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My 10 Best Sports Bras

Updated 25 May 2022.

This is a question I get asked a lot; what are the best sports bras? But is one I avoid answering. Why?

It is not an easy question to answer as one sports bra is not the best for all. We are all different sizes, shapes and do different activities. As such, no one sports bra is perfect for all.

That said I have bowed to the pressure and have created a list of my 10 best sports bras. This list considers all the sports bra must haves support, comfort and quality.

The best sports bras are supportive, comfortable, and are well made to stand the test of time. I have ignored size and features as these are personal. You might be a 12B and love wirefree whilst your friend is 18G and loved underwired.

This doesn’t mean the best sports bra for you is better than the best for your friend. What may be best for you may not be best for your friend.

As always with my ‘best’ lists I receive no financial incentives from brands to get their bra/s on the list. This often happens ‘best of’ lists are written. Thus, these lists can be biased and do not offer the best of advice. These are my picks from a life of sports bra experience.

Read on to discover my – 

10 Best Sports Bras in Alphabetical Order.

#1 Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

This bra makes my list due to its awesome combination of support and comfort. Anita sports bras are so comfortable, and this bra is no exception. It offers high/extreme impact support which is up there with the most supportive sports bras around. And the quality is second to none, we all know German products are well made!

It is wirefree and has regular straps. If you prefer racerback then the Anita Active Dynamixstar Racerback Sports Bra is a great alternative. The Momentum fits a broad range of sizes from a 10C up to a 20F & 24DD.

#2 Berlei Shift Underwire Sports Bra

This is my pick of the bunch from the Berlei range. It is a Berlei favourite and with good reason. Offering exceptional support and comfort with quality to boot.

It’s underwired and offers high / extreme impact support. I particularly like the convertible back allowing you to convert from regular to cross-back with ease. It suits sizes 10C-18E with the lower band sizes fitting up to an F cup. If you are after something a little bigger from Berlei take a look at the ProElite.

#3 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

According to Freya this sports bra offers up to 92% bounce control. Wow, that is the best advertised control on the market. I am not so sure, but I am not a scientific study! Either way it is supportive I can’t argue with that. Support, comfort and quality in spades.

It is underwired and has moulded cups, so provides good breast shape. It is also convertible offering shoulder strap versatility. Sizing from a B-H cup and a 6-18 back it covers a large range of sizes.

#4 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

Next up are a couple of offerings from Glamorise. The first is the Adjustable Wirefree. It ticks all the boxes. Support, comfort and quality.

As mentioned, it is wirefree and has a unique double cup design that allows you to adjust the support on the go with a simple adjustment of the outer cup. It fits a range of sizes from a 10D up to a 24H. Wow, well done Glamorise!

#5 Glamorise Sport High Impact Sports Bra

This style from Glamorise compliments the Adjustable Wirefree nicely. It is in a similar support range but without the double cup design.

It is underwired with regular straps and is one of Glamorises most popular sports bra styles. Like its wirefree counterpart it is perfect for a range of sizes from a 10D to a 24G.

#6 Panache Underwired Sports Bra

You cannot make a ‘best of’ sports bra list and not include a Panache sports bra. And this list is no exception. Their underwired sports bra is their flagship bra, but their Wirefree Sports Bra is from the same mould only wirefree.

It is high / extreme impact with a convertible back. Like many great sports bras it also suits a range of sizes. Everyone from a 6E to an 18GG can enjoy the support and comfort this sports bra offers.

#7 Q-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra

Q-Linn is a relative newcomer to the sports bra game. But that hasn’t stopped them designing a great sports bra. The Barcelona was designed originally for horse riding. And anyone who has ever ridden knows that keeping the girls under control in comfort is important. This bra does that perfectly for horse riding and other high bounce activity.

It is underwired with a racerback back type. It fits sizes from a 10C up to a generous 22G so accommodates many women.

#8 Shock Absorber Utlimate Run Bra

This sports bra from Shock is a given on a best sports bra list. It is so supportive and comfortable. It is specifically designed for runners so chafe free comfort is important when running many k’s. Shock advertise it’s bounce control as 83% and I must say it does keep the girls under control.

It has a racerback design that is wirefree. One thing to consider with this bra is it runs a little snug, so I often recommend going up a band size. If you normally wear a 12D consider a 14C. If you like padding then consider a Ultimate Run Padded. It offers the same support and comfort but with padded cups.

#10 Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite Sports Bra

Closing out my 10 Best Sports Bras list is this offering from Triumph. It is in my opinion their most supportive sports bra with comfort to match.

Another wirefree style with a convertible back. If you are lifetime ‘underwired’ fan I would suggest trying wirefree. Modern wirefree designs often match or exceed underwired styles in the support department without the potential discomfort underwired can sometimes cause.

My Final Thoughts

That is quite a list. Hopefully there is something there perfect for you. As mentioned, everyone is different so don’t simply buy something because ‘I said so’. If none of these bras are perfect for you do not despair as there are many other great sports bras available. You just need to take the time to look.

I am a 12D/DD and many sports bras on this list are not suitable for me. If I had to nominate my personal top three they would be the Shock Run Padded, Anita Dynamixstar and the Q-Linn Barcelona. What do you notice? They are all racerbacks. That is the style that best suits me.

If you need any assistance refining down your best sports bra, please get in touch. I am happy to help you.

Yours in support.

Amy x

Amy Jaffers

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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