugh support (for me) for running.
Go to Bra
I love this bra! I have 6 of them that I wear for everything from running to lounging around the house. This is the best bra that I've found since the B/C special bra from the early 2000's (please bring that back!). I'm a 36/38 B/C bra size and the large fits great. The blue one is the only one that I've had a probably with the ... Read Moreelastic band stretching out on after just a few runs so it's going back thanks to the Ironclad Guarantee.
Comfortable, but cup inserts float all around.
This bra is quite comfortable, but it would be so, so much better if the cup inserts were fixed. They float when putting the bra on and off and definitely get badly displaced in the wash. You could take the cups out, but if you are like me the extra padding on your breasts when working out and doing yoga is important.
I've always struggled to find a good sports bra that fits well and is comfortable for long hours and finally this one does it. It's also is very breathable on hot days, definitely will be ordering more. I originally ordered a small and had to exchange it for a medium because it was too tight around the band
Favorite Running Bra
Just got my second of these and it is my favorite running bra. I am a 34C in regular bras and usually get mediums in sports bras/swim suit tops. This gives enough support for high intensity activity but doesn't squish you. It is the most comfortable bra I've found for running and will likely order more in the future!
Great bra - not for running!
I love this bra for it's comfort and shape. It's really great for everyday wear. I would NOT wear it for running or even mountain biking. I'm a D cup and it is no where near the level of support I prefer for high impact activities. But it is great for yoga!
The chart said a medium would fit a 34d but the fit runs small. Also, I don't think this is for "medium impact", it really isn't doing much to hold. I've tried to like it due to its awesome design but I'm going to have to hold on to it and return it next time I'm in the city. Sad.
Great Except for the Tag
I really like the way this bra fit, and the design on the back is appealing as well! However, the tag on the inside is very itchy and I had to rip it out. I wish Patagonia would print their labels onto the fabric, at least for next-to-skin products. I think it does run a little bit small, but its not too bad! Otherwise, I've loved this sports ... Read Morebra; I wear it while hiking and climbing!
Hi Rachel, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about the discomfort with the tag. We rely on feedback like this to improve products for future seasons so it's much appreciate.
Fits well, great support for small ladies
Reading these reviews, I can tell designing bras is hard! I am petite (5'1", 125 lbs), 34A bra size, biggish lats from climbing, and generally have a really difficult time finding bras that fit. I ended up getting the size small in the Switchback. Most of the time, I cannot find bras small enough. In general, I find the Patagonia bras t... Read Moreo actually fit, and I've been buying bras from Patagonia for 13 years. The Switchback fits well for me, provides plenty of high-impact support without suffocating, and I like that the pads can be taken out (I usually do not wear the pads, but can see myself putting them back in based on the top I'm wearing). I use this primarily for running. Highly recommended for smaller ladies!
I wear a 34A but sized up to a Medium because everyone mentioned these ran small. I definitely should not have gone a size up. The medium gives me a lot of movement. This bra does have a great shape, is well constructed, and will last a long time. I just wish I would have looked at the size chart.
Not for larger than a B cup.
I wanted to love this bra so much!! I'm a 32C++, 130 lbs, 5'7" for reference, Small or size 2 in everything. I ordered a Medium and feel like it's squeezing the girls to death, and pushing them out the top of the bra. No way could this be comfortable for anything I do. For a B cup or smaller, I think it would be PERFECT! The mat... Read Moreerial is amazing and I love the cut, just not the right style for me.
We are sorry that the cut didn't work out for you in this. We'd suggest you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) this to us and try out our [Wild Trails Sports Bra](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-wild-trails-sports-bra/32045.html?dwvar_32045_color=SPDO&cgid=root&isSearch=true#tile-5=&q=women's%2Bbra&lang=en_US&start=1&sz=24) instead as this should have a different fit and some more coverage.
Comfortable and supportive
I find this bra to be true to its description- supportive enough for trail running for B size (but probably not for bigger). The straps are comfortable, and seem to put less stress on my neck than other crossback bras. I haven't tested it long enough to know if the stretchy straps will keep their elasticity in the long run, but for now its gre... Read Moreat. It will also make a nice stand in for a swim top when I run to a lake to swim. It could probably work well for other activities, but since mine fits snugly I'm only using it for running (but I think this is just a function of the fit for me).
