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

18/02/2021

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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

  • Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra, Black, Lifestyle ImageShock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra, Colour Black, Back View

    Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra S5044

    $119.00 $104.95
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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!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The racerback style offers you additional high impact support and prevents any annoying strap slippage.
  • The shoulder straps are wide, non-slip and padded for your comfort. They are also fully adjustable to ensure a good fit.
  • The back of the bra can be undone completely. Making it easier to put on and take off.
  • The bra is made from breathable, moisture-wicking, sports performance fabrics to keep you cool and dry.
  • The cups are silky soft and have a seamless inner to prevent any rubbing or chafing.

#2 Anita Active DynamixStar Racerback Sports Bra

  • Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front ViewAnita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra, Colour Black, Back View

    Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra 5537

    $120.00 $104.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Racerback design for maximum comfort across your shoulders.
  • 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.
  • 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.

#3 Q-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra

  • Q-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra, Anthracite, Front ViewQ-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra, Anthracite, Back View

    Q-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra QBAR

    $99.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Wide bands and comfortable straps give you a smooth finish without digging in, pinching or creating rolls across your back.
  • A wide underband, adjustable high and low clips, extra-wide straps and shape recovery underwire with cushioning gel give the Barcelona sports bra the strength to support your back and encourage good posture.
  • Moisture wicking fabric ensures your most comfortable workout ever.
  • This high impact sports bra offers the absolute best in breast support. Wear it with confidence during any activity.
  • The Barcelona sports bra supports you through the back rather than hanging from your shoulders.

#4 Berlei ProElite Sports Bra

  • Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop, Colour Black, Front ViewBerlei ProElite Mesh Crop, Colour Black, Back View

    Berlei ProElite Mesh Sports Crop YYLN

    $89.95 $79.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Racerback design gives you added support and a full range of movement.
  • The encapsulating cups with in-built underwire provide extra support whilst maintaining the crop aesthetic.
  • Front-closure straps allow you to adjust the straps perfectly once the bra is on.
  • The spacer cups provide increased breathability, and the flat seams and padded straps minimise irritation during exercise.
  • Easy on and off functionality with scoop neckline and soft hook and loop adjustable straps.
  • Crop top with built in, fully functional underwire.

#5 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra

  • Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra, Colour Black, Front ViewShock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra, Colour Black, Back View

    Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra S4490

    $119.00 $104.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Racer back style gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.
  • Double anchorage points at the back with full back opening for easy on and off.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.

3 Convertible Back Sports Bras

#1 Panache Underwired Sports Bra

  • Panache Underwired Sports Bra, Grey Marl, Front ViewPanache Underwired Sports Bra, Grey Marl, Regular Back View

    Panache Underwired Sports Bra 5021

    $99.95 $94.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Wide cushioned shoulder straps, with racer back ring detail offers additional stability and support, dispersing pressure whilst exercising.
  • Sides and back are lined with powermesh for back smoothing and great support.
  • The breathable outer performance fabric also offers ventilation, allowing you to keep dry and comfortable whilst working out.
  • The moulded seam free inner cups encapsulate each breast. Offering control and giving you a defined shape.
  • The Panache Underwired Sports Bra is perfect for high impact exercise. it’s a definite must have.

#2 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

  • Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra, Colour Electric Black, Front ViewFreya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra, Colour Electric Black, Regular Back View

    Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra AA4004

    $94.95 $88.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Slide hook fastening allows racer back option with quick and easy dressing. Get workout ready fast!
  • The adjustable padded straps help keep your shoulders comfortable and reduce neck & shoulder strain allowing you to perform for longer.
  • Wide curvature underwire in puncture resistant casing reduces pressure against the body.
  • COOLMAX® fabric in the inner bra combined with microfibre wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Soft, wide bottom band for your support and comfort.

#3 Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra

  • Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Front ViewTriumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Back View

    Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra 10137919

    $59.95 $54.95
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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.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Adjustable straps for different levels of activity with the option to cross the straps giving you additional support.
  • Double layer cups with rigid top panels reduce bounce and provide an extreme level of support.
  • Features innovative eco fabric that allows breathability to reduce sweating.
  • Moisture management fabric wicks moisture away keeping you cool, dry and comfortable.
  • Quality fabric allows softness and comfort, as well as prolonged life.

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

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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