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Zensah Sports Bra and Recovery Sock Review!

So I realized that I’ve never even done a review on my most favorite product, the Zensah sports bra and Zensah recovery socks. Obviously I love Zensah sports bras because I have three of them! I have never had any problem with the sports bra and I wanted to share my success with them with everyone. It seems that when I find something I love, I just can’t get enough of it and I want to scream it from the mountain tops… Since I don’t have a mountain, y’all have to listen to me here.

One of my favorite things about the bras are that they are seamless. There are no seams or tags on the bra and I think this really helps in the chafing aspect of a sports bra. The fact that they don’t have a tag makes them fit really well and also makes them not wreck your skin on long runs. I have never had a  problem with chafing in these bras and I make sure that these are my race day bras. They have NEVER let me down. Another thing that I love about these bras is that they are nice and tight. I don’t feel that they are loose in any aspects and really keep everything together, if you know what I mean.

Here is a close-up of the bra from the front. I like how the Zensah logo is on the front smaller and also I like the runching that is on the inside of the bra to make it tight. Another aspect of the bra that I like is the waffling of the fabric on the straps. I really think that the waffling aspect gives more breathability and also makes the straps lighter on your shoulders.

The back also has the same waffling as the straps and I feel that this is moisture wicking and helps keep the back dry. I also really like how the bra is made. It’s not super heavy and the fabric is AAAAAAAHHHHHMAZING. If you have any Zensah products, you know their fabric is the softest around. That is one of my favorite things about the Zensah products, their fabric is so soft it is like butter against your skin, totally a win for a sports bra when your running twenty or more miles. The bra fits really well on  my shoulders and the back fits really well in-between my shoulder blades. I have found that thinner bra straps don’t fit as well as a little bit thicker straps so I really like the fit of these straps. They aren’t too thick but still make sure that everything stays in place.

This is the back of the sports bra inside out. As you can see there is no tags, which I mentioned before is a big plus. The seams around the straps also don’t chafe and the elastic in the bra really is great. Also, another favorite feature of the bra is the fact that it stays tight and doesn’t ride up. That is another plus that really adds a lot in a good sports bra. I know that these are a little more expensive than a Target bra, but I really think these are worth it. I have never found a bra that stays in place and ‘holds everything in’ like the Zensah bra. As for sizing, I wear a small/medium, and it’s tight, but I like it that way. My bra size is in-between a 34 B and C. I used to swear by the Target bras, but now, I can’t think of wearing those ever again because they just aren’t as tight as these.

So these are Zensah Recovery socks. I’ve worn mine a lot and that is why the bottoms are dirty. Sorry, I know. So I realized that these are my favorite “recovery socks”. You are suppose to wear recovery socks to increase circulation and use compression to help heal the muscles that you’ve used on your run. I’ve tried three brands of recovery socks and these are my favorites hands down. There are three aspects that I love about these socks that really make them stand out.

1. Fabric

The fabric of Zensah products is one of the main things that makes Zensah stand out against it’s competitors. It’s the nicest material out there and it’s almost like silk. The fabric is really durable and I love wearing the socks to bed, to work, and just around the house. The socks are so soft, I can’t even describe it. The fabric also holds well and I feel like really is what makes the sock stand out.

2. Compression

The compression in the socks is really the best I’ve experienced. I felt like they were compressed in the right areas, which is the calves and shin area for me. I really liked how tight they were and since the fabric is really soft it felt really good against my skin. The compression is also on the foot area which I also thought was a benefit. I have tried on some recovery socks and they just feel like glorified softball socks. I’m not going to pay $40 bucks for softball socks, sorry. I really feel that they are tight and fit well.

3. Cushion

Another great aspect of the socks is the fact that they have cushion in the foot area. You can kind of see it on the picture above but the bottom part of the sock is cushiony and not one sock I tried on was like that. It makes it a lot easier for walking since my legs hurt after a long run, but so do my feet. It adds a little something extra that I really think makes the sock stand out against competitors. The cushion was nice to be able to just wear the socks around the house and it made the socks that much more comfortable, which let’s be honest, these socks aren’t for fashion.

Anyways, since Zensah is a cool company, they wanted to offer my readers a discount on compression socks and sports bras. Just type in “Chicten” if you want 10% off compression socks and sports bras.

I really like the stuff, and I assure you, once you feel how soft it is and realize how great of a product they have, you won’t be disappointed. *Also, Zensah doesn’t pay me for this.. just wanted to share about how great their stuff is, since it works for me. Then I emailed them for the discount code. So check it out!


