Product Review: SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra

Disclaimer: I purchased this bra for myself. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Instragram targeted ads totally got me on this one, guys. I kept seeing the add over and over, and finally, curiosity got the better of me. I impulse ordered this bra, and since I’ve talked so much about the challenges of being a busty runner here on the old blog, I figured I ought to do a review.

Cost
First things first, the SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra is $65, with free shipping and free returns. This is pretty much what I expect to pay for a sports bra these days, since I need specialty sizes and lots of support. I was happy about the free shipping, and while I ended up keeping the bra I ordered, it’s nice to know that I wouldn’t have had to pay to send it back if it didn’t work out.

Fit
I used the size calculator on SheFit’s website, and according to my current bra size, I was instructed to order the “2Luxe” size. The cool thing about this bra is that the band AND the straps are adjustable, allowing you to get a fairly customized fit. The band on the 2Lux is juuuuust a tiny bit too large for me, but when it’s completely cinched down, it’s pretty dang close. So close that I didn’t bother to exchange it for a different size. If I end up losing more weight, I will definitely need to size down, but for now, it works.

The front zipper is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it makes getting into and out of the bra SO MUCH EASIER. That’s always been a problem for me with other sports bras–in order to be supportive, they are constrictive, and difficult to put on and take off, especially once they’re soaked in sweat. But with the SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra, I just unzip and VOILA! I’m free! At first, I was worried that it might unzip itself during a workout, but thus far this hasn’t been an issue. Once I’m zipped in, the zipper stays put. There are also backup hooks that you can do up if you’re really worried.

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The negative impact of the zipper is that old sports bra nemesis: chafing. SheFit obviously tried to anticipate this problem by putting little fabric flaps that can fold over the top and bottom of the zipper, but they don’t completely alleviate the feeling of the zipper digging into my chest. The good news is, a little bit of anti-chafe product takes care of it handily. I haven’t done any super long runs, so I’m not sure how long the anti-chafe would last, but so far I’m good up to three miles or about 30 minutes.

Support
This bra is wonderfully supportive. Because the straps and band are both adjustable and there’s a zipper in front, I can easily get it on, and then tighten everything down. It doesn’t completely eliminate bounce, but honestly, I know better than to expect that. If anything, my breasts move on the upswing, but are completely cradled on the down, so there’s no hard impact. Also, you can change the straps from racer back to H-back configuration, allowing you to get the best support and fit for your body, activity, and wardrobe.

Style
The SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra comes in eight different colors, so there’s something for everyone. I got basic black, but I’d love to get a few others. There is a reflective strip on either side of the zipper, which is a nice feature except for the fact that I literally NEVER run without a shirt. But hey, if that’s your thing, that would be nice for you.

This bra also has much more of a true bra structure, so there’s no uniboob action, thank goodness! I actually look like I have two separate breasts. Unfortunately, the way the zipper is set into the bra causes it to bump up a little, so I look like I have a weird extra growth under my shirt. This may also be due to the aforementioned “this bra is slightly too large” issue. But honestly, it’s minimal and I don’t really care.

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It feels really weird to be posting a picture of my chest on the internet.

Comfort
The customizable fit of this bra means it’s a lot more comfortable than other high-impact sports bras. If the straps are a bit too tight, just unhook the velcro and re-position them. Same with the band. The only caveat is that you need to be careful how you place the straps–you’ve got to get them lined up just so. If you don’t, you’ve got velcro rubbing on your neck or collarbone, which is not at all comfortable.

Obviously, there’s only so comfortable one can be in an extremely structured and supportive bra. That’s just how it goes when you’ve got big boobs; you pretty much always have to choose between comfort and support. I will say, I don’t immediately want to rip this bra off as soon as a workout is done. It doesn’t make me feel claustrophobic, and even after a sweaty workout, I don’t feel gross and overheated.

Overall
In general, I like this bra quite a lot. The biggest plus for me right now is the zipper. It just makes putting this bra on so much simpler than my other bras. I reach for it first over all my other sports bras, and wear it more than I probably should between washes. It’s pretty much the same price as the other brands of sports bras I generally wear, AND ships free. There’s a great range of sizes and colors, and the customizable fit means that I get a pretty good nexus of comfort, support, and cost. I will most likely buy at least one more of these bras.

