The Best Sports Bras for Running 2022
The Best Sports Bras for Running 2022:The average UK women’s breast size is 36D, so a supportive bra for running is essential for most of us. Having the right running bra can prevent the discomfort of bouncing, chafing and sweat pooling in places it shouldn’t, but it also helps those who are bigger busted avoid the breast tissue damage that can occur when you run unsupported, leading to breast pain during or after runs.
Research from Portsmouth University’s Research Group in Breast Health found that breasts move up to 15cm when running. And in 2020 when Brooks Running conducted research with the same university, they found that when you run in a bra with poor support it can add an extra mile to your marathon by shortening your stride up to 4cm.
A good fitting running bra should keep your breasts in place while running, minimising movement. Like with a good fitting everyday bra, there should be no digging into your skin, breasts should sit comfortably inside the cup without spilling out and you should also be able to fit two fingers under the band (if it has an adjustable hook and eye clasp, on the loosest setting, so that as the band naturally stretches with wear it remains supportive).
One tip for making sure you’ve found the perfect fit is to jump and mimic running movements when you’re trying it on, testing it meets these requirements when you’re in motion too.
There’s a lot to consider when shopping for running bras; we’ve made things a little easier by rounding up a few of the best that don’t skimp on style or support:
Panache Sports Bra
Panache has a wide range of wired and non-wired sports bra options all in a similar flattering shape, with three pages of different colours/patterns to choose from including your basic nude, black, white and grey. Sizes range from 28B-40J and most importantly, they don’t budge.
Decathlon High Support Fitness Bra
A cute zip-up style coming in four colour options (pink/grey/black/dark blue). This bra utilises compression technology and has foam cups for support, coming in sizes ranging from XS-5XL. Reviews praise its fit, price and supportiveness.
Next Active High Impact Full Cup Wired Bra
Like your standard underwired bra but fit for running, perfect for wearing under those attractive matching gym sets that would be perfect if the top offered a little (or a lot) more support. Comes in black, white and grey; sizes 32B to 42G.
Reebok PureMove Bra
Three colour options (black/rhodonite/berry) with sizes ranging A-F from a classic sports brand. It comes with an adjustable hook and eye closure, breathable foam perforation and crisscrosses straps. Women love the comfort, coverage and support this bra provides.
Lululemon Run Times Bra
Designed with running in mind, this bra comes in six colours, sizes 32B-40G and features a hook and eye closure with foam cups. Reviews praise how comfortable and flattering the bra is, so comfortable that one reviewer said they don’t notice their boobs when they’re running at all anymore.
Shock Absorber x Champion Ultimate Run Bra
This collaboration of cult classics comes in sizes 32D-38F, sports luxe meets maximum support. Part of Shock Absorber’s Ultimate Run bra range, it’s a wire-free bra designed with compression and encapsulation to minimise movement as much as possible when running.
Gymshark High Support Bra
This bra not only offers great support for running but comes in a huge range of colours to pair with Gymshark’s own range of flattering workout leggings, shorts and joggers. With sizes ranging XS-XXL, reviews praise the amazing fit, quality and support.
Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra
Designed for runners by runners this bra comes with a perfect fit promise, offering free exchanges until customers find the one that’s right for them. Featuring encapsulated, moulded cups, the bra comes in sizes 32C-40H and has four colour options including hot pink and black.
Sweaty Betty Ultra Run Sports Bra
This bra is made using recycled nylon and comes in eleven different colour options, using compression and encapsulation technology for maximum support. The bra is non-padded and has a size range of 30A-38F, with fully adjustable straps allowing it to be worn as a racerback.
Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra
This near-seamless sweat-wicking design comes in six colour options with sizes ranging from 30AB-40DDE, using moulded cups for support. Women love it for the comfort and support it provides, and while the sizing is limited on this specific design, the Brooks Dare range comes with racerback, scoop back and underwired options going up to cup size G.
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