The Best Sports Bras for 2023
Written By: SportsShoes
When 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size, it’s no wonder 50% of us avoid working out because we don't feel supported. Here’s the Sportsshoes.com top pick list for those sports that require a little extra structure.
Tight in some places, loose in others, itchy, sweaty and sometimes just not that flattering, it’s hard to find the perfect fit. Discomfort from an ill-fitted sports bra can literally stop you in your tracks when you are exercising.
We’ve come a long way from the first-ever sports bra, developed 40 years ago by sewing two jockstraps together. Doesn’t sound like a great fit… right? But as we’ve progressed through the years, it seems like we’ve only made sports bras less comfortable by adding cushioning and a tighter fit to force breasts into place.
We’ve taken our favourite brands and put the cups to the test, bringing you honest reviews of some of the best bras for a range of different activities.
1. BEST SPORTS BRA FOR YOGA - NIKE INDY BRA
Designed specifically so you can focus on your workout, nothing else, the Nike Indy bra is our top pick for all things Yoga. This bra feels soft and gently supportive during low-impact workouts. The V-neckline and mesh panel on the back lets your skin breathe to help keep you cool when things heat up. The Indy is also super flattering, so if you’re looking for something to keep you in place whilst performing a headstand but also look good on the mat, say hello to the Indy!
2. BEST SPORTS BRA FOR RUNNING - SHOCK ABSORBER ULTIMATE FLY BRA
Living by the mantra that a sports bra is a vital partner for your performance, our running top pick comes in the form of the Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly bra. Their award-winning sports bras provide moisture management, cross control technology, double back adjustments and insane support. The Ultimate Fly bra is no different… constructed with various layers to ensure maximum comfort and fit. The inner layer provides moisture wicking properties to ensure the sweat is wicked to the outer layer of the bra, keeping the wearer feeling cool and dry throughout a tough workout.
3. THE BEST SPORT BRA FOR THE GYM - ADIDAS POWERREACT TRAINING BRA
From squats to sprints and all the step ups in between, the adidas Powerreact bra is your new workout buddy. Layer up or wear this adidas training bra solo. Either way, it's your go-to bra for medium-impact workouts. It has a sleek and compressive feel that provides distraction-free comfort and all-day support. No matter how hard you push yourself, it'll feel dry, thanks to moisture-absorbing AEROREADY. From HIIT sessions to spinning, boxing and team sports, this adidas bra, made in part with recycled materials, is built for a dry and cool feeling no matter how sweaty it gets.
4. THE BEST SPORTS BRA FOR HIKING - NIKE SWOOSH MEDIUM-SUPPORT BRA
I think we’d all agree there’s nothing worse than fabric that rubs on a long hike. Just like any hiking gear it’s going to really make or break our day. What do we look for in a hiking sports bra? The best sports bra will do two things: Keep you super dry and feeling fresh, plus fit so comfortably that you will forget you are wearing it. This is where the Nike Swoosh Medium-support sports bra comes in. Nike have implemented their signature Dri-FIT technology into the construction of this sports bra to provide you with optimum breathability and comfort, making it the perfect base layer. Available with or without padding and a colourful array of fits and styles, let the Swoosh provide the comfort you need!
5. THE BEST SPORTS BRA FOR WEIGHTLIFTING - UNDER ARMOUR INFINITY LOW COVERED BRA
Weightlifting isn’t what we’d call a “high-impact” sport, but you still need a bra that holds everything in place. You need to be able to take on those big weights, without worrying about movement or pain from the wrong size bra. Look no further than the Under Armour Infinity Low Covered Women's Bra. The moulded, PU-injected padding provides you with ultimate support and coverage, which helps you remain confident when exercising. To supply you with the perfect combination of breathability and comfort, the bra has mesh panelling for enhancing the airflow through the garment, and HeatGear technology to ensure next-to-skin comfort.
So, there we have it. Tried and tested sports bras that keep us supported when we need it!
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