Minimalist bra with recycled fabric
I own two of these bras in M (5'7", 140 lbs, 34B) and use them for all activities high or low impact - hiking, mountain biking, running, skiing etc. I am a fan of basic bras without a lot of bell and whistles and this one fits the bill - supportive but minimalist. I also appreciate the odor control treatment. My only complaint is that I d... Read Moreespise the removable pads that are in this sports bra (I also hate the removable pads in bathing suits). I immediately removed them because they are annoying - they make the bra much less quick drying and move around in unfortunate manners. I was returning other items in my order so I enclosed the removable pads, too. Hopefully Patagonia will reuse them and they won't go to waste. Maybe offer tops with or without the pads when you are ordering?
Works well enough
I was looking for a sports bra that has padding to hide my "headlights," but not to make my boobs look bigger, and this bra is great for that. The pads, however, fold up, move around when putting it on, so that kind of annoying. Also, it has started to pucker along the top seam in the middle of my chest (I'm guessing from stretching ... Read Morewhen putting it on and taking it off). Not the quality I would expect from Patagonia, but it does the trick for me.
We appreciate your valuable feedback, Amanda! If you decide to [return](https://is.gd/DQq2nw) it to a Patagonia-owned store or send it in for a refund or merchandise credit, we'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you.
Great for everyday wear & running
I bought this bra to run in but love it so much that I mostly wear it for daily wear. I love that the back is minimal. I did just buy 2 more so that I can use them for running. I'm a 36/38 b/c cup and I find it supportive enough when I do wear it running. I even bought one for my sister-in-law and she reports that it worked great on her long r... Read Moreun.
I am an A/B 34. This bra gives barely enough support to go for a hike and I couldn’t even wear for yoga or a swim top because as soon as you bend over your boobs fall up and out of it.
We're sorry to hear you are unsatisfied with the Switchback Sports Bra! You are welcome to return anything that doesn't work for you for a refund. To get started on a return, please visit our [Returns and Repairs page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I am a petite 5’3” and 125 pounds barely a B cup and the Switchback bra size medium way is too tight. Disappointing because otherwise comfortable and cute, will return the unopened one and buy something else.
We're sorry this was too tight! Please [let us know](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html) if you have any questions regarding our return process.
My favorite sports bra
I'm 5'6 127 pounds 34B/C. I wear the medium. This sports bra is super comfortable. I wear it for everything now,all my outdoor fun as well as work as I have a few. If its "super impact" like running, I'll wear another sports bra but otherwise this is the only one I wear for everything. I'm not a fan of bra's, espe... Read Morecially the little wire clasps closures and underwire, so I was happy I found this one that has become my "pseudo" bra. As the added bonus, I have a cast on my arm right now and its easy for me to put on and off.
Ideal sports bra
I didn't expect to like this bra as much as I do. It keeps everything in place when moving (coped with hill running brilliantly). No scratchy seams, washes and dries quickly and good fit. Worth the money! For reference I'm a 32B, 162cm and 54kg - the XS was bang on fit wise.
I love it.
I bought this bra about a year ago and it has held up well. I'm 5'9, 160lb, and usually wear a Patagonia medium, so that's what I bought. Bust size 32D. I wear it all the time and just bought another on sale because I'm afraid I'd wear mine out! I see other reviewers said the elastic band around the ribcage didn't hold... Read More up well, but mine has. I probably wear this bra 4-5 times a week on runs, hikes, and bike rides, or working outside at my job. It is cute and supportive. The fit is snug and kind of flattens my boobs, but I like that in a sports bra- I'm able to run in it without bouncing around. The large would probably work for me as well, but I like the support of the medium. So, while it may not work for everyone it definitely works for me!
The design looks great for this bra, but as mentioned by others the elastic doesnt seem to be robust. It has already started disintegrating after a couple of wears.
We're sorry to hear the elastic has started to disintegrate. Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us under warranty.
i flex a busted right outta this... sorta
I love my barley bra, and cross beta for climbing and yoga and wanted something with a little more support for running. The switch back seemed to fit the bill, but apparently not my lats. About half way over my shoulders something felt wrong... and as I pulled it all the way on the back of the elastic began to rip like i was the incredible hulk get... Read Moreting angry... The room went silent with the dreaded sound of new fabric tearing my best friend and I locked eyes... I was trapped. I tried to persevere through the colonial corset flashback this sports bra elicited and go run anyway. If there was a song for that run it would have been Last resort by Papa roach. You know it "Suffocation... no breathing." It didn't go great, it just wasn't meant to be. I am 5'4 125 a 36A and a small in all Patagonia clothing, I passed this poor lil guy beaten and tattered on to a friend a good size smaller than me who loves the thing, so there is also that :)
Well... I’ve had better
For several years I have had a variety of Patagonia sports bars in regular rotation. This one is not my favorite, the elastic band around the base of the bra rolls and as a result gets uncomfortable with wear.
