Champion Zip Tech Sports Bra
Best all around - running, hot, wet, daily wear
...and even for sleeping in. So comfortable. It holds me better than any bra I've ever had, including one that was tight and felt like plastic - meant to provide "no-bounce". This is well-made with quality material. I don't mind the uniboob - pressing more flat means less bounce and good support. I'm between a 32B and a 34C, with B cups too narrow and C cups too deep, and have trouble finding bras that fit just right. No separate cups means nothing jabbing the sides of my very-wide breasts.
The adjustable bottom means a perfect fit even when the bra ages. With other bras I periodically have to pull down on the bottom and reach in from the top to readjust.
The front zipper means easy on and off. You do have to be careful (one broke on me quickly - but was also replaced quickly), and it does take practice - but once you get used to it, it's easy. I keep buying ths bra and haven't had a zipper problem since.
The best thing is the weather comfort, and we've had many days in the 90s and into the 100s, and I'm in direct sun in the field for hours and days on end - with profuse sweat and rain and swamp water. The bra is still comfortable when wet - and dries quickly when I take it off. Although white, it doesn't seem to hold the "dirty-look" of white bras.
I've read from others that the straps can be too short for those who need much larger sizes. The straps are perfect for me, and mine have always sat low on my chest. If i needed a much larger cup size, it may not work for me either. Maybe they could refurbish with a new design adjustable straps - velcro, hook and eye?
For the lack of complete front "coverage" - which is hard to find even with padded bras - maybe someone could come up with a metal insert. But this bra does have good thick coverage, and would probably lose the great drying ability (and breathability) if it was padded too much more - I don't know.
On ratings for "fit": The bra fits me perfectly although it was probably made for those with much larger cup sizes. So in deference to those with larger cups, I was going to mark it as "runs small -snug". But I think it's "true to size" for the "size small" category.
August 26, 2012
I am typically a small in sports bras - 36B, but this one I purchased a medium and it fits great. Zipper is a bit hard to zip up and on my last one I purchased zipper broke within a couple of washes (hence my reason for getting another - but very comfortable!)
August 11, 2012
Sports bra, front zipper
I must say when I tried this sports bra on I was thinking, it will not allow me to move freely.
I am a avid rollerskater.
The first day skating, it did allow me to flex and breath without any restrictions.
I wear a running shirt which breaths so this sports bra coud breath also.
I love the easee off with a front closure when my body is hot and with persperation.
Since the sports bra is designed to breath it has no padding so breast are flattened.
August 3, 2012
Good bounce control
I'm 5'8" and weigh 160. I'm a 34DD and chose a size Large in this sports bra. I coach Volleyball and Basketball and teach junior high PE so I wear sports bras all day. This one does a good job supporting my large chest and limits bounce. I've had shoulder surgery on both shoulders so the front closure definitely helps with ease of putting it on. It's a little tricky to zip up the front zipper. I'm fairly tall so by the end of the day the straps do dig in a little but if I wear it just for workouts it's perfectly fine. The padding is enough to prevent nipple show through most of the time.
My one complaint with this sports bra (as with most) is what I call the "mono-boob". There isn't much separation so it doesn't look great under t-shirts. But hey it's a sports bra, right?
July 14, 2012