June 25, 2012

Handful bra review and giveaway


Ever wondered what you can do to avoid being mistaken for a twelve-year-old boy (unless you are one) during a race? Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to worry about that, but for the rest of us, there are Handful bras. I had only recently discovered padded sports bras a few months before I won a Handful bra online (thanks again, Running with Spatulas!).

Handful in white

First, I don't think I'll ever go without padded sports bras again. When you combine a traditional sports bra with a sort of clingy sweat-wicking shirt and a cold morning, the results can be awkward. But as I once learned from a Victoria's Secret sales lady, "Some people want that." I'm not one of those people, so I was super happy to figure out that padded sports bras existed. Plus after four kids and nursing them all, there was a lot of deflation, like worse than the Euro.

Handful in pink

So by this point you get that I'm not well endowed. It's not a problem that I'm normally worried about, but sport bras have a tendency to take whatever a small-chested gal might have going for her and make it disappear. Even padded sports bras can smash you flat. I like that Handful has the gathering in the center of the bra to promote a more natural looking chest line and less of a uni-boob. That feature probably helps big chests even more than it does flat ones, but I still like that it makes a more natural chest contour.

This is the only bra, even of the several padded sports bras I own, that I will keep on when I change my clothes after a workout. Usually I completely change everything because I'm a sweaty mess, but if I'm in a time crunch, this bra works perfectly all day. If I had more of them, I would probably wear them all day regularly. And now that I think of it, it would have made a great nursing bra.

Handful in nude

If you don't need pads or if you're one of those people who "want that," the pads are easily removable. I also loved the directions on the Handful pads. Easy to read and use. I still have a hard time figuring out which way is up with my Lululemon bra pads. And you can see in the picture below that each pad gives you a little added boost with extra padding at the bottom. I also read online that some people put more than one pad in at a time. I go with the single, but that has got me thinking about buying some extra pads for dates with my husband. Also, this is an approved mastectomy bra.


The opening for pad insertion is pretty wide so you don't have to contort your hand into a pigeon claw to get them in and out. 


The bras also come with a perfect little mesh bag for washing your bra. Even if you don't want to take your pads out when you wash, the bag is nice for catching any pads that work their way out during the wash cycle. I always wash my workout clothing in a separate load with cold water and lay it out to dry. That junk is too expensive to get ripped to shreds on a toddler-shorts zipper.


When I run, especially long distances, I like to use my bra as a backpack/purse/storage closet/trash can. The only problem I have with Handful is that with the v-line at the chest, I can't store as much. If I were creating a Handful marathon bra, it would come up slightly higher in the front and maybe even have some pockets for more junk. Edit: The people over at Handful gave me a great idea. Use the insert pockets for storage on long runs. I'm definitely going to try this.

One last note on sizing, I used the sizing chart to measure for my bra, and it worked out well, giving me a comfortable fit. It fits sizes 32A to 38C+, so you aren't required to look like a twelve-year-old boy to buy it.

And what about if you want to try it for free -- today is your day. Thanks to the Handful crew, one awesome reader will get to try a bra in their choice of size and color.

To enter: 

In the comments of this post, tell me your favorite sports bra for running.

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow Handful on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like Handful on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

I'll pick a winner (using a random number generator) on Friday, June 29th. 

And three of their bra colors (nude, pink and cocoa) are on closeout sale for $24, so if you want to try one out, this is a great sale. The regular price is $42.

112 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of Moving Comfort (although I probably don't need as much support as Moving Comfort bras offer). Like you, I have the 12 year old boy problem.

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  2. I LOVE Handful bras! I have one in pink and wore it during the Marine Corps half. In the face photos, I looked a horrible mess, but my boobs looked awesome!!

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  3. My favorite sports bra is the thick training bra from Nike. They last forever, and I even put mine in the dryer!

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  4. I already follow you on Twitter

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  5. I already follow Handful on Twitter

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  6. I used to love moving comfort bras before I lost a ton of weight, now I think I need less support for my very tiny chest.

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  7. I already follow you on FB!

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  8. And I liked HF on FB. BTW your reviews are hilarious and you need to quit doing them as my wallet would appreciate it ;o)

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  9. Connected with you via Google

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  10. Following handfull on twitter

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  11. Shared the giveaway on Twitter

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  12. Shared the giveaway on Facebook

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  13. Sad as it sounds, I just began searching all of the WalMarts in the area to find some discontinued Danskin sports bras. They are a single layer of material and so much cooler to wear when running in the 90+ degree temps with humidity that we have had here lately. However, that being said, I would love to try a Handful sports bra as I am boobie challenged as well (for identical reasons)and would like to look like a girl sometimes.

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  14. I'm always in the market for a good sports bra!

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  15. I like you on Facebook!

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  16. I follow you on Twitter.

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  17. So far my favorite is a bra from title nine called the three blessing bra!

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  18. I am a new follower of handful on twitter

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  19. Following your blog on Google Friends(I think I did it right)

    In any case, my favorite running bra is the Nike Dri-fit. It's simple but works for my small boobs as well, and comes in lovely colours. I've never heard of padded sports bras though - GENIUS idea!!

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  20. Right now I love my Moving Comfort bras!

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  21. I like these Nike sports bra's I bought at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago best. Sadly, I have no idea what they are called and I have never found them anywhere else (even their website) again. I just bought a Moving Comfort on sale and it seems nice, but I've only worn it for one short run so we will see.

