My 10 Best High Impact Sports Bras

24/09/2020

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

Suits 6 – 18 backs and D – H cups.

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

Suits 10 – 24 backs and B – F cups.

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

Suits 10 – 18 backs and C – F cups.

#4 Triumph Triaction Control Lite Minimiser Sports Bra

Coming in at number 4 this bra from Triumph. It 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 advertise 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 and Benefits:
  • 3D Powertech technology and 77% bounce control with 3D straps, soft fabrics, wide lower band and unpadded, shaping cups.
  • Comfort wire prevents the wire from digging in under the arm for ultimate comfort.
  • Wired Minimiser bra that reduces the bust by one cup size.
  • 3D straps are padded, versatile and fully adjustable both front and back with security hook on front strap.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and D – E cups.

#5 Anita Active Momentum Underwire Sports Bra

Rounding out my top five 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 are 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 and Benefits:
  • Perfect for all high impact activities. Get the support you need playing football, tennis or going for a run.
  • Features a flattering, low-cut neckline to create a round, feminine bust shape.
  • Outside features hydrophobic eyelet fabric to help keep you dry.
  • Inner lining of hydrophilic towelling to wick away moisture helping keep you dry. Anita sweat management.
  • Ergonomically tailored comfort straps prevent strain on your neck and shoulders.
  • Breathable net back to help keep you cool.
  • The Momentum Underwired Sports Bra has seamless pre-shaped cups made of metallically shimmering, high-tech fabric with ergoline underwiring giving you comfort and optimal support.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and D – F cups.

Honourable mention:

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra

Another Freya you say? I know, I know but they do make great underwired sports bras. The Epic is the pick of the Freya bunch with a reported 92% bounce control.

The Core isn’t too far before. 80% bounce control is nothing to be sneezed at and it’s comfortable enough to wear as an all-day bra if you are on your feet all day and are after extra support. It is less bulky than the Epic whilst still maintaining the support and comfort.

An easy honourable mention for me.

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

Suits 6 – 16 backs and D-GG cups.

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 and Benefits:
  • Shock Absorber have developed the infinity-8 support system within the cups to counteract the breasts’ figure-of-eight movement, which has been shown to happen during running.
  • Whilst the racer back style provides you with additional high impact support and prevents any strap slippage.
  • The shoulder straps are non-slip, wide and padded for your comfort. They are also fully adjustable to ensure a good fit.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, sports performance fabrics to keep you cool and dry.
  • The back of the bra can be completely undone which makes it easier to put on and off.
  • The cups are silky soft, and they have a seamless inner to prevent any rubbing or chafing.

Suits 8 – 16 backs and B-G cups.

#2 Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

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

Suits C-G cups and 10 – 20 backs.

#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 and Benefits:
  • 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.
  • 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.

Suits B – H cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#4 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

What another Shock? Yes, another Shock! What can I say, I love Shock. When it comes to support, they are the bees. This bra doesn’t offer the same support as the Ultimate run but it still sits in the high/extreme impact range.

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

Suits 8 – 18 backs and B-HH cups.

#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 and Benefits:
  • 77% bounce control, 3-layer anti-bounce compression.
  • Light mesh material, double layering with very flexible texture for excellent support.
  • Breathable material with moisture regulating inserts.
  • Adjustable, padded straps with practical snap closure, which can be worn crossed as well.
  • With LYCRA®, an extremely elastic fibre, which guarantees unique freedom of movement.
  • Innovative texture which is very flexible and keeps the shape for a long time.
  • Wide hook eye closure, softly padded, adjustable in three positions, nickel free.
  • Unpadded, shaping cups, which firmly wrap around the bust.
  • Wide lower band with a velvety touch, which feels pleasant on the skin.
  • Soft, anti-bacterial quality, suitable for sensitive skin.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and C-E cups.

Honourable mention:

Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra

We had two Shocks so why not two Anita’s? If 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 and Benefits:
  • Soft and comfortable band which sits snugly against your rib cage.
  • Special support function at the side aided by the double back design and X-back for extra firmness.
  • Seamlessly shaped, preformed, double layered cups ensure comfort and a great under t-shirt look – outside high-function pique fabric, inside absorbent towelling creating the Anita sweat management system.
  • Comfort strap system exclusively developed for Anita: Ergonomically shaped, with integrated padding, very adjustable at the front and designed to be positioned at the centre of the shoulder for maximum comfort and to relieve your neck.
  • Racerback design for maximum comfort across your shoulders.
  • Soft and breathable CoolMax net insert at the front centre to transport moisture away from your body.
  • Simple and convenient: Easy dressing and undressing due to the wide opening and ‘Easy On and Off’.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and B-E cups.

Conclusion

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 advertise 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 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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