Q36.5 Intimo Bra : Pink

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The Q36.5 women's Intimo Sports Bra is a modern take on a cycling essential with a dual-sided construction for optimal moisture management and comfort.

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Product description

Season : SS17
Code : Q365086.5
Weight : 0.5KG

In 2013 Q36.5 released a family of seamless baselayer products which employed Karl Maier knitting machines to express the purest values of seamless technology.

The Intimo Bra is a women specific seamless bra made with double face knitting that employs polypropylene inner face and polyamide outer face. With the Intimo project Q36.5 has expanded its range and returns to more ‘traditional’ seamless construction techniques using different machines and with flatlock seams. Inspired by the technical possibilities discovered in experimentation with a new micro-filament and the ‘scarto d’ago’ technique the Intimo range is extremely performance oriented. The result is an uncommonly thick and plush cotton-feeling bra which nevertheless tips the scales at an ultralight 32g.

The difference, as with all minimalist performance wear, is in the expert calibration of functional details: in this case double-face knitting with polypropylene inner face and polyamide- polypropylene outer face. The positioning of these fabrics is critical in ensuring that moisture is quickly moved away from the skin to keep the body dry. The use of polyamide in the outer face maximises breathability but also lends a degree of protection against cooling air, this is particularly important when intensity increases or on descents after high-effort climbs as it protects the chest against wind-chill.

Another big benefit conveyed by the choice of materials is that the bra will maintain its form for longer and will be less susceptible to odour development over time - as is often the case with traditional materials - while the seamless construction and cotton-like feel lends superior comfort.

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The pro's opinion

My first impression was how incredibly soft the fabric was, with absolutely no seams. Having long been a sufferer of the sports-bra-skin-impression after a sweaty ride, which is frankly something we girls just become accustomed to; the Intimo bra suggested this suffering may be over!  I was however a little sceptical of it's level of support, given it is one piece, with racer back and no under wiring. The knit fabric is however sculpted around your boobs and features different weaves which in fact offer support right where you need it. These differing weaves also offer greater breathability.  The fabric is as soft on the body as I had hoped, in short, you're unaware your even wearing it. It also gives you a great shape in your jersey. I have since slung all my underwired, hook and eye sports bras out; they are entirely redundant. I now won't wear anything else while in the saddle!

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As a huge fan of Q36.5, there isn't much - if anything in the range I haven't either worn or own!

As with all cycling apparel, in order to do its job effectively : keep you warm or cool, dry, comfortable and aero, it has to fit correctly. All too often we see riders in clothing that is far too big, flapping around or with gaping sleeves.

We get it, some people don't want to 'look silly' in tight fitting lycra - the stigma for many remains. To these folk I say consider this: most of those who'll be paying you any mind while you ride around will be other cyclists; they will almost certainly think you look silly if you're riding around in loose, ill-fitting kit! Besides, you want to get the best from your investment so who cares what people who aren't part of the cycling fraternity think - if it fits properly, it works the way it's designed to.

Q36.5 is highly technical kit; regionally sweat-mapped for optimum moisture management; ergogenic pattern cuts for best possible form-fitting and aerodynamics; not to mention the thermal conductivity that helps stabilise your body temperature, freeing up energy for riding. Fit is key and often at odds with your civvies.

We recommend purchasing and wearing your Q36.5 garment ‘true to size’ - if you are usually a Medium, purchase a Medium. However, when trying on a Q36.5 garment for the first time please keep in mind that cut and fit is designed for on the bike comfort and performance and the user may feel a minor degree of strain (eg. in the shoulder and chest area of the jersey / jacket or the bib short braces) when standing upright.

Try adopting a tucked, cycling position when trying kit on - all cycling clothing of any note is pre-shaped or cut in this position in order to deliver the technical benefits of the piece. When on the bicycle, any feeling of restriction should literally disappear and be replaced by a snug fit yet with excellent ease of movement, comfort and stability.

If you are ever unsure of sizing - maybe you have no frame of reference or you've tried 2 sizes and both seem to fit - the recommendation is to size down!  Better to have your cycling kit tight than loose. Materials will give out slightly too and in the case of bibshorts, you want the pad firmly against you so you are stable in the saddle and so there is no rubbing of material or shifting of the pad - this only leads to bad places; saddle sores and ultimately, quicker wear in your kit.

Exceptions to this are rare but recent style and cut changes to the patterned jerseys in the Q36.5 range have yielded some minor size changes. The original patterned R1 jerseys (eg Vaccaboia) that featured a Raglan sleeve cut, have now evolved into the G1 that features a new anatomical pre-shaped sleeve design for superior ergonomics. While the fit overall is improved, these G1 jerseys I find to be slightly shorter and a smidge tighter. If you are between sizes or already borderline on a size (close to it being too small), you may wish to size up one. Similarly, if you are not quite 'racing snake' and the size chart suggests you are a particular size - if you are close to the upper most extreme of that measure - you may wish to size up (it's how it works for me!)

A note on socks : Q36.5 socks are supremely comfortable, easily the best I have ever owned. They last too and that feeling continues wash after wash where others become crisp and scratchy. If you are between sizes or unsure then I suggest you size down. There is plenty of stretch in Q36.5. With some models - notably the Be Love 0 and Be Love Seta - it is recommended that you cold-wash them before first use; they will shrink ever so slightly but not enough to warrant buying a size up.

Base layers are critical to the performance of anything you layer over the top. They should absolutely be a second skin or they don't do their job. If it fits like your favourite Sunday afternoon baggy T-shirt, bin it!  Always buy the size that fits closest without any pinching under the arms or restriction at the cuff. Again, size down if you are unsure or between prescribed sizes. You may find that for the UK climate you can survive the winter in a short sleeve Q36.5 Base (Base Layer 2) - though this will depend on how you feel the cold. During summer, a base layer is still beneficial, helping to move moisture off the skin - where the temperature exceeds 24oC, you may find that an L1 Pinstripe Essential or Seta jersey are fine next to the skin.

Get a Vest / Gilet! If you don't own one, this is the single piece of equipment that offers the broadest range of benefits. A good gilet offers wind protection on chilly mornings, late evenings, descents after hot and sweaty climbs; core protection in sudden downpours and is virtually indispensible year round. Not sure where the weather will go an any given ride? Stuff it in a jersey pocket and your core will always be protected, extending the operating temperature of the rest of your outfit; be that in summer or winter.

Q36.5 make 4 key vests - one uniquely for potentially wet rides but that also serves to keep the wind off (R.Vest Protection); the all-round Vest L1 Essential that offers both thermal stability, insulation and weather protection; the new Air Vest, the ultimate in low bilk emergency wear that will keep the wind and showers from ruining your ride and that packs down incredibly small - it weighs just 69g;  and the Woolf Bombardino - a versatile gilet that can serve as a layering piece or an external weather defense during rides in changeable conditions - it's small too so ideal for summer trips to the mountains where temperature can vary sigificantly with elevation. Remember - the fit needs to be close, particularly when layering.

 

 

 

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    Reviewed by V,  On 10/03/2017 10:24:42

    Incredibly soft, the Intimo bra eliminates the skin-impression problems of underwired bras but the knit fabric is sculpted around your chest and features different weaves to give great support right where you need it despite the lack of underwiring. Super comfortable and breathable.
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