The Most Supportive Sports Bras, as Tested by 3 Editors With Different Cup Sizes


Paley Fairman

If finding a well-fitting bra is a challenge, then shopping for that of the activewear variety is another beast entirely. While spandex might be more forgiving than lace and underwire, there are other factors to consider, not the least of which is limited sizing. For those of us who appreciate the precise number + letter system in standard lingerie, the vagueness of "small," "medium," and "large" can be infuriating.

That's not even to mention the necessity for a design that's incredibly comfortable yet supportive enough to withstand a long run or a punishing round of burpees with minimal bounce. Oh, and it should ideally be stylish and flattering (so no armpit pinching), and the fabric should wick sweat too. Are we asking too much?

In an activewear market that's more saturated then ever, the answer is a resounding no—it's just a matter of sifting through it all to find the designs that actually get the job done. With this in mind, I recruited two of my colleagues (with different cup sizes) to help me test-drive some of the best-reviewed sports bras on the market. After several weeks and countless workouts, we're ready to offer up our (very) honest reviews—and official recommendations.