Underwired or Wirefree Sports Bras
Whether you choose an underwired or wirefree sports bra is very much down to personal choice. But how much is our choice dictated by our experience and preference with an everyday bra? Are there actually any significant pros and cons between underwired and wirefree sports bras? Differences that we should be basing our decision on?
Many woman, especially those who are larger than a D cup, often prefer an underwire in their everyday bra for the added support and lift they provide. However everyday bras do not undergo the same kind of workout as our sports bras. Nor do they have to deal with the increased heat and sweat our bodies produce during exercise. What difference is there between underwired and wirefree sports bras in this more intensive environment? Is it a fallacy that larger breasted women need an underwire to achieve enough support during exercise? Let’s examine some of the differences.
Differences to Consider
Underwired bras hold each breast separately and securely in their cup. Hence helping to separate the breasts. For larger cup sizes this separation is important. As it helps stop chafing between the breasts during longer or more intense exercise. However some wirefree sports bras achieve this same breast separation through the use of technical fabrics. As well as clever moulding and advances in bra design. Many wirefree sports bras combine both encapsulation and compression to optimise breast support. These wirefree bras can also be much lighter as they do not need to incorporate the wire into the bra structure. Support in sports bras really comes from the band. Which should be a firmer fit than your everyday bra, without being uncomfortable.
Technology in the actual wire used in sports bras has also advanced over the years and some sports bras now have ‘flexi wires’ which are designed to move with the body as you exercise to maximise comfort. The channel which houses the underwire should be plush and soft with sufficient room at either end of the channel to ensure maximum comfort and prevent any painful ‘poke through’ of the wire.
Nothing More Important Than Fit
If you wear an underwire sports bra it is essential that the underwire fits the shape of your breasts correctly. The underwire should sit against your rib cage, not digging into, or on top of any breast tissue. If you cannot find an underwire bra that fits around your breast tissue correctly then it really is better to choose a wirefree sports bra instead.
Sports bras use very different fabrics and technical designs to everyday bras, rather than relying just on an underwire for support. There are now many wirefree sports bra’s available that offer greater support than their underwired rivals…even for larger breasts.
For lengthy training, such as long distance running, some women find that the underwire starts to become uncomfortable against their rib cage. Other women love their underwire for intense activity and prefer the comfort of a wirefree sports bra for yoga classes.
Every woman has different needs for a sports bra and personal preference will always be a factor. Whether you are pro or anti underwire, a good fit must always come first.
Regardless of your preference, sports bras should be viewed as an essential piece of equipment rather than just underwear. Hopefully this blog has given you the confidence to view a sports bra in a different light to your everyday bra, and maybe try something different!