Welcome to Sports Bra Week at Another Mother Runner!
We are devoting an entire week to sports bras, the piece of running gear that, we'd argue, is more critical than your shoes.
Because, as we hope you haven't experienced first-hand, if your chest is not feeling supported and comfortable as your feet bounce along, you are, at the very least, going to be irritated, both mentally and physically.
What's more, there's a good chance you will be self-conscious, your delicate skin will be chafed and you will either cut your run short or just stop running altogether. No bueno.
Today and tomorrow on Another Mother Runner Gears Up, we're going to review six of best sports bras currently available; today, we're focusing on smaller chests (A-C), while tomorrow, we're hitting both larger chests (D and beyond) and bras for nursing and prosthetics.
Our tester loved, loved, loved the soft and comfy material of this style. She also adored the snug, but not too snug fit, including shoulder straps and a chest band that didn't budge. Best of all? No chafing for miles and miles.
"This bra is marathon-worthy!" raved our tester, who said held her tight and was very supportive, without being boa-constrictor restrictive. As she sweated it up during runs and gym workouts, she appreciated the higher coverage; no worries of spilling cleavage.
Although this looks like the sports bra equivalent of a little black dress, don't be fooled: the double straps provide a substantial dose of support (and, nicely, a little style interest if that's important to you). Buttery soft, compressive fabric nicely completes the package, which is perfect for everything from long runs to recovery yoga.
Features abound on this beauty: it comes with removable pads and can also accommodate mastectomy bra inserts. Mesh inserts helped to dump the sweat, while fun color options (as well as black and white) put a spring in your step. Although a nursing-mom tester could comfortably crank out intervals in this bra, the straps felt a little narrow for two testers.
“This bra was a bit like having a boob lift," raved one tester, "Mine haven’t been this perky since before kids!” That said, because of the encapsulated cups, it requires the “bend over and shimmy” maneuver to get everything situated. Once things are set, though, expect bomber support. Padded shoulder straps; a rear clasp; and straps that can be worn standard or crossed were other winning features.
"An absolute dream!" according to our 38C-sized tester. The front zip, with a handy clasp to help secure the girls prior to zipping, makes it easy to put on and take off. Meanwhile, the fabric, which is substantial, creates a smooth appearance and manages not to feel clammy when things get sweaty. Generously wide shoulder straps stay put without digging, while the combination of compression and encapsulation successfully tamed boob bounce.