Sports Bras (Part 3): It’s All About Those Ds, No Jiggle (in Moving Comfort & VSX)!
So here we are, we’ve covered our B gals and our curvier C gals, and now, finally, last, and most definitely not least, we have our two D gals!
(Our guest dude Mike is probably so happy right now because this is over — he can’t stand it when we talk about bras or chafing on a run, so this run of posts must be driving him crazy. With this blog, he can’t hum, sing lalalala, run to the other side of the road, go backward, or surge forward to escape, and he knows he has to read these posts, or else!)
As you might have guessed, these gals have the most highly-constructed bras of all. In fact, some of them are a bit frightening (check out Annette’s to the right!). There are definitely no cami styles here! The biggest goal is to control bounce, and almost all of our gals choices have:
- Rear closures,
- Adjustable chest and arm straps,
- Padding, as well as
- Separate cups (versus simple compression styles).
Not only do these gals have those extra considerations to deal with, but with all those extra doo dads and gee gaws, the opportunities for spots for chafing just multiply from beyond the chest strap at the ribcage to all those potential hot spots.
Of these two bras, I find that I chafe less in the Juno.
The Fiona can get a mean bleed by the end of a marathon, and I think both Sandy and MB had similar experiences when they tried the Fiona — You have to apply a lot of Body Glide where the band hits your ribcage.
I’ve also had success with the C9 high support running bra from Champion that I bought at Target (about 1/3 the cost of Moving Comfort), but I don’t think I’d try a marathon in it!
I just got an Athleta Va Va Sport bra to wear with a workout top just for the purpose of reducing the bounce, and I’m not sure I love it. There are some cleavage issues that I’m not 100% comfortable with, so I will report back on it later!
Finally, when four of us gals were traveling back home from the Akron Marathon last Fall, we talked about sports bras, and MB pulled up some info on the Internet.
One of the things that surprised me was the life expectancy of these things! It was a lot less than I expected, with suggestions for replacement after 72 washes to replacement sometime between 3 months and one year. I suppose I waited a bit to long to finally retire my 5+ year old Fiona after I noticed some major bouncing going on at the gym!
That is definitely something I will pay more attention to going forward.
With those two in the trash and only one sports bra in my closet, I set out to see what VS had to offer since my last bra purchase about four years earlier. I found two styles that I liked and purchased, simply labeled VSX Sport.
Both types have worked well as far as no chafing, but didn’t provide the no bounce coverage I needed.
Fast forward to about six weeks ago. I purchased a brand new style offered, The Ultimate. I loved the cute color but was hesitant regarding the padding, the bendable underwire, and the plastic latches on the straps. The salesperson said she wore them on her cardio days and had no issues.
I have since worn this bra on a couple of ten mile runs and a few shorter 3-5 mile runs. I used Body Glide, which I only do on marathon day, each time I wore this bra, especially on the plastic latch areas.
Ironically, I’ve never chafed in those areas, but the areas exposed to the bendable underwire bra have. I actually had to wear a band-aid after my last long run with this bra because of the level of chafing.
At this point, I’m not sure I’ll wear it on a run again. This may be a bra just for cross-training. The whole situation has been disappointing.
I’ll definitely be checking out the posts from Mindy and Jenny for their suggestions!
So that’s it folks! Let us know what you think or what we missed!
If you are a D gal, what do you struggle with more, chafing or bouncing?
What are the key features you demand in a bra?
Have you ever found the perfect one?