There was a day not all that long ago when women with larger cup sizes — like myself — really had no other option than to wear two (or more) sports bras layered on top of each other or, worse yet, had to skip the high impact activities altogether. Sad but true.
The good news is that times they are a changing. It’s getting easier to find sports bras that are actually capable of providing some serious support … sans the extra layers. Here’s a few of my faves. (Disclosure: affiliate links included — so if you buy, you help support the site!)
Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra ($79.99)
Shock Absorber has been one of my go-to brands for supportive running bras for several years now. As the name suggests, the Ultimate Run Bra is designed specifically with runners in mind. It provides tons of support and offers friction-free comfort with it’s soft seam-free inner lining. The smooth cups are molded and wireless and the straps are wide, comfortably padded, and adjustable. It comes in band sizes 30-42 with cup sizing from A-G (band sizes in this one run small — so I went up in band size and down in cup size).
Anita Active Maximum Support Sports Bra ($69)
This sports bra has tons of well-thought out details and is clearly designed to support you through all your high-impact endeavors. Its cups are molded, wireless, and lined in an extra fine microfiber terry that keeps you comfortable and dry. The special angled seaming and side support panels provide a flattering shape and the center front panel is tall to enough to provide real support. The padded, adjustable straps have laminated plastic hardware that won’t slip. It’s available in band sizes 30-46 with cup sizing from B-H.
Enell High Impact Front Close Sports Bra ($64-$66)
If you’re looking for serious support, look no further than the Enell Sport. Designed specifically for C-cups and above this bra’s encapsulation and compression qualities are second to none. Once you try this front-closure system, you might never want to go back to a back closure ever again — it’s so easy to get on (and better yet) off. The lining and bound edges along the neck and arm make the inside of this bra extra soft on the skin and the solid construction of the wide, non-adjustable straps really help to add to the support level. The sizing on this one is somewhat non-traditional but once you get your measurements and compare them to the Enell size chart, you’ll see that it’s actually a pretty simple and universal sizing system. And the company has just come out with a racer-back style, too.
Wacoal Sports Underwire Bra ($65)
For those who prefer a wired bra, this bra is the best for managing the high impact of running. Wacoal cleverly placed the wire on the outside to give you all the support of underwire without all the discomfort and friction. The straps adjust through hook rather than sliders so they stay locked in place. The full-coverage cups are lined and seamless. It’s available in band sizes 32-42 with cup sizing from C-H.
Brooks Jubralee ($58)
I applaud Brooks for being one of the first mainstream running apparel companies to sell running bras for women like me. I wasn’t sure I’d ever see the day. Once you get your hands on it, you’ll see that the Jubralee bra means business. The high-density power panels offer serious compressive support while the seamless, molded cups add a layer of encapsulation support as well as provide a more flattering shape. The inner front yoke feature helps to further limit any bouncing. It comes in band sizes 32-44 with cup sizing from D-F.
How do you keep the girls supported during your runs and other high-impact workouts? —Alison