Ibex Balance Sport Bra-114224 - Women's


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Balance between work, home, family and exercise can be quite daunting, so keep your body comfortable with the Women's Ibex Balance Sport Bra. This ultra-fine soft 17.5 New Zealand merino wool sports bra has just enough spandex to stretch around your lady parts and supports your every move with comfortable body-mapping contours, engineered stitching and minimal seams to prevent chafing when you push yourself beyond what you thought were your limits. With light to moderate support, this great double layer workout bra works best with A, B and C cups during low to medium impact activities like cycling or yoga, and the racerback design ensures it won’t slip off your shoulders no matter what position you find yourself in during your much needed exercise routine.


  • Fabric: 17.5 micron stretch wool, 85% New Zealand merino wool, 10% nylon, 5% spandex
  • Seamless light-moderate support
  • Best for A, B & C cups in low-medium impact activities
  • Double layer for support
  • Racerback design
  • Ultra-fine softness
  • Body mapping for comfort & support
  • Machine washable
  • Weight: 2.24 oz

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

22 Reviews

  • Build quality: 6
  • Performance: 6
  • Great design: 5
  • Ease of use: 2

  • Cost: 1
  • Low performance: 1
  • runs small: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
Fit: 2.2 / 5

22 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 1 / 5

from Palm Harbor FL
55-64 yrs

great sports bra
December 21, 2010

I could not believe how extremely soft, comfortable and stretchy this sports bra is. Unfortunately I had to return it - my normal size s ( I am a 34a) was way too small - I hope the M will fit. This wool does not itch at all and should not stink. Should be perfect for all activities.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Feels so comfortable I never want to take it off
May 18, 2010

The Balance Sports Bra is the answer to eliminate the damp diaper feeling you can get with other sports bras after you perspire and no need to worry about getting chilled when you take a break. I recommend this bra for low impact activities and well suited for hiking, biking, kayaking and every day comfort and warmth.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
from Florida
35-44 yrs

November 07, 2011

Very comfortable and not as hot as my technical-fabric sports bras. It also wicks sweat better than they do. Yes, it's a little tight, but no more than any other well-fitting sports bra. I'm a 34A and went with the small because I don't need a lot of support and therefore don't need quite as tight a fit as some. Bonus: the light gray is truly opaque and can be worn in public without another shirt over it.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

from Floral Park, NY
18-24 yrs

Great Support for Active Ladies
December 09, 2013

This bra was so comfortable yet supportive. I run, workout, do yoga, ride bikes, and wear this bra around the house. It is so versatile, and I would give this as a gift to all of my friends!

Pros: Performance, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 2 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from Glen Rose, TX
25-34 yrs

Comfortable and well-made, but not supportive
December 19, 2010

This bra is super comfortable, super well-made, but it is not what I would call a good sports bra. I'm a B-cup, ordered the small, and I was disappointed to discover that even going for a hike was too much for this bra. So it's been relegated to the lounging around the house wardrobe. On the plus side, it is lovely, soft, warm merino wool. It doesn't hold odor at all. I am hopeful that Ibex figured out how to make merino supportive, and will be ordering the Balance Support Bra soon. Fingers crossed!

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Low performance

Returning for a Bigger Size
December 28, 2009

I wear a 34C but opted for size small because I like a tight fit. Unfortunately its too small, but I'm looking forward to my Medium. Although it was uncomfortably small the fabric felt great...I love Merino!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from New England
45-54 yrs

great if you are not too buxom
March 13, 2012

too small and not supportive enough for me, size 38 D, but my teen daughter absolutely loves this and does not ever seem to take them off. So much for using it for outdoor pursuits only, I am not sure she will ever use her (organic) cotton bra again. Large size fits her great, maybe a 36 B or C? Wish they made a larger more supportive version for me, but glad to find something she likes so much.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
from Southern Oregon
45-54 yrs

Ibex bra
December 28, 2010

Super soft, warm, comfortable and wicked moisture away and kept me warm working out in the cold winter weather (38-40 degrees). Can't wait to wear it cycling. I used it for running and could have used a little more support even though I'm small busted. Will be great for less impact sports.

good in hot humid weather
August 12, 2010

i wear this in Singapore where we have very high humidity all year round. And it's fantastic in the heat and I don't get the polyester stink :)

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
from Northern California
Over 65 yrs

Barely there
December 17, 2012

I was hesitant to buy wool for a bra thinking it might itch, but it feels just wonderful next to the skin. The bra gives support with stretch so I don't feel compressed but do feel secure. I am a 36 AA in a regular bra and the small fits perfectly. I use this bra for running, working out and doing the martial arts and I just love it. It machine washes like a charm and appears to be holding up well with daily wear. A definitely buy again.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5

sooo comfortable
September 24, 2010

This bra was instantly comfortable, the moment I put it on. It was not restricting yet still supportive. I am an A cup so it may not work for larger cups when performing high impact sports. But for winter low impact activities it would be great. It adds warmth (it's wooL!) and wicks at the same time. So soft and did not itch at all. Great bra!

