Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Running Bras

Lululemon Enlite Bra Review

90

2017

Lululemon Enlite Bra Review

Lululemon’s Enlite Bra maintains the natural shape of the chest and provides good support during high-impact activity.

Handful Y Back Bra Review

88

2017

Handful Y Back Bra Review

With no hardware and an extra smooth fabric, the Handful Y Back Bra is more about style and comfort for low and moderate-impact actives. 

Salomon Medium Impact Bra Review

85

2017

Salomon Medium Impact Bra Review

The Salomon Medium Impact Bra is a classic racer-back sports bra cut that is seamless, lightweight and breathable.

Saucony Impulse Bra Top Review

89

2017

Saucony Impulse Bra Top Review

The Saucony Impulse Bra Top is made with stretchy and sweat-wicking material that provides good compression for C/D cups.

Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra Review

83

2017

Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra Review

The Gifted Verrazano Bra from Oiselle has extensive chest coverage and can accommodate a range of upper torso shapes. Support for C/D cups works for moderate-impact activities or short bouts of running. 

Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra

94

2016

Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra

The Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra is a highly functional and sporty running bra.

Oiselle Hi Line Bra

92

2016

Oiselle Hi Line Bra

The Oiselle Hi Line Bra has a feminine style and cut that still has plenty of support and compression for a running bra.   

Handful Y Back Handful Bra

90

2016

Handful Y Back Handful Bra

The Handful Y Back Handful Bra is a soft and comfortable light support bra best for low impact sports. 

Tasc Endurance Bra

88

2016

Tasc Endurance Bra

The Tasc Endurance bra is a low impact sports bra that is made from a proprietary blend of organic and renewable materials.

Lululemon Energy Bra

88

2016

Lululemon Energy Bra

The Lululemon Energy Bra is a medium compression running bra that is ideal for easy running and low impact sports. 

CW-X VersatX Bra

94

2013

CW-X VersatX Bra

Out of twenty bras in the test, I thought this was easily the best running bra out there. CW-X scraps the old one-size-fits-all scheme and trades it out for a fully customizable, functional, supportive and comfortable high impact running bra.

Champion The Smoothie High Support Sports Bra

92

2013

Champion The Smoothie High Support Sports Bra

The Smoothie is surprisingly supportive, despite its deceivingly thin straps and luxurious fabric; our C cup tester reported it as one of her top picks. We felt it's best for medium to high impact activities.

Patagonia Switchback Bra

91

2013

Patagonia Switchback Bra

My C cup tester and I (34B) both thought the Switchback was the most versatile bra out of the 20 we tested. It can effortlessly take A to D cups from hot yoga to running and anywhere in between, though larger breasted runners may find it a bit lacking in support.

Moving Comfort Juno

91

2013

Moving Comfort Juno

This is one of my top picks for larger busted women and high impact activities. From covered seams, to full customizability and superior support, this is one of the most impressive running bras I’ve encountered, though it may be a bit much for smaller users.

The North Face High Impact Sports Bra

89

2013

The North Face High Impact Sports Bra

This was our favorite traditional over-the-head compression bra in the lineup. No fancy features – the Stow-n-Go is a simple, comfortable, affordable, and supportive high impact running bra with the added convenience of a stash pocket.

Under Armour Protegee

88

2013

Under Armour Protegee

The lightweight, comfortable Protegee is a fantastic high impact running bra for larger cup sizes with a front zip that allows for added compression and super easy on and off.

Adidas Techfit Bra

84

2013

Adidas Techfit Bra

The Techfit Bra is your average, everyday sports bra that you wore for high school soccer practice. There are no fancy bells and whistles here, but for smaller bust sizes this is a great value at only $25.

Helly Hansen Pace Sports Bra

80

2013

Helly Hansen Pace Sports Bra

The Pace Sports bra is a typical compression style sports bra with no fancy bells & whistles. A-B cups will find this supportive enough for high impact activities. It serves it's purpose well, but didn't stand out in any way, except for some slight chaffing.

New Balance Airy Racer

78

2013

New Balance Airy Racer

This is a standard racerback compression bra that is best used for your highest-impact runs if you are an A or B cup. Mobility and comfort are not this bra’s strongest features, although it ranks high in support.

Lululemon All Sports Bra

78

2013

Lululemon All Sports Bra

The name “All Sports Bra” might be somewhat misleading for women with a bust larger than an A cup. This luxuriously comfortable bra is best for high mobility, low impact activities like yoga or weightlifting.

Smartwool PhD Seamless Racerback Bra

76

2013

Smartwool PhD Seamless Racerback Bra

For smaller cup sizes, this is a fabulously versatile bra that is comfortable enough for yoga and supportive enough for running. If you’re not an A cup, however, you may find this bra is not supportive enough for high impact activities.

Athleta Tempo Seamless Bra Top

76

2013

Athleta Tempo Seamless Bra Top

This is a fantastic bra for yoga or fitness classes, and lovely on its own due to the flattering padded cups. However, support is minimal, and high-impact sports like running are out of the question for C cups or larger.

Moving Comfort Vero

92

2012

Moving Comfort Vero

This bra is designed to deliver high-impact level support. Moving Comfort breaks free of the one-size-fits-most mold, offering the Vero in varying chest and cup sizes for the best fit, whether running on the trail, the track or the soccer field.

Athleta Sprint Seamless Bra

78

2012

Athleta Sprint Seamless Bra

A high-coverage, wireless compression bra for a range of activities, best suited for cooler temperatures.

Brooks Epiphany Bra II

81

2012

Brooks Epiphany Bra II

A racerback style compression sports bra for high-impact activities

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

83

2012

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

A supportive, keyhole criss-cross strapped combination bra appropriate for high impact activities.

New Balance Tonic Crop Bra

87

2012

New Balance Tonic Crop Bra

An overhead compression bra that’s good for low to medium impact activities and general all-day wear.

Patagonia Overhead Bra

91

2012

Patagonia Overhead Bra

Pull-over, compression style racerback bra for comfortable support from running to yoga.