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My 10 Best High Impact Sports Bras

So, after a bit of side-tracking (my favourite past time!) I am back focusing on my mission to list my best sports bras in a range of categories. This week I am looking at High Impact Sports Bras.

If you are into high impact activities like running, netball or aerobics you are going to need high impact support to keep the girls in check. If you want to know more about impact levels and what they mean check out my blog ‘Sports Bra Impact Levels – What do They Mean?’. Genius title!

Alright, we have established we need a high impact sports bra for our high impact activities. The next question is, what are the best ones? This is the question I am going to answer today.

What Are My Ten Best?

As always, a good sports bra provides a good balance of support and comfort. In the case of high impact sports bras there needs to be a bit more emphasis on support whilst still maintaining comfort.

You won’t be comfortable if your girls are bouncing all over the place! As always it has got to fit you. Did you know 8 out of 10 women are wearing the incorrect size. If you suspect this is you, check out ‘10 signs you are wearing the wrong bra size’.

OK, back to the task at hand. As mentioned, my criteria are support and comfort! This is a ‘crop free zone’ as they may be comfortable, but they will not offer high impact support. No matter what it says on the label!

It’s structured bras only for me. 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. 5 best underwired and 5 best wirefree. The number one feature women either love or hate is underwired or wirefree. It is the Macca’s vs Hungry Jacks of the sports bra world.

Disclaimer time! There were no financial rewards given by brands to ensure their bra is on the list. Unfortunately, this happens a lot to ‘best product’ lists. Meaning they 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 High Impact Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Given Freya state that this bra can reduce independent breast movement by up to 92% it was easy to put this bra at number 1. I cannot verify the 92% but it does offer great high impact support keeping the girls locked in during any activity.

It is surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (you will quickly learn I am bias towards wirefree!). The combination of support and comfort places this bra at the top of my underwire list. A ‘best in underwire show’ for me.

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 Panache Underwired Sports Bra

This is an absolute classic from Panache. It delivers maximum support, comfort and style with up to 83% ‘bounce control’. I particularly love it for running as it keeps everything where it should be. But it offers equally good support for other high impact activities.\

Similar to the Panache it offers great comfort for an underwired bra with the underwire nicely encased in a soft sleeve to eliminate rub. An easy number two for me!

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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#3 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

Next up a wonderfully supportive bra from Glamorise. It offers great comfort and support during any activity. One feature of note is the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have hit the nail on the head when designing this bra. Giving you the support and shaping of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

All in all, a great combination of comfort and support in a sports bra that covers a wide range of back and cup sizes. Well worth a look!

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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#4 Anita Active Momentum Underwire Sports Bra

Coming in at number 4 is this beautiful sports bra from Anita Active. Now, I admit I do love Anita. They are a touch more expensive, but their bras are top drawer, and this bra is no exception.

Anita is more known for their wirefree styles, but this sports bra does the job. If offers High impact support and comfort. The perfect combination of femininity and high-tech design.

Features:
  • Support – High impact support.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Seamless non-padded pre-shaped cups with ergoline underwiring. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable, ergonomically tailored comfort straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular back.
  • Hook and Eye –  4 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Lightweight, breathable Anita sweat management fabric.

#5 Berlei Shift Underwire Bra

You cannot argue with the fact that Berlei make great sports bras. They are an icon of the Aussie sports bra scene. That said I would debate the support offered by their sports bras. Especially for higher impact activities. Good for the smaller busted but if you have a bit more up top!

This bra doesn’t fit into the Berlei normal. It ups the support factor whilst maintaining the comfort. Well done Berlei you have created a high impact winner here.

Features:
  • Support – High impact support. Berlei Support Factor 4.
  • Band – Covered elastic underband that is comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Multi-part, encapsulated underwire cups are cotton lined. Non-padded.
  • Straps – Wide adjustable straps.
  • Back – Regular back that can cross-over to racerback.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Lightweight and breathable.
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Honourable mention:

Triumph Triaction Control Lite Minimiser Sports Bra

This bra from Triumph offers the goods at a reasonable price. The minimising function is perfect for the more self-conscious. I am a D cup and it felt good on. Soft, supportive, and comfortable. Winner, winner…

Triumph advertises it as having 3D powertech technology and 3D straps. Sounds good to me although I have no idea what it means. Marketing jargon I suspect. That said whatever it is it works. An easy number 4 for me.

