My 10 Best Sports Bras for Horse Riding

19/11/2020

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Looking back at my recent posts I have realised I haven’t done a ‘Best of’ post for a while. So, here we are. This week I am focusing on my 10 best sports bras for horse riding.

This one is close to my heart as my daughter has just starting horse riding. She is still too young to need a sports bra, but it brings a tear to my eye (literally!) when I see the older girls trotting around with their boobs bouncing in all directions.

Seriously though, if you are a B cup or up you would be painfully aware of how much your boobs bounce. And of the importance of wearing a comfortable and supportive sports bra.

What Makes a Great Sports Bra for Horse Riding?

The following are the features that are essential in making a great horse-riding sports bra.

  1. Support

This is an absolute given. The whole point of this exercise is stopping your girls bouncing in all directions whilst riding!

  1. Comfort

Another given. Horse riders can spend extensive periods in the saddle and at events. You need to be comfortable if you are to successfully get through a long day of show jumping.

  1. Lightweight and Breathable

We live in a hot country and things are made even hotter wearing jodhpurs, a long sleeve top, gloves, etc. The last thing you want is a sports bra that bakes your chest. You need something lightweight. Avoid sports bras with moulded cups.

What Are My Ten Best?

Hurry up you say, get to the good bit. Before I do, I would like to say one thing ‘do not ride in a crop style bra’. They may be comfortable, and they may say ‘high impact’ on the label, but they are not going to offer the support of a structured sports bra. They are designed to your back and cup size to offer the best support for your breasts.

My list has been broken into two sections. Best B-F cup sports bras and FF+ cup sports bras. We all come in different sizes and varying sports bras often offer better support for certain sizes.

Disclaimer time! There were no financial rewards given by brands to ensure their bra is on the list. Unfortunately, this happens a lot on ‘best product’ lists. Meaning lists are often biased and do not offer you the absolute best of advice. These are simply my 10 best picks from a life lived in the sports bra world.

Please read on to see my 10 best.

5 Best B-F Cup Sports Bras for Horse Riding

#1 Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra: C-F Cups

  • Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra, Colour White, Front ViewAnita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra, Colour White, Back View

    Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra 5529

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If you follow my blogs, you will have realised I am a big fan of Anita sports bras. One of the reasons I love Anita is that their sports bras are so lightweight and comfortable without compromising on support.

When it comes to horse riding this bra by Anita tops my list. It is so lightweight and comfortable without compromising on support. The two things you need for a long day in the saddle!

Main Features and Benefits:
  • The soft, non-roll underband and seamlessly pre-shaped cups provide perfect support.
  • Designed with a high-cut centre front panel to contain you and provide extra strong support.
  • This bra also has side support panels to help keep your breasts centered.
  • It features highly functional pique fabric and netting inserts in the back to regulate moisture absorption keeping you cool and dry.
  • The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.

#2 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra: B-G Cups

  • Glamorise, High Impact Underwire Sport Bra, White, Front ViewGlamorise, High Impact Underwire Sport Bra, White, Back View

    Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra 9066

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Next up is an amazingly supportive sports bra by Glamorise. Glamorise have hit the nailed it when designing this bra. It gives you the shaping and support underwire with the softness of wirefree.

It offers great comfort and support during horse riding and is comfortable enough to wear all day. All in all, a great combination of support and comfort. Well worth a bo peep!

Main Features and Benefits:
  • The double layer cups with the integrated Wonderwire® design prevents the wire from ever touching your body. Feel supported in comfort like never.
  • Look and feel great while moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry when it matters most.
  • Features seamless outer cups made of non-stretch material.
  • The adjustable shoulder straps help give you a perfect fit with no shoulder ache while the two-way stretch back moves with your body to keep the bra in place.

#3 Berlei Shift Underwire Bra: C-F Cups

  • Berlei Shift Underwire Bra, Colour Black, Front ViewBerlei Shift Underwire Bra, Colour Black, Back View

    Berlei Shift Underwire Bra YYRK

    $69.95 $63.95
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Main Features and Benefits:
  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 4 – Extreme Impact, reducing breast bounce by up to 60%.
  • Wide adjustable straps help to stabilise and minimise bounce whilst enhancing support.
  • This sports bra is made to reduce chafing and will keep you dry during the toughest of rides.
  • The cross over functionality delivers additional support and flexibility under clothing.
  • Covered elastic underband stabilizes bust and adds support.

#4 Triumph Performance Sports Bra: C-F Cups

  • Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Front ViewTriumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Back View

    Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra 10137919

    $59.95 $53.95
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Coming in at number 4 is a more affordable offering from Triumph. I personally believe price should not be a factor when selecting a sports bra but also understand bras can be expensive. Especially when you have a few!

So, ignoring price this bra still makes my list. It is one Triumph’s most popular styles and for good reason. It offers great support up to an F cup and is perfect for all your riding needs.

Main Features and Benefits:
  • Double layer cups with rigid top panels reduce bounce and provide an extreme level of support.
  • Features innovative eco fabric that allows breathability to reduce sweating.
  • Moisture management fabric wicks moisture away keeping you cool, dry and comfortable.
  • Quality fabric allows softness and comfort, as well as prolonged life.
  • Top panel has rigid lining to significantly reduce bounce during horse riding.

#5 Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra: D-FF Cups

  • Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra, Colour Black and Grey, Front ViewAnita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra, Colour Black Grey, Back View

    Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra 5527

    $120.00 $104.95
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As you already know I am a big fan of Anita and I am also a big fan of this sports bra. And the feedback I have received from my customers is outstanding. They too love this bra.

