Monday, April 12, 2010

Kalyx Sports Bra review and giveaway

I have to admit that I've never paid too too much attention to my running bras. I've been wearing the same style (some Moving Comfort, some Brooks, some Champion) pull-over compression bra for years. In fact, some of the bras were purchased way back in the 90s. And they still work. For the most part.

Anyway, the trusty S/M pull-overs have always worked well for my size Bs. No worries.

With every week of this pregnancy, however, the size Bs grow a tad larger. Tads, as you may know, can quickly become scads and I knew it was only a matter of time before I would need to invest in some larger running bras.

So I entered a contest and was lucky to win a Kalyx sports bra from Setting You Free. I was psyched. To add to my psyched-ness, Ashley at Kalyx asked me if I would be interested in reviewing my bra and offering one to my readers for a giveaway. Well, sure!

Which leads us to today when I have a chance for you to win a free bra! But first, my review.

I checked out the Kalyx web site and read about the different bras that they offer. They offer a wide range of styles for a variety of activities and body types. I decided to go with a stylish one that seemed to match my needs: The Stayput (I ordered the teal, which is pictured on the site). It looks like this:

No, that is not me although, I wouldn't mind having her arms and trim little mid-section.

When the Stayput arrived, I was unsure of my choice. I've never worn a sports bra with a back closure, nor have I ever worn one with thin double straps. Would there be too much bounce? What about chafing? Bra chafing rots and I sure didn't want any of that.

Well, there was no chafing. Nor was there any bounce. The Stayput (I ordered a large to contain the no-longer Bs) helped things, well, stay put. I've worn the bra on several runs so far and it has been through the wash five or six times -- it's still good as new (as you'd expect from any quality bra) and I have only had good experiences wearing it.

One of the features that worried me at first was the back closure but I actually really like it. What I like most about the back closure is that it will allow this bra to last longer. Right now, I'm using the second set of hooks-and-eyes. As I get larger, I'll be able to expand the bra so I'll have more room. After I give birth, I hope I'll be able to get some use out of the bra by going to the tightest setting. We'll see.

All I know is that I needed a new larger bra that would offer plenty of support during these pregnant running months. I've found that bra in my Kalyx Stayput.

I've also found a neat company. Each of the Kalyx bras are made from 35% recycled fibers using K-Force Eco-Loving Fabric. It is a surprisingly soft fabric that also does a good job wicking away the sweat. And, Kalyx was founded by a woman who wanted to created better sports bras for women. So, she's dedicated to making sure they really fit, really support and really work.

Keep up the good work, Kalyx!

To buy:

The Stayput is $44.00 and you can order directly it from the Kalyx web site. Lucky you! Kalyx is offering readers a 20% discount on bras using the code Happy20. So, don't wait: Treat yourself!

To win:

Yay for the giveaway!

You can win a Kalyx bra of your choice by visiting their web site and leaving a comment telling me which bra you would like.

Customary additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):

  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of Kalyx on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (leave a comment each time)
The giveaway will run through 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 19, 2010 and the winner will be chosen using random.org and posted on Tuesday.

Good luck!

Review/giveaway disclaimer: I received a free Kalyx bra. I was not compensated for this review/giveaway.

168 comments:

  1. I Think that I would choose the Uplift. Thanks :)

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  2. I'm already a follower of both blogs :)

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  3. I would go for the Stayput as well. I'm breastfeeding twins. I need things to stay put for now ;-)

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  4. I'm not sure. Probably the stayput. The kickstart is so, so cute, but I'm guessing it's not appropriate for me :)

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  5. I would get the "embrace" marathon bra!
    great giveaway!

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  6. Awesome giveaway - I would select the Embrace Running bra

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  7. Became a Happy Runner Facebook Fan

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  8. I desparately need a new sports bra.
    I like the Kickstart one!

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  10. I am a follower and REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need a "GOOD" sports bra to work out in...I am still wearing the old cotton one that I worked out with in high school.

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  11. I follow your blog on Google Reader!

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  12. I am a fan of "The Happy Runner" on FB!

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  13. I entered Jen's giveaway, so I'm thankful for another chance. :)

    I just checked out the website. I love a lot of the cute styles, but I'd definitely go with something under the "Running" category... probably the "Embrace".

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  14. I am a fan of Happy Runner on FB!

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  15. I like the Stayput though the Embrace looks good, too.

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  16. I linked this giveaway on my blog

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  17. I blogged (linked) about this great giveaway!

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  18. I follow your blog and would love to try one of these awesome looking kalyx bras!

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  19. I also am a fan of yours on facebook!

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  20. I'm already a fan of yours on Facebook.

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  21. I just tweeted about your giveaway! @CCJade23

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  22. I'd love to try their "Embrace" running bra.

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  23. I put the giveaway up on my blog.

