I received my first “sponsored gift” as a blogger! A nice sports bra offered by the online store movedancewear.com! I’m keeping the gift this time, but next time expect a reader giveaway :)
So I decided to write a product review about the bra and other sports bras from my drawer. (The following reviews are completely subjective. The right sports bra for you is primarily based on your body structure.)
I’m a size A-B cup, but I have a pretty wide back. And despite the fact that I don’t have a big cup size, I really like sport bras that keep things really tight, especially for high impact cardio like running, sprinting or jumping rope.
This is the bra I’ve received. I particularly like the front zipper. This makes it way more convenient to put on compared to all other sport bras. It does not flatten the chest because there’re two ‘foam cups’ inside.
The only thing I miss is something to adjust the length of the elastic around the back. But this bra is well-proportioned, so that’s not really necessary. Originally it’s a bra for dancing, which make it suitable for activities with moderate impact. However, for very high impact activities such as jumping rope or running, I’d rather have something that’s very tight and kind of ‘compressed’. But this bra is super comfortable and ideal for strength training, rowing, cycling etc.
The price is very reasonable: only 20.95 euro.
Nike Pro Bra
This bra is available in several different colors and patterns. As usual Nike scores points in terms of design. The comfort level however is quite low. Not because I chose a size that’s too small, it’s just that I find this bra badly proportioned for my body type. In the dressing room, everything felt fine, so I decided to take it in spite of the price (which was around 40 euro at the Nike store. I found out you can have it for 25 euro on the Internet.) But when I wear it for more than 15 min, the straps start putting too much pressure on my trapezius. The longer I wear it, the more “sore neck effect” it creates.
Despite the tight straps, the support level isn’t very high. Last negative point: I’ve realized I just hate it when you have to pull the whole thing over your head to put it on or take it off, but there’s no way to adjust the bra at all to make the process a bit easier.
Price: around 25 euro.
Nike Rival W Bra
Another Nike bra, less ‘cute’ than the previous one but much more functional. Originally it was white but it has turned ‘ugly gray’ over time. I like the adjustable shoulder straps and the structure of the inner foam cups. It doesn’t flatten but creates an illusion of real volume which you truly appreciate when you’re a cup size A or B. The elastic that goes around the back is a bit stretched out, so I do not use this bra for high impact activities anymore.
Price: around 30 euro.
Shock Absorber B5044 Run Bra
Specifically designed for running, that model remains my favorite for running, sprinting and jumping. It really isn’t glamorous at all and flatten my bust line to the max, but it’s the best anti-gravity bra. Despite the fact that I’ve used it and washed it in countless times, it’s not that too ‘deformed’.
Price: around 40 euros.
Shock Absorber N102 Bra
This is an example of a dead sports bra that I should actually get rid of. It’s another model from Shock Absorber, but designed for medium impact activities. Originally white, now “ugly gray”. It’s a pity sports bras (of any brands) don’t last that long. I also have to admit that I don’t hand wash them, which might play a role… But even when it’s new, this model looks a lot like a very old-fashioned bra. The straps are comfortable, but straps in a X-shape are almost a must-have for back comfort and upper body moves.
Price: was about 30 euro
Shock Absorber N102 Bra
My latest acquisition, a ‘second skin’ bra: seamless molded cups and large adjustable straps. Made with an ultra absorbent fabric for fast drying and perfect breathability. On paper, it looks like the ideal sport bra.
However, as it is often the case with this kind of products, they’re primarily designed for bigger cups. Even the smallest size isn’t tight enough for my taste to do high-impact activities. But it’s still a very nice bra for medium impact group classes like spinning where you sweat a lot.
Price: starting at 40 euro.
Popularized by “infomercials”, the genie bra isn’t a sports bra, but can come in handy for low-impact activities. I didn’t buy a ‘real one’: the one I bought cost only 5 euro at my neighborhood’s outdoor market. The real thing costs 60 euro for a pack of 3 bras. It doesn’t provide much support, but the only advantage is that it makes you forget you’re wearing a bra. Nice for stretching, yoga and pilates.
My overall verdict: I don’t believe in Nike sports bras anymore. I feel like you’re paying the price for bright colors or patterns but that they’re actually not that functional. When it comes to buying a bra for high-impact activities such as running or jumping rope, I want something that’s specifically designed for high impact, even if I’m a size A-B cup. It’s a pity sport companies only create such products for bigger cups.
If you’re a big fan of dancing or dance workouts, take a quick look at movedancewear.com. They also have cool stuff for ‘non-dancers’ like me: for example this transparent gym bag (perfect to easily find your things) and many cute jackets and cardigans.
Question: what’s your favorite brand of sports bras? Any recommendations?