Ibex Balance Bralette-114229 - Women's

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Description

The seamless knit of the Ibex Balance Bralette for women makes for unmatched next-to-skin comfort in this sports bra. The ultra-fine merino wool knit offers broad temperature regulation and exceptional breathability. Wear it under a shirt or on its own as a sport top.

Double layered for support, the Balance Bralette is best for A and B cups, and features the softest merino blend that Ibex offers. A hint of spandex and nylon in the blend adds shape retention and long-term stretch to the merino knit, and it's body mapped to add support where required and breathability where important. The result is great comfort for low to medium impact activities and standalone good looks. The straps are adjustable and racerback compatible.

Welcome to the world of ultra-soft merino wool. Once you experience the comfort of the Ibex Balance Bralette top, it'll become your favorite hot weather top.

Specifications

  • Fabric: 17.5 micron Merino; 85%New Zealand Merino wool, 10% Nylon, 5% Spandex
  • Ultra-fine softness, seamless stretch wool
  • Body mapping for comfort & support
  • Slight gathering in front for shape
  • Adjustable straps with racerback option
  • Double layer for support
  • Best for A & B cups in low-medium impact activities
  • Recommended for: Climbing, Yoga, Pilates, Hiking, Skiing
  • Fiber Source: New Zealand
  • Fabric Source: Turkey
  • Garment Source: Turkey
  • Machine washable
  • Weight: 1.76 oz

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

25 Reviews

Pros
  • Great value: 5
  • Lasts forever: 4
  • Build quality: 2
  • Performance: 2

Cons
  • Cost: 6
  • Bad design: 1
  • fraying but seems controlled: 1
  • minimal support: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4.1 / 5
Fit: 2.5 / 5

25 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
NYskiMom
top100Contributor

from New York
35-44 yrs

Love this bra
January 02, 2012

Didn't think I could love a bra...but this one I do! It is styled very similarly to some of my others, but the fabric here is key. You wouldn't think wool could feel so nice against the skin, but this does. No itchiness, just soft comfort. The best part, no funky smells! I never quite understood what the big deal was about synthetics and the funny smells they could generate -- until I started to notice my other bras, and one doesn't ever really want to notice one's sports bra. Just happens I guess if you wear and sweat in something enough times. But I don't have to worry about that with this Ibex wool. I'm definitely getting another one at some point.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, natural fiber, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
Kick
from Central Indiana
35-44 yrs

Love it!
April 04, 2011

I've had my eye on the Ibex Balance Bralette for a while, and I'm so glad I finally pulled the trigger. I have a collection of standard issue cotton sports bras, all of which are uncomfortable in one way or another. Plus, they end up sopping wet after a hard workout or hike. I'm getting ready to go on a week-long trip to Utah, and wanted to expand my collection of wool outer and undergarments. I'm a 34 A, so I don't need a ton of support, but I do need some, especially for running, and the bralette strikes the right balance for me between restriction and comfort. I got a size small and it fits perfectly. It wicks moisture quite well, and I intend on wearing it multiple times while in Utah with no fear of it getting stinky in between washings. It's not cheap, but so far, I think it was worth the money.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
Wildcranberries
from New England

Lovely bras
June 27, 2011

I have this bralette in four colours now, and am just waiting for more. I got the first one for yoga/hiking but I notice I hardly wear any of my other bras any more, since these are just so incredibly comfortable for everyday use. Like all Ibex gear, great quality and odor resistance! I'm 5'8 and bra size 36C, and have the bras in M. The support isn't supergood (they recommend this for A and B cup) - I wouldn't even try to wear the bra running or jogging, but for me it works perfectly for everyday, hiking and other low impact pursuits.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever
Comfort: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
powderkatz
from Montana

October 27, 2010

Fabulous bra, my new favorite, perfect for biking, skiing, yoga and just living! I have only had it a short time so can't comment on the durability but have found ibex to be extremely durable.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Support: 3 / 5
jagChapelHill
top1000Contributor

from Chapel Hill, NC
45-54 yrs

I'm sold on wool!
October 28, 2011

I've transitioned to wearing wool over all other moisture-wicking fabrics, and not just for exercise, but casual as well. I was looking for a wool bra to complete my layering, and this Bralette fit in perfectly. It's similar in design to the Patagonia bra I was wearing. I appreciate the adjustable straps, and the overall support is sufficient for me, who doesn't require much. If you need/want alot of cup support, then I would go with a more supportive sports bra (Ibex and Icebreaker both have). I do wish the nipple area of this bra was thicker....have yet to find a company that thinks of that! : )

