At Maine Running Company, our "personal fit" philosophy not only relates to running footwear but also extends to sports bras. Sports Bras are equipment and are as critical as your running shoes. Did you know 60-80% of women wear the wrong sports bra size? Life and body changes like weight loss or gain, pregnancy and breast feeding are just a few of the factors that may change your breast size and shape.
Did you also know that:
- Women should be fit for a bra at least once a year;
- Sports bras last on average 6-12 months depending on usage, frequency and types of sports participation;
- Fabric and elastic breakdown after constant washing and wearing;
- Not all bras are created equal. There are three main categories of Sports Bras -compression, compression/encapsulated & complete encapsulation.
What Makes a Good Sports Bra?
A good Sports Bra provides superior breast support, comfort and moisture management. Consider the following information when shopping for your next running bra:
- Does your bra minimize breast movement in one of two ways: 1) By compression - where the breasts are held against the chest wall to limit motion; or 2) By ecapsulation - where the bra is engineered to surround and support the breasts?
- Is your bra proportioned and contoured to minimize chafing - meaning the straps don't dig into your shoulders, the band around the lower chest doesn't shift or bind, and the material is soft and plush to minimize skin irritation?
- Is your bra made from materials that manage moisture allowing the bra to wick, breathe and act as a quick-drying product?
Sports Bra Fit Process:
Our "Personal Fit" process with Sports Bras includes:
- Measuring band and bust to determine size.
- Recommending bras based on support needs.
- Assessing fit and support as each bra is tried on.
- Discussing how much running or what activity is done.