Champion Zip Tech Sports Bra
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
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
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
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