Prana Becksa Bralette Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Versatile, doubles as a crop top, flattering, stylish, breathable, comfortable
Cons: Low-medium support, somewhat non-inclusive sizing
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Prana Becksa Bralette
|Price||Check Price at REI|
Compare at 2 sellers
$22.77 at Backcountry
$58.00 at REI
$22.80 at Backcountry
|Pros||Versatile, doubles as a crop top, flattering, stylish, breathable, comfortable||Soft, made from recycled material, high neck, adjustable straps, decent compression, versatile, comfortable rib band||Unbelievably soft, forgiving sizing, decent compression, wide rib band, stylish straps, extra stretchy||Longline fit, soft, made from recycled material, decent compression, very size inclusive||Comfortable, racerback, flattering v-neck, soft stretchy fabric|
|Cons||Low-medium support, somewhat non-inclusive sizing||In between sizes can be tricky, best to air dry, thin straps get twisted in the wash||Must size down for ample compression, limited color options||Not adjustable, tight on larger lats, best to air dry||Low-impact support, lower coverage|
|Bottom Line||This comfortable crop-top sports bra is perfect for low-impact exercises and stylish enough to wear around town||This high neck sports bra offers decent compression, soft material, a versatile fit, and is excellent for a wide array of bodies and workouts||Soft material and world-class comfort paired with decent compression and elegant strap details make this sports bra a crowd-pleaser||A stretchy longline sports bra with a comfortable ribbed rib band and decent compression that can double as a crop top||A stretchy low-impact v-neck racerback that's attractive and comfortable, though on the pricey side|
|Rating Categories||Prana Becksa Bralette||Girlfriend Collecti...||Vuori Elevation||Girlfriend Collecti...||Lululemon In Alignm...|
|Comfort and Fit (40%)|
|Ease of Care (15%)|
|Specs||Prana Becksa Bralette||Girlfriend Collecti...||Vuori Elevation||Girlfriend Collecti...||Lululemon In Alignm...|
|Material||42% recycled polyester, 42% polyester, 16% spandex||79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET), 21% spandex||86% polyester, 14% elastane||79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET),21% spandex||81% nylon, 19% elastane|
|Support||Low impact||Low-medium impact||Medium impact||Medium impact||Low impact|
|Padded?||Yes, removable||No||Yes, removable||No||No|
|Neck Line||Scoop neck||High neck||High neck||Square neck||Slight plunge neck|
|Size Range||XS - XL||XXS - 6XL||XXS - XXL||XXS - 6XL||2 - 14|
|Features||Interior shelf bra offers support||Doubles as a minimal crop top||Sweat-wicking and extra soft||Doubles as a shirt||Pockets for optional, removable cups|
|Recomended Activity||Casual, hiking, yoga||Casual, hiking, yoga||Casual, hiking, yoga||Casual, hiking, yoga||Casual, hiking, yoga|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This stylish sports bralette is perfect for low-impact exercises and casual coffee dates. While it does not win any awards for support, it is surprisingly supportive for what it is — a bralette. Read on to see how the Becksa measures up.
Comfort and Fit
We begin our comfort and fit testing by taking note of any chafing, pinching, or spilling we experienced while working out in each bra. We also considered the softness of the fabric and whether or not the bra was true to size. Because comfort and fit depend heavily on the body type, we also consider the versatility of the fit. The Becksa Bralette performs quite well in this metric.
There is no pinching, spilling, or chafing in this bralette unless you size down. The only reason to size down would be if you are in-between sizes and prefer a tighter fit. In this case, you may find that the armholes are a little tight, resulting in some spillage around the armpits. The fabric is a polyester-spandex blend of 84% polyester (42% recycled) and 16% spandex, both soft and breathable. The supportive inner layer is very stretchy and perforated for airflow, while the ribbed outer layer is soft enough that chafing is a non-issue.
The Becksa is true to size but can be sized down for a tighter fit. It is not adjustable, but the flexible nature of this bra makes it versatile. Someone who usually wears a medium can probably get away with wearing a small, or someone who wears an XXL will probably be just fine with an XL. However, we would like to see prAna offer sizes larger than an XL.
Bralette's or tank tops with built-in bras are not known for their high level of support. The Becksa cannot measure up to an adjustable encapsulation-compression sports bra, but it holds its own for what it is. It works great for yoga, pilates, climbing, and other low-impact sports. Even hiking is fine, but you'll likely want something more supportive for running or high-intensity cardio workouts. During our support testing, we noted the kind of support offered (either compression or encapsulation), the stretch, and the coverage.
The Becksa offers support through compression from the interior bra. The thick racerback strap helps distribute weight across the shoulders nicely, and although this bralette is a lower-impact sports bra, it holds up nicely during most workouts. The smaller you can go, the more compression this bralette can offer, but it is important to note that the armpit holes may feel uncomfortably tight if you size down too much.
The inside bra is very stretchy with a tight but giving rib band. The outer layer is less stretchy, but the support mostly comes from the inner bra. However, it's important to note that the rib band is relatively thin, so those who like to have a lot of under-breast support may be disappointed. The square neck is low enough to keep you cool, but the cut offers coverage and keeps everything in place, so you don't have to worry about a nip-slip mid yoga class. The bottom of the bralette has a nice taper to it and hits just above the belly button for most people, unless you have a very long torso, offering a little extra coverage.
Style is an important metric to consider, but it can be difficult to measure. For this reason, we gather a diverse group of bra-wearing humans to weigh in. After we agree on whether a bra is stylish or not, we take into account the versatility and color options available. The Becksa Bralette knocks this category out of the park.
The Becksa is well made and stunning. The thick shoulder straps, racerback, and square neck are flattering on most body types, allowing for just enough of your upper chest to show while not having to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. The ribbed outer layer gives it less of a bra look and more of a tank top look, making it just as viable an option for the gym or an afternoon out and about town. The tapered bottom allows for a little extra coverage and looks great with a pair of high-waisted jeans. Although they are mostly muted earthy tones, the color options are lovely, and small details like the stitching and a metal logo plate on the back give this tank-bra a very finished look.
Ease of Care
Not everyone likes laundry day, so garments that require extra care can be a pain. To assess this metric, we follow the care instructions, step by step, to experience firsthand how cumbersome the process is. Items like the Becksa that can be washed and dried with no problem perform highly in this department. We also take into consideration each sports bras' general durability.
The Becksa is a very low-maintenance article of clothing. While drying your clothes every time you wash them will result in a loss of elasticity, this bralette can happily make its way through a normal wash and dry cycle without any negative repercussions. After multiple washes, ours remained as stretchy and supportive as the day we received it. The high-quality stitching and durable ribbed fabric are sure to last you through many workouts, especially if you take the extra care to air dry.
The Becksa is about in the middle of our test suite, price-wise, but outperforms many of its competitors. It is very comfortable, supportive for a tank top, super stylish, and easy to care for. The fact that it doubles as a casual crop top tank is just the icing on this value cake.
The prAna Becksa Bralette is not meant to offer optimal support, but it holds the girls in just fine during low to medium-impact exercises. The under bra provides enough support for yoga, pilates, or even casual hikes. The earthy tones and stylish ribbed outer layer also make this an acceptable garment for casual wear outside the gym. If you are looking for a versatile, low to medium-support bra that can double as a crop top, this is a great option.
— Hayley Thomas
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