It took me about 20 years of running, plus having a baby and learning more about sports bras to FINALLY start investing in good bras for running. Seriously, up until 3 years ago I ran in cheap bras from Walmart and Target and I didn’t even replace them when they had holes in them. But that has changed! Let’s talk about the importance of a good sports bra and how to choose the best Brooks Run Bra.
How to Choose the Best Brooks Run Bra
- Why is a Good Bra for Running is Important
- What should you look for in a Sports Bra
- Recommended Bras and Pros and Cons of Each
- Final Thoughts
Why is a Good Bra for Running is Important
Over the last 40 years Brooks has been researching how to perfect the sports bra for women runners. That’s how they came up with the Run Bra- a bra designed specifically for running. Running is a high impact sport and we need to have enough support without chafing, skin irritation, or any other discomfort. A good bra should also be easy enough to put on and fit comfortably.
What should you look for in a Sports Bra
I think its important to figure out which features you prefer. Do you want adjustable straps? Hook-back closures? Removable pads? And honestly since I wear my Koala Clip so much I am always considering if I will be able to slide it into my sports bra. (By the way: you can save 10% at the Koala Clip site with the code LISAS10)
One thing to note if you happen to be a breastfeeding mom- there are some bras with shoulder straps that open so that you can easily feed or pump right before or after your run. These were the two bras I wore all the time when I was breastfeeding- the Fiona and Juno. (I got these when I was pregnant and needed extra support).
Recommended Bras and Pros and Cons of Each
The two categories of Run Bras that Brooks offers are the Dare and the Drive. The dare has “a locked-in feel with distraction-free comfort” and the drive has “compressive, flexible support”. I’ve found that I really like certain bras in each category!
Dare Criss Cross Run Bra
This is a really fun bra with a different design. I actually find this style to be the least supportive so I don’t wear it for long runs or hard workouts. I also haven’t tried it with my Koala Clip. I love the color and it’s very comfortable.
Dare Crossback Run Bra
I have two of these in different sizes. The black one is bigger and I wore it when I was breastfeeding. Now it rubs little bit under my arms because its too big. The red one is smaller and fits well now. It feels very supportive and holds my Koala clip well. Great for solo runs outside and even long or hard runs.
Dare High Neck Run Bra
I’ve only had this for a few weeks and I really like it so far! It’s something I would run in by itself because its more like a cropped shirt that a sports bra. It looks a little funny under a small tank top or t-shirt because the front neck goes so high.
Dare Scoop Back Run Bra
This is another one from my breastfeeding days thats slightly too big now. It was great last year with a good amount of support. I didn’t use my Koala Clip with this one because of the low back style. I think it might be tricky to get it to stay in place.
Dare V-Neck Run Bra
This is another bra with a fun design. It’s hard to see in the picture but there are small straps in the back that criss-cross. It’s comfortable but doesn’t provide me with as much support as some of the others. And I’ve used it with my Koala Clip but it does get a little tricky to make sure it will stay in place.
Drive 3 Pocket Run Bra
This is my #1 favorite bra right now! I love everything about it- the perfect amount of support, the high neck, a pocket for my phone and other pockets on the sides! No need for a Koala Clip for this one but you could certainly use it if you wanted to. I have a feeling I will be getting alot of use out of this in the coming months.
Drive Interlace Run Bra
This bra doesn’t have padding so it’s much thinner. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it but I really like it! It has hook eye closures and fun straps in the back. I haven’t tried my Koala Clip with this one yet but I think it would work fine. I feel like this one really holds me in but its so comfortable and I don’t notice that I’m wearing it at all.
Drive Mesh Run Bra
I’ve only had this one for a week but I’ve already worn it a few times! This is another one I would wear by itself without a shirt. I love the fun design and high neck. I think it would be tricky to use a Koala Clip but I’ll probably give it a try and see how it goes. This one has removable pads.
As you can see there are so many options of run bras that Brooks has created. I think most runners will be able to find something that works for them. There is also a lot of great info in this Sports Bra Tips for Runners post by Run Happy Expert Alexandra Will. You can also use Brooks’ Bra Finder for find a run bra that will work for you.
Even if you don’t go with Brooks, make sure you are using sports bras that are comfortable and supportive, and that you are replacing them regularly!
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