When I asked the female board members about their favorite sports bra, I heard crickets… For most of us, our sports bra is possibly the least-enjoyed piece of gear we own. They don’t fit right, they aren’t comfortable, they cause chaffing, we don’t have the time to find a good/new one so we just keep using the old one in the drawer that we hate… But sports bras have come a long way over the years and there’s some really cool technology out there now (check out Outside Podcast’s The Dawn of a New Sports-Bra Era for more on that subject). Perhaps it’s time to give a new one a try? Here’s our favorites from the DPMR board members:
Meggie Inouye: Finding a favorite sports bra has been a journey…quite frankly because my breasts have evolved in size and purpose over the last 10 years of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fitness levels PLUS the intensity of my workouts include everything from yoga to all day ultra events requiring various levels of support. Here are my favorites by category:
- Yoga and chill-axing, Prana Every Day Bra. Soft and comfy with a sexy strappy back. An everyday bra.
- Breastfeeding Brooks Juno. Fully adjustable chest and shoulder straps that can undo easily for nursing sessions
- Ultimate compression Nike FE/NOM Flyknit. Seriously keeps “the girls” in place. Unfortunately $80 but works.
- High impact all day activity for A-C cups Odlo Women’s SEAMLESS HIGH Sports Bra. Seamless fabric. Great price.
- Hot weather and medium to high impact for A-B cups Odlo CERAMICOOL SEAMLESS MEDIUM Sports Bra. My current favorite. Super comfy, seamless fabric that is lightweight. I feel supported but not restricted. Plus I’ve had no chaffing with this bra!
Renee Jacobs: I used to be a committed Brooks Fiona wearer, because I walked into a women’s running store and they told me it was the best bra (this was in college, over 20 years ago). But it caused serious chaffing (especially on long, hot days) and wasn’t ever really comfortable, so eventually I took the leap and decided to find a new bra. Two critical discoveries led me to sports bra paradise – “seamless” and “medium impact.” I highly recommend Odlo Seamless sports bras, especially if you like feeling well-supported. Less seams seems to correlate with less chaffing. But lately I’ve really fallen in love with using “medium impact” bras such as the Salomon Move On bra, which is supportive enough for my C-cup but incredibly comfortable for all day (and even multi-day) use.
Carol Patterson: A couple of way old Columbia’s that I got at the discount lingerie store near Paco’s in Truckee a long time ago. They’re soft, comfortable, don’t ride up, easy on/off, launder well (e.g. don’t shrink or stretch all out). I’ve tried a couple other brands that left me feeling straight-jacketed – too tight (I like control but sheeesh… need 3 people to help get the damn thing off)