Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Review of the Juno Redesign

by Meghann on April 25, 2017

My favorite sports bra of all time (the Brooks Juno) recently had a complete overhaul and I wanted to share the details with you guys.

A little background…

I originally discovered the Juno sports bra when I was pregnant with Annalynn and my boobs basically grew three sizes overnight. Suddenly the running tanks with built-in shelf bras I had been relying on were no longer cutting it and I needed something heavy duty to support my new DDs. I met with a sports bra fit specialist, who introduced me to the Juno. It was love at first run. I now own 5 in various sizes (thanks to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and my ever-changing body) and it’s also my go-to for lounging around the house, as well as running.

So what’s new with the Juno redesign? According to Brooks, they’ve added increased ventilation and an updated back design. The redesign makes the Juno more breathable and easier to get on and off.

I sat-in on a product demo with the Brooks team a couple of months ago and was pumped when they broke down the lighter and smoother look of the new Juno. The main complaint everyone has with the Juno is how difficult it is the get on and off. If they somehow fixed that issue, then they would be my new heroes.

I had been planning to purchase the redesigned Juno to test it for myself, but ended up lucking out when I checked into Brooks’ Altitude Camp last month and there was one waiting in my gear bag. Sweet! I think I let out a little squeal when I saw it (anyone else get this excited with new sports bras? Just me?).  I headed straight to the bathroom to change clothes and put on the new bra.

Unfortunately, I knew something wasn’t right from the start. The sports bra felt big and loose. I re-checked the size and it was the exact same size of the Juno I had just ordered in December, and had been wearing pretty regularly, but this one felt different. The fabric was gapping/puckering pretty excessively at the front and the band felt loose, even though I adjusted everything to the tightest setting.

I found a Brooks employee and she agreed something was off. I ended up trying three different sizes until I found a combination that worked. I had to go down a full cup size and band size to get the right fit. I asked Brooks if the Juno redesign affected sizing, but they didn’t believe it did (however, multiple reviews on the product page do state otherwise). At first I chalked it up to almost being done breastfeeding and my boobs being all over the place, but my newest Juno (purchased right before the overhaul) still fits great in the larger size. This isn’t faulting Brooks, just a bit of a heads up in case you decide to order a new Juno in the future. If you do, I would definitely recommend heading to your local retailer and trying the new Juno on first before committing to any size. In my opinion, the sizing and fit are definitely different.

Once I got the right fit, in terms of support, the rest of the bra is pretty comparable to the original. Everything feels contained, secured, and isn’t moving. I can run for miles and not worry about any pain creeping in or crazy marks from straps digging into the my shoulder. The shoulder straps are still wide and lightly padded, and the adjustable straps that the Juno is famous for are still there and, in my humble opinion, still one of the best parts about the bra.

The material itself is a lot lighter and noticeably more breathable than the original design. The cut of the Juno is also a bit smoother and very modern feeling to the touch. As a hot and sweaty Florida runner, I do appreciate the cooler direction of the bra. However, as far as the highly marketed ease of getting the redesigned Juno on and off, I honestly not tell much of a difference.. At the end of the day it’s never fun taking a sweaty sports bra off, no matter what the design is. Unless you get rid of the supportive cross back of the straps, I don’t see much of a way around that. If you are looking for ease in taking a sports bra off, may I recommend the high-impact Brooks Jubralee. The Jubralee has an open back with just a simple closure, so there’s no need to bring it over your head to remove – you just unhook it. I own it, and while it is a great sports bra, I find myself missing the additional support of the crossback every time I wear it. Yes, the Juno is a pain in the butt to take off (again, as are most sports bras), but if that means I get more support because of, then so be it.

So here are my final thoughts on the Juno redesign:

The Good:

  • Same great support
  • Lighter, more-breathable material

Not-so Good:

  • Sizing runs big and fit is very different
  • Still a pain to peel off

In the end, I’m still happy with the Juno and it will continue to remain my go-to sports bra. I do hope they address the sizing and fit issue as it does seem to be an overwhelming concern out there. Again, if you plan to purchase a redesigned Juno I can’t recommend enough heading to a specialty running store and going through the fitting process in person. It will save you a big headache in the long run.

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