And for those of you who are less “blessed” in the chestal region, SheFit offers other medium and low impact options with the same customizable fit.

What’s your favorite sports bra?

 

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Friday Free-For-All – 01/11/19

Friday Free-For-All

The #rbdrunstreak2019 is still going strong! I’m now 11 days in and feeling really good. I’m focusing on doing plenty of stretching and rolling, and trying to alternate “longer” runs with single mile days. I definitely feel like my stamina is improving, and I’m starting to feel like a runner again. I like it!

I did a couple of small car “maintenance” projects that have been on my list FOREVER. First, I changed the bulb in the overhead light. You know, the one that turns on when you open the car door? Ours blew a while ago, and it’s crazy how much you actually need that little light during dark winter nights, especially with a baby and all the attendant crap in the car. I also changed the auto-unlock settings. Since we bought our car, the settings have been that when we turn the car off, ONLY the driver’s door automatically unlocks, which is not a big deal, but can be inconvenient, especially, again, with a baby. Nothing is more annoying than trying to open the door to put the car seat in and having the door still be locked. I’m SO HAPPY to have done these two things. The last thing on my list is to get the battery in my fob replaced so I can use the lock/unlock buttons again. That’s another one of those things that becomes kind of important when you’re juggling a car seat, diaper bag, purse, and shopping bags.

Instagram targeted ads totally got me. I ordered a SheFit Apparel Ultimate Sports Bra last week after seeing them advertised. As has been covered pretty much ad nauseum on this blog, I am a busty runner, and have a hard time finding sports bras that cover the nexus of affordability, comfort, and support. The SheFit has pretty awesome fit and support, and a decent price, but I’m having some chafing issues at the moment. Stay tuned for a full review later.

I was cast in a show this week! It’s a Disney princesses and villains cabaret for kids. I am super rusty, so I just went in with zero expectations, more to get the feel for auditioning again and see my friends than with any thought that I might be cast. But lo, and behold, I got it! And I’m singing Let it Go from Frozen and Mother Knows Best from Tangled. No pressure, right? I can’t wait for rehearsals to start!

Have you ever changed the settings on your car or changed a bulb yourself?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/12/16

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Remember that sports bra I got last year for review, and loved? The one from Lynx Sportswear? Well, I just ordered another one in a different style and let me tell you, it’s AMAZEBALLS. I’m not sure if it’s just the different style, or if there have been overall improvements to the design, but they pretty much addressed every single one of my “cons” and it’s now the perfect sports bra for me. Up until recently, I only had the one that was good for running, so having two feels like a luxury. I may need to get another one, though, because it really is so amazing. Busty ladies, GET YOURSELVES A LYNX SPORTS BRA. Your boobies will thank you.

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. I’ve always had very mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. When I was single, it was a shitty reminder of how single I was. In my first serious relationship, he took the holiday very seriously, whereas I was leery of the forced “celebration” of our love. With Ben, we started out doing the whole traditional fancy dinner date thing, but as the years have gone on, we’ve become a lot more pragmatic about the whole thing. If we celebrate at all, we do a dinner not on the actual holiday itself so that we don’t have to worry about crowds. This year, though, I think we’re finally just saying, “Screw it.” We don’t need a manufactured holiday in order to recognize how much we love and appreciate each other. We don’t need the stress or expense of buying each other more junk or going out for a fancy dinner. We’ll probably just get takeout and watch Firefly or something.

Our office has been under construction for the last two weeks. For the most part, construction noises don’t bother me, and the construction is to improve/expand our kitchen/break area, so I’m generally very happy it’s happening. Unfortunately, a lot of the construction is happening near, around, or even IN my personal office, so it’s been tough at times to be productive and focused. Plus, our office is in a shambles. Theoretically, the construction will be done by the time Tuesday rolls around, which will be a relief.

I only have to work one day next week! Monday is a holiday and our office is closed. I work Tuesday, and then my colleague/gym buddy Freda and I are off to St. Petersburg, Florida for a conference at our corporate offices for the rest of the week. I’m excited for sunshine, warmer temps, and being away from the office for a bit. I’m also super excited because we get to see the Broadway tour of Book of Mormon while we’re there, and hopefully do some outlet shopping as well.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Who else has a three day weekend??

