Patagonia Active Mesh Bra

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Patagonia Active Mesh Bra
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Patagonia Active Mesh Bra -

The Patagonia Women's Active Mesh Bra. Our favorite all-purpose, seamless bra hugs the body and supports a variety of sizes, now in super-wicking polyester for exceptional moisture management and comfort.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Women's Active Mesh Bra.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Women's Active Mesh Bra.


  • Seamless construction


  • Discreet internal pockets for concealing pads

Support and Cushioning:

  • Stretchy, body-conforming recycled polyester/nylon/spandex blend is ultradurable, supportive and wicks moisture to keep skin dry


  • 8.6-oz. 69% recycled polyester/25% nylon/6% spandex, with moisture-wicking performance


  • Tagless for itch-free comfort
  • Comfortable, nonslip straps meet V-style in back


  • Made in Israel.


  • Pairs with our Active Mesh Boy Shorts
  • Formfitting
The Patagonia Active Mesh Bra gives you seamless support, and it wicks moisture so you stay comfortable while you move. Recycled polyester causes less stress on the environment so you can support the earth while the Active Mesh Bra supports you.

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The Patagonia Women’s Active Mesh Bra is best suited for low to medium-impact sports like backpacking, yoga and climbing and offers a simple fit design with quick-dry comfort.

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This helpful Patagonia bra is designed with the needs of active women in mind. It will provide all the support you need in the gym or in the mountains, riding horses, cycling, or rock climbing. The materials are highly breathable and designed to wick sweat away from your body so you stay dry and comfortable at all times.
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Additional Info:Made in Israel
Country of Origin:ISRAEL
Fabric:8.6-oz 69% all-recycled polyester/25% nylon/6% spandex with moisture-wicking performance
Fabric Weight:Lightweight
Material:8.6-oz. 69% recycled polyester/25% nylon/6% spandex, with moisture-wicking performance
Style:Sport Bra
Support:Medium Impact
Weight:70 g (2.5 oz)
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Patagonia Active Mesh Bra Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Still LOVE these after 8 years and a design change

I bought two of these 8 years ago, and although those two wore out a couple years ago, I have 7 of these bras in my drawer now and couldn't live without them. They just last and last and although they might get a bit faded or stretched after 5 can't ask for a better performing bra in my opinion! I am 5'8" 165lbs with an athletic build, chest 38, A cup size.
These are my every day, all day bra for work (large animal veterinarian), sport (rowing, hiking, rugby, horseback riding and more) and general use. I have no other "sports" bras and only a select few bras for low-cut or strapless tops and formal wear that are just ridiculously uncomfortable in comparison.
My one critique - the most recent purchase of two of these surprised me as the design has changed. They run smaller now - I have always been perfect in Size Large, and the new design is less stretchy and therefore I felt very squashed the first time I tried them on, compared to my older slightly stretched ones. I didn't dream of sending them back and I don't even notice anymore but a woman with a larger cup size might find it to be an issue. One other point, is that when rowing longer distances in hot weather I do find the under arm chafes a little bit.
Overall though, I can't recommend this bra highly enough and I would go into mourning were Patagonia to take it off the market!
rugbycleo at Patagonia on 02/09/2013

Great Product But Needs Improvement

I love these bras as a casual weekend bra. They are the most comfortable design I have ever found They have continued to fit me through my pregnancy although perhaps I am stretching them a bit. I've had mine several years now and will likely need new ones after this pregnancy just because I'm stretching them too much. Some of the stretchy fibers pull loose a little but this is after much wear and it does not effect the fit or function of the bra at all. I just cut them as they pull loose. My one complaint is the use of spandex in the stretchy part at the base of the bra. I have some minor skin reactions with spandex when a sweat. So I wish the spandex did not lay against my skin or less spandex was used in the product. Some days I come home and just have to rip the bra off I'm so itchy around the middle. It is only on days where I'm sweating and it is only because I have mild allergies to spandex. But it would be nice if the design reduced the quantity of spandex for those of us with difficulties with spandex. Other than that it is my favorite bra so please keep making it.
HappyTrails at Patagonia on 01/19/2013

Brilliant Accident

I purchased two of these bras on something of a whim prior to a 5 day 240 mile bike ride through hot, muggy conditions in Missouri. I couldn't have been happier with their performance. Size-typically I am a 34A and I got the small. It seems a bit small when I first put it on, but I rarely notice it once on. I also don't have substantial marks on the skin when I take it off. Wash-n-wear: On my trip I took two bras. I could have taken one. I washed my clothes out in the sink every evening, and they were dry by morning. Working with water: The bra wicked moisture so well I didn't notice sweating the way I normally would have. I also got soaked to the skin in an unexpected 2 hour torrential downpour->this bra dried within an hour and didn't leave tell-tale wet spots under my shirt as the rest of me dried. Some reviews have mentioned the arm holes being a bit high. This concerned me a bit when I bought it. Despite doing high levels physical activity in this bra for 5 full days, I had NO chaffing issues. A GREAT find!
Roberst at Patagonia on 07/02/2011