When you horse ride, your breasts need to be controlled and this bra takes this control to the extreme (like what I did there?). And like all Anita bras it is comfortable and lightweight. The perfect bra to round out this top five.

Main Features and Benefits:
  • Anita sweat management and breathable mesh back helps keep you cool and dry.
  • Ergonomically tailored comfort straps with simple adjustment, padded throughout to prevent shoulder and neck discomfort and provide firm support.
  • Outside of highly functional pique fabric for quick moisture absorption and transportation. Inside seamless hydrophilic towelling for extra support and comfort; does not chafe the breast.
  • Soft microfiber underbust band that provides firm support and moulds to your body’s contours.
  • Three-section outer cup with sickle-shaped supporting section at the sides to enhance the shape of your breast.

5 Best FF+ Cup Sports Bras for Horse Riding

#1 Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic: D-H Cups

  • Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic Support Bra, White, Front Model ViewThe Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic Support Bra in White, Back View

    Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic Support Bra SN109

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First up is a sports bra from another one of my favourite brands; Shock Absorber (the name says it all!)  It accommodates up to a H cup so certainly fits the big bust criteria for selection.

So, what makes this bra a worthy number one? It’s high impact support, coverage and flattering rounded shape. You will enjoy great support, style and comfort without feeling squashed. A perfect sports bra for horse riding.

Main Features and Benefits:
  • Each breast is supported individually by the multi part wireless cups with inner support slings along the bottom.
  • Made from hard wearing fabric that is abrasion resistant and non-pilling. Wear it time and time again.
  • Made from moisture wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to reduce rubbing and keep you cool and dry.
  • The Active D+ Classic Support Bra offers further stability and support by the soft, wide elastic underband.
  • Wide, adjustable padded straps fit comfortably on your shoulders.

#2 Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra: D-GG Cups

  • Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra, Colour White, Front ViewFreya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra, Colour White, Back View

    Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra AA4002

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Another great bra for the larger cup sizes. It accommodates up to a GG and unlike other bras from Freya is not moulded so offers cool all day comfort.

The Core advertises 80% bounce control (impressive!) and it is comfortable enough to wear at an all-day event or a long day in the saddle. Great effort Freya.

Main Features and Benefits:
  • Built up padded straps for support and comfort.
  • Wider curvature wire giving you a comfortable and supportive fit.
  • Firm and flat bottom band for good anchorage.
  • COOLMAX® fabric with a soft feel wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Research findings show a reduction in up and down velocity by 80% (University of Portsmouth).

#3 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sport Bra: B-H Cups

  • Glamorise Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra_Black Grey_FrontGlamorise Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra_Black Grey_Back

    Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sport Bra 1166

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An easy number 3 for me (poetry?). It is rated high/extreme impact support by Glamorise so definitely ticks the support box. And having tried and tested it I would have to agree. It keeps the girls locked in!

One of my favourite features is the double layer cups. The inner panel holds me very nicely whilst the outer layer offers a second level of adjustable support. Simply clip / unclip to rachet up the support. The best bit is comfort is not compromised. If feels soft against the skin.

What more can I say, I wear it and I love it. A double thumbs up from me!

Main Features and Benefits:
  • The Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra combines the Magiclift® criss-cross design on the inner bra with the adjustable bounce control outer panel to provide superior lift, bust definition and support for all levels of activity.
  • This sports bra has a wire-free inner bra that gives support & bust definition while the outer panel allows you to adjust bounce control according to activity level.
  • With its patented front adjusting outer panel this bra allows you to set the bounce control you require so you’re locked and loaded no matter what you do.
  • As you heat up this bra will keep you cool and dry with its quick dry seamless moulded inner cups that wick moisture away and feel soft against your skin.
  • It also features non-slip adjustable straps and a two-way stretch back designed to move with your body.

#4 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra: D-K Cups

  • Elomi Energise Sports Bra, White, Front ViewElomi Energise Sports Bra, White, Back View

    Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra EL8041

    $79.95 $73.95
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Now this is a bra for the larger cup sizes. It is designed to accommodate up to a K cup without compromising support or comfort.

So, if your breasts are stopping you from climbing into the saddle and you have been unable to find a suitable solution. Then this bra may be just what you are looking for.

Main Features and Benefits:
  • Each breast is supported individually giving great shape and separation.
  • Four section cups with side support panels, encapsulate rather than compress the bust, giving amazing support and great separation.
  • Full coverage and support.
  • Made from a super-smooth microfiber fabric, which wicks moisture away.
  • Two-ply construction in the cups for uncompromising support.

#5 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra: B-HH Cups

  • Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra, Colour Black, Front ViewShock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra, Colour Black, Back View

    Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra S4490

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Another Shock you ask? Yes, another Shock! What can I say, I love Shock! When it comes to support, they are the bees. This bra is a great allrounder and is perfect for horse riding and any other activities you may pursue.

I particularly like the padded straps and racerback design. I always look for that little bit extra comfort and support in my sports bras and this bra does offer both in equal amounts.

Main Features and Benefits:
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Double anchorage points at the back.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for your added comfort.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.

So, there you have it, my 10 best sports bras for horse riding. An extensive look at the best horse-riding sports bras on the market.

One thing about sports bras is what works for you may not work for someone else. We are all unique so please use this list as a guide in your quest for the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The absolute best advertises 90% bounce control and over a long workout that missing 10% can add up.

A must have horse riding accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for your breasts when horse riding. As I said, a must have!

Yours in support

Amy x


Amy is the face behind Sports Bras Direct, Australia’s largest sports bra website. She's a mother of two, outdoors lover and sports bra expert. Her life mission is to help active women get the support they need as well as assisting women in need through her charitable donations.

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