Handful of What? Sports Bra Review


Each summer as the air heats up, I find myself opting to run in nothing but a sports bra and shorts. This year, my go-to bra has been a model from Handful Inc., which I have found is both supportive and flattering to the figure.

Finding a perfect sports bra has been a mission of mine for a long time now. Comfort, support and keeping me in place while I am out training is a major concern — the last thing I want to feel is extra weight bouncing around on my runs or bike rides!

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The author in a Handful sports bra

However, while I am all about keeping everything stable, I don’t want to have the infamous “uni-boob” look or cut off my breathing with too tight of a chest band. After running across Handful at the Outdoor Retailer trade show last summer I was excited to test the company’s “flatters without flattening” claim.

For the past six months I have been training hard with the Handful on, and it has yet to disappoint. I wore it non-stop for a 7-day expedition race in Patagonia, biked a 100-mile (very bumpy!) mountain bike trail, and I’ve gone on countless long runs to train.

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Handful sports bra

Through all of my tests, it has kept everything in place while still in fact showing that I do have a figure. I am right in the middle of the range with a size 32C.

It’s marketed as a small-chested sports bra, and I am on the cusp of that definition. If you are a size D, this bra is only good for low-impact sports such as yoga and walking.

You can find Handful sports bras at more and more stores as the word is getting out. Or you can buy directly via Handful.com. Prices range between $24 and $42, depending on color and style. Worth it for the “flatters without flattening” look!

—Chelsey Magness is a founding member of Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers.

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Bra promises a “flatter without flattening” look

Posted by Jody Filkins - 06/21/2012 04:02 PM

Wow – thanks for the review! We love our product and you certainly put it to the test! Guess what? New product coming out in August…Adjustable Handful Bras and Handful Tanks (also adjustable) in Black, Gray and Purple! We can’t wait….

Posted by Katie - 06/21/2012 07:17 PM

I’m always on the lookout for the perfect sports-bra as well… I’m really excited about the results you had with it! I can’t wait to get one and go for a nice long run :)

Posted by Cary Goldberg - 06/21/2012 07:18 PM

(((Chelsey))) you are the definition of a Handful Girl, living life to the fullest while looking your best, feeling your best and performing your best. 7-day expedition race in Patagonia—what? Thank you for sharing the Handful love with the Gear Heads out there and making our product look so good on body!

Posted by Lisa - 06/22/2012 04:14 AM

Handful!!!! What an amazing idea!!! Who needs reconstruction?? Thank you so much for making so many women feel like women again!!

Posted by pat smith - 06/22/2012 10:23 AM

Chelsey, what a great idea! And LOVE the name!! Good work.

Posted by Leah Fielding - 11/27/2012 01:03 PM

I love this company too! Great product. Please also checkout my review of Patagonia Active Mesh Sports Bra on www.womensgearguide.com

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