The 9 Best High-Impact Sports Bras of 2020

Give your body the support it needs during rigorous exercise

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Our Top Picks
"With concealing cups and a keyhole racerback, the bra provides adequate support for a serious workout session."
"The adjustable J hook, non-slip straps with back closure offer additional support and will stay in place while you run."
"Besides reducing bounce, this bra is super comfortable, fitting almost like your regular bra."
"The bra offers next-to-skin support without any uncomfortable squeezing."
"A wideband and full cross back help support the breasts without giving you a backache."
"The bra gives you all the support you need at a bargain price without compromising style."
"Ventilated panels on the sides and bust let the air circulate, so you can cool off when you are hitting your stride."
"The supportive sports bra is super simple to put on—slip your arms through it, adjust your breasts, and zip it up."
"Made of soft, shape-retaining fabric with a flattering V neckline, this sports bra looks good on all shapes and sizes."

Best Overall: Champion Show Off Sport Bra

Since every body shape is different it's hard to pick one "best" sports bra, but the Champion ​Show Off model checks a lot of the boxes that gave it our top spot. It has concealing cups that give you some coverage when you need it, while the keyhole racerback provides adequate support when you are having a serious workout session. What's more, you can adjust the straps even more in the front to give you that extra support you crave.

This model is available in over a dozen colors and patterns. Most reviewers rave about the fit and comfort, and have noted they've bought multiples. One thing to note is this can be hard to put on and take off, especially if you have larger breasts, so this might not be the best option for all.

Best for Running: Runderwear Original Support Running Bra

Those who run know that finding the right bra can mean the difference between a good workout session and a bad one. This pick from Runderwear—a top running apparel company—is specifically designed to reduce bounce, maximize support, and add comfort.

The adjustable J hook, non-slip straps with back closure offer additional support and will stay in place while you run. The bra is available in three colors and a range of sizes, from 28A to 38E. Made with moisture-wicking fabric and added mesh panels with micro-perforations, the bra is highly breathable and will wick sweat away from your skin keeping you cool and comfortable.

The machine-washable running bra has removable pads that provide optional firm support around the bust for higher-impact runs.

Best for Sports: Berlei Sf3 High Impact Underwire

If you play sports you know that all the running, jumping, and turning on a dime can cause a real strain on your breasts. That's when a bra like the Berlei High Impact Underwire, a favorite of Serena Williams, can ease your pain. Besides reducing bouncing of the breasts, this bra is super comfortable, fitting almost like your regular bra but made out of fabric that wicks sweat.

Reviewers rave about the comfort factor on this, and one even commented that she typically had to wear two bras to get the support she needed until she tried this one.

Best Breathable: Under Armour Women's UA Breathelux High Sports Bra

If you want something that’s going to be a simple, dependable bra that allows you to run, jump and stomp without your breasts feeling discomfort, Under Armour's Women's UA Breathelux High Sports Bra is an all-around great choice.

The bra offers next-to-skin support without any uncomfortable squeezing. Its smooth, adjustable straps won't dig into your shoulders, and the back hook-and-eye closure makes it easier to take on and off. The built-in soft, breathable cups offer extra structure and coverage without giving you the dreaded uni-boob look.

Made with sweat-wicking, quick-dry material, and four-way stretch, the bra moves better in every direction while still reducing bounce and keeping your breasts in place. The bra has a hidden side pocket for storing keys and cards, making it an innovative pick.

Best for Plus Size: ENELL Full Coverage High Impact Sports Bra

If you are plus size or have larger breasts, it might be hard to find a bra that can support your frame. Compression style bras don't work because they are almost impossible to put on, and they are very uncomfortable for large breasts because they can cause spillage. The Enell Maximum Control Wire-Free Sports Bras really supports your breasts when you kick your routine up a notch, so you won't have any bouncing or discomfort.

While this might not be the prettiest of bras, it does the best job in keeping larger breasts comfortable when you are getting your sweat on. Super wide straps on the shoulders distribute the weight more evenly on your body, so you are less prone to fatigue. A wideband and full cross back also help support your breasts without giving you a backache. Best of all, this has a hook-eye closure so you aren't struggling to get this on or off.

This model is available in eight colors and has a special sizing that ensures a solid fit, and can fit up to a 60-inch bust size, so be sure to follow their measurement guidelines before you order.

Best Budget: SYROKAN Full Coverage High Impact Sports Bra

Getting a quality high-impact bra doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. This model from Syrokan gives you all the support you need at a bargain price without compromising style.

With adjustable, elastic cross straps and two-part seamed cups with side support, the bra provides strong support for plyometric workouts and other high-impact exercises. It's padded, so you'll get some coverage if desired, while chafe-resistant construction prevents rubbing on the skin.

The front mesh panel of the bra allows for extra airflow, so you don't feel constricted or overheated during your workouts. It's available in two colors and in a range of sizes, from 32B to 40E.

Best Underwire: Panache Underwire Sports Bra

For those who prefer an underwire bra in terms of support or comfort, the Panache bra is your best bet.

With this bra, you'll get a hook-eye closure and extra-wide straps to keep you comfortable. Ventilated panels on the sides and bust let the air circulate so you can cool off when you are hitting your stride.

According to the manufacturer, the bra will reduce bounce by up to 83%, making it great for full-chested women who like to run. It comes in an array of colors and is available in sizes 28DD through 40GG. While the bra does come in some B cups, it is more suited for those with larger chests.

Best Front Zip: Under Armour Eclipse High-Impact Zip Sports Bra

Getting your sports bra on and off can be incredibly difficult if you’re sore, sweaty, tired, or all of the above. If you often find yourself in this predicament you might want to try a front zip sports bra.

This model from Under Armour does all you need in supporting your breasts, but when it comes time to put it on you can simply slip your arms through, adjust your breasts, and zip it up. Some find this type of fitting more supportive, since you can place your breasts in their optimal spot.

The bra is made of super smooth material that wicks sweat, so you'll stay comfortable throughout your routine and beyond. The racerback with adjustable straps ensures an optimal fit that distributes weight evenly and looks great under your workout wear.

Most Flattering Design: Lululemon Enlite Bra Weave High Support Bra

Made of soft, shape-retaining fabric with a flattering V neckline, this sports bra looks good on all shapes and sizes. Specifically designed for running, the bra supports your breasts with lightweight, built-in cups engineered to soften bounce while maintaining a natural shape.

The bra is outfitted with a stitch-free hook-and-eye back closure that's almost invisible to the naked eye, and a bonded underband that supports without constricting. It comes in a range of attractive colors, from lilac to navy, and in sizes 32B through 38DD.

What to Look for in a High-Impact Sports Bra

Support

Banishing the bounce is the name of the game when it comes to high-impact sports bras, and you want to make sure yours is supportive enough to meet your body’s unique needs. Features to consider that contribute to a bra’s level of support include underwires or lack thereof, the width of the straps, and the amount of padding. 

Comfort

Features like adjustable straps and the material a bra is made of can greatly impact just how comfortable a sports bra is to wear for various activities. Also, you may want to consider how comfortable it is to get on and off. If getting it on or off is more of a workout than your actual workout, you may want to search for another style. 

Style

Sports bras often play a starring role in athletic attire, whether you wear one alone or with a shirt or tank top that lets it show through. They come in a variety of styles and colors so you can get just the right look.

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