And by “girls” I mean boobies. After all, keeping them comfortable and situated during exercise can be tricky—yet important—business, especially for our well-endowed sisters. Check out our experiences with three sports bras that claim to support the girls and, therefore, your workout.
For a long time, I wasn’t overly concerned with sports bras other than making sure they covered my bits and kept said bits from bouncing too much. (I’m a B cup so never too much of a worry.) However, after logging lots of miles for a marathon, I’ve started to appreciate high-quality sports bras and notice differences between them and their low-quality competition. Unfortunately, like most things, quality comes with a price.
For the women’s RFI Sports Bra from KAOS Komfort, the $40 is pretty much worth it. KAOS Komfort sent us a bra to review, and I was pretty dang pleased with it. Chafing and irritation is non-existent and the girls STAY PUT (almost too put as the sides really dug in giving me a little spillage, but I have a wide chest, so maybe it’s just me). The shoulder straps were awesome, too, and very comfortable. The bra comes in black and white, and has a cute little cut-out in the back that I really liked. Not sure if it really kept me cool, but it felt like it did which is enough for me. If you really needs a bra that’ll perform for hard workouts or sports, this one is worth the price tag.
We didn’t actually try this one, but it was too girlie to not feature. This colorful and bejeweled—yes, I said bejeweled—line of sports bras features unique fabrics (see zebra print at right) and distinctive embellishments with fun and useful details, such as built-in iPod pockets (that way the 80s music never stops while you work out your bedazzled self), zippered compartments (we love storage!), and tag-less labels for extra comfort (no weird rubbing, hooray!).
All of the decorations are made using Swarovski crystals or stud detailing, and the bras are a material mix of spandex and nylon. While this line of bras may not have as many sporty features as the bra above, they are definitely more fitting for the fitness fashionistas out there. And at $70 to $94, they’re for the high-end shopper.
Besides the obviously playful name, the Handful bra is one to be remembered, as it combines some of the KAOS Komfort pros with the BodyRock Sports benefits. In fact, this one is cute, doesn’t give you a uni-boob and—for you smaller chested fit bottomed girls out there—doesn’t make you look like like a board. Hooray! It’s one bra that really is multipurpose, and I can see myself wearing it around the house, to the grocery store and to the gym. I love the crisscross at the back, and it even comes with pads for extra “oomph” for after the gym (or while at the gym, I guess, but I’d be afraid they’d pop out, and it would be like the 6th grade all over again when I stuffed my bra with socks and lost one during kickball).
And it was created by a fitness instructor who knows what it’s like to want both a functional and attractive bra. Note for you larger ladies though: Handful is up front with the fact that the bra is best for the ladies with smaller girls.
When it comes to covering those lady lumps, what feature is most important to you? —Jenn