Warning. What you are about to read may shock you.
Regular readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of pricey sportswear. I don’t wear ‘active wear’, I have running kit or gym kit. The phrase ‘athleisure’ brings me out in a rash and don’t even get me started on Sportsluxe. The day I go out for coffee in something that looks like I should wear it to spinning class is….well, I don’t know what is as it simply won’t happen.
As such, I don’t normally worship at the lycra-clad altar of brands like Lululemon, in fact, I tend to steer well clear – but a few weeks ago, I noticed something; people weren’t just talking about a new Lululemon sports bra they were raving about it. In fact, the bra, called Enlite, was being called the best sports bra ever made. As I read the fifth review saying how fab is was, I decided I needed to try it too.
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The New Lululemon Enlite Reviewed
Fact is, I don’t do well buying new sports bras – they are either completely unsupportive or so restrictive or fiddly to put on I’ve actually got stuck in a few while trying them on in a changing room. The result of this is some of my sports bras are older than my nephew (and he’s not exactly in nappies!). During a rare brave moment, I, therefore, plucked up the courage to ask the nice Lululemon people if I could try the bra of glowing praise. A few days later it arrived, wrapped in tissue paper – and it was purple; my favourite colour. Oh, talk about stacking the decks in your favour!
The day came to put it on. I was only going out for a short run and so decided to give it a try. I was expecting problems so figured I could put up with any discomfort for half an hour. I picked it up out of the tissue paper and my first thought was, it’s very strokey. The fabric is remarkably soft. My second thought was ‘oh no, it has criss crossy straps, I’m going to be stuck in the bathroom for twenty minutes trying to work out what arm goes where and then have to call The Boyfriend for help.’ I was wrong. Very wrong. It literally just slips on. And then it does up. There’s no twisting, turning, fighting with straps, hooks, eyes or anything else that can get in the way or lead you to having to skip arm day for a week.
It seems so stupid to say that, but I have literally fought so hard with sports bras to get them on before I’ve pulled a muscle. Now, admittedly, when a sports bra goes on this easily, it normally means it doesn’t actually hold your boobs in place. But the Lululemon sports bra hasn’t had a team of designers working on it for two years for it to not control any bouncing. I stood in front of the mirror and jumped up and down. Literally, nothing moved. I was seriously amazed.
Thirty minutes of running later nothing had changed in my opinion nor had anything rubbed, chafed, restricted my movement or done anything else that might make me throw my new purple possession into the pile of sports kit only used when everything else is in the wash. It was a warm day and so the bra was sweaty, yet getting it off was as simple as putting it on had been. Oh the joy.
I wore it again on a 14km run and it performed just as well. And, while I’m never going to run without a top over it, it’s also flattering. Everything stayed in, no fat bits squished out the back or sides, compared to the one I ran in today that made me look like the marshmallow man from behind, it’s positively beautiful. I admit, I’m gobsmackingly impressed.
And I’m not alone, every review I’ve seen on Enlite has said it’s fantastic – I also met another journalist the other day who’d tried it, again, she’s also not someone who usually buys expensive kit and she too was astounded by how good it was. We actually sat in a cafe talking about ‘active wear’ – I’m very much hoping this is not the start of a slippery slope!
Now, the one downside is the price – over here in Australia Enlite is $98, in the UK it retails at £78 – I don’t think I could bring myself to spend that on something I’m going to sweat on but this might explain why I always have so many problems buying new ones!.
Fact is, I honestly didn’t think when I asked to try out Enlite that I would love it. In fact, I was sure it was going to be the sports bra equivalent of ‘all talk, no action’ – but, genuinely I Lulu-love it.
The Rest of My Essential Running Kit
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Want to know what else comes out with me on my runs? Well, my favourite shorts come from Aldi (told you I wasn’t big on pricey sportswear) and most of my tops are free race shirts from various events.
My trainers are from New Balance and I would tell you what model they were but it’s rubbed off the inside – something that’s rather frustrating as they need replacing.
I’ve recently invested in a Tom Tom Sports Watch which, I admit I’m having a few teething troubles with – today it ran out of storage – I didn’t even know it stored information, but, it’s very accurate in regards to distance and easy to wear so I might just spend a bit more time reading how it actually works!
Music comes from an ipod shuffle of a generation so old that you now have to buy them reconditioned on amazon (but hey, loving that price) – I like not having a set playlist but just seeing what appears.
My other essential is a Flipbelt to stash my phone, keys and space $10 bill just in case of emergencies.
If I’m going on a longer run when I need to carry fluids, I swap to a Fuel Belt with attached bottles – sadly mine is just a boring black one. I want the pretty orange one above now though.