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    1. Apparently my computer is being crazy today and I am Unknown? Oh well, my name is Dani. :)

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  22. Up until Saturday my favourite running bra was my Moving Comfort Alexis bra (which is also padded), then I got the dreaded chafe from it so I'm looking elsewhere.......will it be a Handful?

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  23. I already follow you on friend connect

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  24. I already follow you on facebook

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  25. I mainly just run in Target sports bras because I'm boring lol

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  26. The only sports bras I own and Champion brand from Target. I love them even though they do make me look like a 12 year old boy. They are super comfy. I would really really love to try and Handful Bra. They sound awesome.

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  27. I already follow you thru Google friend connect.

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  28. Already follow you on Twitter.

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  29. I have NO favorite sports bra. I hate them all - well, all the ones I own. They are too dang expensive to go out and experiment, so I am stuck with the five I do have and they all suck. How's that for negativity? Anyway, I would be very excited to try one of these as I have heard a lot about them...

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  30. Already follow you on Facebook.

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  31. Already follow you on Twitter.

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  32. Already follow you via Google Friend Connect.

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  33. Already like Handful on Facebook.

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  34. Follow Handful now on Twitter.

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  35. Posted about this on Facebook.

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  36. Posted about it on Twitter.

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  37. My fav sports bra is my cheap-o target one...but I've had my eye on these for a while!!

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  38. I have tried SO many sports bras...Champion, Moving Comfort, NB, Nike and the ones I keep going back to are my PADDED Old Navy ones. Yesiree, they provide the most coverage, but I'm not super excited about the fit. Would LOVE to try a Handful!

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  39. I used to love Moving Comfort bras, but I've had bad luck with them lately. :( Hoping these bras will be my answer!!

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  40. My favorite bra is my lululemon bra.

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  41. Just wanted to say YAY!!!! glad you love it :) and if my comment wins give it to the next person below me ;)

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  42. Hi Lisa! I love your blog! You crack me up with "like worse than the Euro"! LOL! I am so there, too! My favorite sports bra to run in is a thick black tight FILA. But I'm a headlights show-er (not by choice!) and I'm excited about these new padded sports bras!

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  43. Love your blog and this post Lisa! I've been thinking about getting a padded sports bra since I stopped nursing my fifth...it's so sad when your muffin top sticks out past your chest! These sound perfect :-)

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  44. made a twitter account just to follow you...

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  45. Aslong as it's padded, i'm good.

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  46. Right now I am pretty much wearing what I have purchased over the years at Old Navy but this sounds great!

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  47. As someone who does have a chest, finding a good sports bra is the near impossible (plus I'm super cheap)! Right now my fav is a high impact Nike sports bra I found at TJ Maxx (we search for one every time we go, I've only found two though). You gals don't know how good you've got it. One day in my life and you'd never complain about a small chest again. I promise. I would love to try a Handful bra (minus the padding!)!

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  48. I like you on FB (via my little sister - I don't have facebook).

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  49. And I (Rosie) liked handful on fb.

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  50. I like you in real life too. Really though, I think you are fantastic and this was a great post. As far as my bra preference goes, my latest ones are from good ol' Target. I think I need to try out one of these snazy kinds.

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  51. Wow! I had no idea they made padded sports bras!! I nursed both of my daughters for 17 months each and there is some serious deflation going on.lol:)
    Right now I usually just wear the C9 ones from target.

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  52. Good Lord I can't imagine wanting "that"!
    I've been a Nike bra girl for a long time but have been wearing Champion lately. WOuld love to try these.

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  53. My favorite bra is a Champion one I got at Target!

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  56. I follow you on Twitter!

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  57. I follow Handful on Twitter!

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  58. If your a 36 year old boy, can you at least win them for your wife?

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  59. I have a target sports bra right now, but I've been hearing a lot of good things about Handful and would love to try it with my flat chest! lol

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  60. I follow you on Twitter!

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  61. I follow Handful on Twitter too!

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  62. I like your Facebook page!

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  63. I like Handful on Facebook!

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  64. I'm a blog follower!

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  65. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/218722031439585280

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  66. My current favorite sports bra is the Nike bra I found on clearance at Marshall's. It is good for high impact running and has adjustable straps.

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  67. I want to run but the main reason I don't is because I don't have a proper sports bra. This looks like its just what I need to get started.

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  68. This bra is really cute. And it fits well send it actually fits according to a traditional bra size. It gives good support when I'm running, I don't feel like I'm bouncing all over the place. I like bali shapewear bra.

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  69. Muahahahahha, I loved reading this blog post. I'm a huge Handful fan, and just entered the giveaway you have for another Handful bra. I'm one of those girls that wishes I were smaller all the time because all the cute bras come in the small sizes. No Victoria Secret, my 34D chest doesnt' want to be pushed up more or want another cup added! I definitely can't use Handful for running (which bums me out a lot, but they're just not high impact sports bras for well endowed ladies), but love it for lounging, yoga, walks, easy hikes, etc. And I'm totally with you on making one that comes up a little higher in the front. No one wants to look at 3" of cleavage that looks like a coin slot.

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  70. Ever wondered what you can do to avoid being mistaken for a twelve-year-old boy (unless you are one) during a race? Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to worry about that, but for the rest of us, there are Handful bras. full figure bras

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  71. all good here quality very nice fits well i am a female but i like a sleeve on my shirts they are for work the ladies shirts always to short of a sleeve so i order Champion Activewear.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/champion/index.htm

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