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Best Sports Bras for Running

Buyers Guide 2021

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Finding the right sports bra can change the way you run. No matter your size or activity level, wearing a sports bra appropriate for your body and your needs is important to prevent strain on your back and shoulders, in addition to ensuring your overall comfort.

With feedback from real women of all sizes, our comprehensive Sports Bra Guide will help you find the best sports bra from low impact to high impact activities, whether you run, walk, bike, hike, do yoga or more.

A woman wearing the Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra

Best Sports Bras for Sizes A/B

No matter your size, support during any activity is important. The bras featured here are selected by our reviewers as the best sports bras for size A/B women.

Handful Y-Back Bra

With glowing reviews from women of all sizes, the Handful Y-Back Bra is sure to be your go-to for daily runs and high-impact workouts. Designed with a super-smooth polyester blend, the Y-Back bra is not only comfortable, it also wicks away sweat as you move to prevent chafing.

One of our reviewers swears by the Handful Y-Back’s super comfortable design. “I’ve never experienced chafing or hot spots with this bra. It stays in place,” she says. “And I’ve run over 20 miles in it.”

The unique Y-Back construction relieves pressure from your shoulders and distributes weight and pressure down your back for greater support during movement.

Slight ruching in the front creates a flattering look that highlights your curves without sacrificing functionality. Plus, the thick bottom band helps hold things in place and won’t bunch up, while removable pads allow you to create personalized support as you need.

Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra

The Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra received high marks across all sizes with one reviewer saying, “I think this bra is perfect for anyone!” With a minimalist build and added ventilation holes, the Crossback Run Bra does it all.

Simply pullover the Crossback Run Bra to feel instantly supported with the molded cups and streamlined silhouette that conforms to your body without uncomfortable rubbing or chafing. The DriLayer fabric wicks away sweat while added ventilation in the chest helps to cool you down while your workout heats up.

Rabbit UtiliBRA-vo Sports Bra

Finally, a sports bra that can do it all. The UtiliBRA-vo Sports Bra from Rabbit offers unbeatable support and one-of-a-kind storage options so you can enjoy a hands-free run.

Cut from a unique polyester and spandex blend fabric, the UtiliBRA-vo offers lightweight support and moisture-wicking comfort for high-intensity workouts. The pullover design makes it easy to put on, and it features a broad bottom band that keeps your bra in place while you move.

“I love the fit of this bra, and the pocket makes it unique. Everything stays secure on the run without bouncing, my phone included.” says one reviewer.

Perhaps the most standout feature of the UtiliBRA-vo bra is the phone pocket found on the back between the shoulder blades. This placement allows for maximum comfort and security and keeps your phone or other items from bouncing around.

New Balance Fuel Sports Bra

Designed with 87% recycled polyester and a clean, seamless construction, the New Balance Fuel Sports Bra delivers medium to high-impact support for your daily run.

Featuring NB Dry fast-drying fabric technology, the Fuel bra eliminates uncomfortable chafing by wicking away moisture as you work up a sweat. The NB Fuel sports bra pulls on easily and features sleek cross-back straps for added support and style.

Removable padding allows you to customize your look and feel without compromising the compressive support. Add an element of sleek, seamless design to your running kit with the NB Fuel sports bra.

Best Sports Bras for Sizes C/D

Find great support and coverage without compromising on style or comfort. Hear from reviewers on the fit and function of some of our best-selling sports bras for a wide range of activities. Find the best sports bras for size C/D

Handful Closer Bra

For a customized fit, look no further than the Closer Bra from Handful. With a front-zip closure and removable (or stackable) pads, you can choose how much coverage and support you need based on your activity level.

The Handful Closer bra is designed with moisture wicking material and includes mesh details on the upper chest and back.

“The mesh details are fun on this bra and help make it feel very breathable” said one reviewer.

The flexible design and lightweight breathability of this bra make it a go-to choice for women looking for extra support and coverage for a wide range of activities.

New Balance Power X Bra

The NB Power X Sports Bra pairs high-impact support with unbeatable comfort to create a controlled and confident fit.

New Balance designed the Power X Sports Bra with a crossback cut to give you freedom of movement and superior support. The adjustable hook-and-eye closure in the back lets you personalize the fit to your body and makes the bra easy to put on and take off.

"I love that this bra is supportive, cute, adjustable and easy to get on and off. Because of the padding I will wear this one all day before my afternoon run," says one reviewer.

Moisture-wicking jersey fabric creates a supremely soft feel while eliminating uncomfortable rubbing and chafing. Super-breathable cups offer a flattering shape while providing added support for high-impact activities like running.

Brooks Dare Scoopback Run Bra

Open up with the open-back design of the Brooks Dare Scoopback run bra.

With high-impact support and adjustable back straps and closure, the Scoopback bra allows you to create a customized fit for your body and activity level. As one reviewer said, “I first used it for a HIIT workout, and realized halfway through that I'd never had to adjust the straps or band at all.”

Cut from sweat-wicking, lightweight DriLayer Horsepower fabric, the Scoopback bra keeps you comfortable and chafe-free during even the most intense workouts. The molded unicup gives you visible shape and total support while creating a sleek design and streamlined feel.

Handful Double Down Bra

With a long-line cut and an extra-wide band, Handful’s Double Down bra delivers high impact support and full coverage.

