I wore the Vixen A/B on five runs: 3 mile easy road; 3 miles at summer track meet, including all-out 1-mile effort; 7 mile track workout; 9 mile trail, 7 mile treadmill.
Total Miles: 29
What I Love
According to Moving Comfort, the Vixen
…has earned favorite status for its racer-back design, contoured cups, flattering v-neck, and feminine accent piping.
I immediately agreed the v-neck was flattering and loved the overall style. The contrast piping and structured seams make this bra a beauty.
I rarely run in just a sports bra for several reasons, including my post-baby belly and the practical use of my shirt to wipe sweat off my face.
If I were to strip down, the Vixen would be my top choice. In addition to the stylish design, the contoured cups prevent nipple show-through and give the girls a nice shape instead of smashing them into the dreaded uni-boob. As fellow runner and blogger Debbie commented, no more looking like a 12-year-old boy!
The A/B small was the perfect fit for my frame. Not so tight that it constricted my breathing and not too loose that the fabric moved or rubbed against my skin. It was just right.
TIP – Your entire breast should fit in the cup. If you are sporting major cleavage or spilling out the sides, try the next size up. On the flip side, your breasts should not be swimming in the cups. If you need to send a search party in, try a smaller size.
I’ve had trouble with seamless, polyester/spandex bras chafing my skin and leaving painful, red burns at the neck and below my breasts.
While the body of the Vixen is made from a polyester/spandex blend, the underside of the band features soft material with raised circles that grip your skin and prevent sliding. Given my tendency to chafe, I was a little worried that these would irritate my skin, but I’m happy to report the band stayed firmly in place. Major points for zero chafing!
The back straps are constructed of Moving Comfort’s Drilayer Powermesh, providing ventilation to keep you cool. Since four of my runs were done in hot temperatures (80 & above), I greatly appreciated this feature!
High Impact Support
The Vixen definitely lives up to Moving Comfort’s reputation for support. The encapsulated cups are extremely supportive and comfortable.
Whether I was pounding my way down the track, taking it easy on a recovery run, or climbing and descending single track, the girls were snugly encased, and I felt very little movement or bounce in any direction.
What I Didn’t Love
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the Vixen. However, there were a few things I wasn’t crazy about:
I really love the flattering look of the v-neck, but there’s a rough seam where the two sides of the bra meet in the V. This was the only spot on the bra that rubbed my skin. It would be great to eliminate, reduce, or smooth out this seam.
Too Much Structure/Shape
As I already mentioned, I don’t typically wear sports bras solo. While the structure and shape of the bra were great when wearing alone, I didn’t like the way some of my running shirts laid on top of the bra.
With compression bras, my shirts lay pretty flat, but the thickness of the individual cups in the Vixen gave this bra just enough shape to alter the fit & feel of some shirts. Personally, I like less va-va-voom and more za-za-zoom when I’m running. Or maybe I just need some new running shirts!
Thick Cup Material
The cups are constructed of Moving Comfort’s Drilayer Buzz 50% S. Café polyester/50% polyester blend to transfer moisture away from your breasts. The day I went trail running was extremely hot and humid, and I was sweating buckets. The cups did a good job wicking the moisture away from my skin, but by the end of my run, the Vixen felt heavy & waterlogged.
I wore the tank on four separate occasions, including a 5-mile tempo, 9-mile fast-finish, 4-mile easy, and 7-mile track workout.
I was ecstatic to find the Interval Tank supportive enough for running, while simultaneously addressing some of the things I didn’t love about the Vixen.
I especially liked the M-frame construction which features separate cups with less material/bulk than the fully encapsulated Vixen. It’s not as supportive, but I preferred the tank’s streamlined, flat-lying front to the more structured Vixen.
The Interval Tank also features mesh zones and a stash pocket on the back. I love the pocket, but I wish the mesh zones were bigger. Running in the summer heat, I could definitely use a little more ventilation.
Unfortunately the v-neck seam on the interval tank rubbed more than the Vixen, probably because the bra lies flatter against my chest.
Making the Grade
Overall, I’d give the Vixen a B+ for high intensity running. Retailing at $36, the price is in line with other top brands and a solid investment for your running wardrobe.
The thickness of cup material downgraded this from an A. I’d love to try a similar bra with a more streamlined profile.
The Interval Tank earned an A-. I’m thrilled this tank is supportive enough to wear alone, and I’d definitely buy another one.
My only real complaint is the pesky v-neck seam, but otherwise I love this tank! Retailing at $54, it’s a little pricey, but I was able to find great deals online for past season’s colors.
Fleet Feet Kingsport provided the Moving Comfort Vixen A/B sports bra at no cost. I was provided no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own. Special thanks to Phil, Stephanie, and the Fleet Feet team for all of your help!
Do you have a favorite running tank or top you can’t live without? What’s your favorite piece of athletic apparel?
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