Handful Closer Sports Bra – Product Review

PRODUCT REVIEW – The Handful Closer Sports Bra

“Disclaimer: I received the Handful Closer Sports Bra to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

If you remember I reviewed another Handful bra and was left looking for more support. The Closer bra offered to provide the same great quality with more support for bigger cups – I was all in to give this one a test!

I was encouraged to choose my size based off of what size t-shirt size I would wear, I selected a large in the teal color – “Keepin it teal.” I am not sure if I missed the measurements, when I first ordered, but they are available with the size chart on the website.

*I can wear a men’s small shirt, and I feel most comfortable in a women’s large shirt. When I ordered, I did not take physical measurements.

The bra arrived and the first thing I noticed was the feel. It felt SOOOOOO soft! I am used to a rigid, structured feeling sports bra which reflects in the fabric. This was the opposite – buttery soft to the touch.

There bra clasps in the front and zips closed. There straps are adjustable in the back. There is a mesh detail around the top. There are removable pads, which also act as pockets.

A front closing bra with a zipper? I was all for the ease to get this thing on and off, but would the zipper chafe? NOPE – there is a liner against your skin, so there is no contact. So no chafe and no crazy tactics to get this on and off!

I did find that when I first put it on, it felt really loose. I made the appropriate adjustments to the straps and it just felt breathable. I did not feel tightly snug. I am not sure if it’s the fabric, or if I just need a smaller size? Or I am just used to a bra that fits like a straight jacket? I did have the pads removed, as I don’t need any more… so I put them back in and it fit a little more snug.

I knew that the only way to actually test it was to go for a run. So, I did. Then I did it again and again.

My Conclusion: no chafe and comfortable, easy to get on and off, also lack of uniboob! I am still searching for that locked and loaded feeling. I am not sure if I feel confident enough to run farther than 3 miles. I am still uncertain if I need a smaller size. With the double checking of the physical measurements, I think I would actually benefit from one size smaller.

Perhaps I will do that and I can save 10% with code BIBRAVE – and so can you! Head to www.handful.com to place your order.

Looking for more thoughts on the bra, check out these reviews: BeckyChristineThanhJessicaMeridith

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Handful Bra – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Handful Y-Back bra and Squeeze Play Leggings to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

I received a bag full of items at The Running Event, I will do my best to give each item their proper review.

I am constantly on the search for the perfect sports bra. I was excited when I saw the Handful Y-Back sports bra in my swag bag from The Running Event. Also in the bag were the Squeeze Play Leggings from Handful.

At the Running Event expo, the women behind Handful bra were exceptionally well at presenting their product. A passionate presentation makes the product more relate-able. In fact one of the presenters had lost their voice, and was still participating.

They displayed Handful’s mission well “to elevate, motivate, and support women to grab life! Our vision is that women confidently and unapologetically prioritize themselves and find their happy-active.” They also went on to let us know about their support of breast cancer survivors. Bras that fasten in the front, for those who can’t raise their arms. It was refreshing to see this presentation.

I received the black and white patterned bra, known as the ‘off the grid’ pattern. It is very soft to the touch, there are no visible metal clasps or hardware pieces. There are also removable pads. This pattern is on sale, but the y-back bra retails for $56. Online it is advertised as the top running bra for D+ cups.

After listening and talking with the women at the expo, and reading the information online, it was time to test this out for myself. They had me sold on their products.

I went for my first run on Dec. 5, I didn’t find it as supportive as I like, but it felt buttery soft and there was no chaffing and the band stayed in place. On Dec. 7, I put the pads in hoping for more support, to make the bra more tight as I do not need any extra on top, but it just wasn’t as tight as I need. I am thinking maybe it’s too big?

The bra is just so soft to not give up on it, but I need more ridgidness. The bra looks great! Great bra for everyday, no uniboob, but just not the support I need for a long distance run.

I also was fortunate to receive the Handful Squeeze Play Leggings in black. They are a nice feeling material with a higher waist band. The back of the waist band is “roushed.” These retail for $70. https://handful.com/collections/bottoms/products/handful-squeeze-play-legging

I wish I had more to say, but they do not fit me to provide a satisfactory review. I did get them on, but they were too tight and a little too long. I didn’t want to blow out a seam. I do know that some of the other female pros received their capris and wore them to the expo, they appeared to fit and enjoy them.

As much as the products may not have worked out for me, I really like this company and the passion they have for providing women workout clothing to “grab life by the horns.” I can see myself wearing the sports bra to hang out in, or as a bathing suit top. I also think maybe another bra in their line might be for me, I love the non chaffing, soft feel.

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