A patented COOLMAX moisture-wicking lining keeps you comfortable during intense workouts and helps to eliminate rubbing and chafing. Plus, removable pads allow you to personalize the fit.

The Handful Double Down bra is “excellent on runs, hikes and for everyday wear,” according to one reviewer. The simple pullover style makes the Double Down bra easy to wear all day long without the fuss of adjusting straps or closures. Choose from four bold and beautiful colorways to express yourself while you move comfortably.

Best Sports Bras for Sizes D/D+

Anita DynamiXStar Sports Bra

A go-to favorite of many of our reviewers, the Anita DynamiXStar Sports Bra offers complete, high-impact support for sizes B-G.

The adjustable straps and back closure help you personalize your fit while the X-shaped back adds extra firm control. As one reviewer suggests, “It’s a great choice for nursing mothers—easy to undo the straps for feeding time and also can adjust the straps depending on the fullness of the breasts.”

Plus, sleek seamless cups conform to your body to provide a flattering fit without rubbing.

Engineered with moisture-wicking fabric lining the inside of the cups, the Anita DynamiXStar Sports Bra keeps you comfortable as you turn up the heat in your workout. The mesh back adds extra breathability and ventilation.

One reviewer says, “I can wear this all day after running. I forget that I have it on.”

The X-shaped racer back allows for easy movement of the shoulders and makes the DynamiXStar an essential for athletes of any size.

Enell Sport Bra

For a sports bra as strong as you are, look no further than the Enell Sports Bra.

Specially designed with women sizes C and up in mind, the Enell Sports Bra offers superior support and comfort. The wide bottom band and motion control neckline eliminate excess movement, and the non-stretch shoulder straps distribute weight across the cross-strap back to reduce shoulder strain as you workout.

The simple and secure hook and eye closures fasten the Enell Sports Bra down the front for a comfortable fit that moves with your body. Plus, the Sports Bra is cut from Naturexx moisture-wicking fabric for premium comfort and minimal chafing.

Brooks Dare Racerback Run Bra

Another star from the Brooks Dare collection, the Racerback bra features front-adjustable straps and an adjustable back closure so you can customize the fit to your body. It offers high-impact support while you run with friends or tackle a HIIT workout.

The unicup design with mesh paneling adds extra ventilation to the already breathable DriLayer Horsepower fabric construction. One reviewer recommends the Dare Racerback to women up to a C cup for high impact activities.

“The Racerback, like all the bras in the Dare line, kind of disappears against the skin,” she said.

Find Your Size

The first step to finding the right sports bra is figuring out what size you need. And finding the right size takes some measuring. Visit us to meet with one of our highly trained and knowledgeable Outfitters to find the right bra for you, or use our guide below to measure yourself.

  1. Find your band size. Wrap a measuring tape around your back and above your bust line in the front. If you're in between inches, round down to the nearest whole inch. The measurement in inches is your band size.
  2. Measure your bust. Find your bust size by wrapping the tape measure around your back and across the fullest part of your bust. Round to the nearest inch.
  3. Figure out your cup size. After doing steps one and two, finding the right cup size for a sports bra takes a simple math equation: Bust size - band size = cup size. The difference between your bust size and band size (in inches) will be your cup size.
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Levels of Bra Support

Designers' sketches of the Brooks Run Bra Dare Collection

Sports bras are made with different levels of support for different bodies and different activities. The three levels of support are low-impact, medium-impact and high-impact. But those support levels are relative to breast size.

Women who wear a C or D cup might find the impact levels accurate, but women who wear an A or B cup might be able to wear a medium- or low-impact sports bra for higher intensity activities, like running.

No matter what level support you need, you can find a sports bra with the right level of support to keep you moving forward — not around.

Sports Bra FAQs

How Do I Choose the Right Sports Bra? + -

Your activity determines your level of support. A low-impact sports bra is good for yoga or weight lifting, a medium-impact sports bra is ideal for hiking or cycling, while a high-impact sports bra is best for running or HIIT workouts.

How Do I Wash My Sports Bra? + -

The gentler the better. Either tuck your sports bra into a mesh lingerie bag before placing into the washer (set for cold water), or hand wash your sports bra. Regardless of how you wash them, hang your sports bra to dry to help it keep its shape and support.

How Do I Extend the Life of My Sports Bra? + -

Keep your sports bra out of the drier, as the high heat can ruin the elastic band that keeps your bra supportive. Stocking up on several sports bras you love and rotating through them will help keep your sports bras newer, longer.

When Should You Replace a Sports Bra? + -

Sports bras should be replaced every 6-12 months. Your sports bra stretches and contracts as it absorbs impact, which weakens the fibers within it that offer the most support. To maintain the best support (and coolest styles), shop for a new sports bra whenever you notice a lack in support, fraying or other signs of wear and tear.

Standing Behind Our Picks

Shopping for sports bras online is hard. You don’t know for sure how a bra will fit until you try it on. We want to make that easier.

You deserve a sports bra that fits just right. That’s why we offer our Happy Fit Guarantee return policy.

Buy new sports bras from Fleet Feet and give them a try—log some miles, get in a few workouts, lounge around. If you don’t love the way the sports bra looks, fits or performs, send it back within 60 days and we’ll give you a full refund.

Plus, get free shipping on any fleetfeet.com order over $99, and return shipping is always on us.

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