Alright fellas, this is another post for the ladies as I continue on my quest to find the best sports bras. Finding ones that are comfortable, supportive, yet not constricting can be somewhat of a challenge. For the record I am a 36B – so I definitely need support, but I don’t want (or need) a really heavy duty bra. Trying to find that happy medium has been really tough. It seems that bras either have minimal support or they are just way more than I need and are really comfortable. I’ve also had a tough time finding bras where my heart rate monitor strap will tuck up underneath the band and stay in place through a tough workout.
Some of you may or may not remember that I put five different bras to the test earlier this year to determine which bras would be well suited to a triathlon. I was recently contacted by Moving Comfort as they were wondering if I would be interested in doing a sports bra review for them. I jumped at the chance, and since I’ve now tried out three of their bras I thought I would let you know my thoughts on all of them.
One of my favourite bras from my triathlon bra experiment was Moving Comfort’s Diana bra. I was really impressed with how it fared as it absorbed the least amount of water and seemed to dry well. I field tested it at the Wine Capital of Canada Olympic triathlon and it was a winner. Super comfortable, zero chaffing, and everything was well supported. This bra is built for high impact activities. The hook and eye closure in the back can be a little challenging for me to close, but that just has to do with my lack of flexibility. The Diana is only available for gals with an A/B chest.
I was impressed with the quality of the Diana bra but keen to try a different style, so I purchased the Phoebe bra over the summer. This one is a pullover without the hook and eye closure and is rated for high impact activities. This is probably one of my favourite bras of all time. I’ve worn it for both of my half Iron triathlons this year. The fabric is lightweight and is a single layer in construction. The support is phenomenal. A lot of compression style bras rely on just smooshing the girls into your chest to eliminate bounce. The support does not feel that way in this bra. There is also no constricting around the band, which also tends to be a problem for me. Once again, I had no chaffing issues at all. There is both an A/B style and a C/D one. The main style difference between the A/B and C/D is that the C/D has a hook and eye at the back. My heart rate monitor strap tucks in underneath the band with enough room and stays in place…the entire way through a half Iron distance triathlon.
When I was asked if I wanted to review a bra I picked the Moving Comfort Cameo Racer Back Bra. I wanted to try one that was quite a bit different from my other two Moving Comfort bras. It comes in two styles – a racer and a scoop back. Both styles are pullover and do not have a hook and eye closure in the back. The Cameo is ideal for gals with an A to C cup, and this one is sized by bra size, as opposed to the other two that run in a small, medium or large. The Cameo bra is for high impact activities. This bra not only supports the girls, but it shapes them as well thanks to a bit of lining. I wouldn’t wear it in a tri because of the lining…but it is great to run in. I tested it out on runs and found it to be really comfortable, supportive, with minimal bounce, and no tightness around the band. The fit is terrific with no gaping at all. There was enough room to fit my heart rate monitor underneath and above the band. The monitor strap stayed in place and I practically forgot I was wearing it.
Overall Impressions of Moving Comfort Sports Bras
Their website is great – you can either take a quiz to determine the best styles for you, or shop via cup size or style of bra. I have been so impressed with the construction of these bras – well made and no chaffing issues from seams. I love that the high impact bras they have are actually cute and functional – terrific support without looking like your scariest sports bra nightmare. So peruse their website and shop online, or check out their retail locator.
For my Canadian friends, I’ve purchased mine online from Team Estrogen, but I’ve also seen Moving Comfort at Sport Check and several good quality local running stores.
Happy supportive running ladies, and thanks Moving Comfort!