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, woolie and stretchy, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 3 / 5
Ibexian
top500Contributor

from NYC
45-54 yrs

Pure Woolen comfort
April 04, 2011

IF you're small in the upstairs department, this is the bra for you. Unbelievable comfort, no itch, no heat, barely know it's on. Bought these for wearing to work since I tend to get rashes from whatever it is they're making bras with these days. There's been no itch with these -- like most of Ibex wonder gear -- and they wash out nicely in the sink. Color stays true, too. Probably not enough support for more than a cycling workout.

Pros: Great design, Performance, comfortable, Cons: not great support
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
MShug
from Ashland, OR
25-34 yrs

Great Buy!!!
March 18, 2012

I was a little hesitant about spending this much on a sports bra... but it was well worth it! I can wear this bra for a week and it STILL doesn't smell. Doesn't itch and breaths well even when I'm sweating. The wool feels soft against my skin. I'm a 34A and the Small fits perfect with adequate support. I recommend this bra!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
hvision

great everyday bra
October 13, 2012

Too recent a purchase to comment yet on durability, but quality is excellent - material is very soft and temperature regulating is terrific. The bra is extremely comfortable, and supportive enough for everyday use. Wish it came in a lighter color, like off-white. Would definitely purchase again.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
oceanpaddler
from Santa Barbara, CA

gathers show through clothing
March 11, 2012

I am a 36AA and the gathers in the front of the bra show show clothing worn over the bra. The fit is great otherwise - very comfortable. It says my review text is too short but I have nothing else to say. I tried the bra on, the gathers show through and I am returning it. It would be nice if the website gave a character count if they want lengthy reviews!!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Bad design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
bekf
35-44 yrs

love it, love merino
July 24, 2012

my first choice for everyday wear! provides good support for most activities, but not my first choice for a long run. love it for hiking and backpacking. nice thin straps do not bother me under my pack straps. it also dries quickly and aways smells better than i do. love that the straps convert to racerback. i am a 32b and a small fits me real good!!! i already own two of these that i have had for years and they still look new, i just decided to add a new colour into the lineup.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
pumagirl
top50Contributor

from boulder, co
35-44 yrs

So good I own 3
February 08, 2012

Usually I hate my sports and regular bras - usual complains are uncomfortable, need to tuck at them all the time, smelly, get sweaty and stay sweaty. Not these Ibex ones. I use them for both running (I'm 36A, so they provide enough support for running) and casual. They are comfortable and provides the support without choking me. Whereas my other synthetic sports bras smell salty after 1 run, I can keep running in these and never wash them. They are lightweight enough that I can wear them in the hottest days of summer. I've bought 1 each year, and plan to buy more as they come on sale.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
snowqueen78
from Bozeman, MT
25-34 yrs

I like it so much better than cotton...
September 13, 2012

I own more than a few merino wool shirts and hoodies and I wanted to try a bra to go with them. The other reviews said they were comfy and had all of the other perks of merino wool (no stink, warmth in cold weather and cool in warm weather, etc) and I have to agree with them. I bought this bra in the shell color (it's actually light gray, I was expecting a cream color) in a size small and it fits really well. (This is actually my second one of these bras) I'm a 34A-B and I think it gives a decent amount of support. It's good for all day and I've worn it to my dance class and it did ok. I'm used to wearing cotton spaghetti strapped bras for everyday so this is more supportive than those. I like that the straps can be worn two ways, this feature is very useful. It's fairly soft, it does occasionally itch but I have really sensitive skin. It's gotten less itchy with every washing. I would recommend this bra.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
IlovemesomeWool

Really surprised, in a good way!
August 04, 2011

I was skeptical as this was my first wool sports bra purchase but as soon as I opened the package I could tell the quality was excellent. And once I put it on I loved it! The material is so soft and not too restricting like some synthetic sports bras can be. I am a a/b so the support is perfect for my size. I will definitely be buying more Ibex products.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
ComfortShoes: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
OutdoorLady72

