I've had good success with Champion as well. I just bought two bras from Athleta a year ago (note: they are pretty pricey) but so far I've been very happy with them and they are not stretching out like the other bras I have bought in the past.
I think as long as you are truly supported (not just have fabric wrapped around you) that's a good sports bra. It took me a long time to figure out the difference. You may want to go to a sports store (Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Omega Sports or any one of those types of places) and try a few on just to see what your options are. I was suprised how much better a more supportive/tighter bra felt when I moved around in it - where before I didn't want anything constricting.
I tend to hold on to mine for too long before buying new ones - so I think they are fine and then I realize that they've stretched too far for too long. (3+ years with various weight fluctuations will do that it seems - and I do know better.)
I have had good success with Champion and Athletica. I wash them on gentle in warm water in the washing machine, then drip them dry. The elastic bands last longer without the heat from the dryer.
There is a Champion Outlet store in Grants Pass, Oregon and I drive through there 1-2 times per year. I get sports bras at about 50% off there.
Once in a while, I have found a good sports bra at the Hanes Outlet stores, but not reliably. I have used one from Target, but they don't last as long as Champion. Danskin from Walmart is all right, but I have not found the sports bras with enough support from Danskin (though I love their sport line of clothing!)
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There are lots of great brands out there. Depending on your activity and the amount of money you would like to spend, will determine your selection. As a runner, I like the Moving Comfort brand. While I may spend upwards of $45 for one bra, they can last quite some time with good care.
I just read on Sharcare that you should buy a good sports bra. They meant a good brand. Which is a good brand ? I have a pair from Hanes and I am fine with it but after reading that article I am little confused !
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