Not tight, just right

After reading some of the other reviews, I was worried that the bra would be too tight. I wear a 34D in most bras, and bought a size M in the Active Mesh Bra. When I first put it on, it did feel tight, but I decided to wear it around the house for a while (with the tags in, just in case) before returning it. I was pleasantly surprised, and I decided to keep the bra. I remember having one of these bras several years ago, and the elastic wasn't tough enough to keep everything held properly during even moderate exercise. This time around, the bra definitely has more holding power, but I would consider that a good thing! It almost seemed like the bra adjusted and molded to fit comfortably after a few minutes of wear. I think it might just be that you quickly grow used to something that seems tight when you first put it on. I usually wear a small in most Patagonia clothing (like the W Houdini Jacket and ReTool Fleece). Don't be surprised if you need to order a slightly bigger size than you normally wear.
akj100 at Patagonia on 05/29/2013

More than it appears

This is the second of this style Bra that I've bought for running, cycling, etc. LOVE it. I am 5'4"/115 and an A/B (that is A-1/2) cup, and the size SMALL is the perfect bra for me. Not sure how it would be for larger breasted women as it is definitely uses the 'squish' system to stabilize. BUT, for my size chest, I don't want any more(or less). The material is thick, stretchy and durable, but not hot, and the shoulder straps are narrow but do not dig in. The design around the chest is wide and comfy, even with a heart rate monitor strip. It's 'modest' enough for running without a top over it in summer, and the designs are cute and make them look less like a 'bra'. I will own more of these in the future!
ActiveMomma at Patagonia on 07/29/2011

old one is my fave sports bra

I love the size M I bought a little over 2 years ago. wear it skiing, yoga, gardening, hiking. Enough support when I was around 34-36d, but I lost some weight recently and it's a little too big now (34c, it may have stretched slightly being worn at my various sizes). I just tried on a newer size medium that's too tight. I thought i'd need to go down to a small, but the new sizing is either very different or I got an odd one— has happened to me before with patagonia. I'm going back to the store to figure it out, but meanwhile, be warned, the new one in my usual size (varies S to M but usually M) was painful for me to wear for ~10 minutes.
caly at Patagonia on 04/22/2013

My favorite comfortable sport top

I wear this sport top/bra most days, for a range of activities, from hiking to canoeing to yoga. It offers good support, it wicks and, most importent to me, it's comfortable. I have other sport tops, but this is the one I seem to keep coming back to. I like the accent colors on the straps since they sometimes show depending on the shape of the top I'm wearing. With the darker or brighter straps, it seems OK for them to show, less like a bra strap showing. Great item! Though I'm a M in most tops, I like to get a L or even XL in sport tops, including this one, sizce comfort is key for me. I think this top is accurately sized, however.
Trulyb at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2012

My Favorite Bra

This is my favorite bra of all time. It works great for running, daily wear, and stands alone as a sport top for races. My only two issues are: that after repeated washings, the stringy elastic fibers begin to stick out and I usually just melt them off, followed by some chafing on my inner arm from the armpit area of the elastic (but only on really hot sweaty runs). I would want flatter, wider shoulder straps if I could design it myself, but overall I love this bra and will keep ordering them. (I think I have about 20.) When they get worn, I just start doubling them.
Poecile at Patagonia on 08/27/2012

Patagonia makes some of the best sportswear that I have been able to find... I love all of their sports tops and bras that I have ever tried, and this one is no exception! I bought one size down for a more extreme support for heavy impact sports, and it still works just as great. Super comfortable, and quality made, so I know it will last. Feeling like I might have to go pick up a couple more, they're so awesome! Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a good sports bra for anything from skiing to climbing to yoga, or even to the gym.

