10 Best Sports Bras for Big Busts


OK, time for the third in my series of ‘Best Ofs’. Last time I listed my ‘Top 10 Plus Size Sports Bras’. I’ve done larger backs it’s now time for larger busts. So this week I am going to answer the question; what are the best sports bras for big busts? Once again, I am not going to re-invent the blog here and will follow the same format as previous. If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it!

As we already know the single biggest reason women avoid exercise is breast pain. And as a rule, the larger your breasts the more likely you are to avoid exercise. Not good. So, what can you do if this is you? Wearing a good fitting, supportive sports bra is a very good start to getting you more active.

So, what do we do when so many shops only stock the ‘standard’ sizes, perfect for an A-D cup? Occasionally you may get lucky and find a DD+ cup but it’s only in one style. Two options, shop around and you may eventually get lucky. Or two, check out my list and broaden your search to the internet. It’s not as scary as it seems. There are many great websites out there that have a large range, plenty of information and a great delivery & returns policy. Still not convinced then check out my blog ’12 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying Your Nest Sports Bra Online’. Everything you need to know.

Before we look at my top ten, we first need to answer the question; what is a larger bust? Given that the average bra size for Australian women is now somewhere between a 14C and 12D I would say anything from a DD cup up would be considered a bigger bust.

Here are my Top Ten Sports Bras for Big Busts

It’s a given that ladies with larger busts shouldn’t have to compromise on support and comfort in their sports bras. And it’s also a given that ‘crop tops’, whilst comfortable, don’t offer the necessary support. As such my list is a ‘crop free’ zone. Crops are great as a lounge bra but not so great for exercise.

I have broken my list into two sections. Best wirefree sports bras and best underwired sports bras. I have done this as I have found over the years that of all sports bra features this is the one that most women are set on. You either love underwire or you are a wirefree fan. If you are a fence sitter look at ‘underwired or wirefree sports bras’ to help you find the right side of the fence for you.

I’d also like to say, I received no financial incentives from suppliers to get their bra on the list. This happens a lot when ‘best product’ lists are formulated. Thus, lists are often biased and do not offer the absolute best of advice. These are my picks from a life of sports bra experience.

Read on to see my top 5 + 5 = 10.

My Top 5 Plus Size Wirefree Sports Bras

#1 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra, Colour Black_Lifestyle View

A comfortable (see what I did there?) number one on my list is the Active Multi from Shock. It’s comfortable and very supportive and goes all the way up to a HH cup. What’s not to love after all this bra was voted number one by Runner’s World Magazine for running bras. That’s a big tick of approval.

It is a fantastic all-round sports bra that offers great support and comfort. I do love the padded straps and racerback design. I always look for that little bit extra comfort and support when I exercise, and this bra offers that.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Crop top design with integrated sports bra support.
  • Double anchorage points at the back.
  • Fully back opening for easy on and off.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.
  • Racer back style gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.

Suits B – HH cups and 8 – 18 backs.

#2 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

Glamorise, Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra, White, Front View

This bra is an easy second for me on the sports bras for big busts list. It accommodates up to a H Cup and is so supportive. Glamorise give it a high / extreme impact rating and I would have to say they are not far off the mark.

I especially like how you can adjust the bounce control on the go with an easy to use outer panel adjustment. Simply ratchet up the support with a quick unclip / clip. Comfort is not compromised either. It feels soft against your skin and the wide shoulder straps help alleviate shoulder soreness.

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

Main Features and Benefits:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Suits B – H cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#3 Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

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

I am a big, big fan of this sports bra and the feedback I have received on it is outstanding. It is made up to a G cup and is perfect for larger breasted women looking for comfort and support. It’s called the ‘Extreme Control’ for it’s shaping function giving you an attractive bust shape with maximum support

Like all Anita bras is made from high tech material that is lightweight and comfortable. A wirefree number three!

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 absorbtion 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.

Suits D – G cups and 12 – 24 backs.

#4 Shock Absorber D+ Classic Support Bra

Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic Support Bra, Colour Black, Lifestyle View

What another Shock Absorber you ask? Oh yes. Why? Because they make great bras! Let me say that again; they make great bras and great sports bras for big busts. And this one is no exception. It accommodates up to a H cup so certainly fits the big bust criteria for selection.

