Sports Bra Guide
Studies have shown that between 70% and 80% of women are wearing the wrong size sports bra, and therefore, they may not be getting the benefits of support and comfort from their fitness wardrobe. At Teton Running, we carry the latest in Sports Bra Technology including brands like Moving Comfort, Enell, CW-X, Impact Fitness, Icebreaker, Asics, and Brooks!
So, what makes a good sports bra?
Support - If you're a small or medium-breasted woman (A to C cup), a compression style bra will offer support and comfort. Or if you prefer, you can choose a bra that offers encapsulation for shaping as well as support. If you're a larger-breasted woman (C to DD cup) you may find encapsulating styles that separate and support your breasts more comfortable and more supportive than compression bras. Also, different activities result in different degrees of movement. The higher the impact level, the more support you'll need.
Comfort – Try on different styles to find out what you like best. A good sport bra should feel comfortable on, stay in place, and not chafe. The straps should not dig into the shoulders and the band around the lower chest should not shift or bind. Do jumping jacks, run in place, and swing your arms side to side to make sure what feels good on is comfortable and supportive when you're in motion. Keep in mind that a good sport bra should fit more snugly than a lingerie bra to provide you with support, but should not be uncomfortable or restrict movement or breathing.
Moisture Control and Breathability - A good sport bra will wick sweat away from the skin and then dry quickly. It will be breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to pass through. A good sport bra will keep you cooler and drier when it's hot, and drier and warmer when it's cold.
(Bra fit information provided by Moving Comfort)