Lynx Sportswear Sports Bra Review

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.

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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!

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Photo from the Lynx website

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Have you ever heard of Lynx Sportswear?

Who makes your favorite sports bra?

From the Mind of a Busty Runner

We’re gonna get all up in TMI-land here, folks, so if you don’t want to read about bras and boobs (specifically mine), you should just click away now and come back another day when I talk about normal runner TMI stuff like blisters and poop.

Still with me?  Cool.  This is a post that’s been percolating a long time.  And this is a topic that I’ve explored a lot in other venues, like the one-woman play I wrote for a class my senior year of college called “Sweater Muffins.”  So I’ve got a LOT to say.

In case you haven’t caught on through various hints and complaints throughout my blog history, I am what you might call “busty.”  In fact, I am a size 32G.  Yes, that’s a real size.  And actually, bra sizes can get even larger than that.  But, yeah.  I have big boobs.  And while general consensus would have you believe that being big-chested is the ideal, I am here to tell you that it is not, in fact, awesome.  It is, in fact, a giant pain in the neck/back/shoulders.

This video from Buzzfeed pretty accurately portrays just a few struggles faced by busty women:

I have always said that for a society like ours that idolizes large-breasted women, you’d think that lingerie, sporting, and bathing suit companies would do a better job making large-breasted women feel comfortable, supported, and sexy.  But my friends, that is simply not the case.  So I’m gonna break down for you a few of the struggles that I and other busty women face, and why it really, really sucks to have huge boobs.

Bra shopping is impossible.
Most commercial lingerie retailers only carry up to size DD.  For someone like me, this is obviously a problem.  I have to go to specialty stores.  I am VERY lucky in that my city has not one, but two specialty stores that actually carry bras in my size.  But then there’s the fact that most larger cups size bras are U-G-L-Y ugly.  There are automatically less color and style choices for women with larger breasts.  Straps are automatically thicker and less attractive because we need more support.  Our bras have 3 or 4 hook and eye sets on the band, rather than the typical 2, so the bands are wider and more likely to show when wearing a low-back top.  And to add more insult to injury, specialty bras are generally WAY more expensive.  You think paying $50 for a VS bra is bad?  Try paying $150 for a bra you don’t even like, but are stuck with because it’s all that fits.  Yeah.  It blows.

Sports bras are the devil.
Finding a sports bra that a) fits and b) keeps my breasts from punching me in the chin when I run is like finding a unicorn–the realm of mere fantasy.  Not only that, but they’re once again butt ugly.  See photo below.

Sports Bras

On the left is the sports bra I currently wear–the Panache Sports Bra.  First of all, it costs $70 minimum.  Second, look at it.  It practically comes up to my neck, which means that anything lower than a crew neck top shows the top of my sports bra.  The straps are thick and wide-set, which means that they usually stick out from under tank sleeves.  It is so “supportive” it feels like I’m wearing a chastity belt around my chest–I can’t wait to take it off after a workout.  And the color?  Snore city.  AND, the hooks in the back chafe the crap out of me if I forget to bathe in Body Glide before a run.  I actually have scars on my back from the first time I wore it.  ALSO, because it’s so expensive, I have one, repeat, ONE sports bra (I can run in) to my name right now, which really doesn’t work.

On the right are just 4 of the myriad options out there for less-busty women.  Interesting colors and patterns, cute, thin straps, breatheable, mesh material.  And generally a much lower price point.  Just go Google D+ sports bras and take a look at the options–they’re all bulky, ugly, and expensive.

It’s not even that I’m concerned about my breasts sagging some day–let’s be real, gravity takes its toll no matter how supportive your bras are.  It’s just that it’s plain uncomfortable to go for a run with my boobs bouncing all over the place.  I would give anything to be able to buy a $16.99 C9 sports bra from Target and not feel like a bowl full of jello was strapped to my chest, and have my boobs be more sore than my legs after a run (yes, this has truly happened to me).

