Friday, February 5, 2010

Product Reviews: Champion Sports Bra & Zip Fleece Jacket

Get ready for a whole lotta pics (and me in a bra, sorry).
First up: The Champion Compression Vented Sports Bra


Product Description:  "At last...a compression sports bra that plays up your prettiest curves. Its secret? Contoured front seaming, designed to flatter your figure."

  • Super-sleek stretch knit helps stabilize bust to minimize painful bounce.
    (High Support: great for high-motion workouts.)
  • Double Dry fabric technology wicks moisture to keep you dry.
  • Breathable mesh lining allows cooling ventilation.
  • Mesh-covered keyhole back adds extra cool where it counts.
  • Covered elastic bottom band gives added support and comfort.
  • Tag free for non-chafe softness, with stay-put racer-back straps.
  • Nylon/spandex
Description found HERE.  Normally retails for $30, on sale for $19.99!

When I first tugged/shimmied/wiggled into this bra I was worried I might suffocate.  I think I might have worked up a sweat just putting the thing on!  It was beyond tight, and my girls were smooshed into submission...but hey, it's about how the bra "works" right?  The straps are very sturdy, and despite being tight, it was not chafing me anywhere.  My only gripe was that my shoulder blades felt a little constricted by the openings in the back and the material was tight.

I've actually worn this sports bra a few times and noticed right from the beginning that there was limited "bounce" (an excellent thing for sure!).  When they say High Impact, they mean it.  This bra has quickly become one of my favorites and over some time has stretched out and fits much better than at first.  And, I'll be the first to admit that when I see something is "Moisture-Wicking" I kind of think it's gimmicky, but now I'm convinced it isn't.  Let's just say that after I took this off, my skin was completely dry, but the bra was wet from my workout.  Holy cow!  It does wick sweat!

Pros:
Breathable & moisture-wicking (!)
Snug, and actually keeps the girls in place
Tagless
Excellent price for the quality

Cons:
Shoulder openings: a little small for the "swimmer's" shoulders (My suggestion below)
Not really a con, but it's pretty hilarious to try to get in/out of!

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Next up:  Champion Double Dry Microfleece Full-Zip Jacket

Product Description:  "Warmth without weight.  This sleek women's jacket keeps you warm and dry yet never looks heavy or bulky."

  • Plush microfleece fabric feels fabulous, inside and out. (It's brushed on both sides for unbelievable softness.)
  • Built-in Double Dry system wicks moisture for quick-dry comfort.
  • Shapely (non-chafe) seams flatter your feminine curves.
  • Non-binding mock-neck collar protects you from wind and chill.
  • Bar-tacked kangaroo pockets warm hands, hold small essentials.
  • Stretch binding accents hood...reinforces cuffs and hem.
  • NOTE: Fashion colors have contrast insets and contrast trim.
  • 100% polyester microfleece
Description found HERE. Normally retails for $38, on sale for $18.99.

I don't normally run in fleece simply because I get hot and quickly.  But for the sake of science and to see how this jacket adds up, I took it out for a spin on Tuesday night.  Oh boy, it kept me warm even though it wasn't too bad outside temp-wise (about 45 degrees).  I ended up going 6 miles at a fairly swift pace of 8:09 for the majority of the run.  Quite personally, I'm not fond of the feeling of wet fleece (reminds me of a wet blanket), and this jacket saw a fair share of perspiration.  However, it did not chafe at all and stayed put throughout the miles.  Plus, it's incredibly soft and has a cozy, neck-warming collar.  If you like to run in fleece, then it's definitely an excellent buy for a great price...use the extra money you save for race fees. ;) 

Pros:
Extremely soft
Keeps you warm
Non-binding fit
Pretty colors
Excellent price for the quality

Cons:
It's just not meant for me for running purposes (it could work for you!)

This jacket is now my go-to cover up on any day, and looks great with my jeans and sneakers. I love it for lounging, just not for running.

For more information check out http://www.championusa.com/ or become a fan of Champion on Facebook.
Many thanks to the people of Champion for providing me with this great gear. :)

**Note: All reviews are based on my own personal experience with the specific product that I was provided with.  I received these products free of charge from Champion and was not compensated for my review.**

20 comments:

  1. I have a high impact Champion bra, too, and it's my favorite bra right now. Yes, super squishy and hard to get into but absolutely no movement and super dry.

    Just the thought of running in fleece makes me want to take a shower. Ick!

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  2. Oh that fleece looks super super comfortable and cute! I wouldn't want to run in it, but it sure would be perfect for warming up after running in this cold weather!

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  3. Champion bras are my FAAAVORITE! And I love that I can find them everywhere...especially the C9 line at Target!

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  4. The top looks awesome. Gonna get me one of those right now.

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  5. I love champion!! their sports bras from target are my favorite! :)

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  6. I am definitely going to check out one of those bras

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  7. Great reviews. Thanks for sharing. Does the flat tummy come with the bra, cause I'd totally sport it sans shirt if it does :)

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  8. I really like the Champion bras and buy the basic one from Target.

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  9. I have the same bra! I like it a lot but I still am partial to my zensah, nothing compares to their fabric! They ruined me! ha ha :)

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  10. Thanks for the review! Have you ever tried Moving Comfort bras? I'm curious the difference between the two?

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  11. Thanks so much for the follow!! :-)

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  12. Zoe thanks for stopping by my blog for the Lift your sole giveaway!

    I loved your review. I am not a fan of fleece either!

    Great long run!!

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  13. GREAT reviews!! I have never tried their sports bras, but I am curious.

    I dont think Fleece ismade for running period, especially in rain..

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  14. Great reviews, Zoe! These sound like some excellent products. The fleece looks so cozy but like you, I would overheat in that running for sure!

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  15. the fleece looks perfect for apre run!

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  16. You might want to take a look at Breeze Comfort padded bras and sports bras. The bras are made with patented bra pad technology. The bra pads have perforations throughout to facilitate air circulation to the breast area. This helps release heat and helps prevent sponge effect (sweat collecting in the traditional bra pads).

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  17. I am a big 40DD, and i work as a dog walker, so i do a lot of running about all day. I read all the reviews on several different bras and have had champion bras before, but nothing compares to the comfort of this bra, i can wear all day and it doesn't "bite" anywhere, no wire to break or poke you and it holds my large 'stuff' still so i can run and play without any pain or discomfort. I brought 2 and will buy barely there bras more. We are going on vacation and i know that i will be well covered in this very comfortable and fast drying bra. I have told all my friends that are big busted but active like me.

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