When underwear startup Knix set about developing their sports bra, called the Catalyst, the retailer apparently tested it against 800 other bras. The bra boasts a well-ventilated, smooth fabric that somehow keeps you supported while also wicking sweat away; I noticed after even the hottest of summer runs, I was less sweaty than usual in the Catalyst.
To land on my list of best sports bras, I ran at least three miles in each option, then judged them on comfort and support. I tested 13 sports bras in total and narrowed it down to these six. Note that my top picks offer the best support for high-impact exercises like jogging, boxing and HIIT.
Some sports bras are made with low-impact workouts in mind, others offer more support for high-impact workouts. If you plan on doing high-impact exercise like running, HIIT or anything that involves jumping, look for sports bras that offer maximum support, like the encapsulation or combination bras mentioned above. If you plan on doing lower-impact workouts like biking, yoga, pilates or barre, lighter weight, less structured sports bras will suit you just fine.
Most sports bras have similar care instructions: machine wash on cold, then skip the dryer and lay flat to dry. If you want convenience, pick sports bras that can go in the washing machine for easy washing versus hand washing.
If your main concern is keeping your breasts separated in the bra, then avoid compression bras. Made to compress your breasts for low-impact workouts, these bras do tend to smush your breasts together tightly against your body. Instead, look for encapsulation bras, which are made to separate your breasts with underwire or molded cups.
Sure enough, our testers noted unrivalled support and bounce reduction on the road and in the gym. They loved the front-adjusting straps for scaling up the support depending on their workout, and unlike many bras for large chests, they found the racerback style and contoured design oh-so flattering.
Sports bras may fit slightly snugger than your everyday bras, but your size is likely the same. Do not size down in your sports bra purchase. Calculate your bra size each time you purchase a new sports bra. Your bra size will change several times over your lifetime. Body changes such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, hormones and aging will affect bra size.
Encapsulation sports bras: These bras use individual cups to surround and support each breast separately. There is no compression in these bras (most everyday bras are encapsulation bras) making them generally best for low-impact activities. Encapsulation bras provide a more natural shape than compression bras.
Compression sports bras: These bras typically pull over your head and compress the breasts against the chest wall to restrict movement. They do not have cups built into the design. For A-B size cups, compression sports bras without adjustable bands or adjustable straps can work for low- to medium-impact activities. For C-DD cups, compression sports bras should have adjustable bands and straps for proper fit and can provide medium to high support.
Compression/encapsulation sports bras: Many sports bras combine the above methods to provide support and natural shaping. These bras offer more support than compression or encapsulation alone, because each breast is supported individually in the cup and also compressed against the chest wall. For A-B cups, these bras may have adjustable bands or straps and are good for low to high impact. For C-DD cups, these bras should have adjustable bands and adjustable straps for proper fit and are excellent for high impact.
Adjustable straps offer the most customized fit and are often found on encapsulation or encapsulation/compression-style sports bras. Bras with adjustable straps may also last longer since you can tighten the straps as the bra ages and stretches over time.
Back closure: While most sports bras are pulled on over your head, some have a back closure with hooks. In addition to being easier to get on and off, this type of sports bra allows you to further adjust the fit. When fitting a new sports bra, use the loosest hook. That way, when the bra inevitably stretches out, you can still tighten it up and the bra will last longer.
Three-part cup bras expertly place vertical and horizontal seams to gently lift large breasts while also shaping them. Chantelle's take is the best we've found. Power mesh on the top section gently smooths and contains large chests, while the bottom cup's stretch knit lining adds extra support.
Are neon greens and poppy pinks more your speed than nudes Savage x Fenty belongs in your top drawer. Its unlined, mesh bras are particularly great for large chests: They're more relaxed than a padded cup, but they still offer full coverage and moderate support.
Customer review: \"My chest runs on the larger [side] and finding a bra that is comfortable can be a challenge. When I put the bra on I could barely tell I was wearing anything plus the cups covered my breast appropriately and fit in the middle as it should, against my chest and not puckered out. This may be one of the best fit bras I've tried from Savage.\"
Finding bras in larger sizes is hard enough; finding bras during the changes of pregnancy and nursing can be even more challenging. Many new and experienced parents have found their go-to nursing bras at Elomi, which has one of the largest size runs of any bra brand. Special features for near-effortless nursing include quick-release clips for easier access and three-part cups for extra support.
Customer review: \"Up until this bra, I was always wearing two sports bras at a time to get enough support. But this bra is amazing. I now own three!\"
And sports bras are important. We know from research that breasts can move up to 15cm when exercising, so finding the right bra that offers ample support, good coverage, and a comfortable fit is essential regardless of size and shape. A sports bra should actually make it easier to work out rather than a chore to wear or take on and off.
For women with larger breasts, the best sports bras typically fall into one of two styles: compression or encapsulation. Compression sports bras are designed specifically to prevent breast movement as you exercise, while encapsulation sports bras feature individual cup support. What sports bra style is best for you will depend on the type of exercise you like to do, along with personal preference.
One of our favorite all-rounder sports bras for larger breasts is our Lotus Longline Sports Bra. This bra will be your new go-to for everyday comfort, offering light compression, slip-on design, soft straps and everyday support; the Lotus longline bra also features stunning strappy back detailing and added coverage.
The best sports bras for large busts for high-impact activities such as strength and conditioning or your next gym sesh should have ample support. For ladies with larger busts, a sports bra with a firm compression as well as a clasp back or adjustable straps is recommended so you can still customize your fit.
Offering the highest level of support, a maximum support sports bra, particularly for larger breasts, should prioritize adjustability, compression, support and coverage to reduce movement while working out. A maximum support sports bra for largest busts will be your new go-to for cardio-intense workouts such as boxing, running, cardio, HIIT, cycling and more.
The Hold & Mould is an encapsulation style sports bra with individual structured cups to support your breasts and was specifically engineered for women with C cups to F cups. The sports bra offers thick adjustable straps, a back bra clasp, fixed padding, stabilized lining, and gel-padded shoulder straps. With no underwire, this high-intensity sports bra perfectly balances comfort and support.
When running with a larger bust, it is vital the sports bra offers compression, support, and a comfortable fit. We recommend a maximum support style of a sports bra with a structured fit and the highest level of compression to reduce breast movement while running.
Still looking for more information on the various types and features of sports bras Check our our Sports Bra Guide for a comprehensive breakdown on our support levels and our best selling sports bras.
Q: Does this Solidarity Sports Bra have an UnderwireA: No, the Solidarity Sports Bra is a hybrid style, mixing the benefits of encapsulation and compress to provide ultimate support without the necessity of an underwire.Q: Is the Solidarity Sports Bra a racerback styleA: Yes, the Solidarity Sports Bra has a hook and eyelet fastening at the upper back which allows the Sports Bra to be worn either in Racerback or H-Back/Straight style.Q: Does the Solidarity Sports Bra come in Cup and Underband sizingA: Yes, currently our size range extends across 52 sizes. With underband sizes ranging from 28-38, and cup sizes ranging from C-H. If you need assistance sizing, please refer to our sizing guide or book a free online fitting.Q: What Sports should I use my Solidarity Sports Bra forA: The Solidarity Sports Bra is engineered for High-Impact Sports such as Running. However it can be used for all activity where support is required. We advise wearing our Medium-Impact Empower Sports Bra where support is of a medium level is required.Q: Is the Solidarity Sports Bra true to sizeA: Yes, please use our sizing guide for instructions on how to self-measure for your sports bra, our international conversion chart to compare sizes, our brand comparison page to see the differences between brands and finally, book a free online fitting with us to ensure you get your right size.
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