I was hesitant to post this one yet, because when I get paid again in two weeks I fully plan on purchasing every damn one of these off the Champion website that I can get.
Well, ok, maybe not every one. But many. Lots. Handfuls!
I have been seriously training off and on (mostly on) for about ten years. For the past ten years I have had to endure the annoyance, cost, discomfort, and ugliness of wearing two sports bras at a time and the resulting squashed out mono-boob.
I know that there are plenty of cup-based sports bras, but they all look like…well…bras. I mean undergarments versus most boob squishing sports bras that can be worn alone in a socially acceptable way. When I am in good enough shape to do so, I prefer wearing just a sports with no over shirt in the gym. This is not so much because I want to show off, it’s actually because I train better when I can see all my muscles working and also because I despise the feel of sweaty clothes against my skin. I absolutely cannot STAND doing cardio with a shirt over my sports bra.
Anyway, I happened to be browsing the Champion website, looking at sports bras. I saw their many super supportive options that would house my girls soundly but require a shirt because I just can’t walk around the gym in underwear. Then! I found the Double Dry Action Shape Sports Bra. It is…pretty close to perfect. It has molded cups for support with no mono-boob, it’s made of that moisture wicking fabric stuff, no tags, and it has hook and eye closure like a regular bra but – BUT – those Champion folks were smart enough to add a little back closure cover! WHY DON’T YOU DO THIS WITH ALL YOUR BRAS, CHAMPION?? COME ON NOW!
Last week I gave it the ultimate test: I wore it to the gym to lift and then, I got on the treadmill and ran for a half hour (only one sports bra! eek!) Here’s what I found:
-the support is excellent. No bouncing, even when running
-the straps slid down a bit while I was lifting, so when I got home I undid the velcro and criss-crossed the straps. They are just barely long enough to do this, but it was perfect when I put it back on. They should make the straps a little longer so this is a more viable option for most people
-I did have a little bit of visible nippage that I don’t have a problem with when I wear two bras. I’d rather deal with the little nippage though. Maybe a thicker lining would help
Overall, I am psyched and intend to buy more. Think about the reduced laundry! I mean, right now go through 4 sports bras a day! Insane!