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  • Reply Joe Run For Dom

    Danica – thanks for your review of the Zensah products – as you know I don’t have a need for the sports bra (not at this age anyway) – but the compression sock review is very helpful. I am awaiting a Zensah shin sleeve this week to see if it helps with my shin issue that has almost cleared 100% (thank goodness) – I’ll be sure to get something up on the blog about that product as well.

    Thanks again for all you do! Best from Austin, Joe

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Spamboy

    Although I’m not in the market for a sports bra (I was not gifted), I do like the idea of a recovery sock — I’ll probably pick some up before my next race. Thanks for the review!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Jacklyn

    This is perfect! Thanks for the code too. I need to graduate from the target bras. I think me and running are ready to take that step :) Ok, so about these compression socks…I’m just starting training for a marathon and things like this are things I don’t know about. Ha. Do you wear these after your long runs? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am
  • Reply kristen

    Ok, the models wearing the sports bras on the website look ridiculous. I kind of feel sorry for them…
    That being said, I’ve only heard great things about Zensah and will probably try some of their gear soon.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Thanks for the review and discount code! I am going to try them out. :)

    January 20, 2010 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Morgan

    I love me some Zensah too! For reals… L-O-V-E!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m another Target bra wearer but I will definitely look into these as they sound great.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Jocelyn

    Do you think their bras would would for a slightly larger chest? I have there calve sleeves and I love them!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Thanks for the reviews! I own Zensah sleeves and a top and I am in LOVE with the fabric. Seamless bras are a must…. I should check these out.

    LOL at the well-worn/well-loved socks!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Libby

    I have the Zensah compression sleeves for legs and I love them! I love that the sports bras come in cute colors-very important mentally haha. Thanks for the review!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Thanks for the review. I’m a little concerned about the fit of the bras. I’m a 32/34 FF & I’m wondering if the S/M is tight on you if the L/XL will work for me.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Madison

    Thanks for the coupon code! I just tried the compressions leg sleeves and looooooved them!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am
  • Reply aron

    i loooooooooooooove my zensah sports bra!! i want one in green like you have <3

    January 20, 2010 at 11:23 am
  • Reply David

    Good to see El Niño isn’t keeping you from posting dirty sock pictures on the web! Haha stay safe Danica!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Heather

    I have never tried compression socks…maybe i should start!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:58 am
  • Reply cyberHag

    OMG, Target bras will tear you up! The Champion line sold at Target is pretty brutal as well.

    January 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply renae

    I’ll have to try that bra for sure. I’m a target girl myself but that bra looks way more comfortable!

    January 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Thanks for the reviews. When I saw the photos, they immediately reminded me of the Champion sports bras at Target so I was glad you mentioned how they compare. I just stocked up at Target but I’ll keep Zensah in mind for the future.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Angry Julie Monday

    I’m glad that you wrote about it being tight. I can only run in REALLY tight sports bras. I’m completely random like that.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    I currently wear the target bras but my favorite is one I got a VS but they stopped making sports bras. It’s super tight which I too, am a fan of. I honestly hate spending money on bras of any kind but I am probably due for a new one soon =).

    January 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply christina cadden

    hmmm, I am going to have to try this sports bra out!

    January 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Lara

    Excellent review, and thanks for the code. I’ll actually try this out. I love the Nike sports bras, but hate the tag on the left side. There’s a little bit of chafing that never clears up because of it. Maybe this is a good alternative???

    January 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply carpeviam

    I love rubbing butter on my skin, so I’m totally getting one of these bras.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Jess (Fit Chick in the City)

    Thanks for the review!

    January 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Amy I.

    Hey Danica! This isn’t really sports-bra related, but just wanted to leave a comment to say hi. Just started running very recently after a lifetime of hating any kind of physical activity, and I’ve shocked myself at how much I love it.

    Been obsessed with blogs and blogging for a while now, but just tonight started looking for running blogs, and I’m glad I found yours! It’s nice to “meet” you :) Looking forward to reading along.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Zoë

    Ooo! Those sports bras look comfy! Cute colors too! :)

    January 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    Hmm. I could have used those bras a couple years ago….

    So the Zensahs are good? I’ve been vascillating between a pair of recovery socks or a good pair of compression pants. I have a cheapo pair of compression pants from RRS, and I can tell you that there is marked difference in recovery if I wear them on a long run. I’m sold!

