Champion The Smoothie Review

Updated February 28, 2014
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Champion The Smoothie
Bottom Line

Champion touts The Smoothie for its "silky smooth" fabric, and reviewers say it delivers as one of the softest, most comfortable bras around. Fortunately, the Smoothie isn't a softie when it comes to support -- it handles high-impact workouts with ease, most say. Experts and users also like the bra's adjustable, convertible straps. Some say sizing is tricky, however, while others complain that the fabric doesn't offer enough coverage to go shirt-free.

Comfort

Silky and 'luxurious.' Made of polyester and elastane, the Champion The Smoothie is so-named because of its extra-soft, smooth fabric. Reviewers agree the fabric feels great, with one expert calling it "luxurious" and "seriously praise-worthy." Most say the bra does a good job with moisture wicking, and the open back helps keep skin cool. The bra is tagless, and the closure is padded to increase comfort and reduce the potential for chafing. It also means wearers don't have to struggle to pull the bra on over the head, which many women appreciate. The straps are adjustable, but the plastic adjusters dug into one tester's shoulder blades. 

ProsVery soft; comfortable , Straps adjustable, convertible, Easy to put on, Good for high-impact activitiesConsSizing may be off, Inadequate nipple coverage

Support

Provides high-impact support, but may run small. Champion says The Smoothie provides "high support" for activities such as tennis, cycling and soccer. That's one step down from its Max Support bras, recommended for running and aerobics. Despite this, reviewers say the bra fared well during runs and other intense workouts, providing high-impact support. Particularly helpful are the convertible straps, which wearers can crisscross to further minimize bounce. The bra blends compression and encapsulation support, and even D cups say it does that well. The Smoothie is available in eight sizes from 34B to 38D. Some reviewers complain it runs small, however. It does not have an underwire.

Style

Not the best choice for going shirt-free. Reviewers say the Champion The Smoothie is an inoffensive-looking addition to their workout wear. A few find it cute; others say it's nothing special to look at. The bra has a scoop neckline, an open back and hook-and-eye closures. Women say the light padding helps define a nice shape, though some wish it provided more nipple coverage, making it a questionable choice for going without a shirt. A couple of reviewers also say the lighter colors are sheer enough to show the outline of the bra cups. Champion offers the bra in three two-tone shades of black, white and gray, but brighter hues such as blue and pink are available elsewhere online.

Our Sources

1. GearInstitute.com

Champion The Smoothie High Support Sports Bra, Leah Gallant, March 2013

This thorough review praises the Champion Smoothie for its very "soft, supple" fabric, convertible straps, padded closure and high-impact support. It's also easy to get a good fit, Leah Gallant says. She notes that some may find the fabric heavy, and the strap adjusters can be scratchy.

2. Amazon.com

Champion Women's The Smoothie Sports Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

Champion's The Smoothie sports bra gets 4.2 out of 5 stars in almost 80 reviews. Most say it offers ample support, decent shaping and breathability. Most also find the bra attractive, but some have sizing issues and say it doesn't completely cover headlights.

3. FitBottomedGirls.com

The Smoothest Sports Bra You Can Buy Under $50, Jennipher Walters, Jan. 7, 2013

The Champion Smoothie bra is praised for its soft, tagless fabric, seamless cups and wicking capabilities. It also provides good nipple coverage and adjustable straps, and is a "nice mix of fashion and function," Jennipher Walters says. The review notes no cons.

4. Prevention.com

25 Sports Bras That Will Change Your Life: All Sizes, Kelly Gonsalves, Not Dated

Named Most Versatile Bra in this roundup, the Champion The Smoothie is praised for its convertible straps, numbered sizes and contoured cups. A B-cup tester raves about support during running, but a D-cup says it came up too high on her chest.

5. Fitness Magazine

Fitness 2013 Gear Guide: The Best Sports Bras, Jenna Autuori-Dedic and Lauren Cardarelli, Not Dated

Champion's The Smoothie is recommended for C- and D-cup women, particularly for yoga, because of its secure hook-and-eye closure and convertible straps. The short blurb does not note any cons.