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Girlfriend Collective Topanga Review

This high neck sports bra offers decent compression, soft material, a versatile fit, and is excellent for a wide array of bodies and workouts
Girlfriend Collective Topanga
Credit: Girlfriend Collective
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Price:  $52 List | $26.56 at Backcountry
Pros:  Soft, made from recycled material, high neck, adjustable straps, decent compression, versatile, comfortable rib band
Cons:  In between sizes can be tricky, best to air dry, thin straps get twisted in the wash
Manufacturer:   Girlfriend Collective
By Hayley Thomas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 17, 2022
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  • Comfort and Fit - 40% 9.0
  • Support - 30% 8.0
  • Style - 15% 10.0
  • Ease of Care - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

With decent compression, made more effective by sizing down, this low-impact sports bra can take on more than just pilates and yoga. The supportive rib band and adjustable criss-cross shoulder straps keep things in place during most workouts. The soft recycled material offers enough stretch to avoid pinching, rubbing, or chafing, and the full coverage gives you the option to wear it as a casual crop top if you like the minimal style. If you are looking for a stylish high neck sports bra that doesn't sacrifice comfort and comes in lots of fun colors, the Girlfriend Collective Topanga is our top choice.

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Pros Soft, made from recycled material, high neck, adjustable straps, decent compression, versatile, comfortable rib bandUnbelievably soft, forgiving sizing, decent compression, wide rib band, stylish straps, extra stretchyLongline fit, soft, made from recycled material, decent compression, very size inclusiveCombination support, convertible straps, decent coverageFun color options, comfortable rib band, unique single removable pad
Cons In between sizes can be tricky, best to air dry, thin straps get twisted in the washMust size down for ample compression, limited color optionsNot adjustable, tight on larger lats, best to air drySlightly awkward fit, pads are not removableExcess fabric unless you size down, compression isn't very supportive
Bottom Line This high neck sports bra offers decent compression, soft material, a versatile fit, and is excellent for a wide array of bodies and workoutsSoft material and world-class comfort paired with decent compression and elegant strap details make this sports bra a crowd-pleaserA stretchy longline sports bra with a comfortable ribbed rib band and decent compression that can double as a crop topA highly supportive encapsulation-compression sports bra with higher coverage for larger chestsCompression support and a very comfortable rib band ideal for larger breasts
Rating Categories Girlfriend Collecti... Vuori Elevation Girlfriend Collecti... Under Armour UA Inf... Nike Swoosh Padded
Comfort and Fit (40%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Support (30%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Style (15%)
10.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Care (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Girlfriend Collecti... Vuori Elevation Girlfriend Collecti... Under Armour UA Inf... Nike Swoosh Padded
Material 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET), 21% spandex 86% polyester, 14% elastane 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET),21% spandex 87% polyester, 13% elastane 82% recycled polyester, 18% spandex
Support Low-medium impact Medium impact Medium impact Medium impact Medium impact
Strap Style Crisscross Crisscross Racerback Shoulder straps Racerback
Support Type Compression Compression Compression Compression / encapsulation Compression / encapsulation
Adjustable? Yes No No Yes No
Padded? No Yes, removable No Yes Yes, removable
Neck Line High neck High neck Square neck Square neck Scoop neck
Key Pocket? No No No No Yes
Size Range XXS - 6XL XXS - XXL XXS - 6XL XXS - XXL XS - XL
Features Doubles as a minimal crop top Sweat-wicking and extra soft Doubles as a shirt Convertible straps One piece "pad" instead of two cups, Dri-FIT technology, top-loading pad pocket doubles as key pocket
Recomended Activity Casual, hiking, yoga Casual, hiking, yoga Casual, hiking, yoga Running, HIIT cardio Casual, hiking, yoga

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Topanga is a slightly adjustable compression support sports bra that comes in a wide range of sizes, giving it a versatile fit. Read on to see how a sports bra made of recycled plastic bottles held up to our rigorous testing.

Performance Comparison


Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - the topanga is a great choice for most bodies.
The Topanga is a great choice for most bodies.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Comfort and Fit


During our comfort and fit testing, we take into account things like pinching, spilling, chafing, the softness of the fabric, whether or not it is true to size, and the versatility of the fit. The Topanga is one of the best you can get regarding all of these things.


