The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Under Armour Mid Sports Bra

UA Sports Bra I exercise a lot, but like most women, have a difficult time finding “good” sports bras — which basically means a bra that provides the right blend of support and comfort. For the past few years I have just been wearing a cheap cotton model from Champion. But when I saw UA sports bras on sale recently, I decided to spend a bit more money and give one a try. I’m glad I did!

I went with a mid-support bra to wear while running and playing sports such as tennis and basketball. The one I chose is from the HeatGear line and is supposed to keep me feeling “light and dry” due to the moisture-wicking properties of the fabric — and the bra actually does just that!

There is a HUGE difference between wearing my old cotton sports bras and this UA one. The cotton bras would start to feel heavy and uncomfortable after becoming soaked with sweat, but that doesn’t happen now. The moisture-wicking fabric actually works, and feels SO MUCH BETTER, especially now in the summer.

The support is great, too. I’m a B cup/C cup in most brands, so I admittedly don’t need tons of support. This bra offers just the right amount without feeling too restrictive.

Now that I’ve experienced firsthand the difference a good sports bra can make, I’m not going to settle for the cheap stuff anymore. The extra comfort is definitely worth the extra dollars, so I’ll be buying Under Armour bras from here on out.

Ohnitsuka Tiger Machu Racer

machu racer I was recently in the market for a new pair of flat running shoes to replace my New Balance Minimus shoes that I finally wore out. I originally wanted to stick with NB for my new shoes, but couldn’t find anything I liked. A majority of their shoes seem to have that “Fresh Foam” bottom, which doesn’t suit my purposes.

So after a ton of shopping I settled on a brand I’d never tried before: Ohnitsuka Tiger. I guess they’re well known in Japan and are now made by Asics or something. I just chose them because they were on sale for 50 bucks and were as flat and light as I wanted my running shoes to be.

The particular model I selected is called the Machu Racer, and I’ve trained in this shoe for about a month now. I really like it! It’s roomy and comfortable without being loose to the point of feeling like it’s flopping around on my foot. And it’s extremely lightweight, which allows for quicker turnover/higher cadence and faster speeds.

There’s no kind of cushioning to speak of, and not a lot of support anywhere in the shoe. But again, this was the kind of shoe I was looking for. I do have other shoes that provide greater stability and support, and believe they have their place and time (on longer runs, for instance). I just didn’t need those features here.

So far, I can say that my Machu Racers are a very good shoe for the money. I obviously don’t have enough time or miles in them to attest to their durability, but if I can get 400-500 miles out of these, I’ll definitely buy another pair!