Try it!
October 13, 2010

I've basically switched over all of my winter *and* summer tops to wool. It regulates your temp better, is non-clammy, and it doesn't stink. But I noticed I was still clammy in my traditional sports bras. Glad I found this wool bra. No more clammy. It runs pretty small. I'm a "B" cup and generally a size medium; but this bra is snug on me even in the size large. Not for big/busty women. Good enough support to run in (for a B cup), though usually I prefer it for non-impact sports, so I hike, bike, and ski in it.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: tight fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 3 / 5
WalkOnTheWildSide
from San Diego, CA
25-34 yrs

Perfect for smaller gals
January 03, 2011

I've been using this bralette for several months now and I have to admit, it's love. When I have to reach for synthetic support now, I cringe. First, a disclaimer. I'm a 34B. So, I don't need much in the way of support. If you're gifted on your upper level, this bralette probably isn't for you. If you're in the Itty Bitty Committee, then look no further for natural, stink-free, versatile support! In the name of science, I regularly wear this little number for numerous sweaty outdoors/exercise sessions before washing. Nary a nostril would know it though, thanks to merino's odor-fighting properties. As far as comfort, Ibex hits high notes in that category as well. I abhor wearing bras because they feel so constrictive - I like to take deep, rib cage expanding breaths. This bralette provides the coverage I need without the constraint. While I wouldn't wear it with a sheer, skin tight shirt with plunging cleavage - there would definitely be some indicators if I got cold - it does the job for everything else. It's low enough to work with most necklines. How many sports bras in your closet can you wear out to the club AND the trails? The material is soft and grows more so with each washing. With proper care (i.e. if you're doing a load of wash with lots of zippered items, perhaps toss it in the delicates bag to prevent tears), this piece will last several years. Perhaps a little on the pricier side but well worth it. After all, since you can wear it multiple times before washing - yes, gross perhaps but a nice time saver - it's like getting 3 - or more - bras in one!

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
Wintersports

Great bra top!
December 29, 2011

This bra fits snugly, but not tight. I'm tall and the adjustable straps make it a perfect fit for any height. The merino is very soft and there is enough compression/support for moderate aerobic activities. Plus, it is adorable and could be worn alone in warmer months.

Pros: Great design, Great value, very comfortable, very cute
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
minka
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

Truly fab
March 28, 2011

I have the Ibex Balance Sport Bra and love it so much I wanted to try the Balance Bralette as well...love this one too! Just like the Sport bra, it's moisture-wicking, extremely comfortable, durable, soft, flattering and doesn't hold odors but it is prettier so I find I am wearing it not only as a sports bra (I use it for road cycling and the gym), but also as an everyday bra. I find it a little less supportive than the Sport bra, but as an on-the-small-side 36B cyclist that hasn't been a problem for me; it might not be supportive enough for high impact activities or more full-breasted women though. As far as fit, I find that, like the Sport bra, the Bralette also runs on the small side. Normally I wear a size medium in bras; I have both a medium and a large Bralette and while both fit, I prefer the fit of the large--the medium squashes me down more than I like. The large doesn't flatten me at all and is still supportive enough. The Bralette provides pretty good coverage too, though sometimes I need to slip in some thin foam inserts to keep the *headlights* from showing...bike jerseys tend to show a lot, sometimes uncomfortably so! But the comfort level/moisture wicking properties of merino wool is just fantastic and this ibex bralette is superb.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, flattering
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
Lizarddance
from Fort Pierce, Florida
25-34 yrs

love it
December 29, 2011

I love this bra. I am a nursing mom who practices a lot of yoga and spends a good portion of time outdoors. I wanted a more natural material and recently fell in love with wool for its anti stink, warming/cooling properties and soft feel...although this bra is made with some stretchy materials too, it really gives the bra its support and I feel like it is a good compromise. They are expensive, but it seems well worth it. The hardware is made from durable metal, not plastic and the straps are capable of wearing either as either a racerback or a standard bra. All in all, I really love the color selection, comfort, feel, and seeming durability. I bought another one the next day. Only problem with the second one is that I noticed a fraying thread already- but it seems controlled and hopefully will not affect the longevity of the bra itself. did I mention it doesnt get stinky? i love it. great buy!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, it is just fabulous all over., Cons: fraying but seems controlled
Comfort: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
SeattleCyclist
from Seattle, WA
25-34 yrs

