Angie Partain is very involved in the Missoula Running Community as both a runner and frequent volunteer despite being a busy mom. You can follow her adventures at @jnapartain.
A good bra—or the right bra can be hard to find but it is well worth the search when you find it. I mean a good bra is a life changer.
So, how do you measure a good running bra? Personally, I like thin straps, nice lines, girly details, medium support, good padding (I’m back and forth on removable cups), smoothing (thick enough to provide coverage without showing off the outline of the cup), something that dries quickly and won’t freeze me out at the finish line (am I the only one that struggles with this? Freakin’ brrr….), won’t smell and of course—is COMFORTABLE. I’ve had bras that I feel like I’m falling out of and I have had bras that I literally need help getting out of (Ok, I probably bought the wrong size that time, but that’s all part of finding the right bra!).
The Oiselle Ballard Bra passes in the pretty department for sure. It immediately jumped out at me as something that I wanted to try on. It has a minimalist look about it with the clean square neckline, which is complimented with mesh trim. The double strappy criss-crossed back gives the front’s classic lines a spunky vibe that works well with a peek-a-boo backed top or alone. It comes in royal blue, black and white.
Fitting true to size with a smoothing fit, the Ballard continues to impress me. I love the modest
cut, which hits mid chest and a bit lower on the torso, reminding me of a bralette style which is oh-so comfy. I find myself wearing it with my daily wardrobe as much as I do for running. Oiselle sizes their bras from 2-12, so it’s easy to get just the right size. If you aren’t sure on sizing—the gals (and guys) at Runner’s Edge can help you get it right. I don’t need a ton of support, but felt it was on the higher end of medium support feeling very well supported without that “squished” corset feeling. The removeable cups are nicely contoured, not visible through the bra or through a fitted top, are easily adjustable, stay put in their pockets while running and best of all–keep you from being nipple-y. The cut of the back is very flattering, gracing you with a slim and smooth profile.
The Ballard’s tight knit fabric wicks moisture well and kept me cool but not frosty. The inner lining is very soft, and I had zero issues with chafing or odors. It washes up well without fading, pilling or bleeding. Air drying is recommended and I was impressed that it remained super soft after doing so.
I’m super happy with the Oiselle Ballard and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect running bra. It’s priced at $50 and is worth every penny…I’m definitely going to buy a second one!