Sports Bras: Ratings of Sources
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by Dimity McDowell
Our AssessmentRoundup reviews of sports bras are a regular feature in Runner's World. In this recent evaluation, 25 testers ranging in size from 32A to 38DD exercise in an unspecified number of sports bras. They choose their 11 favorite models, which are then grouped by cup size to make selecting the right bra easier. The reviews include brief comments from testers and high points for each bra, but don't offer direct comparison between recommended models.
The Best Sports Bras for Every Size
by No author
Our AssessmentSelf magazine consults LaJean Lawson, Ph.D, adjunct professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State University. She is also identified as a "sports bra expert for Champion," but we found no sign of bias in her picks. Lawson uses "science-backed criteria" to choose standout sports bras, then wear-testers evaluate how they perform in the gym. The resulting 10 top picks are selected by cup size and intended activity.
The Best Sports Bra for Big Busts
by Bari Lieberman
Our AssessmentPrompted by a conversation with big-busted girlfriends, the author tests a number of sports bras with interval sprints on a treadmill and an intense jump-roping session. She picks three favorites and evaluates each. The reviews include detailed comments about each manufacturer's claims, how each bra fits and how they actually perform.
The Top Choices
by Dimity McDowell
Our AssessmentRunner's World publishes reviews of sports bras about once a year. In the 2010 edition, 25 women test 31 jog tops and bras. Twelve favorites are listed here, organized by cup size and further sorted by answers to simple questions (for example: "How do you feel about adjustable straps?"). Each review includes brief comments from testers.
Perk Up! The Best Sports Bras for Your Size
by Sarah D'Angelo
Our AssessmentAn undisclosed number of testers review more than 50 sports bras, selecting 16 favorites according to cup size. It's not clear how the bras are evaluated, although brief wear-tester comments give some idea of how they liked the garments.
7 Best Sports Bras
by Lisa Hoehn
Our AssessmentPrevention magazine invites 20 women -- ranging in size from 32A to 40DD and 34FF -- to test drive the newest sports-bra styles. The bras are worn to yoga, boot camp and while walking. Testers' reviews are very brief, including prominent features on each model but no additional comments or input. There's also no mention of how many bras didn't make the cut.
4 Features Your Sports Bras Must Have
by Nora Zelevansky
Our AssessmentThe author shares comments from Susan Nethero, owner of 16 Intimacy stores and endorsed as Oprah's "Bra Whisperer." Nethero explains why breast support is so important and points out the most desirable characteristics to look for in a sports bra (including individual cups and adjustable straps). She also recommends -- very briefly -- five of her favorite models.
4 Great Padded Sports Bras
by Jamie Ueda
Our AssessmentThis writer makes a case for lined or molded-cup sports bras that add shape for small-busted women. She offers brief comments on each of the four bras she recommends, putting roughly equal emphasis on comfort and appearance, and goes a step further by mentioning any downsides (including the fact that padding in the cups can reduce airflow).
by Lisa Jhung
Our AssessmentIn another edition of Runner's World's sports bra roundups, 26 testers ranging from A to DD cup sizes evaluate an unspecified number of bras. The review features their nine favorites, organized by cup size and primary characteristics. There's also a short list of tests you can do (including jumping around and slipping fingers beneath the shoulder straps) to make sure a sports bra fits properly.
Sports Bras for Real Curves
by Beth Dreher
Our AssessmentHealth magazine tests six sports bras with the help of a panel of women with breast sizes of 36C and above. The analysis is balanced, with pros and cons listed for each bra. Editors include a chart that compares each of the six recommended models. The Moving Comfort Fiona and Enell Sports Bra get high marks, along with bras from Patagonia, Champion, Adidas and Nike.
You've Really Got a Hold on Me
by Selene Yeager
Our AssessmentDr. Joanna Scurr, a researcher at the University of Portsmouth who has studied sports bras and breast movement during exercise, recommends three sports bras that meet her criteria for proper support. However, her comments are extremely brief. Like many reviewers, Dr. Scurr recommends the Enell Sports Bra for women with large breasts.
Find the Right Sports Bra for You
by Beth Dreher
Our AssessmentHealth magazine enlists several women to evaluate a variety of sports bras. While full testing details are not disclosed, each bra receives a brief commentary that includes tester remarks. Five sports bras are recommended, although there is no mention of any bras that disappoint wearers.
The Best Sports Bras for Your Size
by Editors of Fitness magazine
Our AssessmentThe editors of Fitness magazine select eight of their favorite sports bras, sorted by cup size. They recommend the CW-X Firm Support Bra for D-cup wearers, saying it's comfortable and offers "maximum bounce control."
The Best Sports Bras
by Editors of Shape magazine
Our AssessmentDozens of Shape staffers test the latest sports bras and recommend several models for various cup sizes. Although commentary is brief, each recommendation includes reviewer comments. The Champion Shape T-Back and Champion Double Dry Seamless Underwire sports bras are recommended, in addition to sports bras from Moving Comfort, Brooks, Under Armour and CW-X.
