Champion The Show-Off Review

Updated February 28, 2014
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Champion The Show-Off
Bottom Line

A stylish option for women who want high-impact support, the Champion The Show-Off sports bra is an ideal pick for those who ditch their shirts during workouts. Thin, specially built padding blocks nipples from showing, and reviewers also love the two-tone colors, mesh panels and keyhole racerback. But some women say this isn't the best option for D cups and beyond, especially since sizing isn't as customizable as they would like.

Comfort

Mesh panels keep things cool, but band may not stay put. The Champion The Show-Off sports bra is made from a blend of nylon and Spandex, with polyester cups. The fabric is moisture-wicking, and the bra features mesh panels along the neckline, sides and back for greater breathability. A handful of reviewers say wicking falls a bit short, with one noting the cups absorb too much sweat. A few also say the straps are a bit scratchy in the front, but they love the ability to adjust them from the front while the bra is on. Some women report problems with the bra riding up during workouts.

ProsStylish; vibrant color options, Keeps nipples from showing, Good for high-impact activitiesConsSizing may be off, Cups can absorb sweat, Band may ride up

Support

Sizing may be an issue for some. A blend of compression and encapsulation support, Champion The Show-Off sports bra has fans from A to DD cups. However, most reviewers recommend it for C cups and below. The bra is billed as "max support" -- good for activities such as running, basketball and aerobics. Women say it provides high-impact support as long as it fits correctly. The bra is available in just four sizes -- small through extra-large -- and reviewers say it can be tricky to figure out which is best. For example, a large is recommended for everyone from a 34D to a 38A, which is a wide range. Some users also say the band is too loose even when the cups fit properly. There is no underwire.

Style

'Concealing petals' help with modesty. Reviewers give Champion The Show-Off sports bra high marks for style. They like the racerback, which features mesh panels and a keyhole, and say the thinner straps are flattering. The front has more mesh panels and a scoop neck, and there is a hook-and-eye closure on the back. Reviewers say the bra fits smoothly under shirts, but it is modest and attractive enough to wear on its own. The thinly padded cups also feature "concealing petals" to keep nipples under wraps. The bra comes in solid black and about 10 contrasting color combinations, including shades of aqua, purple and pink.

Our Sources

1. HuffingtonPost.com

Sports Bra Reviews, Editors of HuffingtonPost.com, April 23, 2013

A DD-cup tester says Champion's The Show-Off Sports Bra fit well but wasn't the most supportive during a high-impact workout. A B-cup tester is more complimentary, saying it was supportive without being tight. She also loved the look of the modern look, wicking and breathability.

2. Amazon.com

Champion The Show Off Sports Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

Champion's The Show-Off sports bra receives 4.4 out of 5 stars in about 70 reviews. Most say it provides medium- to high-impact support with style and adequate padding. Several say sizing is tricky, though.

3. Shape

The Best Sports Bras for Every Body Type, Danielle McNally, May 1, 2013

Champion's The Show-Off sports bra is recommended for C cups, with the reviewer praising its adjustable band and straps. Testers like the mesh panels and snug (but not too snug) fit.

4. Runner's World

Best Sports Bras for Runners, Dimity McDowell, Aug. 19, 2013

Champion's The Show-Off Sports Bra is recommended for A and B cups. Testers like the racerback and padding, and say the support was good. The wicking could be better, they say.