tata tamer test drive

staying put

After receiving feedback from lots of athletes in the fit rooms about the Ta Ta Tamer II, I wanted to share a blog post about its fit and function. However, since my tatas are pretty tame to begin with, I turned to fellow educator, Caroline, for her expertise on the matter. Here’s what Caroline had to say about her experience:

As a tata-blessed athlete, I've grown used to double-layering my sports bras in order to adequately support and cover my favorite ladies. When the Ta Ta Tamer II hit Evanston, I had my doubts about the ability of this single sports bra to overcome the power of two sports bras. However, since I am committed to doing one thing a day that scares me, I agreed to put the Ta Ta Tamer II to the ultimate test.


Above: Caroline, wearing her usual sports bra combination.

After hardcore workouts with two of my favorite Evanston trainers, I am delighted to report that not only did the Ta Ta Tamer II work its magic, but it actually outperformed my (now retired) regimen of layering my sports bras.


Above: Practicing yoga in a Cool Racerback, thanks to the TT2’s new cross-back strap option.

Why I Love This: Ta Ta Tamer II

• Without compromising support, the TT2 creates shape instead of smashing down my chest. I do have two of them, after all.
• Thanks to luxtreme and a mesh panel in the front, the TT2 has inherent moisture wicking properties, keeping me cool and dry in the areas where I sweat the most.
• The option to criss-cross the straps in back gives added support, takes the weight off my shoulders, and makes it possible to wear the TT2 under racerback-style tanks.
• I never thought I’d be able to say it, but there was a moment doing my boxing workout that I actually forgot I had boobs!


boxing back

Above: Caroline practicing a few combinations with Bo from UltFit in Evanston.

Finally. Comfort, coverage, and support from a single sports bra!

TaTa for now,

*Please note: Criss-crossing the straps is a new feature on the newer Ta Ta Tamers that will be hitting your local stores later this season.

To learn more about the TTT, pop into your local store or take a peek at our online one: http://shop.lululemon.com/store/productdetails

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Sounds great! I will have to try it out sometime!!!!

Comment by Lindsay Feldman — September 3, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

My wife is going to love these, weekend trip to lululemon for us!

Comment by Ben Arrow — September 3, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

I have the TTT and TTT2 and think it’s the BEST sports bra ever!! Even had my size, which is usually impossible to find (32DD)!!! Way to go lululemon design team!!!

Comment by Jo-Ann Sass — September 3, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

THANK YOU Lululemon for the Ta Ta Tamer II !!! Not only did it make me realize how much my old (supposedly top-of-the-line) sports bras were hindering a decent workout/run, it has been the #1 reason I’ve been able to take my endurance to the next level. It has my vote for the best invention of 2009!

Comment by A R Guess — September 3, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

Love the cross-straps! This was one of my recommendations after a grueling 8 miler on my treadmill. That has a mirror in front of it. Playing with the strap positions and watching seeing how it helped!
Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these…maybe in time for the Marine Corps Marathon on 10/25??

Comment by Courtney — September 4, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

WOW! Melissa, the designer of our fabulous Ta Ta Tamer will be so pleased to hear all of this great feedback! Thanks :)
> Paula

Comment by lululemon athletica — September 4, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Whitney Holum — September 4, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

i should give it a go, i have the original tata tamer, and don’t use it, the cross straps are exactly what it needs!

Comment by heather andrew — September 4, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

Okay, that’s it, I have to try one of these. I’m a “double layer jog bra” girl right now … I don’t actually care if I have a uniboob so long as they don’t HURT when I run …. got lots of training coming up for the Royal Victoria!

Comment by Connie — September 4, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

please…..make this awesome product in a G cup! Please!!!!

Let me be a tester for you!

Comment by Mary — September 5, 2009 @ 6:06 am

I bought a Ta Ta Tamer II today, and definitely wish I had a better experience in my Lululemon store! The girl who suggested it to me was totally helpful and friendly, and let me know that the fitting room ladies were quite knowledgeable and would be happy to help out with sizing issues if I had any. I’m a 36C and my first try the fit was awful. There was spillage and the band felt horribly tight. So I asked for a size up, and while the band felt more comfortable, my ta ta’s were definitely not being tamed. I consulted the ladies and their best answer for me was that either the size up was labelled wrong or my boobs were just completely abnormal. Not impressed. The service I got in the fitting room was just awful! However, after I decided to fuss around with the 36C, I discovered that letting out the straps completely fixed the problems I was having.

