Like hunting down the perfect pair of running sneakers, finding the right sports bra for running can be quite a journey. Not just for those hitting up marathons or working on their PR, but novice runners also need the right gear to build up their base pace. Unfortunately, that low-impact sports bra you rock for yoga or Pilates just isn’t going to cut it when out running; you need a sports bra that caters to a more high-intensity workout. The best running sports bras are super supportive (read: zero bounce), comfortable, and can handle sweat.
Best running bra
Weigh whether you want to go with a wireless bra or something with underwires, as well as if you prefer molding or padding. While the idea of wires poking into your skin during a run sounds less than ideal, sports bras with underwires actually offer additional support — especially for those with larger boobs — and can give you a comfy boost during high-impact activities and a more flattering shape (translation: no uni-boob). If you prefer a more natural fit, opt for a sports bra with removable padding; if you prefer a more modest fit, opt for molded cups so you don’t have to worry about visible nipples when it’s cold.
Sweaty Betty Ultra Run Sports Bra
A high-support bra made just for those long PR-breaking runs — how can you resist? Mesh panels combine with quick-drying materials for breathability and ultimate airflow. Thoughtfully-placed seams, thick shoulder straps, and the compressive fabric help to keep you focused on the road (or treadmill belt) ahead and not on chafing or boob bounce. This bra is non-padded for a more natural fit and has separated molded cups for extra support and modesty. Impressively, this bra is available in cup sizes A to G.
Under Armour Eclipse High-Impact Front Zip Sports Bra
This sleek sports bra is specifically constructed for high-impact activities including running, but the zip front closure is the most enticing feature. For those who loathe pulling a sports bra on and off, especially when it’s drenched in sweat and sticking to your body, the sweet relief of a quick unzip to remove is undeniable. And if you’re worried about this bra flying open mid-stride, the zipper locks into place, so it won’t budge. Soft, breathable cups lined in the brand’s SpeedForm mesh offer extra support, coverage, and wicking capabilities.
Champion Spot Comfort Full-Support Sport Bra
Cardio junkies, rejoice. This sports bra for running, at a very reasonable price point, will keep your breasts in place for the entirety of your workout. The comfy fit is thanks to gel-cushioned straps that won’t dig or slip and a mesh panel in the front that prevents moisture from gathering in your cleavage. Minimal padding and a scooped neckline keep your natural shape. With more than 7,500 five-star ratings and a price tag that starts at just $20, you can’t beat it.
One reviewer wrote: “I’ve been searching for a bra that actually holds you in place when running. I read all the reviews and picked about 10 of the most highly reviewed bras to try. I had low expectations for this one given that it’s not a racerback and was the cheapest of the bunch. However, it’s by far the best. There is very little bounce compared to any other bra I’ve tried and it’s super supportive.”
Old Navy High-Support Racerback Sports Bra
This Old Navy high-impact sports bra has already gotten the stamp of approval from one Shape writer, who said it makes her runs pain-free and is perfect for larger busts. It has padded shoulder straps, molded cups, flatlock seams, and double hook-and-eye closure in the back for a personalized fit. The mesh racerback and moisture-wicking fabric help to keep you cool and dry no matter how much you sweat.
“I love this bra,” reported a shopper. “It worked great on my run. It separates and lifts my breasts so there was less breast sweat. It fit perfectly. I ordered a cup size down from my normal bra size in sports bras. (Usually, 34D or 32DD, and I ordered a 34C.) I think it offers great support for cup size C to DD but might [be] not for bigger than D because it is a bit low cut.”
Syrokan High-Impact Maximum Support Sports Bra
The double-layered stretch cups on this wireless bra help to absorb shock and keep bouncing to a minimum as you hit the pavement or trail. Mesh panels at the front and along the inside keep you cool and dry, while the thick straps sit securely and reduce pressure on your shoulders and back. But the real highlight of this sports bra for runners is that the straps can be adjusted for a customized fit, which also makes taking this bra on and off less of a hassle. Choose from 11 versatile shades that look great layered under any tank. (Psst, one reviewer even noted how this makes for an amazing nursing sports bra since the straps adjust to allow her to drop the cup and feed her baby before or after a run.)
“Never heard of this brand, so I was a bit skeptical,” admits another. “But given the amount of money I spend on one brand-name sports bra, I figured it was worth the gamble. So glad I purchased this. Took it out for a 10-mile run, and it secured everything nicely with no chafing. (36DD so minimal bouncing is a priority.) Will be buying a few more to rotate!”