    January 21, 2010 at 8:56 am
  • Reply nicole

    I’m gonna order one of these bras! i hope it works! :)

    January 21, 2010 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Tara

    ooohhhhh I ♥ the green one! I have no boobs, so I always wear the target ones, but perhaps one day I will graduate to a grown-up sports bra! haha

    January 21, 2010 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Amy

    Hey Danica thanks for the review. Can you tell me if the sports bras are lined?? Thanks!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Morgan

    What size are your compression socks? Apparently the store didn’t carry smalls, but the mediums definitely didn’t compress well. And I don’t have small calves either! I told the salesperson, my calves are as big as my thighs. True story.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:05 am
  • Reply AnnGaff

    Well they SHOULD be paying you for this! Great writeup, girl

    January 22, 2010 at 10:00 am
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  • Reply Saliza

    Im a newbie runner. Is the sport bra come with a sponge padding?


    August 31, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Expert-improvement

    Everybody sometimes thought about home remodeling, and many of us have already improved their houses. People always tend to improve and remodel their homes. So I think that articles about home remodeling and improvement would be interesting to most users, even if this theme do not match forum’s subjects. I’m going to post here some articles on home remodeling and improvement, and if the administration of this forum consider that I’m wrong and such topic shouldn’t be here, please delete it or move to a more appropriate section. Thank you for your attention, and here is the first article for those who are interested:

    [b]Home Improvements – The Fun Stuff[/b]

    Planning home improvements necessarily involves addressing numerous practical matters. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the fun stuff!

    The Fun Stuff

    The first thing to plan for in home improvements is the practical stuff. The second thing you need to talk to family members about is the fun stuff.

    Most people have colors they like and colors they don’t like. They have things that interest them and things that don’t. Get your family to talk to you about those things. Each person’s bedroom, or bedroom area, should reflect his or her taste and interests. A boy who likes green, football, and backpacking can easily have a sage green (it “reads” as more neutral than many shades of green if re-sale of your home is a concern) room with cream woodwork, cream interior shutters, and cream ceiling. Framed football posters and wilderness scenes might be pleasant. Bedding with a rustic motif (rows of stylized pine trees?) from L.L. Bean or Plow and Hearth would work right in. Add a touch or two of a bright color like red or yellow.

    Does he need a desk in his room? A chest of drawers? A bookcase? Would he enjoy having a bulletin board? Even if they’re small, most rooms need at least three lamps so that illumination is general and even. The shades are usually best in warm, neutral colors. (Light coming through green shades tends to make people look sick.) Lamp shades should be level and the seams should be toward the wall so they’re not visible. When the bottom edge of most lamp shades in a room are the same height from the floor, the room tends to look serene and cohesive.

    Hanging pictures usually look best if the bottom edges of the frames are the same height from the floor and level with each other, too. There are exceptions to this and every generalization of course. A grouping of pictures can have the bottom tier follow the “rule” while all of the other pictures are higher. A picture over a fireplace often looks good higher than the other pictures in the room.

    Pictures usually look best when they have a relationship to furniture or an architectural feature. Pictures centered over a chest, bed, bookcase, or fireplace are good examples. Pictures don’t tend to look good if they’re scattered willy-nilly around a room, or if they’re up near the ceiling (unless they’re part of a grouping), or if the height at which they’re hung varies wildly with no rhyme nor reason.

    A girl who loves pink, the ballet, and swimming can have woodwork the same cream as her brother’s while her walls are a soft pink (a pink with a hint of yellow in it tends to go well with cream), and her art work reflects her interests. If she loves to read, make sure she has a good reading lamp near her bed, or near a comfortable chair, or both.

    A cream colored dust ruffle with widely spaced pink stripes and a quilted plaid coverlet in pink, green, yellow, and blue on a cream background might look nice. Add cream fabric window shades with large pink polka dots and I’ll bet she’ll smile.

    The bigger point is to simply have fun with some of your home improvements. There is no need to look exclusively at practical matters.

    October 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm
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  • Reply Amanda@RunningOnCoffee

    Any idea what bra size these bras work for? I don’t want to rule these out, but they look kinda like the Target C9 bras, which don’t cut it for me for running. I like more supportive bras like from Moving Comfort (Fiona, Juno).

    December 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm
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  • Reply Sachie

    Thanks Danica! I was hoping to purchase some running bras and my favorite company is out of stock. My old bras are chafing me now :O(

    I remember you doing a review on this company so I am giving it a try. Doing a marathon in a couple of weeks so I am looking to see if these bras will do the trick.

    November 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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