Kayla Weiser at on 12/15/2011

Wonderful once broken in

I now have four of these bras, and keep an eye out for them every time there's a sale. They are very tight when you first buy them - I usually wear a small in Patagonia tops but have to go up to a medium with these - but they soften a bit with age and then are incredibly comfortable. (The straps do get a bit fuzzy, though this may be because I wash them in the machine, though I air dry them.) I wear them for working out, yoga, and just as a general all-around bra, and I'm a 34 A/B.
Rana at Patagonia on 03/18/2013

Negative Reviews:

Seriously, the sizing

I picked this up in the Patagonia store in downtown Seattle on a 6 week bike tour from Montana and wanted something that I could wear by itself to beat the heat and not look like I'm just in a bra. I grabbed a medium because I have always worn a small or medium in every bra and shirt I have ever worn. I am a 34 B cup and could barely put this on. It is cute, but when you are sizing things as small/medium/large I find it ridiculous to be so far off. I have read Yvon Chouinard's book in which he mentions that their sizing is meant for athletic types and some think it runs small, but I actually usually wear a small in Patagonia gear. The bra cut into my skin and was so uncomfortable that I left it on the side of the road somewhere in Oregon.
aconneal at Patagonia on 10/07/2011

Why did they change them?

I used to love this bra, but I'm so disappointed in the new styling. Unlike other reviewers, I actually like the new sizing - it feels much more supportive for my C chest and I can wear the same size as the old style with only slightly less comfort. The really annoying thing is that when I round my shoulders forward even a little the front of the bra puckers and you can see everything, which is not so good when the top of the bra is the only thing covering you up there (if it was hidden under a shirt I don't think it would be an issue). I've had this problem with my older bras that have been washed to death, but not with a brand new one. It's definitely going back. :(
skye97 at Patagonia on 08/31/2011

A Spanish Boot for breasts

I love Patagonia clothing, but something has gone horribly wrong with this bra - it is far too small and too tight. I am 5'7" 130 lb 36B and typically wear Patagonia size small. I literally could not breathe in the small so bought this in medium. I had run in it a few times and discovered that while the bra is supportive, it also painfully squashes my breasts and the longer I run the more I feel as if tortured. Large is far too big on me, so will have to return the product. A pity, as looked very nice with my nine trails running skirt.
Marianna at Patagonia on 10/20/2012

I got this bra a while ago and it is not a very soft. I tried to wear it and wash it a bunch of times but it is still pretty rough. It chafes in front my armpits so much that I can barely stand to wear it for an entire day on the river. The other thing I don't like about it is that the bottom of it is not any tighter than the rest of it, so if you stash a key or anything in your bra, they will fall out. Big bummer Patagonia, not recommended.

Lauren F. at on 10/29/2012

Bad Fit!

I've purchased these bras in the past--I have 6 of them, so when I got this one, I was disappointed. The sizing is way off. It looked like it would fit a child. Even went to the store thinking that it was mislabeled and to look at the large. An average size woman couldn't get into even the large. I actually think there was an error in the manufacturing. The fabric seemed more flimsy, too. I love the 6 that I have. Bummer about the newer versions, at least in the blue color that I had ordered.
Anuenue7 at Patagonia on 05/02/2011

They Changed the Material

This has always been my favorite sports bra. No others could even compete! I ordered another recently and the material felt softer and more stretchy. I compared it to the others I bought in the past by putting it on and doing the old "jump test". Sure enough, it does not hold me in as well as it used to. My friend also purchased one recently and agrees. Softer, more stretchy, not as effective. I miss the old material!
prender3 at Patagonia on 03/18/2013

changed for the worse

I have been a huge fan of the active mesh bra for over 10 years. I found it unmatched in terms of comfort, support and durability. Sadly they have changed the fabric of the garment so that it now barely stretches. It is now a real hassle to put on, and once on it is extremely uncomfortable around the rib cage. Sadly I will now have to find another product. I can't bare to wear the new version.
Lecurry at Patagonia on 01/19/2014

Bring back the older style!

Years ago, the Patagonia mesh active bra was a thick, stretchy material, and had thin, stretchy straps that went STRAIGHT back over the shoulders. These were my wife's favorite bras. Since then, Patagonia bra design has gone horribly downhill. Each year, the fabric gets less stretchy, the straps get wider and less stretchy, and the overall shaping has gotten worse. Sure wish Patagonia would bring back the old-style active bras!
ClimberRob at Patagonia on 04/27/2012

W's Active Mesh Bra

The changes made to this version of the W's Active Mesh Bra are very disappointing. The new version is missing the ease of putting on and taking off, support and the ability to move with my body during activities. I am unhappy with the multiple layers and feel they are ineffective and uncomfortable. The previous model was a perfect choice for all activities. I hope Patagonia brings it back!
ThirdCoastGirl at Patagonia on 07/30/2011


I own several other Patagonia sports bras and was happy to pick this one up as a web special. Unfortunately, the sizing with significantly off--after a harrowing experience trying it on, I compared it to my other Patagonia sports bras. It was at least an inch smaller in diameter, despite being the same size on the tag. I returned it--hopefully it's just an isolated sizing issue.
Downhill at Patagonia on 07/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Too Small