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  24. I'm a FB fan of The Happy Runner.

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  25. I really love the Kickstart and the Stayput bras. Both in Pool :)

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  26. I just posted a link to this giveaway on my blog!

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  27. I just tweeted about this giveaway!

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  28. I am a fan of Happy Runner on facebook!

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  29. I like the Embrace Bra as well! It looks like it would keep everything locked up tight!

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  30. I posted on my blog about this giveaway!

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  31. And I am a fan of happy runner on facebook!

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  32. The "stay put" sounds like it would suit me just fine!!!

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  33. I'd have to go with the Embrace running bra. No bounce, that's what I'm talking about.

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  34. I'd buy the KALYX "Uplift" Sports Bra

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  35. I am a fan of The Happy Runner on FB

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  36. I posted this giveaway on my blog

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  37. I follow! I love the Uplift MAX.

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  38. I'm thinking the stay put and I will tweet and FB as well! thanks~ erika

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  39. Ah bras! Now I'm wearing 2 most of the time. The embrace I would want to try!

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  40. I'm a fan of Happy Runner on FB.

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  41. I am already a Kalyx FB fan!

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  42. I am always on the lookout for a good sports bra! Thanks for the review... I'm a follower!

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  43. I would definitely go for the Marathon Bra or the Uplift!

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  44. I tweeted about this giveaway! I really like the look of these!

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  45. I just became a fan of KALYX on facebook, too!

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  46. I'd pick the Uplift Max..just started to pick up running again, this would be great to win! -Liz, chlives at hotmail dot com

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  47. I like the "embrace" bra for marathoning

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  48. I think I would choose the KALYX Extreme "Extremist" Sports Bra - and LOVE the colors!

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  49. Wow hard to pick but it's a tie between the
    "Kickstart" and the Embrace! The Embrace seems more like my usual sports bras but the Kickstart is SO CUTE!!

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  50. I would like to try the KALYX "Embrace" Running Bra !
    rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

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  51. I blogged this giveaway on my blog:
    http://corgipants.blogspot.com/2010/04/wanna-win.html

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  52. I have big tatas so I'd love Uplift Max :)

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  53. I'm a FB fan of Kalyx (and obviously would love one of these bras!)

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  54. I would totally love the embrace running bra! Runner ups were the one you chose and the extremist - they look very supportive and non-jiggly :).

    p.s. this is quix @ adjustedreality.com/blog, but for some reason it won't let me input this. :)

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  55. Tough choice! I think I'd go with the Uplift MAX.

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  56. I think I'd go with the Extremist.

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  57. I love the DD Diva and have wanted one for a while!

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  58. Posted on my blog side-bar
    www.mj-girlrunning.blogspot.com

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  59. Definitely the Marathon Running Bra. Although, I kind of want almost all of the high impact bras!

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  60. I'm a fan of Happy Runner on FB!

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  61. I linked the giveaway on my blog!

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  62. I would choose the embrace bra

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  63. I'd try the Uplift Max - I've always wanted to try a Kalyx sports bra ever since my husband saw the owner on a TV show talking about her product - he's listened to me complain about my sports bras not working well so much that he's on the lookout (at least that's what he tells me, lol) for a good sports bra for me.

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  64. I like the DD Diva Sports Bra.

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  65. I am following on google friend connect. Thanks!

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  66. KALYX "Embrace" Running Bra I would love to try this one :)
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  67. Kalyx FB fan -Julie L

    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  68. FB fan of yours-julie A Scott Laws
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  69. I follow your blog as jelaws5

    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  70. I would love the "embrace" bra!

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  71. I am a new follower of your blog!

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  72. Linked it on my blog @ http://bobbie087.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaways.html

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  73. Fan of The Happy Runner on FB

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  74. I would like to try.
    KALYX "Extremist" Sports Bra .
    Hannah C
    psychopathicpixie at yahoo dot com

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  75. I follow your blog.
    Hannah C
    psychopathicpixie at yahoo dot com

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  76. I like the kickstart racerback!

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  77. Posted this giveaway on my blog's side bar:
    http://sherunslikeagirl.blogspot.com

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  78. I am a relatively new runner married to a cross country coach. He pointed me to your blog! I would definitely choose the Stayput!

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  79. And now I am a follower here!

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  80. I became a fan of "The Happy Runner" on FB!

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  81. I would like to try the Uplift Max or the Kickstart.

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  82. I would probably go with the Embrace Running Bra in Snow.

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  83. I am a Facebook fan; that's how I remembered to enter the giveaway before it's too late!

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  84. i'm a fan of the blog on fb!

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  85. I like the Embrace running bra.

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  86. I like this bra - seems to have good support, while a lightweight fabric, which is important here in the summer desert!color is very beautiful.
    sports bra

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