ISO: A Better Fitting Sports Bra
Sports bras are a big deal in my world. I basically wear one all day, everyday since I live in workout apparel. As a 32D (well, last night I found out that I’m not exactly a 32D) who runs and does plyometrics in front of groups of people on a regular basis, I’m extremely picky about my sports bras.
The biggest issue I struggle with is fit. Most sports bras aren’t made for small people with a large chest. The ones that are don’t always give me the amount of support I prefer, they just don’t fit right or aren’t flattering enough to wear with a racer back tank top. I’m always on the search for a better fitting sports bra that provides more support.
Last night, I was invited to the New Balance store near Union Square for a sports bra fitting session with the woman who designed their new line, NB Psyche. She took my measurements and declared me a “tweener”. By her definition I’m in between band sizes 30 and 32 (maybe that’s why a good fit is a challenge).
The NB Psyche line includes 9 new styles of sports bras, designed to fit every woman. Seven out of the nine styles are high-impact, while the other two styles offer medium support. The sizing ranges from 30A to 44E. Most styles have adjustable straps, and adjustable bands.
Five styles were selected for me to try on based off my measurements. Immediately I was impressed by the construction, quality and feel of each bra. I tried on each one hoping to find a new, better fitting, more supportive bra than the one I currently run in.
While jogging in place and staring at my chest in the mirror of the dressing room, I was delighted to find a few of the new styles could potentially work well for me.
My only issue is because they don’t currently make a bra for a 30DD (no surprise there!), I had to put the closure on the last set of hooks to get the desired fit. Which may mean that once the bra stretches out the fit may no longer be as desirable.
Upon first wear, based off the construction and fit, the NB Psyche bras have the potential to replace my Moving Comfort Rebound Racer. I was short on time, so I didn’t make any purchases last night, but I plan on going back to pick up a few of the styles I tried on.
Have you ever had a professional bra fitting of any sort? What did you think?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post in any way.