So, what makes this bra a worthy number four? It’s coverage, high impact support and flattering rounded shape. I for one want a comfortable and supportive bra but not if I feel all squashed in and ready to pop out at any moment. Luckily this bra is not that bra. You’ll enjoy great support, style and comfort without feeling squashed. Well done Shock!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Central front panel provides a great shape eliminating the dreaded ‘uni-boob’.
  • Designed with deep sides and back allowing the bra to sit snugly against your frame giving added support.
  • Each breast is supported individually by the multi part wireless cups with inner support slings along the bottom.
  • Full back opening with spacer foam backed hook and eye closure for easy on and off.
  • 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.
  • The leotard back with centre pull straps gives you extra support and reduces strap slippage. Feel contained and supported with the tall centre front.
  • Wide, adjustable padded straps fit comfortably on your shoulders.

Suits D – H cups and 10 – 28 backs.

#5 Royce Lingerie Impact Free Sports Bra & Impact Free D-FF Sports Bra

Royce Impact Free Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front ViewRoyce Impact Free D-FF Sports Bra, Colour Black, Lifestyle View

How can I have these two bras at number 5 you ask; after all they go from a D cup all the way up to a K cup? Simple, these bras may win the comfort battle, but they don’t win the support one. They are so soft and being made from 100% cotton keep you cool and fresh. The downside is that they do not offer the same support as the bras listed above.

Royce list them as High Impact but I would say that is at a stretch (no pun intended). These two bras are essentially the same design with slight adjustments to suit different cup size. Add the two together and they make a worthy number 5.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • 100% cotton, with excellent wicking properties to help keep you cool and fresh.
  • Double layer fabric allows perspiration to be carried away from skin.
  • Soft touch hook & eye closure with 4 eye adjustment giving you greater flexibility of fit.
  • Structured cups provide firm support to reduce all movement whilst a high neckline (slightly lower than the original Impact Free) ensures full coverage of the bust to reduce vertical bounce.
  • Featuring both a compressive and encapsulating fit that limits breast movement giving you total support.
  • The straps are foam lined for added comfort.
  • The underband elastic is fully encased with soft cotton fabric for a comfortable fit against the skin.
  • Wireless cups are lined for modesty and are padding free.
  • Wide elastic underband provides great support.

Suits D – K cups and 10 – 18 backs.

Honourable mention:

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra, Colour White, Front View

Once again, I am going to include an ‘honourable mention’ as this bra only just missed my top five.

It’s another great bra from Anita. So lightweight and comfortable it feels so good on. Living in Australia I am a big fan of lightweight bras to help keep me cool and this bra is just that. Best thing is you don’t compromise on support. Anita’s high-tech materials and design put this bra in the high / extreme impact support range.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • 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.
  • The cups have an inner lining of hydrophilic towelling and are seamlessly shaped with angled seaming that provides shape to bust.
  • It’s fabric is designed for fast moisture absorption and release to help keep you cool and dry.
  • The Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra’s seamlessly pre-shaped cups provide perfect support through to large sizes.
  • The padded straps attach to elastic that adjusts in back with laminated plastic hardware that won’t slip during high impact activity.
  • It’s sides and back are made of ventilated stretch mesh, with covered elastic at top edge.
  • The soft, non-roll underband with logo at bottom right provides additional support.
  • The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.
  • This bra features highly functional pique fabric and netting inserts in the back to regulate moisture absorption keeping you cool and dry.

Suits C-G cups and 10 – 20 backs.

My Top 5 Plus Size Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra, Colour Electric Black, Front View

First up on my underwired sports bras for big busts list is the Freya Epic. Not a hard choice as this bra is the underwired queen of bras. Why? Quite simply the support it offers. Freya reckon it can reduce independent breast movement by 92%. I don’t know about that, but it certainly does a good job of keeping your assets in check.

It’s surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (there’s my wirefree bias!). Fitting up to a H cup it’s specifically designed and made for the larger breasted amongst us. All in all, a great sports bra and a definite ‘game changer’ for larger breasted women.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • COOLMAX® fabric in the inner bra combined with microfibre wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • High performance with full coverage from a centre front extension that keeps you in place.
  • Perforated foam cups for smooth breathable shaping.
  • Slide hook fastening allows racer back option with quick and easy dressing. Get workout ready fast!
  • Soft hook and eye closure with four rows for a flexible fit.
  • Smooth thread seams reduce friction against the skin.
  • Soft, wide bottom band for your support and comfort.
  • Subtly positioned mesh panels offer further cooling comfort.
  • The adjustable padded straps help keep your shoulders comfortable and reduce neck & shoulder strain allowing you to perform for longer.
  • Wide curvature underwire in puncture resistant casing reduces pressure against the body.

Suits D – H cups and 6 – 18 backs.

