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I’m a 34 DDD and I work out at least five days a week doing a combo of strength training, cardio (Zumba), pilates, and yoga as well as walking, jogging and bike riding. For years I’ve been on a quest for the best sports bras to support my “girls” and still be comfortable. And I’ve tried and purchased a LOT of sports bras. Today I’m sharing my candid sports bra review so YOU find the best sports bra for your needs.
I bought this bra about a year ago when it first came out. It was expensive but it fit so well that I thought it would become my “go to” and I would quickly justify the cost. It’s marketed specifically for runners as it has a very wide underband to minimize bounce. After trying on a couple of sizes, I ended up buying a 36 DDD. However I had the same problem with this bra that I had with the Tata Tamer; it’s very hard to hook it in back by yourself. And because of the strap design, you can’t really hook it in front and then flip it around. For this reason, I rarely wear it even though it fits really well.
Now I see that Lululemmon has come out with a front zip version. (Grrrrr!) So I’m guessing I’m not the only person who had trouble putting the original version on. If I had a time machine, I would definitely buy the front zip version rather than the one that I purchased.
After seeing the SheFit bra advertised online, it was the video below that convinced me to try it. I was intrigued that there were multiple ways to adjust the band and the straps without needing help from another person. I used the sizing chart on the web site and ordered a Luxe. It fit perfectly and performed exactly as advertised. It’s super easy to get on/off and it’s very supportive and comfortable to wear. In just a week it’s become my favorite sports bra and the only one I want to wear. And yes, I took the pads out. It currently only comes in four colors (white, black, royal blue and green) but I’ve seen other colors advertised in the past so they probably change seasonally.
Here’s the video that shows how to put it on and adjust it to get a custom fit. Note: I definitely have to use the front hooks in order to get it pulled in tight enough to zip up easily.
If you want to try the SheFit bra, here’s a link that will get you $10 off: http://i.refs.cc/kAUXyWGX
Let’s give Lululemmon some props for the name. This bra offers heavy duty support, separation, and coverage. It’s made with Luxtreme® fabric that is sweat-wicking and four-way stretch with a cool, smooth feel. It comes with removable pads (I always take them out) and the straps can be worn crossed or straight. You buy them just like a traditional bra (example 34 DDD) but you need to try them on. I ended up in a 36DDD.
I have two of these and they’re a decent affordable option with good support. However, I like to wear the straps crossed in the back and I have a VERY hard time putting this bra on by myself. I usually only wear it when Paul is around to help me hook it. Otherwise, it’s too difficult to get it on and adjusted with the straps crossed.
I swear I paid more than $58 so I think the price has come down since I purchased. Also the Lululemmon web site says that this bra is now only available online but I know I bought both of mine in a store.
Note: All of my comments and opinions are based on my own personal experience and are geared toward women with ample busts (C cup or larger.) Smaller busted women have their own share of challenges but I’m not qualified to speak to them.
What are your favorite (or least favorite) sports bras? Tell me in the comments.
Every Tuesday I try a new product and post a (brutally honest) review. This is not an ad. I have received no compensation for this post.
Hi Taralynn, I am a college student so I fit my gym time in between or after classes, so it s safe to say I wear workout clothes the majority of the time. My ideal outfit is workout leggings, a comfy sports bra, a sassy tank top that reads gym hair, don t care or I bust mine, so I can kick yours kind of saying. I m usually cold so I ll layer with an infinity scoop neck sweater (my favorite) the comfort of a scarf without the extra layer and I enjoy the overall look. I usually wear some nicer fashionable nikes to school or wherever I m running errands and carry my gym or hiking shoes with me for an easy switch ??