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Pockets and Other Pet Peeves

May 23, 2010
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A quilted sports bra: more supportive than some out there today?

Numero uno gear beef? Bras. Built-in bras that assume we’re uniform from shoulder-to-chest-to-belly. Bras for larger chests that only come in black and white. Bras that chafe. Bras that don’t support. Bras that don’t, as one comment says, “lift, separate, and keep the ladies in place.”

As a 6’3.75” woman, I think I had some karma coming to me. What I got in height, I lack in chestage. Not always a plus, but a definite bonus when it comes to running. What? You don’t think chestage is a word? I’m taking a cue from a DD-runner who writes, “No matter what manufacturers claim, there does not exist a sports bra that will keep DD’s from moving. So. I have to wear two bras to run. In the heat. In Florida. Suckage.” Suckage? Definitely. Got it, Webster?

Ear buds that bop out of your ears also rose to the top of the charts, as did pockets (too small, not enough of ‘em). Tops that aren’t long enough gets an honorable mention; makes me wonder if the long shirt styles, engineered to hide the TMI that low-cut jeans show, has crept into our fashion subconscious. That’s not a bad thing: nobody’s upper crack, no matter how fit, taut, toned the body surrounding it is, is fit for public consumption. And shorts that ride up—and skirts whose hidden shorts don’t stay put—also were common complaints.

Other notable things that popped up and made me smile:

My number one issue is all the freaking pink. I hate it. And I won’t buy it. I’m a woman, not a 7-year-old princess.”
Editor’s note: I used to be a huge light pink fan, until my daughter’s closet has been overrun with pink (who knew there were so many variations in shades?). Now I’ve seen/folded/bought enough pink to be officially pinked out.

“It’s the never-to-be-washed-away stink that some of my favorite running clothes seem to hold that bothers me. And when I say STINK, I mean so totally offensive you want to blame the baby’s diaper….”
Editor’s note: I hear you. The way I’m sure Jessie, our blind lab, knows to hang a left to get into our bedroom? The stench emanating from my workout clothes drawer. SBS penned a fake commercial for Win in RLAM, which works apparently. I believe her, but ordering detergent off the Internet is about number 435 on my to-do list.

Another commented on getting a snag in a new tank with super thin fabric that she’s only worn twice.
Editor’s note: It’s probably front and center, right? Although I know I’d never get around to doing it myself, I’d recommend returning it, if possible. I think manufacturers need to know when their product doesn’t stand up to what it’s made for.

Another rant: “GPS gadgets that never click in. I have just stopped using mine, but still get annoyed sometimes when I run with my friend and she spends the first 10 minutes trying to get her Garmin to work and fretting when it doesn’t because she won’t get the entire run recorded.”
Editor’s note: Guilty as charged both ways: being the annoying friend, and being annoyed.

The random winner is Big Dog Mom, who might be a mother with big feet (me too!) or a mother of Huskies: not sure. Her first entry was the one random.org picked, but then, as I was scrolling through, I realized she has quite a bit of useful information to share.

Some snippets from her multiple comments:

I am a 36D and cannot find a bra I like… scratch that…I did find one that I loved that was made by underArmour but they have discontinued it! I loved that it had padding on the straps over my shoulders. Nice that it did not rub my shoulder raw. It had no hooks or zipper, which require a VAT of Glide to fix. It was padded so that no one knew when the ‘lights were on’! It did not give uniboob; there separate compartments for each of the girls.

The one I still have is so worn and nasty that my husband offered to buy me more. He said I looked like I was going to get a black eye soon from all the bouncing (it was really worn out of shape!), but now it is gone. They no longer make it and an internet search mission turned up empty. Well, none in my size.

She also recommends these as no-slip headphones; even though her husband couldn’t replace her fave bra, she bought him a pair so he wouldn’t steal hers.

Finally, she writes, “I wish companies would ask for feedback from the ‘real people’ that purchaseand use their products. I wish companies would let folks know when they are going to discontinue items so that ‘real people’ can buy all that there is left! Perhaps companies could have reps at races/expos and ask runners they see in their clothing and shoes what they like and don’t like about the products. Just a thought…..

