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10 Best Sports Bras for Big Busts

Updated 25 May 2022.

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

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.

Features:
  • Support – Perfect for all high impact activities.
  • Band – Soft, wide elastic underband.
  • Cups – Soft, wirefree cups that compress and encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Shaped, adjustable padded straps.
  • Back – Racer back style with double anchorage points.
  • Hook and Eye – 2 x 2 rows of hooks.
  • Fabric – Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics.

#2 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

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!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact with front adjusting outer panel.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Seamless, non-padded and wirefree inner cups. Compresses and encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Non-slip adjustable straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular back.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Quick dry and moisture wicking.
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#3 Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

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!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact support.
  • Band – Soft microfiber underband. Firm support that moulds to your body.
  • Cups – Soft, shaped wirefree cups that encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable ergonomically tailored comfort straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable with Anita sweat management system.
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#4 Panache Wirefree Sports Bra

Let me say it; Panache makes 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 GG 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 Panache!

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Moulded and seam-free. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#5 Royce Lingerie Impact Free Sports Bra

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.

Features:
  • Support – Ideal for all high impact activities.
  • Band – Wide, supportive, fully encased elastic underband.
  • Cups – Structured, wirefree, non-padded cups. Compression and encapsulation fit.
  • Neckline – Full coverage high neckline.
  • Straps – Foam lined, adjustable straps.
  • Back –  Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable double layer fabric.

Honourable Mention:

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

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.

Features:
  • Support – High impact support.
  • Band – Firm, soft, non-roll underband.
  • Cups – Seamlessly pre-shaped wirefree cups that encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Highly functional pique fabric that regulates moisture absorption.

Check out my entire range of Wirefree Big Bust Sports Bras.

My Top 5 Plus Size Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

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.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact. Reduces independent breast movement by up to 92% (University of Portsmouth).
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Perforated foam cups. Underwired. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable padded straps.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 4 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#2 Sculptresse Non-Padded Sports Bra

Number 2 on my list is this bounce reducing sports bra from Sculptresse. If you want a high support underwired sports bra that accommodates bigger cup sizes, then this bra is for you. It supports up to a JJ cup and is comfortable enough to wear every day.

I particularly like the seamfree cups to reduce rub and the convertible back to allow you to wear regular or racer depending on your preference.

Features:
  • Support – High impact support.
  • Band – Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Non-padded and underwired with Fortitube© technology. Compresses and encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, moulded foam straps.
  • Back – Regular back that converts to racerback.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Soft, breathable fabrics.

#3 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

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!

Features:
  • Support – High impact.
  • Band– Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups– Underwired, non-padded with 2-ply construction. Four sections with side support panels encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps– Wide and adjustable.
  • Back– Regular. Converts to racerback style with a J-hook.
  • Hook and Eye– 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Smooth microfiber. Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#4 Panache Underwired Sports Bra

Number four on my list is this awesome sports bra from Panache. It offers up to 83% bounce control (according to Panache) all the way up to a HH cup. Perfect for those with a bit more up top!

Both comfortable and supportive, the Panache Underwired Sport Bra provides you with maximum support and comfort in a stylish design. An easy addition to my list.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact. Reduces bounce by up to 83% (10E subject).
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Silicone encased underwire, moulded and seam-free. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#5 Triumph Triaction Ultra W Sports Bra

And finally rounding out my sports bras for big busts list at number five 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 Ultra sports bra offers great support up to an G 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?

Features:
  • Support – High to Extreme impact support.
  • Band – Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Underwired, non-padded, double layer cups with rigid top panels. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, padded, adjustable straps.
  • Back – Regular back that can cross-over to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Lightweight moisture management fabric.
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Honourable Mention:

Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sports Bra

OK, onto my honourable mention 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.

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Double layer seamless cups with integrated Wonderwire® design. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable padded shoulder straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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Check out my entire range of Underwired Big Bust Sports Bras.

Final Thoughts

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.

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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