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Ibex set up its headquarters in Woodstock, Vermont in 1997. They source their fine merino wool from family-run sheep stations in the high-alpine pastures of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Founders Peter Helmetag and John Fernsell made a commitment to offer to outdoor enthusiasts what “old” wool and new synthetics could not: true comfort, ultimate performance features, and understated, appealing style.

Bra Technology

Compression

Compression uses elastic support fabrics to hold breasts closer to the body. Reduces the amount of bounce, but may produce a “uniboob” appearance which some women object to.

Encapsulation

Encapsulation is another method of reducing bounce, encapsulation typically uses molded, often semi-rigid cups to contain the breasts. The shape of the cup, and the way it's built into the bra, limits movement of the breasts.

Many bras use a combination of compression and encapsulation to support breasts.

Underwire/frame support system

Stiffening components underneath the breast hold it up and provide shaping. May also contribute to the overall support of the bra.

Straps

Straps support the weight of the breasts by cantilevering it off the shoulders, much like a suspension bridge. Larger breasts require broader, non-stretchy straps.

Closures

Many A/B bras are designed to pull over the breasts. When there's a lot of difference between band size and bust size, it's difficult to pull on a bra that's suitably sized in the band, so most C/D/DD bras have a front or rear closure. To prevent chafing, the closure should be covered so that it's invisible to the skin.

For more information see our Sports Bra Sizing Guide