So I road tested high-impact bras from every brand I could get my hands on to find the best options for running, boxing, spinning, and everything in between. Here are my findings: I hope it takes some of guesswork (and discomfort) out of the whole sports-bra search for my fellow busty ladies. —Brittany Burke
“Pro Fierce” makes this bra sound hardcore, but it actually offered medium support—making it better suited for a Pilates class than a run. That said, it had the understated, simple design elements I’ve come to expect from Nike bras (I’ve definitely got a few), and it was wicking, light, and comfy.
This new Under Armour bra was more like a harness than an undergarment, but in a good way. The super tight band and some hidden underwire made it very supportive—great for high-intensity sports. But it was still kinda sexy, with a dip in the front that showed off a bit of my cleavage, cups that defined my boobs (I definitely looked like a full D in it), and a chic mesh racerback.
Moving Comfort has street cred as the OG of high-impact sports bras, and the Rebound Racer, which I spied at Athleta, did not disappoint. It’s seriously supportive without any wires, and got me through long runs, spinning, and boxing classes. It does come up quite a bit higher than most bras (so much so that it can feel tight in the armpit area), and when I was slick with sweat, it took a full two minutes to wrestle off. Build in a little extra time, or use the adjustable velcro straps for easier access.
I fell hard for the chic design of this one—the mesh, the cool pattern, and the single racerback stripe all made it so unique and pretty. But I found that it was less supportive than I’d hoped (my girls were bouncing like they were in Daytona Beach on spring break), so it’s definitely better suited for a yoga class than a run.
Lingerie companies know a thing or two about making bras, and this model from Le Mystere gave the kind of support I expect from my everyday underwire (and comes in traditional sizes, which makes it easy to find a good fit). It’s cut pretty high, has a nice, simple look, and kept everything in place. If I ever wanted to work out in just a sports bra, this would be it.
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