A few weeks ago I went sports bra shopping as I wanted to see if I could get something better than my usual Champion sports bra.
I was rather excited to shop at a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store which recently opened in my area. However, after shopping there, I found the store quite ordinary. My top choice for athletic clothing is definitely REI. They carry workout clothing by prAna, Patagonia, and Colombia to name a few brands. REI is a bit of a drive for me so I decided on a local store.
I didn’t find an amazing selection of sports bras at Dick’s, but have heard good things about Under Armour sports bras and purchased the bra below.
|Under Armour sports bra|
I selected this sports bra as it has fairly solid construction with wide shoulder straps, lightly lined cups and hooked back which makes getting into a sports bra struggle free. The bra was expensive ($57.99), but I purchased it anyway and off I went.
When I tried the bra on at home, I’ll admit it was really great to have the back hooks. I didn’t have to wiggle and pull the bra on. However, once it was on, I felt like I was wearing a breast plate, like it was part of an Amazonian woman’s warrior costume and I was heading to battle. It’s not that the fit was tight, but it was more bra than I’ll ever need for exercise. If you’re a C cup and above and need to run a marathon, triathlon or into cross fit – this is the bra for you. This bra is a major piece of equipment.
For the price, the Under Armour sports bra is over kill for my fitness needs so I decided to return it. I then went back to Target and pick up two Champion sports bras (gray bra below and a pink bra, not shown) for the price of one Under Armour sports bra.
|Champion Double Dry Vent Compression Sports Bra|
Sure, I miss the back hooks and I do need to wiggle into this bra, but it’s lightly lined, wicks away moisture, has the cut out in the back for ventilation, and comfortably moves with me. Since my exercise consists of yoga, cardio (walk/run), and weights, the Champion bra is perfect for me after all.
If you are the athletic type, what is your favorite sports bra?