Like all Girlfriend Collective bras, the Topanga is made of 79% recycled polyethylene tetraphyte (recycled plastic bottles) and 21% spandex. You wouldn't think that a sports bra made primarily of plastic bottles could be very soft, but the combination of spandex and RPET is both comfortable and breathable. The nice high neck and adjustable straps only add to the comfort.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - we love the adjustable straps on the topanga.
We love the adjustable straps on the Topanga.
Credit: Matthew Blake

While the Topanga is true to size, it is worth considering how you like your bras to fit when settling on a size. If you prefer a tighter fit, or you have smaller breasts, it is best to size down, or you may find that the armpit area is a little loose. It is best to size up if you have larger breasts, as you may experience some side-spillage if you don't. The Topanga is offered in very inclusive sizing, from XXS to 6XL, and fit very well on the range of bodies we tested it on. The adjustable straps are a plus here too.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - girlfriend collective does a great job of providing inclusive sizing.
Girlfriend Collective does a great job of providing inclusive sizing.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Support


Support can come in many forms. In this metric, we evaluated the level of encapsulation or compression, stretch, and coverage. The Topanga performs amazingly thanks to a combination of compression, a thick rib band, and high coverage for extra support.


The recycled polyethylene tetraphyte and spandex combination that comprises the Topanga offers great stretch and decent compression. If you prefer extra compression, it is worth sizing down. The rib band is about an inch and a half thick and ribbed. This keeps the girls from slipping out of the bottom without pinching too much. This rib bad is our favorite of the bunch.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - girlfriend collective's signature ribbed rib band is super...
Girlfriend Collective's signature ribbed rib band is super comfortable.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The Topanga is advertised as a low-impact bra but can be used for high-intensity training or running if sized and adjusted correctly. The high neck and adjustable criss-cross back keep your chest strapped down nicely without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions, although there is a little bouncing for people with larger chests. While the adjustable straps are thin, the part that goes over the collar bones and shoulders tapers from thick to thin, offering some extra support for larger breasts.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - the high neck helps offers additional support.
The high neck helps offers additional support.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Style


We understand that style is personal, so taking a wide poll was essential for us when scoring for this metric. We also considered versatility and available color options when assessing this category.


The Topanga is nothing if not a crowdpleaser. The vote was unanimous, making it a top-tier option in the fashion department. Like all the Girlfriend Collective bras, the stitching is clean, and it hugs the body just right. The high neck frames both broad and narrow shoulders nicely, and the thin, adjustable criss-cross straps are sexy and minimal.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - the topanga looks great on a wide variety of body types.
The Topanga looks great on a wide variety of body types.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The Topanga looks great on many body types, from curvy with an ample bosom to thin with a smaller chest, and can complete any gym outfit. It even doubles nicely as a small tight crop top for casual out-of-the-gym outfits if you're into that look. The color options are vast and ever-changing, but most of them are muted and subtle rather than bright and in your face.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - some people may even opt to wear this sports bra as a minimal crop...
Some people may even opt to wear this sports bra as a minimal crop top.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Ease of Care


While it is important to care for your clothes properly to ensure longevity, not everyone wants to wash their bras in a bra bag and lay them flat to dry. In this metric, we considered how labor-intensive the care for each bra was and the general durability of the fabric and stitching.


You may not think that clothing made of recycled plastic bottles would hold up to rigorous workouts followed by harsh washing cycles, but the Topanga doesn't pop a stitch under stress. The ribbed rib band also didn't stretch out over time or washes in our experience. This item shold be machine washed in cold water and air dried. Following these instructions will ensure that your bra lasts longer, but if you need to run this bra through the dryer in a pinch, it'll be fine. The only part of the bra that showed the tiniest bit of wear for us was the thin shoulder straps, which looked a little twisted after several wash and dry cycles.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - the topanga will carry you through workout after workout with...
The Topanga will carry you through workout after workout with minimal signs of wear and tear.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Value


The Topanga was the highest performing sports bras in our test suite with a middle-of-the-road price, making it a very high-value purchase. This sports bra is sure to please with its soft and stretchy fabric, sleek look, and versatile fit. The environmental factor is also high when considering that this bra is mainly made from recycled plastic that otherwise may have ended up in a landfill.

Conclusion


Through ample stretch, adjustable criss-cross shoulder straps, and inclusive sizing, the Girlfriend Collective Topanga is a great option for most bodies. While it is advertised as a low-impact sports bra meant for yoga or pilates, the supportive rib band, high neck, and decent compression (which can be increased if you size down) work great for higher intensity training like running (depending on your anatomy, of course). The soft material doesn't rub or chafe and is made mostly of recycled bottles, making this bra great for you and the environment. We can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from adding the Topanga to the workout section of their closet.

Girlfriend Collective Topanga sports bra - this stylish sports bra is so cute, you'll want it in every color.
This stylish sports bra is so cute, you'll want it in every color.
Credit: Matthew Blake

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