If I were to comprise a list of the things to look for in a sports bra, it would include:
- Moisture wicking, odor-resistant fabric
- Tight fit (but not too tight)
- Adjustable arm straps
- Adjustable rib cage band
- Attractive appearance
- Something that adds “lift” to prevent the dreaded uni-boob.
While that’s my list, I’m sure it doesn’t match everything on your list, and that’s one of the major issues sports bra designers face. Every single woman has a different body with different body measurements, hang-ups and “trouble zones,” which ultimately makes designing the perfect sports bra the Holy Grail of athletic apparel companies. So, when Breeze Comfort offered to let the GirlsGoneSporty team test drive a few of their sports bras, I explained that it would be a tall order – we all have very different bodies. Luckily they were good sports (haha) about it and were more than up for the challenge. This is what we found:
About Breeze Comfort Bras
There's a lot of technology that goes into the Breeze Comfort brand of sports bras. In addition to wicking material, well-placed keyholes and the utilization of mesh to help provide ventilation, Breeze Comfort uses the Ventipad - a trademarked bra pad designed to improve breathability. The Ventipad is a removable, hand-washable pad that helps add a little lift and separation to your breasts to help prevent the uni-boob. Unlike other padded bras, the Ventipad won’t retain sweat or “suffocate” your chest while you exercise. Without going into all details (which you can find on their website), the Ventipad essentially enables more air to circulate through the pad, preventing the build-up of sweat, ultimately keeping you dry and comfortable. .
The Testers and the bras
As I mentioned earlier, GirlsGoneSporty team members have very different bodies ranging in height from 5’1” to 6’3” and in cup size from A to DD. Here’s a little info on the three team members who test drove Breeze Comfort Bras.
The Strappy Bra
- Tester: Laura W.
- Height: 6’0”
- Bra Size: 34A
- Typical bra “issues”: Height is an issue because it can be hard to find bras that have straps that are long enough. Sports bras often “ride up” too high. Also, I walk a fine line between finding bras that are too tight, flattening out my small breasts and bras that aren’t tight enough.
- Bra tested: The Strappy Bra
- Feedback: The Strappy Bra is a very cute bra with mesh across the chest and adjustable straps. It offered the perfect amount of support for my small bust and I loved that the straps were adjustable so I could make the bra fit the way I wanted. The Ventipads were also a nice feature because I actually looked like I had a chest – it gave a little “fill” to my workout top without looking overdone.
The Diva Bra
- Tester: Amy L.
- Height: 5’1”
- Bra Size: 32DD
- Typical bra “issues”: Finding a bra that offers enough support in the cups and around the rib cage. Usually I end up doubling up to get enough support.
- Bra tested: The Diva Bra
- Feedback: My first response when I saw the bra was “Oh, that’s cute!” The Diva Bra is a halter top bra with an extra-wide rib band. The bra fit well in both the rib cage and the chest, which is definitely unusual. The only downside is that because I’m so short, I had to pull the halter top straps really high around my neck to get the right level of support. This left a lot of hanging fabric. If I were just a little taller, it would have been perfect!
The Yin Yang Bra
- Tester: Mary Y.
- Height: 5’5”
- Bra Size: 34C
- Typical bra “issues”: Bras with straps that are too tight in the back and pinch the skin, showing off back fat.
- Bra tested: The Yin Yang Bra
- Feedback: I was immediately impressed by the styling of the bra, and I loved that the rib band was so wide. Unlike most other bras, this one offers full back coverage, so you don’t get the pinching that I hate so much – so, no back fat! Plus, I found that the wide rib band helped offer more support than the narrower ones you find on most sports bras.
Overall Impression of Breeze Comfort Sports Bras
We put the bras to the test in a variety of capacities – running, lifting weights, jumping rope, yoga and barre-style workout routines. We all found the bras to be cute, comfortable and easy to wear with a wide range of workout tops. This was particularly true of the Yin Yang and the Diva bras because they offer a fairly low-cut neckline, so you can get away with wearing a lower-cut workout top without showing off your bra in front. We also loved the price point (ranging from $35.00 to $45.00 each) which is right on target with most athletic apparel brands. At the end of the trial we decided that it may be impossible to find a single sports bra that will fit every woman, but it is possible to find a single company that can create sports bras to fit every woman.
Learn more at the Breeze Comfort website: http://www.breezecomfort.com/