Features:
  • Support – High to Extreme impact support. Up to 77% bounce control.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Non-padded, underwired, minimiser cups that reduces the bust by one cup size. Compress and 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, soft fabrics.
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5 Best High Impact Wirefree Sports Bras

#1 Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

Look through any of my ‘best of’ lists, especially those for supportive sports bras, and you will nearly always find this bra at or near the top. And there is a reason for this. It is da bomb!

You would be hard pressed to find a more supportive bra out there. It’s specifically designed as a running bra (and we all know how high impact that is!) but it’s support works for all high impact activities.

It can be a bit snug in the band which can reduce the comfort. But if you want support and don’t mind compromising a bit on comfort then give this bra a crack. Your breasts will thank you!

Features:
  • Support – Extreme support. Up to 78% bounce reduction (University of Portsmouth 2009).
  • Band – Soft, wide elastic underband.
  • Cups – Soft, seamless cups that compress and encapsulate each breast separately.
  • Straps – Adjustable, non-slip, wide and padded.
  • Back – Double back fastening racer back style.
  • Hook and Eye – Soft, non-rub hook and eye. 2 rows of hooks.
  • Fabric – Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, sports performance fabrics.
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#2 Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

We already know Anita are known for their wirefree bras and when it comes to high impact support and comfort this bra tops their list. It has support in spades with Anita’s combination of design and hi-tech materials putting this bra in the high/extreme support range.

One of the reasons I love Anita is that their sports bras are so lightweight and comfortable without compromising on support. And as someone who lives in Queensland (think hot!) this makes me a big fan. Keep me cool while I work out – yes please!

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.

#3 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

This sports bra is an easy number 3 for me (poet?). It is rated high/extreme impact support by Glamorise 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!

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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#4 Panache Wirefree Sports Bra

You can’t put together a high impact list without including Panache. Their sports bras are so supportive. As mentioned earlier 83% bounce control will keep you under control during any activity.

I particularly like the padded straps and convertible back 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.

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 Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite Sports Bra

Rounding out my top 5 is this little beauty from Triumph. It is Triumph’s most supportive wirefree style with a touted 77% bounce control. Add to this their 3-layer anti-bounce compression system and you have got one supportive bra.

It also delivers on comfort. It is constructed from hi-tech material that is breathable and has moisture regulating inserts, perfect for long sweaty workouts.

Features:
  • Support – 77% bounce control, 3-layer anti-bounce compression.
  • Band – Wide lower band with a velvety touch.
  • Cups – Non-padded, wirefree, shaping cups, that firmly wrap around the bust. Compress and encapsulate each breast.
  • Straps – Adjustable, padded straps with practical snap closure.
  • Back – Regular back that can cross-over to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 2 rows of hooks. Softly padded.
  • Fabric – Light mesh material, double layering with flexible texture,
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Honourable mention:

Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra

You may have worked out that I am a big fan of Anita and Shock when it comes to high impact support. My bias aside this bra does offer the goods. It keeps the girls in check with the comfort Anita bras are renowned for.

It is designed for comfort and offers great support. So lightweight that you will forget you’re wearing it. The soft comfortable band sits snugly against you rig cage and I also love the front adjustment. So easy to use!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact support.
  • Band – Soft, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Wirefree, seamlessly shaped, preformed, double layered cups. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable comfort strap system exclusively developed for Anita.
  • Back – Racerback design.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Padded.
  • Fabric – Quick dry and moisture wicking.

Final Thoughts

So, that is my 10 best high impact sports bras + 2 honourable mentions. An extensive list but in your search for high impact support one that is definitely worth the effort.

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% plus bounce control and over a long workout that missing 10% can add up.

In my opinion a must have workout 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. Give it a go, you will love it!

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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