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Thank you Patagonia for making a sports bra that doesnt fit like a shirt. I am a A-B cup and its difficult to find a sports bra that doesnt come up to my throat and is flattering. I have been wear the Cross Beta Sports Bras for years now and been looking for something with wider straps, the Switchback is it! Highly Recommended
I have had almost a dozen Patagonia sports bras and swim tops and I'm always a comfortable Small (34B-ish). This I could barely get on and once I stubbornly forced it on, I could feel it literally restricting my breathing. I'm not sure how I got it off. Panic I guess. Seems like a nice style but I feel like I don't feel like playing ... Read Morethe sizing games.
Thank you for the description of how this fit for you Alex. You're welcome to return it, and we're always happy to provide all garment dimensions prior to purchase in the future.
comfortable band fit, straps tight on low neck
Initial try-on got me excited because the band fit was tolerable - which is the only reason for XL. I am not large breasted or a large person, but bras are not comfortable - (scoliosis and breast cancer). Removing the cup improved the fit, the straps tug hard and leave imprints on both shoulders. Still, I was okay with it, easy to on and off. About... Read More 2 hours into the day, left breast pops out of the band - the non-cancer side. This happened with the cross-over sports bra as well, could be because of the scoliosis deformity that has the left side shorter and flat backed giving a slight caved-in shape. Unfortunately, cannot return because the tags have been cut off, just too scratchy to keep them on for even one wearing. So while I cant give it a great review, it seems a decent sports bra for most women, the best feature being ease of putting it on and taking it off.
Thank you for your feedback regarding the Womens Switchback Bra. We are sorry to hear that it did not work out for you. Please know you can give us a call at 800-638-6464 and we can still work out a return.
I've tried most of the Patagonia bras and like the Switchback Sports bra the best for fit, performance and durability. I have had at least 5 Barely There bras that seem to stretch out with use. The Switchback seems like it will hold up to repeated use and abuse without losing shape. I recently tried the W's Wild Trails Sports Bra and fou... Read Morend the fit to be too tight (it created back fat that I didn't know I had ) I sent it back and decided to try Switchback as casual daily wear to work and also for all the sports. After one months use I ordered two more Switchbacks. I'll definitely order a few more.
Good fit, but not so comfy
This fit well and looks beautiful but disappointed on the comfort. The band was a little scratchy, especially the tags. The biggest disappointment was the strap design, I expected the criss-cross to be more comfortable than a traditional racer back but it didnt provide enough support. It felt like my girls were pulling the front down and making my ... Read Moreshoulders stoop.
Great for every activity
This is a great sport's bra! It is true to size when I bought it, perfect fit. It keeps my back from sweating during physical activity because of the switchback design. It has good support and does not fit to tight around my ribs so I can breathe well. I would suggest giving it a try!
Excelent all-round sports bra
Although the reviews did not recommended for larger cup sized (I'm a 34 B/C) I still find it very comfortable and great to workout in! The band doesn't roll up and the straps do not dig in or get tangled. Plus, it is comfortable enough to lounge in as well. Quickly becoming my favourite bra :)
Great support, good value for money
I was looking for a sustainably produced bra that nevertheless offers decent support for my C-cup breasts while running - soft little bamboo sports bras might be fine for yoga, but not for all the bouncing while running. This one is very sturdily made but super comfortable, and nothing moves that shouldn’t. Definitely worth the money, and I imagine... Read More that, if washed carefully, it will last a long time!
I've worn Patagonia sports bras for well over a decade and have noticed a reduction in coverage with each new version. I wear a 36DD in a regular bra which has always translated into L or XL for sports bras. I'm sad to say that I'll no longer be purchasing sports bras from this company because I'm sized out. I do not wear XXL in... Read More literally anything but find myself outside of the size range with Patagonia (aka XL). Even if the company feels it necessary to shrink their sizing for the sake of marketing European beauty standards, they should offer more inclusive sizes. I love all my old Patagonia bras and would happily wear whatever size they put on the label to have that same comfort/support in a newer version.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on the fit of the bra. We're sorry the sizing on the style did not work out, you are certainly welcome to return it as our products are backed by the Ironclad Guarantee. In case you are interested in trying a different style, the [W's Wild Trails Sports Bra](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-wild-trails-sports-bra/32045.html) has a generous cut to accommodate more volume in cup size. For a Size 36DD, the Size L should be within range.
