[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED…..]
Now let me just start this post off by saying I know there has been countless reviews of this product floating around the running blog-o-sphere but nevertheless I wanted to review this more than anything else.
because I have small breasts.
I never had an issue with them PRIOR to Logan. I was quite comfortable with my less than average chest and even in a normal sports bra I didn’t mind that I looked kinda like a 11 year old. As I have always been a small breast advocator 😉
However, now my breasts aren’t nearly as perky, nor do I feel comfortable in a sports bra that flattens them – I want to look like I have boobs. It makes me feel confident and better about myself. If I had the money, I’d get implants, but I don’t so I wear padded bras, padded bikinis you name it – let the false advertising commence! I have even gone as far as to put padding in my normal sports bra so I didn’t look so flat.
…..Then along came Handful; designed to flatter, not flatten.
I fell in love.
When Jody from Handful offered to give me a bra to review I was so excited. I decided to get an XS bra based on the reviews from fellow bloggers. I chose the nude colour because it can be worn with anything and I haven’t seen anyone else wear it.
Initial observations about the bra were – YAY I have breasts! and man, these straps are kind of tight.
I asked Jody if she could let me exchange mine for a small and she said she could send me one so I could compare and then decide! – great customer service!
So I also have a small black Handful.
Verdict – their sizing chart is accurate and if you are like me (an inbtwn size) go up a size. If for no other reason for the straps alone. They are just too tight in the smaller size. I like my sports bras a bit tighter for support, but I couldn’t believe how comfortable this bra was, once I was in the RIGHT size
There is definitely a significant difference between both sizes:
I decided to go with the small instead of the xsmall. It just feels better and gives me more coverage.
The bra comes in a mesh bag for laundry, has removable pads, washes and wears really well. I wore my Handful on runs, spinning, during yoga, even ‘out and about’ in normal clothes and to bed one night. It IS a great bra. I really liked it.
As far as most features go it’s the same as any other sports bra; wicks away moisture, breathes, stays in place, provides support – all the things you want in a good bra that’s going to be used when you’re sweaty and working hard!
As far as where it’s different:
- ruching in the center makes a femine figure both with and without padding (I even liked it without)
- padding covers nipples (so they don’t show in cold gyms) and adds to make a more curvy appearance.
- very comfortable around chest and ribcage.
- stayed put and unnoticeable during all workouts.
- thin straps – I thought the design was nice with the crossed back but the straps may be better if they were a little wider.
- straps need to be adjustable. The XS straps just dug into me.
So bottom line – this is a GREAT bra for women wanting a more feminine figure. The best part is it also stacks up to the competition in the sports aspect too. I would highly recommend it. I feel 10, 000 times more comfortable during both workouts and runs. I just LOVE looking like I have a chest. haha I really like the design of it and I love that it doesn’t feel like a sports bra at all. If they made the straps adjustable I’d be sold Great Product.
Handful has also offered to give one lucky reader a FREE bra of their choice.
*mandatory* – “like” Handful on facebook and leave them a nice comment
if you don’t have facebook visit their site and leave me a comment saying which colour you like best!
additional entries: (do as many as you like and leave a SEPARATE comment for each)
- follow Handful on twitter @handfulbra (+1)
- tweet/blog/facebook – SHARE this giveaway 😀 (+1)
- follow me on twitter @spatularunner (+1)
- “like” Running /w Spatulas on facebook (+1)
- follow this blog via GFC (+1)
Giveaway will close on Friday January 13th @ midnight (feeling lucky?) and winner will be posted on Saturday. Thanks for participating.
(although this bra was given to me for free – my opinion is my own! – let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look sexier while working out!)
(EDIT – this bra is also GREAT for chesty girls!!! I just obviously don’t have experience in that area)