The Best Sports Bras
New Balance Comfy Conformer
Though it boasts a wire-free construction, this molded-cup bra offers incredible support through its snug band, adjustable nonslip straps, and racer-back hook-closure. Moisture-wicking fabric has a non-chafing fold-over binding. Also available in blue and purple, and up to size 40DD.
To buy: $54, newbalance.com.
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Best for a Large Bust
Le Mystère Energie Sport Bra
Its foam-lined underwire cups and ventilated sides keep you comfortable, even on long runs. Bonus: The straps are convertible; cross them for extra support.
To buy: $64, barenecessities.com.
Best for Low Impact
C9 by Champion Women’s Seamless Cami Bra
Despite its barely there seamless design, this style offers considerable support (and looks cute peeking out from a tank). Thin racer-back straps are adjustable for fit, and the stretch-nylon fabric is both comfortable and breathable. Available in seven colors, and up to size XXL.
To buy: $12, target.com.
Best for Medium Impact
Beyond Yoga Lift Your Spirits Bra
Can a sports bra be sexy? Well, check out this one, with its V-neck design and pretty, punchy color. Made of a quick-drying, deceptively soft material that disguises a no-nonsense structure, it’s an appealing choice for errands-to-gym wear. Available in nine colors, and up to size L.
To buy: $64, beyondyoga.com.
Best for High Impact
Jockey Reversible High Impact Paint Splatter Sports Bra
Thick straps won’t dig in—or go anywhere—during vigorous activity. Powerful moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry and (two bras in one!) it reverses to white. Also available in pink, and up to size XL.
To buy: $32, jockey.com.
Best for Bra Layerers
Champion All-Out Support II Full Figure Wirefree Sports Bra
If you’re full-figured and regularly resort to doubling up sports bras to get the amount of support you’re most comfortable with, try this two-in-one style. A no-stretch inner layer keeps you contained, while the outer layer provides extra support and ventilation. Also available in two other color combinations, and up to size 42DDD.
To buy: $50, championusa.com.
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