Friday, January 30, 2015

ENELL Ambassador review: ENELL Lite

Photos courtesy of enellsportsbras
As an ENELL Ambassador, I was recently sent an ENELL Lite to try. This was my first experience with the Lite, which I have not seen in stores near me. I have several of the Sport version, and those have become my go-to bras for running and triathlons.

Let's compare the two versions side-by-side:


Obviously, the Sport fabric is shiny, while the Lite's fabric is matte. The Sport fabric doesn't have much stretch, and the Lite's fabric is much softer and has a lot of give. This means that the Lite feels more comfortable for every day and low-impact wear, but it doesn't have the same support as the Sport. I tried running in the Lite, and it felt okay, but then I did a mirror check by jumping up and down a couple of times -- I was definitely not getting the "locked and loaded" support I'm used to from my Sports. From now on, I'll save the Lite for lower-impact activities like yoga, Pilates, strength training, or even daily wear. The front hook system means that there isn't the "uniboob" effect so common with other sports bras.

The stretchier fabric made it harder for me to get it hooked the first time. I am not sure if that was just a factor of me not being used to the bra. The second time I wore it, it seemed easier to get it hooked. I really loved that the fabric wicked away moisture.  It also felt completely light and, for maybe the first time in my adult life, I felt supported without feeling like I was wearing a bra.

The seaming is different too. Both have the same criss-cross seaming in the back, but the front of the Sport has distinctive arch-shaped seams (that often show through a light t-shirt) and the Lite has diagonal seams. I'm not sure what that means for support, but it does mean that the seams are less likely to show through clothes.

I'm enjoying the comfort of this bra and highly recommend you try it for yourself.  The Lite does not come in the new Scuba Blue color, but it is available in black, white, ecru, and Pink Hope.  If you can't find a retailer near you, there are dozens of online retailers and you can always order directly from Enell.  To order, you'd need to first take some simple measurements and use the brand's size chart to find the correct size, from 00 to 8.

Have you tried the Lite yet?  Let me know in the comments. 

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