I had really high hopes for the Boa Sports Bra. I mean, how fun is the print “crazy cats”? But sadly, the print wasn’t enough for me to want to run in it.
About the Brand Boa:
Bao was created to “bring back the past” with running gear built to stand out and scream “life of the party.” They make various things, including short shorts, racerback tanks, and even sports bras. Plus, they are made in the USA.
David Fleming founded BOA in 1992 in Costa Mesa, California. He held multiple records at Willamette University and still has the 10,000m record he set in 1980, 29:54.44. After college, he even ran for the Oregon Track Club. While running, he couldn’t find the “perfect split short.”
With his wife Pamela’s background in garment construction, they began creating it. It took 22 revisions before BOA’s elite split short was born.
They needed venture capital and sold their forever home on Boa Vista Drive; thus, the company name “BOA” was born. To this day, the company is family owned and operated.
About the BOA Sports Bra:
There is no denying how fun the BOA sports bra is. They have several prints, including cats, cows, cheese, pizza, American flags…almost anything fun. That’s why I was drawn to them. I wanted a fun sports bra for the Bra Run 14k.
I decided upon the Crazy Cats because…that’s just who I am.
BOA claims the Women’s performance bras are made with all the support you need with double front construction that offers modesty. It has a thick elastic band under the band.
Materials: 88/12 Brushed Supplex/Spandex
Sizing: I ordered small and typically wear a small or 34B sports bra, and the Boa Sports Bra fits true to size.
My Experience with the BOA Sports Bra:
When the BOA sports bra arrived, I was super excited. Who doesn’t love fun prints? I took it out, and the print matches the website. It’s lightweight and looks extremely breathable. It was bright and definitely the “life of the party.”
Sadly, that is where my positive experience stopped. When I tried it on, I realized it would not work. I do not have a large chest, but there is insufficient support for jogging. It’s a basic racerback bra that would probably be fine if you need zero help. A high schooler or elite runner that doesn’t require any extra support? Yes, it would be fine, but it’s not enough for someone who needs an ounce of support.
The other issue for me is the wide thick elastic band at the bottom. I’ve had problems with this type of band twisting or getting stuck. It never works out well.
Another thing to keep in mind is the BOA Sports Bra is thin. The positive is it’s breathable, but there are no removable cups (which I know are controversial), which means there is no modesty. If you are someone who doesn’t want headlights, this isn’t going to be the bra for you.
While $38 is not expensive for a sports bra, it’s more expensive for a low impact.
BOA Sports Bra Conclusion:
Suppose you’re someone who doesn’t need any sports bra or could get away with minimal support, then you’ll be fine in the BOA Sports Bra. For me, it’s not even support. I can use the BOA Sports Bra for extremely low-impact workouts, but it’s not enough support to run. I hope they add some more supportive bras because most women cannot get away with running in them.
Question for you:
Have you tried the BOA Sports Bra?
What is your favorite sports bra?