Saucony Spark Bra Review
When you hear the brand, Saucony, you may think of the Saucony Jazz, one of their classic running shoes. These days, Saucony makes more than shoes and have plunged into the apparel industry, and now the sports bra market. I’ve been testing out the new Spark Bra for the past few weeks and will give you a quick run down of some of its’ features in this review.
The Spark Bra is designed for A or B cup women for high impact activities, such as running. I found that the Spark provided enough support for these activities, but I was not always 100% happy with the fit. The bra features breathable cups, which are a nice touch to add a little of contour to the bra. Unfortunately, the cups have a seam the runs the entire circumference of the cup; the seam is a flat-lock design, however the location of the seam throughout the bra caused some areas of rubbing, especially near the bottom band of the top. The bottom band is a plenty wide and did a nice job anchoring or keep the bra in place. However, there is another pesky seam just over the sternum where the bra top comes to a “V” shape. On a long run I came back with a small area of chaffing in that same location, which I have yet to encounter with any other sports bra. I find these seam issues to be kind a bummer because the design of the Spark Bra is one that I typically enjoy: pull over, racer back design, with adjustable straps.
The Spark Bra does feel incredibly light and breathable when worn with a tank or tee over-top. The mesh back panel is quite large and allows for good air flow (the grey area in the photo above). The top features straps are adjustable, which is a nice feature to get a more customized fit. I found, however, that I had the straps as tight as they would go and still felt that I wanted them a touch tighter. The photo above may be quite deceiving as it looks as if you can adjust the straps the entire length of the sports bra, but the actual adjustable area is more like 2 inches or so.
The Spark Bra ran true to size and as said before, is best suited for A and B cupped individuals. Gals requiring a C cup will find that it does not offer enough support for high impact activity, yet may find it comfortable for lower impact activities. The Spark is available in a variety of color combos and even a few patterns, which allows you to wear it solo if desired.
Saucony made a valiant effort with this sports bra, but I do not think I will be adding this to my regular rotation due to the issues above. I am looking forward to trying out some of their other sports bras in the future to see the kinks worked out.