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My 5 Best Racerback Sports Bras + 3 Convertible Back Sports Bras

After last week’s blog ‘Sports Bra Back Types’ I had a fair bit of feedback asking me what my favourite racerback sports bras were. I for one love Racerback Sports Bras. My two favourite sports bras (which are on the list below) are racerback. It seems I am not alone as many of you also love racerback styles.

So, in this week’s blog I am going to take you through my 5 best racerback sports bras. Why they are so good and their features and benefits.

I will also check out 3 convertible back styles that I love. These are the styles that can be worn with regular straps. Or crossed over (converted) to make them a racerback style. These styles may not offer the benefits of a true racerback but do offer the convenience of two back types in one depending on your intended use.

I won’t go too much into what a racerback is or why you should wear one. Last weeks blog and my previous blog ‘Racerback Sports Bras: Why You Need One’ cover this. So, let’s get straight into it. Read on for my 5 best.

5 Best Racerback Sports Bras

#1 Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

I mentioned above my two favourite sports bras are racerback. This is one of them. Specifically designed for runners, this bra offers support in spades.

I would go as far as to say you would be hard pressed to find a more supportive sports bra. Big wrap I know. But with a reported 83% bounce control it does keep the girls under control.

It can be a little difficult to get on and off (not uncommon for racerback styles). But the effort is worth the reward. Go Shock!

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 DynamixStar Racerback Sports Bra

And this is the second one. I love this bra! Such a beautiful Racerback design. So comfortable and supportive.

I particularly like how lightweight it is. Here in Queensland things can get a bit warm so any sports bra that helps keep you cool is very welcome.

It is more of a traditional racerback design that is put on over your head before closing the back fastening. As such, you need good mobility in your shoulders to put it on with ease.

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.

#3 Q-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra

This bra is from a similar mould to the Shock Ultimate Run. It has a full back opening racerback with the top clip slightly higher. This allows easier access for doing up.

It is an underwired style with the underwire fully encased in a soft, cushioned casing. This sports bra does a great job of keeping everything in place whilst you work out. You have a winner here Q-Linn.

Features:

  • Support – High / extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Encapsulates each breast. Shape recovery underwire with cushioning gel. N0n-padded.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and back adjustable.
  • Back – Racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 row of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.

#4 Berlei ProElite Sports Bra

Next up is a classic from Berlei. The ProElite is designed with the fuller busted woman in mind. Catering from a DD up to a G cup.

It has a very stylish racerback design that is both supportive and comfortable. I particularly like the front cup adjustment allowing you to adjust the straps once the bra is on. I am always a fan on anything that makes my sports bra life easier.

Features:

  • Support – High impact support. Berlei Support Factor 3.
  • Band – Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Moulded, underwired with flat seams. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Padded, wide, non-stretch and front adjustable.
  • Back – Racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Soft, lightweight and breathable.

#5 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra

Rounding out my top five best racerback sports bras is another Shock. Two Shocks out of five? Yep, two Shocks. What can I say, they make great racerback sports bras.

This one is a fantastic all-round sports bra that offers awesome comfort and support. I particularly like 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.

3 Convertible Back Sports Bras

#1 Panache Underwired Sports Bra

This underwired sports bra from Panache delivers optimal style, comfort and support. With up to 83% ‘bounce control’ this sports bra is perfect for any high impact workout.

The underwire is encased in a soft sleeve to help eliminate rub. And the shoulder straps clip together high on the back to make converting it to a racerback style easier.

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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#2 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Freya state that this bra can reduce independent breast movement by up to 92%. If so, why haven’t I put it above the Panache? Quite simply, personal preference. This sports bra is awesome, but I find the Panache better.

That said it does offer great high impact support keeping the girls locked in during any activity. The straps clip together lower on the back making converting it slightly harder for those less flexible among us.

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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#3 Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra

Rounding out my list is a perennial favourite from Triumph. It is our number one selling sports bra, and I can see why. It offers the perfect combination of support and comfort at a good price.

It also converts differently at the back. Rather than the straps simply ‘clipping’ together to form a racerback style. They unclip from the band are then crossed over and re-clipped back to the band. All this can be done before putting the bra on.

Pro and cons there, but a great option for someone with limited shoulder mobility.

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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In Conclusion

Ok, my 5 best racerback sports bras list done and dusted. Plus 3 convertible back sports bras for good measure. A comprehensive list but by no means complete. Check out my full range of Racerback Sports Bras to ensure you find the perfect sports bra for you.

After all, we are all different and what suits me may not suit you. Use this list as a starting point and guide in your quest for the ultimate in support and comfort.

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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