About the "Strong" Racerback Heather Grey Sports Bra by Strong Athletic
Finding a great sports bra that is comfortable and that also meets your athletic needs is not easy. Once you find the perfect jog bra you usually stick with that brand and never look back. We're the same at Strong Athletic. We wanted to create a bra that would fit people well and be good for low impact exercise and fitness without breaking people's banks. This heather grey "Strong" bra is our answer to that need. This bra slips easily over your head, so that you can just pull it on and you don't need to mess around with annoying hooks or zippers. The design allows for a bit of wiggle room in the sizing, because the bra's fabric is nice and stretchy, but it also holds. This flexibility in the fabric make it so that as your chest and breasts naturally change sizes from time to time, the bra will change with you if it's just a matter of a few pounds or inches. Plus, because these bras don't have underwire, you won't have the annoying sensation of wire cutting into your breasts, your chest or your skin.
We also wanted a bra that we could wear to the gym, or when going out with friends or even to go swimming in. Our bra fits all those needs. With the bold word "strong" printed across the front of the bra in white ink, the bra can hold its own if you choose to wear it without a shirt over it. We've seen people wear just our bras to their gym, to their spin classes and to yoga, but we've also seen people wear our bras when they're going out dancing and they know the dance floor is going to be hot. Our bras compliment drop arm tanks and tees because you're able to see some of the artwork of the bra in the larger arm holes. The racerback design of the bra makes it so that the straps show less when you're wearing your average tank top or tee and they nearly area always covered up when you wear our bra with a racerback tank.
These All Sport Bras come in sizes X-Small to 3X-Large, which is helping us get closer to our goal of making all of our designs as body inclusive as is possible for a small scale company. Make sure to use our size chart so that you can ensure that you're getting the right size. These bras are made to last, and will last you a few years if you take care of them with regular washing.
About Strong Athletic Products
We know that there are a few companies that make awesome bras with great slogans and sayings across the front. One thing we notice is that our bras and shirts are usually about $5-$10 more expensive than the other apparel on the market. Ever wonder why there is such a price difference? There's a good chance that some of those companies are simply producing more shirts, faster, and so their overhead costs are lower. We can't speak for them and how they set their prices, but we can speak for ourselves. At Strong Athletic, we only use small-scale screen printers and the garments that we print on are always made in W.A.R.P. Certified facilities. We also pay all of our contract employees a pay rate that is in line with living wage standards. The majority of our shirts are associated with a non-profit and we donate a portion of profits (sometimes 100% of profits) to causes that hold dear. We believe that when products are cheap, someone is losing out on income. We don't want those people to be anyone involved in our supply chain or who work for Strong Athletic on a daily basis.
Every single Strong Athletic product is produced by a small scale screen printer or embroidery shop. Our snapback hats are embroidered by a small-scale, local embroidery shop called Vistago Print in Lago Vista Texas. The majority of our shirts are printed by Amanda in Austin, Texas who prints out of the Austin Screen Printer's Coop, a screen printing shop that is member owned and run in East Austin. When our shirts are not printed by Amanda they are printed by other small-scale screen printers such as Second Avenues Ink in Portland, Oregon or Leigh Valley Apparel Creations in Pennsylvania. As mentioned above, the art for this design was created by Cristen Perks in 2013 for Strong Athletic founder Nadia Kean. The Strong Athletic logo was created by Angel Ortega in 2015, until that point our shirts had the Get Smarty Coaching logo on them.
Every Strong Athletic Shirt comes wrapped in our signature "You are so Strong" wraps which are held together with a kraft Strong Athletic sticker. Each shirt is then packaged in a biodegradable kraft mailer that we get from a US based company called EcoEnclose. We include a postcard that shares the origin story of Strong Athletic and that is addressed by hand to the person receiving the shirt. Also included in every package is a Strong Athletic logo sticker and one of our "We Believe" stickers. Every time you open a package from Strong Athletic we want it to feel special, especially if you're sending the Strong Athletic shirt as a gift.
People either buy Strong Athletic for theirselves or for their friends. Because our shirts, hats and fanny packs are so often sent to people as gifts, we decided that we wanted to make the experience of opening a Strong Athletic package feel like you're opening a gift. When your package from Strong Athletic arrives, you'll immediately notice that the kraft mailer is biodegradable and that it's covered in our removable signature "We Believe" sticker. Opening the package you will find your shirt, wrapped in a "You are so Strong" wrapper. In addition to whatever you purchased you'll also find a few of our signature logo stickers and a smaller "We Believe" sticker, plus a postcard with the origin story of our company hand written to the recipient of the package. If you're sending this as a gift to a friend, you can have us include a hand-written message and we'll sign your name for you. Just write out what you want written on the notes in the comment section of the cart.
We created our packaging so that every time a package shows up from Strong Athletic it feels like a gift is arriving in the mail. Our Kraft mailers are made in the USA and are 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Our signature “We Believe” art is printed on the outside of each mailer, so that when the person who is receiving the package opens it, they know just by reading the words on the envelope that they’re are receiving something special from a company that not only believes in sustainability, but also in humans in sports. We hope that you enjoy your package when it arrives.