There is a huge, wide-spread misconception that larger breasts are only found on larger women.
This is simply NOT TRUE.  Look at me–I have a relatively slender rib cage, and large breasts.  Many, many women fall into this category.  And yet, take a look some time at a size “large” sports bra or bathing suit top.  Yes, the cups are larger, which is to be expected.  But the band size is also larger.  This means that when I grab a size large (or extra large, let’s be real) sports bra, sure, it fits my boobs, but it doesn’t come in snug against my rib cage, meaning that my boobs will just hang down through the bottom of the thing and it’s totally useless.  But if I grab a medium or small to fit my ribcage, I’ve got breast tissue spilling out the top and sides.

There are SO many other things I could touch on with this topic, and I’m sure I will at some point.  I’m just feeling really frustrated by my lack of options right now, when I’m more active than I’ve ever been.  I need good sports bras, but I can’t afford them.  I want cute sports bras, but I can’t find them.  I need more sports bras in general, but am too frustrated to buy them.  Boo.

Any other busty runners out there?  What do you do to balance cost and efficiency with your sports bras?

**Edit 02/07/17: If you are a fellow busty runner, check out my review of the Lynx sports bra. Since I raved about it, they’ve made more improvements and it’s literally the best sports bra I’ve ever owned, and the ONLY one I use currently.

Friday Free-For-All (Four)

Welcome to Friday Free-For-All, where I talk about anything and everything on my mind.  Sometimes, it even makes sense!

#Chewsday Challenge Check-In:  This week was tough.  Ben and I are a bit short on funds at the moment, so we didn’t make it to the grocery store.  For the most part, I stuck to my rules–no booze during the week, one treat per day, protein at every meal.  The only one I didn’t do well with was veggie or fruit at every meal.  We are fresh out of fresh produce, so I didn’t have anything for breakfasts, but I was able to get some in for most of my meals and snacks, so all in all, I’m feeling good.  Hopefully I can continue these habits through vacation this coming week.  I think a large part of that will be buying my own groceries.

I got this super-spiffy, super-expensive tote bag fo’ free!  This is a custom-designed Timbuk2 Tartine tote that my coworker’s daughters gave her.  Online, the color looked like a nice coral, but in person, it’s screaming orange.  Since orange is not Lori’s color, and is so totally mine, she gave me this tote bag, brand new with the tags still on.  This will be my new summer tote/beach bag, and I’m super psyched.  Lots of pockets and a wipeable TPU lining means easy clean-up.  The best part is, this tote is versatile enough that it can replace two other tote bags, which helps me clear out some clutter!

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Purple polka dots!!

Purple polka dots!!

What is it with racer-back everything for women?  I’m in the market for some new running tanks, and it seems like everything available for women is racer-back.  The sports bras that I’m currently using (lululemon tata-tamer) are not racer-back, so if I wear a racer-back tank, my bra straps are hanging out, which I really don’t find attractive.  Do any of you have suggestions for tanks that have a normal back?  I found some ones that look nice by C9 at Target, but I don’t have a Target near me and I’m hesitant about buying clothes online.

Busty girl running problems.  I desperately need some new sports bras.  The ones I’m currently using, lululemon tata-tamers, just aren’t cutting it.  I could actually feel my boobs bouncing and they hurt a lot during and after my 8 miler on Sunday.  I am a 32G, and sports bras my size are not readily available.  I can’t spend a lot right now, but I would really like to get something before the half on June 29.  Any other busty runners out there?  What do you use?  Help a fellow busty girl out!

I AM SUPER EXCITED FOR MY VACATION!!!  As of 4:30 pm today, I will be in vacation mode.  This is my family’s annual trip to Cape Cod, and it couldn’t be coming at a better time.  I need a few days off from work and some time with my family.  I’m looking forward to early morning runs, lots of reading, working on my tan (with sunscreen, of course!), swimming, and shopping.  I’ve already planned out a 3 mile and a 5 mile running route, so I’ll hopefully be able to get my first double-digit run in at some point.  I’ll try to post a couple of times, but no promises.  And I’ll try to keep up with reading and comments.  And of course, I’ll be doing a recap post when I get back 🙂

Catch me right here all week :)

Catch me right here all week 🙂

Do you have an annual family vacation?  Have you ever been to Cape Cod?