No Jockstraps Here: Putting 4 Champion Sports Bras to the Test
Well, here’s a fun fact: Did you know that the first sports bra ever created was made from two jockstraps sewn together? (How we hope they were clean…) True story, and Champion was the company to do it. Since then, Champion has obviously perfected the art of the sports bra. In fact, even with all of the sports bra reviews we do, most of the ones in my drawer are from Champion. There are so many different types of sports bras these days, so we thought we’d review four new Champion ones. That way there’s pretty much an option for everyone, no matter what workout you like. And we promise, none of them resemble a jockstrap!
Champion Sports Bras Review
The Champion Cotton-Rich Fitness Racerback Sports Bra (shown top) has a soft, cottony fabric yet still wicks moisture to keep you and your boobies dry. With a little extra stretch in it (good for broad-shouldered yet medium-breasted gals like me), no tag and a rib-knit band, it doesn’t chafe either. We’re particularly smitten with the front and back mesh inserts that help to keep you cool. Oh, and the cute designs. At $22, it’s a solid choice for any medium-impact activity.
The second one we tested was the Champion SHAPE T-Back Sports Bra (second down on the sports bra totem pole), and the most girlie of the group. With a slight v-cut in the front and thinner straps, this one is good for girls with less up top who want to enhance their curves. It’s made of a soft fabric with a lining that wicks moisture away. If you’re more petite, this is a super-cute and functional sports bra perfect for walking, doing yoga/Pilates, lifting weights or any medium-impact cardio. At $38 it is a bit more than the others, but it’s got a little more sleekness to it, too.
Up next was my favorite: the Champion Double Dry Absolute Workout Sports Bra (second from the bottom). This silky sports bra held my girls up when jogging (it has medium motion control, which was apparently good enough for my B-cup stature), yet had enough extra stretch to comfortably fit my wider upper-body. (All of those pull-ups? I like to think so.) With a double-layer design that helps block any embarrassing “show-through” (at ease, ladies!), it also has a back mesh panel that helps cool you down. With no tag, tons of fun patterns and a price tag of $22, you really can’t beat it for an all-around sports bra.
Last but not least, there’s the Champion Double Dry Seamless Reversible Sports Bra. This is a sports bra that is all about performance. Its soft two-ply fabric stretch compresses and wicks moisture. It also has some kind of fun textural accents that Champion says are designed to flatter your figure, but I think they just look cool. The reversible part is fun, and you can never go wrong with a racer-back for support. And, again, fun colors for $26!
Sizes on all of these go from a small to an extra large. If you’re smaller than that, check out this post, and if your girls are larger, be sure to read this sports-bra guide. And if you have a broad chest like me, I suggest sizing up on all of these bras—you’ll appreciate the extra room.
Are you a Champion sports bra girl? Tell us what you look for in a sports bra! —Jenn