By CHELSEY MAGNESS
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!
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.
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.