On Sports Bras
Gentlemen, this may be your cue to leave. Or not. Whatever suits your fancy.
Back in the day, long long ago, Moving Comfort made a really great sports bra. It was called the Vero A/B and it was awesome. When I wore it, nothing moved. Nothing chafed. Nothing peeked out.
Naturally, they “improved” it. Do not be fooled by the current listing for the Vero A/B. It’s not the same. The band is smaller than its predecessor. The mesh swoop that follows the neckline happens to have a seam that crosses over an underseam and causes rubbing and chafing. And best yet, I washed them on the cold-delicate cycle that I use for every other bra and the external fabric immediately shrunk causing weird puckering over the lining.
So for the past eon and a half (or about two years) I’ve been looking for a suitable replacement. I tried on a dozen styles at REI, half a dozen at Nordstrom, and have ordered more than I care to admit from online retailers.
Here’s my criteria:
- Adjustable straps. I’m 6’1″ and bras made for women 5’5″ and below will slice me in half at the shoulders.
- A band that’s true to size.
- Cups that hold things still. For the size that I am, there’s no reason why they can’t be solidly anchored into place.
- No headlights. I think that’s a fairly obvious one, right?
In my latest batch order from titlenine.com, I tried the Frivolous bra, which I know is made by Oiselle, a company that I’m a big fan of. I love the colorful straps (springy enough, even though they’re not adjustable), but don’t like the headlights, jiggle or the uniboob feature.
Next up was the Wow sports bra. I kept this one and it’s ok. The overhead on-off can be tricky after a strength workout, and it digs into my chest a bit strangely, but there’s no jiggle, no uniboob and no headlights. Good enough to keep one, not enough to buy multiples.
Then there’s The Deuce. It’s a toss-up between this and the Wow, above. I think the Wow minimizes the jiggle a little better, but they’re competitive in the anti-uniboob and anti-headlights departments.
I also tried the Handful bra sold by Poppy Sports. Colorful, adjustable, may be ok for lower-impact activities, but definitely not ok for running. The green (no longer pictured on their site) was a lovely color, so I’m debating hanging on to this one for strength training or non-running pursuits.
Does anyone have an A/B bra that they really like? Or is anyone hoarding unworn versions of the original Vero A/B that they’d like to sell? Hey, it never hurts to ask….