Best Running Sports Bra

Best Running Sports Bra

Everybody wears them. Well, almost everybody, but what many female runners may not realize about sports bras is that some people put them right up there with running shoes in terms of importance. You see, while you could pull just any bra off the shelf and call yourself Cinderella, it’s not going to do much good if it wasn’t meant for you. Like running shoes, it’s going to make everything a lot more enjoyable if you have the right fit and the right product that matches your need, shape, and activity. Today I’m laying out why it’s important to find a good sports bra, how to go about finding it, and giving you some of my favorite options for all types of #blessed.

Guide to finding the best sports bra for running

Confession: I’m a cheapo at heart. My dad is a financial planner so I grew up with the mindset of save, save, save. This definitely carried over into high school and college where anything designer in my closet would feel awkward and out of place and also in buying inexpensive athletic apparel and wearing my running shoes until they were completely falling apart.

Not much has changed with my everyday wear, but the more I get into running, the more I realize that investing in your gear will only pay off in the long run. It’s a well known fact that finding the right shoes is important, but once you get the right bra, you’ll realize that your chest needs just as much love as your feet.

Important factors to look when buying a sports bra

There’s nothing worse than being out for a long run and feeling like your sports bra is too loose or too tight. Or when you get back race photos where your face and form look great, but your sports bra ruins the entire picture because the girls are looking too wide eyed or saggy.

Here are 4 important factors to think about when buying a sports bra for running:

Fit

You want your bra to be all parts supportive, comfortable, breathable, and snug. If one of these things is missing, it throws everything else off. If your bra is supportive and snug, but not comfortable and breathable, your girls may not be going anywhere, but your runs are going to be miserable and good luck breathing. Speciality running stores will actually fit you for sports bras just like they would at Victoria Secret and if you don’t already know your bra size, this can be really helpful to know where to begin with which bras to try on and which probably don’t apply to you. 

Functionality

There are many more features to bras these days than you might realize. They vary in materials, style, cut, and purpose to fit a lot of different needs. If you are picking out a bra for the summer, look for cut outs or breathable mesh. Depending on your bust size, pay attention to different styles like ones that compare to traditional bras, racerbacks, or crossover straps. Women with larger bust may want to look at all the bells and whistles like underwire, traditional clasps, and thick straps, while women who are less endowed may just focus on adjustability and functionality.

Longevity

You shouldn’t have to be replacing your sports bra all the time. I’ve worked at a running store and in that experience, we always advised women to replace their bra after 6 months, but honestly if you have the right bra that really shouldn’t be the case. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re wearing the same one every day for a year and washing it all the time, it’s going to de condition, but if you have a handful of high quality bras on rotation, you should expect to have them and be in good shape for at least a year if not longer. Look for a bra that seems to be made with high quality material and don’t be afraid to splurge because it’s worth it in the end. 

Aesthetic

There are two types of female runners out there- women who run in just their sports bras and women who don’t. All vanity aside, it’s important to find a sports bra that fits well and looks good so you’re not spilling out, suffering from uniboob, or feeling self conscious. Regardless of your stance, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your sports bra as if you were to potentially rip off your top mid run out of hot and humid desperation.

Best Running Sports Bra Reviews 2020

Now that you now what to look for in a bra, here are my suggestion based on the top brands and different sizes in the categories of fit, functionality, and style. A “small” in this case would be an A/B cup. A “medium” would be a B/C and a large would be a D+.

Women’s Nike Swoosh Sports Bra

Best Sports Bra 2020

This is one of the best sports bra you can buy, ideal for those that like to go extra in HIIT training. This sport bra is SO well-designed it feels like it was actually made for a woman’s body. It has an outer and inner lining made up of Dri-Fit technology, that pulls sweat away from the skin to keep yourself dry and comfortable.


Women’s Nike Swoosh Sports Bra

Sports Bra 2020

Moving Comfort is honestly my favorite brand when it comes to bras. They are now owned by Brooks and their high quality and reliability has continued. I love this bra because it’s sexy and stylish, but it still fits great and maintains functionality. I’ve had a couple of these bras and I love to wear it during anything from yoga in a backless top to a long run hidden under a bunch of layers in the winter. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this bra for anyone larger than a B cup.


Nike Women’s Dri-fit Pro Classic Padded Giraffe Bra

Best Sports Bra

This is another classic style bra that doesn’t changes because it works so well. There should probably be a 3 part book series on this called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Bra because it’s amazing how it can fit almost anyone.


Oiselle Women’s Gifted Verrazano Bra

Best Sports Bra

Oiselle makes so many amazing bras, but this one is new and I think it is to die for. In this bra they give you extra coverage with a high neck line and thick straps. They use a very breathable material that feels great and doesn’t chafe.


Champion Women’s Freedom Seamless Racerback Sport Bra

Best Sports Bra

This bra is a clear winner to me in terms of fit in compressive, standard sports bras. It may look pretty ordinary, but the material used in this bra is top of the line. It’s comfortable, sweat wicking, and stabilizing. I suggest it for smaller chests just because there are so many bras out there that cater to larger busted women, but they do have sizes for everyone in this model.


Enell, Sport, Women’s Full Coverage High Impact Sports Bra

Women's Sports Bra 2020

These are the Rolls Royce of sports bras for women who have large bust. It may look a little intimidating, but Enell is the answer that many women have been looking for. This bra is full coverage with front clasps and breathable straps. I’ve fit countless women in these and it has so many fans and patrons, I would definitely suggest it for the women who’s tried everything and is about to give up running because she’s lost all faith in sports bras.


CW-X Women’s High Impact Stabilyx Full Figure Sports Bra

CW-X Women's High Impact Stabilyx Full Figure Sports Bra

This bra is functional for the women who are a little more blessed than others who still like the feel of a more traditional bra. The Stabilyx has full coverage, maximum compression, and the girls would not be going anywhere on your long run.


Moving Comfort Women’s Maia Bra

Moving Comfort Women's Maia Bra

This is one of the most popular bras on the planet. The Maia is the perfect blend of a traditional and sports bra all rolled into one with defined cups and a back clasp. Full chested women love this bra for a number of different reasons, but the main appeal is that it’s equal parts flattering and functional for race day.


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