Big Dog Mom, rest easy: I’ve actually sent the links to this blog and the facebook question about it (fyi: you have to post here to win, but feel free to comment on FB as well) to a bunch of peeps in the manufacturing world I know.

Here’s hoping for a built-in sports bra that fits all, doesn’t ride up, has lots of pockets, keeps your buds in your ears, your shorts down and your feet happy. A girl can dream, right?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2010 9:21 am

    for all of the can’t-find-a-bra lovin’ ladies out there. try the ta-ta tamer by Lululemon. it starts in a C, so it’s for all the larger ta-ta’s out there (sorry, dimity).

    it’s the only bra i’ve been able to wear whilst breastfeeding and after to hold up the girls.

  2. Beth permalink
    May 23, 2010 9:35 am

    I’m a sales rep although, I don’t sell bras. I do however spend a lot of time in running stores. Over the past 2 weeks I noticed a new cwx bra in many of the running stores I was in. I asked the floor staff about it and apparently it’s the new hot thing for larger busted women. I don’t know the name but it had a mesh look to the front and it’s apparently selling ver well. As for those of you looking for tops with pockets, check out cycling gear, lots of cool tops for women with pockets.

  3. May 23, 2010 9:42 am

    Great post! Curious to know if anyone else out there has tried yurbuds. I have small ears and the typical ipod earphones (or ANY ‘just stick in the ear’ earphones) have never worked for me. They fall right out! I’m still wearing the 1980’s “headband style” sport earphones and i’m sooooo ready to drop that look. Any feedback from women that can’t use typical ipod headphones? Oh, and I’ve also tried ones that hang on top of the ear….nope…my ear cartilage is so thin that they just bend my ears down and slide off. I promise the rest of me is for the most part, normal. Thanks RLAMers!
    – Eli

    • Tommy Gates permalink
      June 9, 2010 11:38 am

      @Elisette Carlson
      I actually just got my yurbuds in the mail last week! I went to their website after reading about them in another blog about earbuds for running. I submitted a digital picture and they sized my ear (size 5) and I ordered a pair of the pink yurbuds that help support Susan G. Komen. Last night was my first run with them and it was great. I went 9 miles and as promised, they didn’t fall out! A great purchase in my book

  4. May 24, 2010 2:03 pm

    I have been sporting this bra since having my son 7 months ago and nursing: http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/CWL108/ It works GREAT and keeps my 34D’s from inflicting some kind of injury to me!! Bounce free!

  5. lenora permalink
    May 25, 2010 6:18 am

    Add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your wash when you do your running clothes it takes the stink out. Also never put them in the dryer.

  6. Natalie permalink
    May 25, 2010 2:40 pm

    Tide makes a sport detergent now, and it ROCKS. We used to pay a mint for that special sports fabric wash, but I gave the Tide Sport a whirl (much cheaper, too, btw) and am very, very pleased. It has Febreze in it, and my workout clothes smell awesome now.

    I also agree w/ the previous poster about not putting them in the dryer. It’s a pain in the butt, but we air-dry all our workout gear. I usually make my husband do the hanging though! 😉

  7. pauline kinneman permalink
    May 25, 2010 3:09 pm

    Total flatso with very large ribcage,so needed large sports bra to go around me. The joke was that was my pockets. I’d wrap up a key or cell phone in tissue and put it all down my front! I have now found a new sports bra called “Handful”that is for small ,yet has the give to go around my frame. The bad news now I too need some pockets that don’t drag my pants down.
    Someone told me to check with the hearingaid people about headsets that fit your ear type(I guess were all a little different there to)it sounds like more moneythough.

  8. May 26, 2010 11:47 am

    I looked for eternity for a shirt with large enough pockets to hold 4+ gels when I went to Boston – I mean, do these companies understand the necessity??? I ended up with one from Brooks, which I got online because I couldn’t find any at the local running stores, and the thing had PADDED girl holders. Now, this may be okay for the larger chested gals but this size A really was laughing. I wore it anyway, cuz really I had no choice (it held 5 gels perfectly…and some ibuprofen, yay!) but I’ve never seen anything like it in the running world before.

    And I’m just warning ya, if (when!!) we go for a run together sometime, Dimity, I’m wearing PINK!! 😉

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