Champion Zip Tech Sports Bra
My go-to running bra!
Just a little about me to help you with sizes. I've been measured as a 34DD although I am more comfortable in a 36D and can wear some 36C's. The Medium of this bra is perfect for me. I am in my BMI range, I believe if you are at the high end of your healthy BMI range you may want to go up a size. When I purchased this I was toward to high end of my healthy BMI range and probably should have ordered a Large. Because I have been exercising and am now smack in the middle of my BMI range the Medium is perfect.
I have recommended this bra to friends, but I always like to let people know that this bra has a "break-in" period. The self repairing nylon zipper is difficult when you first get the bra, so be patient, it does get easier to put on. Also (at least for me) the bra is a bit awkward to put on when you first get it, but you will get it after a few times, just be patient and give it a chance. I've been through LOTS of maximum support jog bras and believe this one to be the best.
I see a few comments about the straps cutting into your shoulders, I can relate to this somewhat when the bra was brand new, but after a washing it is fine, and I find myself wearing it all day some days. I wonder if the others purchased a size too small, I am fairly tall and long bodied, so my breasts are fairly low on my chest from my shoulders and I have had no issues with tightness through my shoulders after the break-in period and first washing.
I recommend washing it in a lingerie bag, on cold, mild detergent and air dry ONLY. I have two, black and white - wish they would make it in some colors and grey too!
February 20, 2012
SHORT in the straps
Great quality feel, typical of Champion products, however I will be returning mine as the straps are painfully short. I had been without shoulder pain for several months, but after wearing this bra for only a half hour or so, the pain had returned in my shoulder. Since the straps are not adjustable, the only remedy is to pull the bra up as high as possible under the breasts, but even this didn't really help. Definitely not a good choice if you don't like short straps and/or if you have large breasts. I'll keep searching for a different zip-front style bra.
October 5, 2011
This Bra is very comfortable.
I actually was worried I would have to send it back,I had never worn a sports bra. I had to find a bra that wouldn't dig into my shoulders after having shoulder surgery. This Bra is very comfortable,no dig in.Wonderful!!!!. My only complaint would be ,it could use a little more padding for less show thru.
July 23, 2011
I started running and wanted a good quality sports bra. I typically wear a 40C. I also wanted a front zip bra due to shoulder issues.
I don't typically pay this much for a bra [retail price] but I figured I'd give it a try. I tried on both large & XL and ended up buying the XL.
I like the fit & love the extra support. I have tried numerous sports bras before, but this is the Cadillac of sports bras in my opinion. I will not hesitate to buy more.
June 12, 2011