Remembering the size small Nike sports bra I still squeeze myself into on occasion (hello, uniboob), I opted to test out a medium. Because I have an exactly 33-inch ribcage, I toggle back and forth between wearing 32-inch and 34-inch bras. And while I'm not too busty, I do have trouble squeezing into a cup-less sports bra, especially the aforementioned Nike model. Unfortunately, the Rebel seems to run truer to size, and was a tad on the large side. Luckily, both shoulder straps and the chest band are adjustable, so after hooking each to the smallest possible size, I felt supported enough to tackle a five-mile run.
Learn the verdict on the Nike Rebel when you keep reading.
The bra is made from Nike's Dri-FIT fabric, which I appreciate. One of my test runs was on an especially muggy afternoon, and the bra kept me happily comfortable. The back is slightly different from other sports bras I'm used to; there are two separate and adjustable shoulder straps. I didn't think I'd like the design, but the fact that the straps are easily adjustable was a huge plus for the Rebel. The downside: because I had to adjust all of the straps to a smaller size, the neckline rode up a little too high on my shoulders and neck. When I tried a second run with the straps slightly lower, the bra didn't provide enough support.
The Verdict: I'll definitely continue wearing my Rebel bra for short runs, and will likely invest in a second (size small) for longer runs. Besides the sizing frustration, I found the material to be soft, comfortable, and breathable. If you're in the market for a high-impact sports bra, the Nike Rebel may be for you — just be sure to give it a thorough try-on before you buy!
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