I am happy with my bra, but disappointed it took 45mins of struggling on my own to figure out what was going on.

Comment by Naaz — September 5, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

I am pleased to see this. I have to do the same thing, double up my sport bras for support and view. Thank you!

Comment by Ann-Marie — September 6, 2009 @ 9:38 am

I have heard a lot of feedback that the TaTaTamers come in larger ribcage sizes (more 38′s and 40′s) as well as more DD cup sizes to give the best support to the ladies who need it most!

Keep up the awesome work

Comment by Jill&Christina — September 6, 2009 @ 11:08 am

* I meant the TaTaTamers SHOULD come in larger sizes! Sorry!

Comment by Jill&Christina — September 6, 2009 @ 11:09 am

You say that the TaTa Tamer with criss-cross straps will be available later this season – any idea which month that would be? Looking forward to purchasing it!

Comment by Stephanie — September 6, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

Hey Naaz,
I’m sorry to hear you had to figure out the Ta Ta Tamer on your own! But thank you for letting us know about your experience!
Your feedback has inspired us to write a blog post devoted to finding the perfect fit for the Ta Ta Tamer written by the designer herself :)
If you can, it would be great if you could email the GEC at gec@lululemon.com (attn Lauren) and let us know which store you visited so we can pass your feedback directly to them as well.

Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the Ta Ta Tamer!

Comment by lululemon athletica — September 6, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

I bought the Ta Ta Tamer II with the excitement to wear under with the new cross strap feature…unfortunately, the straps were not long enough! If they were about 2 inches longer, I would be able to cross them. It’s a great bra though but disappointed that I couldn’t wear it the way I really wanted to. Very jealous of the girl in the picture who got to wear it with the cross straps.

Comment by Sara — September 7, 2009 @ 10:26 am

I definitely need a tata tamer!

Comment by Carole Hicks — September 8, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

Good news Jill and Christina!
The Ta Ta Tamers DO come in larger sizes – up to a 38″ ribcage AND rumour has it that E cups will be joining the Taming line-up sometime later this year! Whoo!
But I will pass along your feedback about 40″ ribcages.

Sorry to hear that Sara! But don’t worry, all the Ta Ta Tamers from November onwards will definitely have crossable straps!


Comment by lululemon athletica — September 9, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

Whatever happened to the Let Me Hold Those tank? It would be great to have tank options for those of us in need of a little (or a lot of) taming/holding. I find that some of your medium support tanks (like the Swift tank) don’t have enough side coverage. Just a thought…

Comment by Elli — September 10, 2009 @ 8:03 am

Hey Elli,
The LetMeHoldThose4U Tank is sitting out this Fall/Winter season, but I can pass on your feedback directly to the designers that you miss it!
Also, I love the specific feedback about the side coverage :)

Comment by lululemon — September 10, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

I heard them talking about the tata tamer on a Vancouver radio station. It was hilarious because there was a guy that asked if the sportsbra was bulletproof. I think they also spoke to the designer of the tata tamer on the air. Unfortunately, they aren’t made big enough for me. Bigger tatas need the support!!

Comment by Kasi — September 15, 2009 @ 12:46 am

I second the motion about bringing the Let Me Hold Those 4 U tank back. I’m a 34D and this is the only bra I’ve found ANYWHERE that I can run in with no embarrassment – and believe me, I’ve looked everywhere. I bought in the size smaller (34C) and this bra lets me run comfortably with almost no bouncing.

I found it works better than your other support bras because the neckline is higher, so it is able to keep the girls from going up in the first place -’cause what goes up…. Combined with that no-stretch inner bra support that clips together in the front..Perfection!!

