I tend to be a creature of habit: Once I find something that works, I stick with it. Whether it's the pork meatball banh mi sandwich at my favorite lunch spot or Trader Joe's Nourish Shampoo, I keep reaching for the same thing. Thus I had a drawer full of one style of sports bra. Different colors, but all the same style. Then, thanks to our new partnership, three new sports bras entered my life. I didn't have to make room in the drawer for them as I immediately put them to use on my Vancouver Marathon training runs.
The bras are from Saucony, long trusted for its shoes and apparel. While the company has made sports bras for many years, but they were mostly basic, over-the-head bras. Decent, but not enough to knock my faves out of their place literally near and dear to my heart. But these new ones I'm testing are a whole new breed: This spring, Saucony debuted a new line of five bras that are the product of countless hours of design, testing, and tinkering. And all the innovation paid off.
There's the Athlete Avenger that looks, at first blush, like a traditional pullover style. But once it's in your hands--or on your chest--you appreciate the light padding provided by lightweight "spacer fabric." Thick enough to not let the world know, um, parts of me are chilly, yet thin enough to let sweat out.
I tried my first underwire bra, the Diva Believa (such cute names, to boot!). My 36B girls don't really need 'em, but it provided me with a more oomph-atic profile than I normally have under my badass mother runner tee. I sported that bra on a 16-miler and now I'm a believa--no chafing or poking. I know D or larger cup gals would be loving this beauty.
My favorite, though, is the Curve Crusader, with its encapsulated, lightly lined cups (with mesh between the ladies) and back clasp. Few things I hate more than wrestling with a wet bra after my run. This one (like the Diva Believa), I unhook and, voila, I peel it easily off over my head.
The other two bras rounding out Saucony's new collection are the Energy Enforcer, a seamless, pullover that is sure to support you chafe-free, and the Dainty Dazzler, with pretty, adjustable straps and headlight-concealing spacer fabric cups.
Wanting to make one of these super-power bras your own? We are giving five winners the Saucony bra of her choice. Just tell us (in the Comments section of this post on our site): Are you a creature of habit about anything? If so, what? What you eat? What you wear? Where you run? What you say to your kids to get them to turn off the TV?
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 3/27/13 and ends on 4/2/23; the winner will be announced on 4/6/13. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $36-$48. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.