I have two of these bras that I wear all the time from 2009. I love them! I measured and followed the sizing chart on this site to order three new ones for this year. When I received the X-small, it was so extremely small that I was almost painful to wear just trying it on - even though that was the size that was suggested on this website with my measurements. I sent all three back and got a size Small. It is still so small that the elastic cuts into my skin and left red marks. I measured these bras against the two that I already have and (love !) at home from 2009 - there is a four inch difference around the rib cage portion of the bras. Please, bring the prior sizing back. I love these bras, but this year they run extremely small. I should be wearing an X-small but I will be returning the Small (that is too small) for a Medium.
stefaniezier at Patagonia on 05/24/2011

Size has changed for the worse

I love this bra and normally buy one every year and retire one every year. However, starting last year, they changed the size and they don't fit properly. I have carefully measured the new medium against the old medium and they are not at all the same. I didn't have any old smalls on hand, but the difference was so huge I wonder if the new medium was smaller than the old small. So, I returned my 2010 model and was lucky enough at that time to buy some 2009 ones on sale to stock up. They showed up and fit perfectly. It looks like from the other reviews that Patagonia needs to revisit the sizing on this! I love this new 2011 artwork, but won't be giving it a try this year. Would be a five star product of course otherwise. This happens on other products as well. 2009 integral pants I wore a small. 2010 extra small.
HollyB at Patagonia on 05/09/2011

stunned at new sizing!

Like other reviewers, this is my go-to active bra - I always pick up a couple each summer before vacation, as they are great for hiking! I didn't travel last year, so I guess I missed the resizing... I mistakenly ordered new ones this year, got them, tore the tags off, and tossed them in my drawer... I just went to put one on and had a heart attack - The old medium fit me perfectly - the new medium I can't even get on, it's so tight! I thought I was crazy, but clearly not! Now I'm stuck with $35 bras that don't fit!
Funny, I didn't think to read the reviews of something I already knew and loved. Also, I love Patagonia, and have never been steered wrong! But this time, woah! What happened?!?!?
So 3 stars - 5 for the old style; 1 for the new!
mockingbird at Patagonia on 06/30/2011

Fit is Small

I am a 36B and wear a M across the board in everything from t-shirts to scrubs and the M size in this product was way to small. I wore it around the house for 15 minutes thinking it would break in but it restricted my breathing and movement and when I took it off it left deep imprints on my shoulders. The weird thing is that the M in the Barely Everyday Bra and the Crossover Bra fit great.
ColoradoGirl123 at Patagonia on 03/10/2013

material change??

i ordered a small as i couldn't remember if i used to order the xs or s, but even the s was tight. it seems the material is not as stretchy as it used to be in years past. i suppose this is good for the busty girls, but it just makes it harder for me to get into! i do love the print, though! got the blue print w/matching boy shorts.
tinkbell at Patagonia on 07/29/2011

not much use

this item was much much smaller than anticipated. usually patagonia fit is just a bit larger than anticipated. wish i could rely on a consistent sizing...even when consulting size chart, this item was a disappointment. material seemed great though, had i been able to even try on, i think i would have liked it.
poor shopping experience for me, but i still think the item itself would be awesome if it fit.
michadventure at Patagonia on 10/27/2013

Not the same make as before...

I have purchased many incarnations of this bra since 2000, and this is my least favorite. While the Capilene fabric is ever-improving, I felt that this bra didn't have as much stretch as previous models and I feel that it was a tight and restricting fabric. I actually sent the bra back in exchange for another product, it just isn't as comfy and stretchy as it used to be.
ScubaInstructor at Patagonia on 09/22/2013

Too tight in the ribcage!

I love these bras - I have many of them, but the sizes just don't seem super consisent. I am ALWAYS a medium in Patagonia, top bottom... I wear a 36 B/C bra, and the medium in this bra is incredibly tight around my ribs. Hope it loosens up, I don't think sizing up would work. Otherwise I love these bras and I wear them all the time.
lbryant at Patagonia on 02/25/2012

Really like the design of this sports bra. I am 5'7", 130, 34D and usually wear a small or medium in everything. The medium in this bra was uncomfortably tight. It's the right size according to the chart, however, if you're busty, may want to size up. Or maybe the fit just wasn't for me! Otherwise, great material and very pretty pattern (netta graphic, aloe green.)

sabp49114 at on 06/20/2013

Active Mesh Bra

This as some other Patagonia bras that I have tried or owned was too tight. It's hard to find a bra that fits an athletic 34 AA but isn't too tight. Everything else Patagonia makes fits well, but this would prevent me from breathing deep on my runs and other aerobic pursuits. I returned it - too bad as it's nice looking.
RunBikeSki at Patagonia on 04/07/2012