wool is fantastic
July 18, 2011

I wanted a bra to wear during an upcoming 7 day bicycle tour in the Western US. It needed to be wool, provide reasonable support, no underwire, and maybe – just maybe – a little nice looking? This bra met all those criteria and has been a pleasure to wear. It is so nice to not have your bra trapping sweat against you for hours after you stop riding a bike. It dries fast, harbors no smell, and looks nice. Mission accomplished.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
chlorophyl
from upstate NY
Over 65 yrs

good feel
January 21, 2013

Enjoy these bralettes very much for their comfort. Like the natural wool fiber which is nevertheless cool. I am tall and also had car accident which makes my shoulders very sensitive. This bra is not irritating, yet gives me enough support to feel secure. The only drawback is that there is no bust separation which some might want. However, I am not bothered by this. The little bit of gathering in the center is enough. Also like the general naturalness of feel (no inner foam or cups).

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 2 / 5
Petzl
from Los Angeles, CA
35-44 yrs

Good Product
November 08, 2011

I love this sports bra because it is comfortable and lightweight. The merino wool feels like cotton, and does not irritate my skin. The material is very thin and doesn't offer a lot of support. The major advantage this sports bra has over any other I've tried is the ability to dry quickly. On overnight backpacking trips, other bras were still drenched in the morning, so I always had to pack more than one. This item dried thoroughly, allowing me to decrease the amount of weight I had to carry.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, dries quickly, Cons: Cost, minimal support
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
incognito2
from NY
35-44 yrs

Soft, wicking, good support
January 10, 2012

Bought because wool will keep the temperature right, and it does. Hesitated because I have sensitive skin and do not like scratchy stuff but it is very soft (and I am super particular about scratchy. I dislike most regular T-shirts for their seams, everythings has to be flat seam or no seam etc.). Was amazed at the support it offers - obviously not a sports bra (and the sports bra version does NOT have the usual sport bra support btb), but for a light bra the support is great, much better than expected. Very comfy fit with the option to cross the straps or not. Dries quickly, wicking, and I sweat less in it than in any other technical synthetic bra that was supposed to be wicking. Thumbs up, great product!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, great climate control, super soft, wicking, stays fresh where synthetic doesn't, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5

my new favorite bra
April 20, 2012

I'm not wild about wearing bras, but this one is so much more comfortable than any other sport bra I've owned. I'm a 34A and don't need a lot of support for most activities, so I took another reviewer's advice and sized up to a Medium. The fit is perfect for low impact sports like hiking, and I don't feel squashed. I wore the bralette on recent backpacking trip; it wicked well, dried quickly, and didn't smell after three days on the trail. I'm going to be buying another!

Pros: Great design, comfort, easy on and off
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Support: 3 / 5
WyoGirl
from Sheridan, WY
45-54 yrs

Perfect cold-weather sports bra
March 24, 2011

Ibex nailed it with this redesign. Like a prevous reviewer, support is not an issue for me (34A), but warmth and wicking are. This bra does both nicely. The double layer of fabric in front takes care of the cold and the single layer in back deals with the sweat. The convertible strap design is nice but this bra is so easy to get on and off with the straps crossed, I probably won't change them. The shell is a soft neutral light grey color that doesn't show under my teal and light blue lightweight wool turtlenecks. Even double-layered, the fabric of the bra is lightweight enough that I would not wear it by itself, but I bought it for winter warmth not summer wear.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
powderkatz
from Montana
55-64 yrs

October 27, 2010

Fabulous bra, my new favorite, perfect for biking, skiing, yoga and just living! I have only had it a short time so can't comment on the durability but have found ibex to be extremely durable.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, soft
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
greenearth
top500Contributor

from Long island, NY
25-34 yrs

comfortable
April 19, 2011

Comfortable, breathable, and great craftmanship. Everything you need for outdoor activities. Love the wool material since it wicks away the moisture and you can wear it multiple times without it smelling.

Pros: Build quality

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