Sports bras are essential if you have a fuller bust and want to exercise! A good sports bra will hold you in place whilst doing most vigorous of activities and prevent chaffing and discomfort whilst exercising. But sports bras are good for the fuller bust?
I have worn many sports bras over the years! As a naturally active person, I have indulged in everything from horse riding to spinning, running to weight lifting, yoga to swimming. And the key thread between all of these is the need for comfy and supportive workout wear. And the most important of these? Well a sports bra of course!
Just a few years ago the fuller bust market was bleak when it came to sports bras. There were maybe one or two on the market. They were not wired and often felt more like restrictive bandages than a piece of clothing meant to uplift and empower! They were all black with little int the way of decoration. Now, however, my 36H boobs and I are more than a little spoilt for choice.
There are wired and non-wired options. Moulded or soft cup. High necked crop tops and/or racer backs. There are camisoles with built in sports bras and they come in a variety of necklines. Sports bras even come in colour now – often with matching leggings!
In fact, we have so many options now, that shopping for a sports bra has become a little bit of a minefield. So, to try and find what is the best kind of sports bra, I’ve put three varieties from a range of price points to the test. Each bra featured has been put through its paces with a vigorous at-home dance session, a jog through the local park, a cycle ride, and a yoga flow session.
Pour Moi? Energy non-wired full cup sports bra
The Pour Moi? Energy non-wired full cup sports bra is a soft cup, non-wired bra made from a firm mesh fabric that is lined with supportive inner slings to keep your breasts in place.
The bra has wide, adjustable straps with cobalt blue lining. The straps are lightly padded for extra comfort and come with a j-hook enclosure so that you can amend the bra to a race back for added support. The back band is fairly narrow for a sports bra. It is fastened with three hook-and-eye closures in the H cup that I am wearing. Smaller cup sizes come with a two-hook closure.
Despite the narrow back band, the bra is very supportive when worn conventionally (without the j-hook fastening). This is because the front of the bra has significant coverage and support, strapping your boobs close to your body so they do not move when exercising. Sadly, this means that your breasts have the appearance of being flattened, as opposed to uplifted.
There is no chaffing to the bra, and it didn’t move during any of the activities used for testing. The Pour Moi? Energy sports bra also allowed for a full range of movement, even when flexing and stretching my way through a yoga flow!
I’m wearing the 36H in the Energy sports bra. It is a fairly good fit but, as with so many sports bras, the back band is exceptionally firm. It has given slightly with wear but I wouldn’t recommend sizing down with this design.
The cups are also slightly shallower than many of my other bras. This is true of all Pour Moi? bras and, if you are on the larger size of a cup then definitely size up.
Price – £26
Rating – 9/10
This bra is exceptional value for money whilst remaining supportive. I can not score it higher due to the compression of the breast (as opposed to an uplift). However, the bra feels well constructed and, due to the lack of boning, is likely to have a long life for wearing.
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Royce Impact Free Sports Bra
The Royce Impact free sports bra is a soft cup bra made from a firmly woven cotton fabric. It is unwired and made with an extremely high neckline. The back band is deep cut and low but remains fairly wide. So wide, in fact, that the bra feels more like a longline bra.
The breasts are contained by seamed cups made from a three-part construction. This means your breasts are separated within the bra and hang with a natural shape.
Due to the sling-like construction of the bra, the breasts are supported without being forced into an unnatural shape or position. They are not strapped down, but hang naturally. Despite this, they don’t move when exercising. The slings keep your breast tissue in place even when jumping up and down on the spot meaning that chaffing and discomfort is minimised when doing activities with a high level of impact.
I’m wearing the 36H in this bra and the cups fit perfectly. My breasts are fully encased without any slippage. The band, however, is extremely tight. This means that the bra is uncomfortable when moving too much – the back band curling and digging in during yoga practice. I would definitely suggest sizing up a size from your normal back band for this bra.
There is also an issue with the neckline. I don’t know if it is due to the tight back band but the seams of the bra dig in when moving. You can see in the photo that the fabric of the bra curls inwards around my shoulders. It doesn’t feel tight in this area, but the bra doesn’t stay still when worn for a long time which means that I’ve been left with pressure marks. I imagine this area would get sore if participating in prolonged exercise.
Price – £34
Rating – 4/10
Due to the fit issues, and movement of the Royce Impact Free Sports Bra, I’m unable to rate this highly. It could simply be the fit issues causing problems with functionality, and there is a great chance that a 38 band would minimise these findings. However, I didn’t realise the movement of the bra until wearing it for a while, by which point it would be too late to return. Therefore, I remain cautious of this bra.
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Freya Active Epic Crop Top Sports Bra
The Freya Active Epic crop top sports bra is a moulded, wired bra. It has wide adjustable straps and a wide, deep back band. The bra closes with four hook-and-eye closures and has a j-hook option is you prefer a racer back.
The moulded cups feel cool against the skin and the wide straps are lightly padded for extra comfort. The neckline has a subtle sweetheart shape to it, making the bra extremely pretty – especially with the aqua blue detailing sweeping around the bra to soften the heavy construction.
The Epic is extremely supportive. The foam cups encase and lift the breast tissues keeping them secured when participating in high impact sports. the bra simply doesn’t move and that means that your breasts don’t move. Whether you’re swinging a kettle bell or jogging through the park, your boobs remain in place and fully supported.
What is, perhaps, the most surprising is that my breasts also stay cool in this bra. Unlike the other two bras, boob sweat barely occurred in the Epic. This is due to the perforated foam of the cups that allows your skin to breath through the layers of support.
The bra does, however, squeak. Especially during a yoga flow. It also doesn’t allow for the movement needed for yoga. Your boobs are so well supported, that you can’t simply loop them to the side when in forward fold. Because of this, I would recommend this bra for higher impact sports and less for movement based sports like yoga.
The fit on this bra is extremely true to size. I’m wearing the 36H and it is a perfect fit. The band is firm without need to be worn in and it doesn’t shift, curl, or move around.
The cups are also a perfect fit. They encase my breasts and give them an uplift without squishing or squashing.
Price – £42
Rating – 8/10
This is the most expensive of the bras and is definitely the most supportive. However, it isn’t the most versatile. It is definitely designed for high impact sports over freedom and movement. For the price point, I would have hoped for a little more flexibility.
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Each of these bras do have something to offer. All coverage, flexibility, ultimate support. In terms of value for money, the Pour Moi? is definitely my favourite but the Freya is also getting a fair amount of wear. Both are great investment pieces and definitely a must for any active wardrobe.
Have you tried any of these sports bras? I’d love to hear how you’ve found them!
The items seen in this post have been gifted for review by Brastop. All thoughts and experiences remain my own and true to my findings.