As female runners, we’ve known for a long while that strapping in breasts can be tricky business. We’re lucky to live in a time of renaissance for sports bra design, where brands like Reebok, Lululemon, and Nike are developing new adaptive fabrics that respond to force and movement. We definitely have it better than the days where a sports bra was simply two jock-straps sewn together, as the first jog-bra in 1977 was, but even with all the advances, styles, shapes, and sizes, it’s estimated that 70 to 100 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra. And sports science research being performed all over continue to reveal that different sized breasts are going to require different features.
To help you navigate it all, we’ve compiled the best sports bras on the market for small, medium, and larger breasts.
1. NEW BALANCE Q SPEED RUN CREW BRA TOP
Essentially a compression bra, the high neck and wider band are really flattering; but with two layers of support on the back, it can actually support sizes up to 38D.
$59.99; Shop it here.
2. NIKE FE/NOM FLYKNIT
Nike used their Flyknit technology to combine encapsulation and compression for a high-support bra sans bulk, stitching, and bonding; it’s actually 30 percent lighter than any other bra in Nike’s line.
$80; Shop it here.
3. UNDER ARMOUR UA VANISH HIGH BRA
The racerback straps attach closer to the center of your back, which won’t bug your shoulders but can still support sizes all the way up to 44 DDD.
$60; Shop it here.
4. LULULEMON RUN TIMES BRA
Built for women with B through E cups that don’t want underwire, Lycra adds extra stretch and shape retention to the brand’s standard four-way stretch fabric with less pointiness than you’ll find in some encapsulation bras.
$68; Shop it here.
5. CHAMPION SPOT COMFORT SPORTS BRA
Adjustable, gel-cushioned straps reduce pressure and irritation, minimizing molded cups provide a more natural shape, and strategic ventilation keeps heat from getting trapped in your cleavage.
$48; Shop it here.
6. BROOKS RUNNING DARE ZIP
Forget sweaty post-run sports bra struggles with this front-zip; with smooth, free-cut edges, and minimal seams, chafing will be a thing of the past.
$70; Shop it here.