We're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the bra's elastic band. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our [Customer Service](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html) team if you'd like to send that back for a refund.
Works great for me
I am an athletic 34B and the M fits me well for both low and high impact activities. The Switchback is comfortable - no digging into my shoulders and not excessively tight around the chest. I love the Polygiene as I have had other Patagonia bras that I loved and were still functional but I had to get rid of due to extreme odor. The crossback design... Read More is cooler and very comfortable. I am going to purchase another.
A new favorite!
Supportive and cute, I don't know what more I could ask for in a sports bra. I haven't purchased a bra from Patagonia in quite some time and this one is pure gold. Infinitely superior to their Active Mesh Bra that I was used to. Perfect for running and hiking. I normally wear a 34C and bought a small, its tight but I like it that way.
New Style Doesn't Hold Up
I absolutely loved the style of the old switchback bra, with the straps that wrapped around from the back and fit into little claps in the front towards the bottom. I have five of those bras and they remain to be the only bra that fits my 28F chest and actually gives me real support. It was something special. This is just like every other sports br... Read Morea that offers no customization or increased tightness over time.
Cute design but not enough support
I did have a slight uniboob when I purchased and wore this bra. My complaint is the strap around the back - It's the same thickness as the straps that go over the shoulders. It's fine in the shoulders but more support is needed in the back. I LOVE the barely bra and returned this bra to get a second one of those.
Bras are no longer the sizes they used to be.
I bought this bra in Large as I have many times in the past.. Your bras are now made differently, THE SIZES ARE NO LONGER ACCURATE. You must have changed who you have produce these items.. I went up to a XL and it too fit terrible.. Not even comfortable any more..
This bra is super. My only request is to add a "busty" version to each of your sizes and up the cup capacity in this size. For those with narrower chests but larger breasts, it's so hard to find the right size! I'm 5'6, 125lbs, and the medium is slightly big around the ribs, but slightly small in the cups. Thanks for your a... Read Morewesome clothing!
Straps are strangely placed
This bra gave me uniboob and flattened me out-- not really a big deal. The biggest issue though, is that the straps are very thick and cross right over my shoulder blades. Most cross-back bras don't do this, but this one crosses higher than most bras because of where the straps are sewn on the band. I don't have alot of back fat, but the ... Read Moreopen back style of this was just not flattering on me.
Wish I loved it more!
I REALLY REALLY wanted to love this bra but I've had poor experience with the odor control. I wouldn't consider myself a smelly lady and sweat an average during strenuous activities, but after a high cardio session, the bra is super sweaty and retains odor. I usually have to wash after wear--even if I let it dry out in an open space. Othe... Read Morer than that, the fabric is soft, the compression holds well, and the design look great!
Cute, Well-Made... runs large
I love this bra, & wear it day-to-day for casual activities like hiking and walking, but I do think it runs a bit big so I wouldn't wear it for high-impact activities. I love the cross straps and coverage in the front, but the cut and larger fit means I won't wear it for running. I'm 5'3", 123lbs, and a 34c; I ordered a... Read More small and will size down to XS next time for better support.
Perfect fit and support
I love this sports bra. I am a long-distance trail runner. I can run in this bra all day with no or very little chaffing. Support and fit is perfect- I am a 36B and 5'3" I bought a size M. Being 5'3",sometimes it difficult to find a sports bra that stays up- I often have to shorten the straps- not with this bra! I bought my firs... Read Moret one last fall and now I own several and it's the only bra I run in!
poor fit,poor functionality
I am 34 D,size medium. This bra provides pretty good coverage. The open pattern in the back is attractive. However,it makes a major uniboob and does not offer much support. The straps could probably be adjustable and this might provide a better fit. The material feels on the lower end of quality for a Patagonia product. I returned the product.
Can't be bothered to make a high-impact bra B-D+?
It's really disappointing that Patagonia can't be bothered to make a high-impact bra for anyone above a B cup. I'm a 34D and I got a medium. It's good for yoga...that's about it. I'd like to support environmentally responsible companies like Patagonia,but I guess I don't have that option when it comes to bras.
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