Warning to my gentlemen readers, it’s about to get girly on LiveRunLoveYoga. If you’re down for some bra talk read on, if not I completely understand the need to close this page ASAP.
As part of their New Year, New You campaign Jockey Activewear asked me to test out and review a couple of their products. I really needed to step it up in the sports bra department and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I tend to stick with the sports bras that hold you in tight but give you that dreaded uni-boob and let’s face it that’s not attractive at all. I’ve only recently (like in the last 2 weeks) discovered that support in the form of sports bras does not mean you need to feel strapped down with duck tape. Quite the contrary actually, they do make sports bras that lift and shape (um yes, I do have 2 boobs thank you very much) and are quite comfortable. It’s been a shocking and welcome reality check for me people!
Jockey sent me the Va Va Voom Sports Bra to try out. The name really says it all. When the bra arrived I was immediately put off by 2 things. The first was that the bra had cups like a push up bra. ”Seriously?! I’m supposed to run in this?” was all I could think. The second was that it had hooks in the back. ”Deal breaker”, was my next thought. Call me crazy but I find sports bras hard enough to get on and now you want me to put this over my head and hook it in the back?! I don’t think so. Well like I’ve learned so many times in the last few months, I really don’t have it all together and that’s fine except when it comes to sports bras. I’ve really been missing out by sticking with my good old over the head uni-boob bras!
got past into the cups, which I later learned are removable and hooked the back I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I have 2 boobs in the sports bra, they looked and felt supported. The straps sit over my shoulders and I felt like it dispersed the weight really evenly. Too often than not I feel like the straps from sports bras cut close to my neck and it feels like the weight is supported by my spine. Call me crazy but I hope you get what I’m trying to describe here.
I took the bra for a spin on my morning runs and I have to say I was really impressed by how comfortable and supportive it was. The moisture wicking material really kept me dry and the extra wide straps made the bra super comfortable. I wore it with the cups in a couple of times and it was really comfortable. I also wore it for one of my longer runs without the cups and really like how it looked and felt without the cups too. I think for longer runs I’d definitely opt for it without the cups since I had less bounce without them. I don’t know about you but running for 6 plus miles with bouncing doesn’t really sound like fun and I’m only a C cup.
All in all I owe Jockey a big thank you for expanding my sports bra horizons and showing me that you can have 2 boobs, shape and support in a sports bra and for teaching me that hooks in the back of a sports bra aren’t all that bad. The bra is really cute and comfortable. I’ll definitely be wearing it with cups in for my shorter and social runs and even under yoga tanks to yoga classes. For the long runs though, I think I’ll leave the cups home and take the extra support. And for $42 it seems like a pretty good deal to me.
The other item they sent me to try was the Jockey® Cotton Stretch Bootleg Pant. The first thing I noticed when I took the pant out of the packaging was how soft they were! The pants are made of a really soft stretching cotton so no matter where I went the pant went there too. Normally I wear my pants a little bit lower around the hips but these come up a bit higher, more to my waist. The waistband is extra wide which makes it really comfortable and it even has a small pocket for keys or if your like me bobby pins (random I know, but you never know when you’ll need to pin you bangs back). The pants are fitted through the hips and thigh and flare slightly at the bottom. I went with the regular length but they do make them in short and long too.
I’d definitely wear these pants for a restorative or gentle yoga class but would skip them for a sweaty vinyasa or hot yoga class. I’m just not a big fan of cotton when I’m sweating my butt off. You’ll definitely find me wearing them post run or workout when I just want something cute and comfortable on. They’d also be perfect for weekend walks with Michael. Quite honestly I’ve been wearing them a lot for lazy days at home, they don’t fit as snug as my other yoga pants so they are a bit more comfortable to lounge in. For $34.00 these pants are pretty versatile.
Thanks for Jockey for providing me the sports bra and pants to test and review. I was not paid for this review but was given a free sports bra and pants. All opinions and thoughts are my own.