Your Best Sports Bras Reviews

Five readers, five sports bras, five great reviews


Posted: 10 January 2007
by Catherine Lee

When it comes to protecting her assets, a female runner should leave nothing to chance. Wearing the right sports bra is just as important as running in the right pair of shoes, and it’s just as individual too – the model that works for your friend won’t necessarily suit you.

Finding the perfect mix of fit, function and fashion might seem like an impossible task, but don’t despair just yet. Our Gear section now lists more than 25 different sports bras, rated and reviewed by you, the reader. Support, comfort, moisture-control, adjustability, style – it's all covered, and you can find out how the models have held up on the run (and in the wash) too.

We’ve published the best five sports bra reader reviews here to whet your appetite - for hundreds more, check out our Gear section. You could even submit a review of your own...


1. Panache Hi-Impact bra - £31.99 (ChristmasTips(CT))

In Short: The best bit of running kit I have bought.
Strengths: Comfy straps, no chafing, excellent, no-bounce support.
Weaknesses: Takes ages to dry (its supposed to drip dry, but I have to put it on a slow spin).
Overall: Once it is on you can forget you are wearing this bra, it's really comfortable and even has a little cover for the fastening so it doesn't rub. I have had bad chafing experiences with other bras, so I bought this bra primarily to address that problem, which it has done excellently. The fabric is very thick, which makes you feel very secure, although it may be a bit on the warm side for some and it does take a long time to dry, I think this is a small price to pay for no chafing and no bounce (I am a 38C). For those with body confidence, you could definitely wear it on its own.
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2. Enell Sports Bra - £37.99 (The Evil Pixie)

In Short: Excellent no bounce support for fuller ladies.
Strengths: This bra will not let you move an inch! Nothing will bounce and you will feel totally supported. This support may feel tight at first but once going you won't feel it. I've worn mine all day at FLM and could breathe still! Also looks good if you have the body and confidence to wear no tee/top over it. I have, as yet, failed to lose any support in mine and wear one 3 times a week.
Weaknesses: You must "re-arrange" your bust once the Enell is done up. This ensures no creases and the possibility of rubs. The bottom hook can rub at times if not covered properly by the protective flap. As a plus you can also wear a HRM without the strap as the Enell is tight but if you are "chubby" then you may get chafed by wearing the HRM! Chafing can be prevented by using Vaseline or similar.
You will need to work out the best method to put it on and do it up too! I start with one hook at the top then the bottom then "fill in" the rest!
Overall: Excellent bra for the fuller lady and once tried it's unlikely you will turn back. Looks costly but worth the money.
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3. Sportjock Action Sportbra Coolmax - £24.99 (Jenny Harvey)

In Short: Brilliant, long lasting comfortable top!
Strengths: I've had two of these bras for years (4.5 I think!). They still do their job - still really good hold, and they've had masses of use from running, cycling and rowing. Wash well, don't chafe, not too hot in the summer, and keep you warm in the winter (they wick a bit, but not too much!) Get to choose lovely colours too, and mine have got an emblem embroidered on the front, tho I don't think these are available any more. Look v cool!!! :-)
Weaknesses: Sometimes have issues getting them off after training when I'm shattered... all due to that tight fit I spose! Only real weakness is... they take ages to dry after washing cos of the double layer of thickish fabric, and the thick elastic at the bottom. That's why I've got two though!!
Overall: Brilliant bra for smaller-up-top girls! I'm quite tall too, and they don't pull at all.
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4. Sportjock Super Sportbra - Supplex Coolmax - £26.99 (liz casey 2)

In Short: Comfortable, supportive, crop top type sports bra
Strengths: Comfortable. No catches to mess about with. Wash very well. Variety of nice colours. Can wear just as a crop top in the summer if you feel brave as they don't look like bras. Also come in a nice longer length which is like a vest top.
Weaknesses: In very hot weather they can be a little difficult to get off when they get very sweaty! On the pricey side but mine have lasted for years and get washed loads.
Overall: I have been wearing this brand since I started running approx 8 years ago (I still have my first one!).They are very supportive and produce very little movement. Since starting running I have had a baby and the Sportjock brand provided me with plenty of support even through the many months of pregnancy and breastfeeding - I just had to purchase the next size up which was easy because of their simple sizing system.
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5. Champion Sport Strap (previously Comfort Strap) - £19.99 (Jiggi)

In Short: A great bra for running and everyday wear.
Strengths: Firm, supportive, adjustable and isn't too "industrial" in appearance. Choice of black or white. Washes well and dries quickly. I find it brilliant for running. No chaffing or rubbing and the shoulder straps stay where you put them and don't slip off like some other bras. Gives a good shape too.
Weaknesses: Can get spidery bits of elastic showing from shoulder straps, but only after a lot of wash and wear. No probs wih performance even so.
Overall: An excellent supportive bra which is brilliant for running and good for everyday too.
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