The 25 Best High-Impact Sports Bras, According to Our Readers

The Best High Impact Sports Bras, According to Readers


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When you're caught up in the moment during a workout—doing your thing, reaching a personal record, nailing that cardio dance routine, getting those reps, etc.—the last thing you want to worry about is your boobs. You don't want to think that you can't go hard because they feel uncomfortable and unsupported or that they're going to fall out of your activewear. So what can you do?

Well, the right sports bra can really make a difference. And not all of them are created the same. There are options for low-intensity classes like yoga or barre, medium-support versions for jogging or cycling, and high-impact bras for those HIIT and boot camp classes or any intense cardio workout.

When it comes to choosing the right sports bra, we thought we'd poll our readers to see which high-impact ones were their go-tos. Shopping around for just about anything is so much easier when you've got some recommendations and reviews to back up your research. Take a look at their picks below.

1. Under Armour High Crossback Zip Sports Bra

I got my first zip-front sports bra recently, and it was clutch. Everything stayed in place, and when I was dead tired and ready to take a shower afterward, taking it off wasn't a struggle. This one from Under Armour has foam pads for coverage and support.

2. Outdoor Voice Powerhouse Bra

Our readers are big fans of Outdoor Voices' activewear, and so are we. When you wear something from OV, you know you're going to be able to move with abandon (and look good while you're at it). OV's high-impact sports bra has adjustable straps, a zip front, and breathable mesh material.

3. Glamorise High Impact Underwire Sports Bra

Available in cup sizes B through H, Glamorise's high-impact sports bra works well across the board. It has an underwire for extra support and is made of moisture-wicking fabric with mesh. Plus, it has a three-column, five-row hook-and-eye back closure so you can customize the fit and take it off easily.

4. Lululemon Enlite Front-Zip Bra

So many of our readers said Lululemon's Enlite bra was their favorite for high-intensity workouts. It features built-in cups to minimize bounce. And there's a hook-and-eye closure at the back to easily put on and take off. 

5. Sweaty Betty Ultra Running Bra

Another one of our favorite brands, Sweaty Betty is also a reader favorite. The Ultra Running sports bra features the right amount of compression to make sure everything stays in place while you're jumping, running, or doing burpees. The sweat-wicking fabric with mesh panels and padded shoulder straps add even more comfort.

6. Athleta Advance Bra

This sleek fabric just molds to your body so it fits comfortably and perfectly. It has an open mesh back for breathability.

7. Girlfriend Collective Topanga Halter Bra

Our readers also listed Girlfriend Collective's sports bras as go-tos. The high neck gives extra coverage, while the adjustable straps make it easy for you to customize based on comfort. And if you don't know, Girlfriend Collective's activewear is made from recycled materials—old water bottles, in fact.

8. Nike Dri-Fit Bold Sports Bra

For extra support, this sweat-wicking sports bra has padded cups. The straps are adjustable, too.

9. Enell Full Figure High Impact Wire-Free Sports Bra

One reader told us that Enell's sports bras were perfect if you've got a bigger chest because they have extra back support. This one is wire-free but has a compression fit that leaves you covered.

10. Under Armour Infinity High Heather Sports Bra

The padding in this bra is a figure-eight pattern for a lighter feel and aerodynamic fit. It has mesh panels for breathability and an easy hook-and-eye closure.

11. Brooks Dare Racerback Bra

Brooks is another reader favorite. You can customize this bra to fit your body just so—it has an adjustable bottom band and straps.

12. FP Movement Make a Move Bra

The cool thing about this bra is that it is ultra customizable. It's got removable padding, adjustable straps, and an underbust band. It's kind of like you got a bra tailored just for you.

13. Adidas by Stella McCartney Activewear Bra

Not only are the straps on this sports adjustable, but they're also in a crisscross design for extra support. 

14. Panache Ultimate High Impact Underwire Sports Bra

Another good option for extra support if you've got a bigger bust, Panache's underwire sports bra reduces bounce by 83%. It has adjustable straps and can even convert to a racerback if that's more your style. 

15. Nike Alpha UltraBreathe Sports Bra

You don't have to worry about sweating in this sports bra—it dries quickly. There's an overlay across the chest to minimize bounce and provide an extra layer of support.

16. Reebok PureMove+ Bra Motion Sense

Okay, I don't think I've ever seen a sports bra this high-tech before. It has Motion Sense technology, which firms up during high-impact workouts and loosens during low-impact ones. It has convertible straps and a hook-and-eye closure.

17. CW-X Xtra Support High Impact Sports Bra

This bra is constructed with mesh webbing built into its cups to minimize bounce. The elastic band keeps everything snug while the adjustable hook-and-eye closure lets you customize your fit.

18. Wacoal Underwire Sport Bra

Wacoal is another great option for people with bigger busts. The moisture-wicking bra features an outside underwire frame to prevent chafing plus adjustable shoulder straps and a mesh back for breathability.

19. Adidas TLRD Impact Training High-Support Bra

Made of smooth fabric that feels cool to the touch, this piece from Adidas is so comfortable and supportive. The wide, padded straps also distribute weight evenly and don't feel too restricting.

20. Champion Spot Comfort Full-Support Sports Bra

Champion's a classic activewear brand, so of course, it made our list of reader favorites. It has molded cups to shape and support your body. The gel-cushioned straps, sweat-wicking fabric, and adjustable hook-and-eye closure ensure you're as comfortable as can be.

21. Lululemon Run Times Bra

If you're an avid runner, this bra's for you since it's specially designed for that workout. It has just enough stretch and is sweat-wicking, which is perfect for even the longest runs. And the perforated details mean you'll get extra breathability. You can also crisscross the straps for a racerback design.

22. Puma High-Impact Elite Sports Bra

Puma's Elite sports bra features molded cups that absorb energy while you move, adjustable straps for comfort, and moisture-wicking properties.

23. Heathyoga High Impact Sports Bra

Heathyoga's padded sports bra has a breathable mesh layer and a seam-free construction.

24. Shefit Ultimate Sports Bra

Shefit's sports bra was another hands-down favorite with our readers. It's 100% customizable. The adjustable straps lift and support, and you can configure it as an X- or H-back. The bust band can be tightened or loosened, and the zipper locks in for protection. To put it simply, you'll be extra covered with this one.

25. Knix Catalyst Sports Bra

Knix's Catalyst sports bra is available in almost all cup sizes. It goes up to a G-cup. It's specifically designed for high-impact workouts with molded cups to reduce movement. The brand says it might feel a bit tight when you first put it on, but it will eventually mold and relax to your body as you move.

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.