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Cheap Sports Bras
Cheap Sports Bras
Cheap sports bras are designed specifically for physical activity, with complete coverage and wide straps. Any underwire should be very flexible and move with your body, say experts at REI, and the bra fabric should wick sweat off the body.
Bra Fabric.The fabric of a bra has a direct impact on its comfort, durability, and support. For a cheap sports bra, you want a moisture-wicking fabric that isn't too stiff. The Moving Comfort Fiona is 88 percent DriLayer X-Support polyester (a fabric patented by Moving Comfort) and 12 percent Lycra. One woman who posted a comment on the Moving Comfort website appreciates that the materials used in this bra are very comfortable on her extra-sensitive skin -- so much so that at times it feels like the bra's not even there.
Cotton is a good bra fabric choice because it's breathable and soft, but it may not provide adequate support on its own. The Elita Les Essentiels Crossover Cami, for instance, is 92 percent cotton and doesn't have any underwire, and women posting reviews at Her Room note that it doesn't offer enough support if you have a larger bust. Nylon or polyester can be found in a soft weave that provides more support. These bra fabrics are often combined with something stretchy such as spandex or Lycra, as in the Moving Comfort Fiona. The Barely There Invisible Look Underwire is 85 percent nylon and 15 percent spandex. One woman who posted a review at Kohl's notes that the bra's soft fabric feels smooth against her skin.
The Lilyette Tailored Strapless Minimizer Bra is 88 percent nylon and 12 percent Lycra, and the Maidenform The Dream Bra Push-Up Bra is 78 percent nylon and 28 percent elastane. One consumer notes that this blend doesn't breathe terribly well and makes her sweat, but she joins a chorus of women posting at Macy’s who marvel at how comfortable the bra is -- comfortable enough to sleep in, one woman declares. Another consumer likes that the Maidenform, unlike many other push-up bras, has solid sides instead of lace, which is apt to rip. Our choice for a good comfort bra, the Playtex 18-Hour Original Comfort Strap, is a blend of four different fabrics: polyester, nylon, spandex, and cotton. One woman who posted a bra review at Freshpair says the Playtex is comfortable enough to wear every day.
Mesh and lace are two other common bra fabrics, but they're not the most durable and can irritate the skin. Satin is soft and comfortable and also used in many designs but usually requires special care. Don't completely discount these bra fabrics, however -- they're suitable for sexy bras that you don't intend to wear on a day-to-day basis.
Bra Durability.Many things can go wrong with a bra. The band and straps can stretch out or break, lace or mesh can snag and rip, and underwire can snap or pop out, as evidenced in reviews of the Carnival Seamless Push-Up Bra. None of these seems to be an issue with the Barely There Invisible Look Underwire, according to women posting reviews on Amazon. Comments reveal that women are happy with this bra's performance; one says it holds up well wash after wash. While one person posting a comment at Macy's says the quality of the Playtex 18-Hour Original Comfort Strap has gone downhill, most others adamantly disagree, saying they've experienced no problems and have worn it for years without having it stretch or give out. A consumer who posted a review at Kohl's found that her much-loved Maidenform The Dream Bra Push-Up Bras needed to be replaced after about a year, but she notes that they no doubt would have lasted longer had she not put them in the washing machine and dryer (bra instructions generally recommend hand washing). Our pick for best cheap sports bra, the Moving Comfort Fiona, gets enthusiastic reviews from women posting on REI, who say the bra is made of high quality materials that help it last a long time. One reviewer reports that she has worn several of these bras for more than two years and they are still going strong.
Don't Bother Cheap Bras
Elita Les Essentiels Crossover Cami
This cheap bra is the only one our list that can't be adjusted in any way. There's no back closure; you pull the bra over your head to put it on. Consumers seem put off by the sizing, saying the fit just isn't good and the band tends to be too tight, causing unsightly "back fat." Read more »
Carnival Seamless Push-Up Bra
We didn't find a lot of reviews of this budget bra, but those we did encounter were generally negative; even the positive comments nearly always come with caveats. Consumers report that the fit is wrong and the bra is just plain uncomfortable. Other women say they've had problems with the underwire popping out the side. Read more »
Carnival Seamless Push-Up Bra Review
Playtex 18-Hour Original Comfort Strap Bra Review
Barely There Invisible Look Underwire Review
Maidenform The Dream Bra Push-Up Bra Review
Lilyette Tailored Strapless Minimizer Bra Review
Moving Comfort Fiona Review
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