It's so hard for me to find a sports bra that is comfortable around the band, has the correct size cups and keeps everything in, but this one does it. The fit is perfect and I love the cut, which has a stylist look but is high enough that I stay covered. I wear an A cup and this bra is great for high-impact workouts and yoga. Downsides are tha... Read Moret the mesh material inside the bands is really scratchy and the removable pads often come out in the wash. (What are we still doing removable pads?! They are always a hassle! Pls just stitch them in.) I also dislike the ridiculously long length of the tags that Patagonia bras and swimsuits have. I don't want to cut out all the info, but I don't want a tag that goes more than an inch below the bra either. The cut and support is good (and rare) enough that I would buy again despite the other issues.
Supportive, comfortable, flattering
I've been shopping around for some new sports bras. I can be pretty picky about my clothes, particularly formfitting items like underwear and bras. This was one of the first bras I tried by Patagonia, and I LOVE it. Very supportive, flattering, and comfortable. I'm a 34B and I got a small. I've worn it on a few runs now, and I think ... Read Moreit'll also work great for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. Definitely planning on buying an additional one or more in the future. Thank you!
Favorite bra ever
My absolute favorite bra. I already own two colors and as other bras wear out I am replacing with only these. It has a lightly feminine touch, which makes me feel really sexy, but it holds up under running, lifting, yoga, pilates, hiking, anything. I am a 34C, 5"9, 145#, athletic, so the support is great. Very comfortable, I cannot say a singl... Read Moree bad thing.
Tag super uncomfortable
I love these sports bras and have had a couple of them over the years, but just ordered some new ones and the tag is SUPER uncomfortable and itchy. I removed the tag on my old one but the newer ones it's difficult to remove without ruining the bra.
We're so sorry to hear that the tag was itchy. We made sure to notify our design teams for future improvements. If you haven't already, and the tag is still bugging you, you are welcome to make a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We'd also recommend checking out our Worn Wear website if you're on the search for past season versions of this bra!
Strange fit for women with c cups or larger
The bra runs true to size but the side coverage is very strange resulting in my chest spilling over. Im a 32D and have never had this problem with a sports bra before. This bra was definitely designed for small chested women, which is unfortunate because it seems all of patagonia bras were made with this customer in mind, leaving the rest of us to ... Read Morefind our bras elsewhere. Although it feels supportive, its not a flattering look under tank tops or worn on its own when your chest is bulging out the side. I would not recommend this bra to anyone with a cup size larger than a B cup.
review update: design flaw!
I've had this for a couple weeks now, washed once, still loving it, and wearing it several times between washes. While taking it off this morning, my finger got caught in the removeable pad "pocket" and it tore! I'm going to see if it still functions with the torn pocket, and send for repair if not, but it would be GREAT if this... Read More design could be tweaked so the pocket weren't right where you reach under it to take it off. Please email me with updates!
Hello Marla, we are sorry to learn about the tear in the bra and will share your suggestion on the placement of the insertion slit with for the bra cups our designers. We are unable to repair undergarments but you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the bra under the Ironclad Guarantee.
Medium everyday support
Been wearing this for daily dog hikes, chores, etc. Floating pads are just silly, but easily removed. I tend to get shoulder cramps if the racerback is too high, but this is not. The open back will be nice in warm weather. I wear a 34C and find this to provide medium support, perfect for hiking or biking.
Good but not perfect
After reading other customers' reviews I went with the M, even though I almost never wear anything other than a small. I'm 5'3" and around 120lbs, and wear a 34B/C. I'm glad I went a size up because I definitely think smaller would have been too small. But this fit isn't perfect and it definitely feels a bit loose. Mor... Read Moree importantly, it's nowhere near enough support for running, which is what I purchased it for. I suspect I'll only be able to use it for hiking, yoga, and climbing, which is a bit of a disappointment. Also, it has truly the itchiest tag I've ever encountered! I couldn't wear the bra for more than 5 minutes without cutting the tag out. How do you even make something so irritating?! Overall, it's a decent sports bra, but far from perfect.
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.
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.
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'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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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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