Best Sports Bras for Your Cup Size
by Kimberly A. Daly
Our AssessmentThe eight sports bras highlighted here are tested and reviewed briefly. However there's no direct comparison between models and no mention of how many testers evaluate each, or whether any bras didn't make the cut.
The Top Women's Sports Bras
by Lauren A. Greene
Our AssessmentWomen's Health magazine tests "dozens" of sports bras to find the best and recommends several models for low- and high-impact activities, all organized by cup size. Each bra gets a brief blurb that includes tester comments, but there is no mention of bras that don't make the cut.
Best Sports Bras for Women
by Paige Waehner
Our AssessmentPaige Waehner, the exercise guide at About.com, offers her picks for 10 of the best sports bras. She recommends various models for different breast sizes, but it's not clear if each bra was tested. Analysis is balanced, and shortcomings are noted when appropriate. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Sports Bras for Large-Chested Runners
by Christine Luff
Our AssessmentChristine Luff, the running guide at About.com, selects five sports bras as the best for large-chested runners. A couple of the brief reviews focus on features, and it's unclear if those models were tested. Other descriptions offer detailed comments and opinions from testers (running friends who the author asked to help her evaluate the sports bras). (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Workout Clothes: Sports Bras for Every Workout
by Kim Moshtaghi
Our AssessmentBlogger Kim Moshtaghi recommends three sports bras for workouts of varying intensities. It appears the bras were tested, as some aspects of comfort and usability are discussed. Moshtaghi's reviews contain more detail than many other blog postings on sports bras.
Best Sports Bra for Nursing Moms
by Shana Draugelis
Our AssessmentShana Draugelis at fashion blog AintNoMomJeans.com is one of the first (and still one of the few) to address which sports bras are best for nursing mothers. She recommends the Moving Comfort 3 Reasons Bra, available through Title 9 Sports. A Moving Comfort customer service representative confirms that this bra is the same as the Moving Comfort Fiona.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a large selection of sports bras, and the most popular models -- including the Enell Sports Bra and Moving Comfort Fiona bra -- have hundreds of comments and get 4.5 stars or better. Each user review includes a star rating (out of 5 possible) and sometimes lengthy comments.
Women's Sports Bras
by Contributors to RoadRunnerSports.com
Our AssessmentCustomers rate each sports bra on band fit and cup size. They also offer brief comments and list pros and cons for each model discussed. Although most models garner at least a handful of reviews, four stand out with at least 50 reviews and a 4.5-star or better average rating. One particularly popular bra, the Moving Comfort Fiona, has more than 200 user reviews.
High Impact Sports Bra
by Contributors to Athleta.com
Our AssessmentSome of the high-impact sports bras sold by this online retailer attract hundreds of user reviews, but only two receive a 4.5-star rating. In addition to the star ratings and owner comments, the site collects ratings from users about how well each bra fits in the chest and cups, how well it supports and what sort of coverage it offers. That, plus the relatively high numbers of reviews make this an excellent site to check for general owner opinions.
by Contributors to HerRoom.com
Our AssessmentThe ratings here are a little confusing; customers assign each bra an out-of-5 score, but some bras show different average ratings on the search page than on the individual product page. Nonetheless, the most popular models come with 90 or more customer reviews and are assigned a 5-star rating on their product pages -- which appears to represent a rating of 4.5 stars or better, since some of these bras receive 4-star reviews. Comments are usually one or two sentences each.
by Contributors to REI.com
Our AssessmentCustomers write short reviews of the sports bras they purchase, assigning each an out-of-5 star rating and listing pros and cons, along with other -- usually brief -- comments. Most bras have at least one or two reviews, but standouts have more than 30 reviews with a 4.5-star or better average score.
Women's Sports Bras
by Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com
Our AssessmentCustomers offer brief comments, and a star rating out of 5 possible, for sports bras they purchase. Most bras garner one to five reviews, but a few have more than 15 reviews and a score of 4.5 stars or better. Although the reviews are informative, they're brief and don't contain the usual pros/cons list you'd find on other customer-review sites.
by Contributors to SportsAuthority.com
Our AssessmentCustomers who buy sports bras chime in about how well they perform, assigning each a star rating (out of 5 possible). Users also rank each bra on several criteria, including cup fit, band size and overall size, which makes this an excellent site to visit if you struggle to find a good fit. Standout models have more than 10 reviews and at least a 4.5-star average score.
Sports Bra Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles owner-written reviews of sports bras from various online retailers, including REI.com and SierraTradingPost.com. Much of the feedback duplicates comments found on the individual retailers' sites, but having them all in one place gives you a quick and easy way to gauge popular opinion about each sports bra.