Don’t settle for being uncomfortable during a workout. Get the best sports bra for your body and exercise routine.
Don’t settle for being uncomfortable during a workout. Get the best sports bra for your body and exercise routine. (Inga Hendrickson)

6 Sports Bras We Love for Every Activity and Body Type

Exercise turbulence-free with these comfortable support systems

Don’t settle for being uncomfortable during a workout. Get the best sports bra for your body and exercise routine.

We’d all love a sports bra that’s perfect for everything. But until the day a brand figures out how to make one, most women will need two. More supportive, often tighter and higher-cut models are best for dynamic exercises—like running, HIIT, and tennis—while more relaxed-fitting, usually less constricting bras work for sports that don’t involve as much sudden movement (think climbing and hiking). Here are our favorites, arranged by which work best for certain bust sizes.

Best for A and B Cups

(Courtesy Athleta)

High Impact: Athleta Contender ($54)

Mesh straps and a large back cutout enhance breathability and add a bit of flair, elevating the Contender above the typical ­jogging bra. The polyester-­spandex fabric provides compression without restricting movement.

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(Courtesy Norrona)

Low Impact: Norrona Wool Crop ($59)

Sometimes simpler is better. This thin merino-polyester bra virtually disappears under your layers, thanks to the T-shirt softness, relaxed fit, and wide racerback straps that lie flat, so your backpack won’t cause chafing.

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Best for C and D Cups

(Courtesy Brooks)

High Impact: Brooks Rebound Racer ($25)

Made with a stretchy blend of 80 percent polyester and 20 percent spandex, and featuring adjustable Velcro shoulder straps and compression in the cups, the Rebound Racer puts the girls on lockdown.

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(Courtesy Janji)

Low Impact: Janji W’s Sports Bra ($44)

Janji’s polyester-Lycra bra is ­deceptively supportive, with a wide elastic band and high-cut front and sides that minimize spillage. The spaghetti straps lift powerfully but don’t dig in, since they split over the shoulder to distribute weight.

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Best for DD Plus

(Courtesy Shefit)

High Impact: Shefit Ultimate Sports ($65)

Maximum support requires a ­perfect fit. Dial yours in with Shefit’s nylon-Lycra compression model that comes in sizes up to I cup. The bottom band and shoulder straps adjust with Velcro.

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(Courtesy Lululemon)

Low Impact: Lululemon Enlite ($98)

With four heavy-lifting straps and full coverage around the sides, the Enlite doesn’t skimp on support. But its laser-cut edges, crossback straps, and stitch-free clasps lend it sleekness and comfort you’ll love during long, slow hikes or in the yoga studio.

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From Outside Magazine, May 2019 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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