REVIEW: Craft Sport Specific Women’s Bike Bra
It’s a great concept: a bra that is ergonomically designed for cyclists. Craft Performance designed a bra “for those who spend most of their training time leaning aerodynamically forward onto the handlebars.”
Leaning over the drops, a woman with a jersey zipped down a bit for cooling purposes can be showing off more cleavage than she might normally be comfortable with as she faces other cyclists and runners passing in the opposite direction. The Craft Sport Specific Women’s Bike Bra covers a girl nicely there—no peep show whatsoever.
The other big plus of this bra is the great wicking capabilities it has. This is a fabulous hot weather bra because it has a Cool mesh super light fabric with great sweat wicking abilities. Some bras seem to hold in the moisture and I often find my typical sports bra is often the wettest piece of apparel on me during a workout. The Craft Bike bra, is in contrast, not a sweat-soaker, so you won’t get the cold chills with the wind created by that fast downhill ride blowing on your wet clothes. Craft has also treated the bra to give it a 50 UPF treatment. That is a plus for sure, but I don’t think I will be riding with merely that bra, especially as it only comes in white. (On the other hand, the white looks great with my mesh-back jersey–at which point I could use some sun protection. By the way, if the jersey is catching your eye, it is the Peleton jersey from Terry–which I bought online from their clearance section. It is still available in all sizes and three color schemes at this time for 50% off the orginal price.)
A weakness: Although Craft says “the body control fabric holds you up and holds you in, so that you won’t feel that unwanted bounce,” and that “the bottom elastic is secure enough…to use…for your running sessions.” As a C-cup girl, I found that wasn’t true at all for me. It is a great cycling bra, but not a running bra by any means. The support for “high impact” activity just isn’t there.
The Craft Sport Specific Women’s Bike Bra retails for about $45. Craft is a Swedish apparel company that specializes in high performance clothing for cycling, running, tri and Nordic sports for both men and women. In the 2011 Tour de France, Craft is the clothing of choice for the Trek-Leopard team.
For more information on choosing a bra and another review, see our previous article here.