PLEASE bring it back next season! (yes, I’m begging)

Comment by Sam — September 21, 2009 @ 5:19 am

Hi Sam,

Thanks for the great feedback! I love how specific it is! I will pass your pleading – uh, request :) – on to the design department right now!

- Lauren

Comment by lululemon — September 21, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

Good news Kasi!

We should be coming out with some larger sizes in the Ta Ta Tamer sometime in the near future. I’m not quite sure when, but we’ll make sure to let everyone know when it does happen :)


ps – I wore it for the first time the other day and it was fantastic! Although I did feel slightly bulletproof :)

Comment by lululemon — September 21, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

I love my Ta Ta Tamers. I have the first version where the sraps do not cross. I have to remove the foam cup inserts as my Ta Ta’s for the tamer to fit properly.

I was excited to learn that the tamer came out with the option to cross because then I would be able to buy more lulu tanks tops with racer back. However, when I went to try on 36DD I couldn’t put the Ta Ta tamer on with the straps crossed. Perhaps if the straps were longer. I would suggest that you test drive this product with a busty lady like myself (usually wear a 34DD/E cup; size 10 lulu tops fit me best!)

I love lulu and wish there were a store closer to home (Ancaster, Ontario). I usually make it a day trip to Oakville or Mississauga to try on LuLu. Once I know what works I’ll order on line. Thanks!!

Love Lu Lu Lemon!!!!

Comment by Sheila — May 30, 2010 @ 5:28 am

I just bought the new Ta Ta Tamer with the cross straps last night. I tried on about 10 different bras and did all the tests (jumping, bending, twisting, etc.) and it was the ONLY one that kept me in place, kept me comfy, and made my girls look their best : ) I feel like I am constantly searching for the perfect sports bra and hopefully this will be the one!

Just to chime in about the LetMeHoldThose4U tank…I have one and it is literally the only tank I can wear without a bra underneath. I LOVE feeling free without that extra layer of fabric and extra straps. In yoga it is great because I stay cool; for running it is perfect because there is no chafing; it is simply the easiest thing to put on for a workout. I wish I had more! Are they definitely coming back? When? I need to stock up! Thanks!

Comment by Melissa — June 25, 2010 @ 7:15 am

Hi Melissa,
Haven’t heard of any plans for the LetMeHoldThose4U Tank. I see in the above comments that this has already been passed to the design team, but I’ll make another note of it and send it through to them :)

Comment by Laura M — June 26, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

I love the ta-ta tamer bra… and i was so excited to hear about the crossed straps option on the new one so it would fit under all the tanks. However, I CAN’T WEAR THE STRAPS CROSSED BECAUSE THE STRAPS ARE TOO SHORT BY 2″. I am 5’10, a size 8 in most Lulu clothing, 36C/D, but have muscular shoulders/upper back; still, I don’t see how this should exempt the straps from fitting. I can’t even get the bra on if I cross the straps. This is supposed to be a sports bra for athletes. Please either make the straps longer or sell longer straps on their own as an option, I know I would purchase them.

Comment by Sarah — August 25, 2010 @ 6:32 am

Hi Sarah,
When we first released the Ta Ta Tamer Bra with the removable straps they were made too short, so our guests were unable to wear them criss-crossed in the back. This was over a year ago, and the problem should be fixed on all of our bras that are currently in distribution.

We have heard feedback that wearing them crossed can feel tight at first, and/or be challenging to get on, but usually our guests get used to the fit after wearing it for a while. If you’re not happy with the bra we can process a return for you, provided the tags are still attached and the bra was purchased within the last 14 days. You can return or exchange it at your local store, or by calling our GEC at 1.877.263.9300, option 2.

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Comment by ubezpieczenie ac — November 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am

I wore the Ta Ta Tamer 32DD to my first triathlon this past summer, it performed great on the swim, bike and run. It’s my most reliable bra and it’s three years old now. I wear it probably twice a week when I have the high impact sports conditioning classes or races.

I have two Ta Ta Tamer IIs in 34DD and they are embarrassing since the inserts point and poke out. I don’t feel like an athlete in this bra. I wish the original Ta Ta Tamers were available. I’d love to have one for every day of the week.

Comment by Pollie — November 10, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

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