#2 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

Elomi Energise Sports Bra, White, Front View

OK next on my list is the Elomi Energise. Wow, what a bra. It’s specifically designed for larger cup sizes and fuller figures and it offers great comfort and support. So why didn’t it make number one? In my opinion it is ever so slightly bettered by the Freya in the comfort and support department.

It offers great support but it’s hard to beat the 92% of the Freya and the comfort level is just not quite best in underwire class. It’s a great bra, but it just doesn’t quite make number one. Second best is nothing to be sneezed at though. Well done Elomi!

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, no more uniboob!
  • Full coverage and support.
  • Made from a super-smooth microfiber fabric, which wicks moisture away.
  • Newly added J Hook on the straps for conversion to racerback.
  • Regular back fastening for easy on and off.
  • Two-ply construction in the cups for uncompromising support.

Suits D – K cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#3 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

Glamorise High Impact Underwire Sport Bra, Colour Black Purple, Front View

OK onto number three on the sports bras for big busts list and this offering from Glamorise. I’m a bit of a fan of Galmorise for larger busted ladies and this is a damn good bra for supporting larger breasts.

It offers great support and comfort when you’re working out. I particularly like the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have done a great job of designing the bra to give you the benefit of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

If you’re after a great all-round underwired sports bra in a larger cup size, then it’s hard to go past this one.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Features seamless outer cups made of non-stretch material.
  • Look and feel great while moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry when it matters most.
  • 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.
  • The double layer cups with the integrated Wonderwire® design prevents the wire from ever touching your body. Feel supported in comfort like never before.

Suits B – F cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#4 Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra

Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Front View

Number four is one in the more affordable range. I have deliberately ignored price when compiling my top 10 but thought it worth noting that this is a very good sports bra at a better price than the others on this list.

One of Sports Bras Directs most popular styles the Performance sports bra offers great support up to an F cup. Its unfortunate Triumph don’t make this bra in larger cup sizes as it could support more big busted women. Designed to meet the needs of real women it is perfect for those with smaller larger bust sizes. Does that make sense?

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Adjustable straps for different levels of activity.
  • 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.
  • The Performance Sports Bra has the option to cross the straps giving you additional support.
  • Top panel has rigid lining to significantly reduce bounce during sporting activities.
  • Traditional back fastening with hook and eye closure that is padded for comfort.

Suits C – F cups & 10 – 22 backs cups.

#5 Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop

Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop, Colour Black, Front View

And finally rounding out my sports bras for big busts list at number five in the ProElite. I’ll admit it’s a long list, but I wanted to leave no boob unturned in the search for the perfect sports bra for large breasts.

Berlei make great sports bras but I am not normally a fan of the support level they offer for high impact activities such as running. This bra breaks the mould. It ups the support factor whilst maintaining the comfort. Well done Berlei you have created a winner here.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 4 – Extreme Impact; reducing breast bounce by up to 60%.
  • Center panel – tall and narrow for containment, with arched centre underside for high tummies.
  • Cotton-lined cups for comfort.
  • Covered elastic underband stabilizes bust and adds support.
  • Multi-part encapsulated underwire cups feature angled seams for shape and support during even the most strenuous workouts.
  • Patterned mesh overlay around cups and on sides and back.
  • Sides and back have encased elastic at top edges.
  • The cross over functionality delivers additional support and flexibility under clothing.
  • This sports bra is made to reduce chafing and will keep you dry during the toughest exercises.
  • Wide adjustable straps help to stabilise and minimise bounce whilst enhancing support.

Suits C – F cups and 10 – 18 backs.

Honourable mention:

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra, Colour Nude, Front View

OK we are back with Freya. In my opinion they are the queens of underwired sports bras and this bra is a princess (see what I did there!). It’s not as supportive as its sister the Epic but it comes close (80% bounce control). It’s less bulky than the Epic whilst still maintaining the comfort.

Some women find it a bit pointy in the cups, but I found it OK. All in all, a great underwired sports bra perfect for larger busts.

Main Features and Benefits:

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

Suits D – GG cups and 6 – 16 backs.

So, there you have it. My 5 + 5 = 10 done and dusted. As always, the perfect sports bra for you is very much a personal choice. What works for your training partner may not work for you. Use this list as a guide and hit your weekly class with the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The very best advertise 80-90% bounce control and over a long exercise session that unsupported 10-20% can add up.

In my opinion a must have running accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This athletic breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for holding your breasts in place preventing bounce and breast damage while you exercise. You will love it!

Yours is support.


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