Finding a great sports bra is like trying to find the perfect pair of jeans. It takes time and effort and several tries before finding the one that fits just right. But it's worth it because a sports bra is the most personal and essential piece of gear for active women. Like running shoes, there are three main categories of support which the experts at Brooks have named: low, medium, and high impact. Read on to learn more about each category and our favorite sports bra styles for each.
Low Impact: These are your traditional, "over your head" racer-back bras that provide support via compression - though some now have molded cups for shape and modesty so you don't have to settle for the "uni-boob" look. These classic bras that you grew-up wearing are available in fashion colors and move seamlessly with your body. Best for A & C cups with smaller rib cages (28-36 band size)
Favorite styles include Uprise Crossback, FrontRunner Racer, and Nike's Pro bra.
Medium Impact: Offering fantastic shape, adjustability and hook-and-eye closures which provide easy-on/easy-off, these bras offer a high-degree of support without feeling overbearing. These bras support via encapsulation which separates the girls and supports them individually. Best for B-DD cups, with band sizes from 32-44.
The #1 sports bra on the market, Brooks' Fiona, leads this category.
High Impact: These sports bras offer super support via compression and encapsulation for those with zero tolerance for bounce. Oprah's favorite bra, the Enell, is like a vest that locks the girls down tight, while Brooks' Juno features technologies that are more discrete to allow for a flattering and very comfortable fit. Best for C-F cups, with bands ranging from 32-52.
Our Bra Fit process is all about you. Proper fit will provide you with the freedom to move and exercise with comfort and confidence. We start our bra FIT process with questions about your activities and style preferences. Next, we take careful measurements and translate them into the correct size sports bra. Based on size and activity, we will select a few bras for you to try. Throughout the process we will offer tips and solutions to help you reach your goals. Here are few things to pay attention to:
Comfort – A good sports bra should feel comfortable, stay in place, and not chafe. The straps should not dig into the shoulders and the band should be comfortably snug to offer support, but not feel restrictive. Do jumping jacks, run in place, and swing your arms side to side to make sure what feels good on is comfortable and supportive when you're in motion.
Support - If you're a small or medium breasted woman (A to C cup), a compression bra will offer support and comfort. Or if you prefer, you can choose a bra that offers encapsulation for shaping as well as support. If you're a larger breasted woman (C to DD cup), encapsulating styles that separate and support your breasts are more comfortable and more supportive than compression bras. For maximum support, choose a sport bra that does both.
Moisture Control and Breathability - A good sports bra will wick sweat away from the skin and then dry quickly, and it will be breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to pass through. A good sports bra will keep you cooler and drier when it's hot, and drier and warmer when it's cold.