Welcome to the next edition of Another Mother Runner Gears Up: we have #motherrunners put key running gear to the test, then deliver the results to you so you can grab the gear that works best for your running and body.
When it comes to running gear, a good bra is just as critical as good shoes. Yet finding jeans or a bathing suit may seem easier than finding your ideal sports bra. Our advice to you: go to a store to get measured for your size (if your local running store doesn’t offer the service, go to Victoria’s Secret); use your size as a starting point, and prepare for variation between brands; make sure the fit is comfortably supportive; and, once you find your just right fit, remember to wash bras in a lingerie bag with all clasps hooked and hang to dry. And ladies, for the best support, if your running bra celebrates a first birthday, it’s time to replace it!
Lotus Hands Free Pumping Bra
Tester Rating: 5
Review: Our tester, a nursing mom, loved that this bra was “comfortable and supportive with being cute as an extra bonus.” It’s marketed as having low impact support, yet she found the double layer of supportive fabric in the front supportive enough to prevent bouncing and digging (and hid her nipples) whether she was running, in a group fitness class or doing strength training. Although the bra is designed for pumping, she also found it worked as a nursing bra for her son who is an advanced nurser.
Best for: Pregnant and nursing mamas on the go
Grab it here: cakematernity.com
Wacoal Wire Free Sport Nursing Bra
Tester Rating: 4
Review: This bra had a smooth flattering fit, and provided support in a comfortable way, according to our tester. It was also blissfully breathable from runs to hot yoga, making it a practical and easy-to-where bra (because new moms need something that’s easy!). Our tester’s one complaint was that she felt like she had somewhat of a uniboob.
Best for: Nursing runner baby mamas
Grab it here: wacoal-america.com
Handful Y-Back Bra
Tester Rating: 5!!!!!
Review: “I LOVED this bra. I have used it on several training runs and then ran it in for the Bolder Boulder 10K and I have never been so comfortable during a race. I had breast reconstruction surgery 2 months ago, so my implants don’t move at all but sometimes there are random pains from nerve damage, and I didn’t feel those at all during the run.” Ruching at the front keeps the uniboob away, the Y-back design delivers support without digging, and it has pad pockets to remove or add as you desire.
Best for: A to D cups and those who have had reconstructive surgery
Grab it here: handful.com