Disclaimer: I received a Lynx Sportswear sports bra free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I did not receive any additional compensation for this post.
I had never heard of Lynx Sportswear until I read a review from Darlene at My First 5k and More. I was immediately intrigued because she specifically stated that Lynx makes sports bras for bustier women, and I’ve written before about how difficult it is to find a comfortable, attractive, affordable sports bra for busty women like me.
I hopped around their website for a while, and the more I read, the more intrigued I was. Their tagline is “With the proper support, anything is possible!” I like that! Also, their products are made in the US, which is something I’m always happy to see. The company’s founder is a busty woman like me, who got tired of not having proper support for running, and decided to make her own solution. Very, very cool.
Lynx sports bras come in a wide range of sizes to offer the best fit possible for everyone. The “Sprint” is for smaller breasted women, the “Dart” is for medium or large breasted women, and the “Zoom” is for the very well-endowed women out there. And then there is a wide range of band sizes as well.
I reached out to the company through their sales email to see if they’d be interested in sending me a sports bra for review, and got an incredibly friendly response from Danielle. She agreed to send me their basic sports bra in 3 different sizes, so that I could get the best fit, and send back the other two. I sent Danielle my measurements, and she sent me the 3 Dart, the 3 Zoom, and the 4 Zoom.
Surprisingly, I ended up keeping the 3 Dart. It had a nice secure fit around my rib cage, and offered a bit more support than the 3 Zoom. The 4 Zoom was definitely too big.
My first impression upon opening the package was not that great. The material seemed way too light to offer enough support. However, once I got the bra on and jumped up and down in front of a mirror, I was pleasantly surprised by how supportive it actually was. I experienced pretty minimal bounce–not really much more than with my chastity belt of a sports bra from Panache. My biggest disappointment was that the bra that fit the best was plain white. The others were so much cuter!
I wore this bra for a couple of runs–speed work and a long run. Both times felt great. I also wore it to several rehearsals, including the jump rope rehearsals. No chafing, minimal bouncing, and I didn’t have the usual “I can’t freaking wait to take this thing off when I’m done!” feeling. The first time I wore it, I ended up having it on for over six hours, because I went straight from the gym to rehearsal, and then drove home, and then wore it while watching TV before bed.
- Lightweight, breathable material. I didn’t feel constricted or hot like with other large cup sports bras
- SO COMFY. The elastic band is tight enough to offer proper support, but moves and stretches with my body, so I didn’t want to rip it off and scream after wearing it for 6 hours of workout and rehearsal
- No chafing! At all. My Panache sports bra tears up my back every time I wear it, but this bra offers a sliding bar closure made of super soft material rather than a bra hook closure, so there’s nothing that digs or rubs
- Comes in a wide array of sizes for proper fit
- Lots of cute colors and two different styles
- Made in the US
- Great support and communication from the company
- Competitive price point. The racerback sports bra is $56, and the crossback (which is so cute and I can’t wait to order!) is $60. My horrible, sucky, uncomfortable, chafe-y Panache sports bra retails for at least $69
- The lightweight, mesh material of the Lynx sports bra is NOT opaque. This means that wearing only a sports bra or changing your shirt in front of others is out of the question unless you want to flash some areola. This also means that in cold conditions, you may experience what I refer to as a Hard Nipple Crisis, or HNC. This was definitely an issue this weekend in the chilly theater.
- The darts in the bra show through my shirts. This is not a deal breaker, and something I’m sure I’ll get over with time, but I wish they were a little more subtle. The way the dart is sewn, there’s a lot of extra material left in the bra, which I think contributes to it being a more obvious seam that kind of looks like your nipples are on the outside of your breasts
- This is more of a style complaint than a performance complaint, but I wish the contrast color on the bras was black rather than white. As I stated above, my biggest disappointment was that the bra that fit me the best was the all white one. In my personal opinion, white seems like a really impractical color for a garment I will be sweating all over.
On the whole, I’m VERY happy with this bra. It’s nice to find a company that understands the challenges of being a busty runner, and does its best to offer style, comfort, support AND affordability. I imagine that with continued improvements, Lynx Sportswear will do really well in the market of sports bras for busty women. Lynx also makes other apparel items for female athletes, including shorts, skirts, tops, and capris.
03/13/17: Edited to add. Lynx has made numerous improvements to their sports bras since I first tried this one. I now have two more, one in the cross-back style and another of the classic racer back. The bras now have dual layer construction, so they are no longer sheer. The extra material that bunched up at the seams to make those awkward points has been removed. The elastic band is now encased in performance fabric so it’s extra soft. All in all, these are now EVEN BETTERS sports bras at a very competitive price, and the only ones I currently use.
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