Pros: Performance

Perfect Sports Bra for Me
March 10, 2010

For a small busted person such as myself, this is the perfect sports bra. SO soft and comfortable, and does not hold any odor. I will definitely purchase another. The medium was a perfect fit for me. I am a 34A, so I don't need a tremendous amount of support. This bra provided plenty of support for me. However, I'm not sure this product would give a larger cup sized woman adequate support for activities such as running.

No Itch Bra
June 18, 2009

This is the most comfortable bra I own, by far. I was surprised to discover the high wool content as usually any amount of wool makes me itch like crazy...no itchies here!! It feels soft and comfy and looks great in yoga class. Worth the expense.

very comfortable
February 10, 2010

This sports bra is great. I got it for extended backpacking trips where I wear one and only have one spare. It is very comfortable, has adequate support, washes and dries well, and does not smell bad even in less than ideal conditions. I usually wear a 36 B and a medium fits perfectly.

most comfortable sports bra
January 07, 2009

I hesitated to buy this bra because of the price, but I found it on sale in 2008 here. I wish now that I bought more of these bras. I would probably get rid of my man made fabric bras. The wool feels great against the skin and the bra fits well. It does not ride up. It is a bra for A and B cups only.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5

Great Ibex quality
October 16, 2010

Ordered this in the red, wish I would have ordered another one in a different color. Was hesitant at first about a wool sport bra! but love it just like I have all of the Ibex items I have purchased in the past. Will probably try some other Ibex sport bra styles, too, when I can find one at another great price here! I'm 5'8, 135 pounds, 34B, and ordered a Med in this, was a bit tight at first but think will stretch out some with time so didn't want to go to a Large because of that. Has definitely converted me from the synthetic sport bras!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5
from NYC
45-54 yrs

Ditch the nylon polyester!
March 04, 2011

Yes, a wool bra is comfortable. Yes, it does not chafe, shift, hitch, bind, scratch, shrink or do the myriad other things that their nylon/polyester counterparts do. These bras are just pure comfort, so much so that I wear them under work clothes. (Only works if you're wearing something with a high neck.) If you sweat, they breathe and dry, and isn't that what sports bras are supposed to do?

Pros: Great design, Performance, breathes, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 4 / 5

My favorite sports bra
July 01, 2012

This bra is the softest and most comfortable bra that I own. For the past three months, I have worn it running, biking, hiking and backpacking. It does stay damp longer than my synthetic bras, but it does not feel as clammy when damp. A major plus is that it doesn't stink afterwards, and you may not want to know this, but I feel completely comfortable wearing it multiple times between washings. Also a minor complaint, but the shoulder straps tend to bunch up after a while. Other than that, this bra is great!

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from New York, NY

February 20, 2011

I use this bra for road cycling and for the gym, and it's the best sports bra (for these activities) that I've ever had. I love it! It's super comfortable--it does ride up a little under the bust at times but because the fabric is so soft and stretchy, it's not annoying or irritating. It wicks moisture well, getting wet but not leaving my skin at all clammy or cold. It doesn't hold odors, and it washes well. It provides excellent, SHAPLEY coverage for me under cycling jerseys, too, thus preserving modesty, which can be hard to come by with snug bike jerseys, without distorting my shape or causing the dreaded uniboob. It's attractive on and doesn't show through tops very much either. And it provides plenty of support for me during moderate-impact exercise. But I would definitely agree with other reviewers that this bra runs small and is probably best for A/B cups...and if you are any larger than a 36 B, I'm not sure this bra will fit you. That's my size, and I had to exchange the M I originally ordered for a L because the straps were too tight in the shoulders and back on the M. The L fits perfectly all around, but this is the first time in my life I have worn a size L bra!! Aside from the sizing, though, I can't find a single thing to complain about in regard to this sports bra--and that's another first! It's really the best one I've ever had.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, shapely, Cons: runs small
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Support: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5

35-44 yrs

odor resistant and so comfy
March 23, 2012

I bought this bra mainly for a ski holiday to keep me warm and ended up wearing all the time because it is so comfy and never stinks! I only wish it would offer more support, it is ok for ski touring and skiing but not enough support for running. I wear merino wool a lot in the winter and this is the perfect addition to a merino base layer. Regarding sizing I am a 34B and the medium fits me perfect.

great for everything!
August 10, 2010

coming from asia from a hot AND humid climate, i wasnt so sure if wool would be too hot. no worries. the ibex balance bra is PERFECT for cycling, yoga, walking, anything even in 90% humidity. and it doesnt stink !!! highly recommended

great for hiking
May 11, 2010

I am more than satisfied with this sport bra. Now retired and hiking daily, it was suggested that I try merino wool underwear. Comfortable and soft, fits perfectly, a big improvement over conventional undergarments. I'm preparing to order another.

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