Sports Bras (Part 2): Now You See Those Cs in Champion, Athleta, & Nike!
Here we are with our second post in the sports bra review series. We covered our B gals previously here, so if that’s where you fit, go take a look! Our bombshell Ds will follow soon.
It appears that the theme here is $$COST$$. As noted in our first post, sports bras are a bit of an investment, and because they wear out, you have to keep investing. Our C gals also need more compression and support, and so have fewer options to use some of the cheaper bras our B gals liked (cami-style bras tend to be less expensive).
One suggestion to cut down on the cost, if you find a bra style you like, is to wait until the season ends and stock up when they go on sale. Just don’t be picky about color! MB knows which Athleta bra works for her and bought all but the first one at least 50% off by waiting for sales and being willing to take last season’s colors.
Otherwise, like our Bs, the C gals mention similar issues with chafing, but add the additional concern of needing a bit more structure (or would like more structure if they would do laundry!), while still wanting something (and sometimes caving for the wrong bra because it is) pretty! We also catch the theme of a favorite bra that gets discontinued . . . so not cool!
I will buy and try anything on sale! I hate paying over $50 for a sports bra . . . but, I’m not sure how far that strategy is getting me since, most of the time, my sale items end up being used for workouts other than running (mainly Champion styles)!
My favorite sports bra is one Nike used to make. It didn’t have any rough seams on the ribcage and the material was so smooth — I only needed Body Glide for a marathon with these bras. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find replacements for the two that I just retired.
My biggest sports bra mistake was, like Sandy’s, trying a sports bra with a front zipper. After only 5 miles, I ended up a bloody mess. Granted, this was before I knew about Body Glide, but I don’t think it would have protected me that day anyway.
I have a few compression-type bras from Moving Comfort that I like, no body glide needed. They are just difficult to put on and take off. No bounce, no chafe, but they aren’t very flattering.
At our local running store’s, John’s Run Walk Shop, big gamblers’ sale last year (MB is a fan, check her jacket post!), the Moving Comfort Fiona sport bra was 50% off. I was nervous about the velcro strap adjustments being irritating, but it turns out they weren’t the problem. Instead, like MB, this bra did not work for me — the band around the ribcage was the issue, causing chafing. It’s such a pretty bra, so I gave it another try with Body Glide. I can wear it for 5 miles or so, but I would NEVER wear it for a race.
Ugh Sports bras.
Well the hardest part about working out is getting one of these contraptions on correctly!
I am a size 38 B/Cish and the main component for a sports bra for running for me is compression/support.
I have a few size Large Nike Pro sports bras and a few Champion C9s. This is all I have to run in because I’m cheap. The Champion bras at Target are usually $12-20, and the Nike bras are usually $20-25 on sale.
I also have a few Reebok and other brands that are the same compression type fabric as the Champion and Nike bras.
I have never tried a sports bra with padding because I’m horrible at doing laundry and removing those pad things and taking the time to put them back in to the sports bra properly, well, it is just not gonna happen! But, you know, even if padded sports bras happened to be easy to maintain, I probably would be too cheap to invest in one!
I love Athleta’s Glory Bra…. $58.
It comes in bra-specific sizes and has a back closure.
It’s all I ever wear.
I like the underwire.
I like that it doesn’t show it all in cold weather.
I like the removable cup thingys.
I like that it holds it all in.
And, of course, I like that Athleta does free returns (because I tried a lot of different bras on before I found this one a few years ago)!
The only thing I don’t like about it is the cost 🙂
So, all you C gals out there, do you have any suggestions for Deborah?
What’s your go to feature in a sports bra?
Where do you find good deals on great bras?