As a sassy makeup loving fitness fanatic myself, I couldn’t help but laugh at Handful’s slogan of “Flatter, Not Flatten.” I, like many ladies, have had the sportsbra-induced “uniboob”–a situation that is completely unflattering and unnatural, quite frankly! That’s not how boobs are, and they should be supported accordingly, particularly during a workout. The Portland-based sports bra company clearly feels the same way, and has created a functional but stylish sports bra for active women. And, Handful frequently features real women on the Handful Instagram–I can’t help but love a company that really relates to their customers. Their fun and fresh attitude towards something as awkward as sports bras is so refreshing, and their products are just as awesome as their company’s philosophy.
Handful bras are available in five sizes, XS-L. Each Handful bra is has removable cups that help conceal, shape and flatter your girls (extra cups can be purchased of yours get lost or need replacing, or if you want to layer multiple cups for a little more OOMPH). The sweetheart neckline with ruching at the center flows well compliments a woman’s figure (regardless of how busty or flat you may be). The straps are adjustable and convertible, for whatever style and fit you need, whether you’re at the gym or out and about. The material is silky smooth, and comes in twelve fun colors, with sassy names such as Fifty Shades of Gunmetal Gray, Honey Badger Beige, and Gettin’ Lucky Green. They suggest that gals with A-B cups can wear their Handful bra for any type of workout, while ladies with B-C cups should wear wear them for moderate activities at most, and C+ cups wear their Handful bra for low impact activities, or everyday wear, only.
I bought my first ever Handful Bra in Battle Cry Pink a few years ago at a local running store. I bought an XS, based on the size charts, and while it “fit” it wasn’t as comfortable as I had expected or would have liked–like the straps and band are a smidge too tight. When I tested out the new model for this Run Oregon review, I requested a size small instead, and it felt much more comfortable, both standing, and moving around. I wore this bra to several activities: short runs, to barre3, to the gym, to a half marathon race. I’m pretty particular about having a sports bra that allows little to no bounce during a half marathon, and this passed that test for me as well. It felt super comfortable–you could forget you were even wearing it. I’ve heard from several other lady runners that they also prefer go with the larger size if they’re in between sizes.
So what did I think? I love my Handful bra. I love it so much, that just a few days after trying out the one in Sunshine, I immediately headed to a running store to buy the one in Camo! At $48 a bra, it’s on par with other specialty sports bras, but possibly a little steep for some budgets. I definitely suggest trying one on, and supporting a fabulous local business!