Ladies, haven’t we all experienced horrible sports bras? Ones that rub our rib cage, dig across the shoulders, create a pyramid silhouette (Madonna style), and get heavy when damp? We set out to find and test the top sports bras that are grassroots created, functional and fashionable. Now you can run, do yoga, swim and cartwheel in comfort and style. (Our tester wore sizes small to medium.)
***Garage Grown Gear’s top-choice all-around sports bra***Pros
- Supportive for all-around activity: running, trail running, hiking, yoga, bouldering.
- Sweat pools stand out and do not blend into the fabric seamlessly.
The full review:Handful was inspired by a hole in the marketplace. While CEO Jennifer Ferguson was earning her marketing degree, she was a fitness instructor on the side. Circumstances often led her to worry about the sports bra that she was wearing, way more than she should have to. In hot or rainy conditions, she’d be leading a running group and her shirt would suddenly reveal her undergarments. She’d be in front of a cycling class and worry, “Oh, no…am I falling out?” While teaching weights class she’d hope no one knew if she were hot or cold. Jennifer felt like she had wasted enough time thinking about it, so in 2006 she launched Handful. Feel, function and fashion was what she was looking for in a sports bra, and she knew other women wanted that, too. The adjustable bra is free of under-wire, yet supportive for high-impact activities. The straps can be worn straight, crisscrossed, or as a halter. The strap length is easily adjustable, too. The fabric is soft and comfortable, water friendly and can be worn as a swim top. Additionally, the cups have pockets, which come with modesty inserts. The pockets also function as a place to insert prosthesis. Jennifer and her business are advocates of breast health and contribute volunteer hours and a portion of sales towards breast cancer awareness and support. The color of my Handful sports bra was Gettin’ Lucky Green, which I thought was rather spunky and vibrant. But…during hot yoga class, I couldn’t help but notice that when the room really started to heat up dark sweat pools creeped from the outer edges of the bra to the middle—some serious capillary action. Other than my sweat exposure under extremely hot conditions, the bra itself is supportive, has an attractive design with an elegant cut, looks great beneath a shirt, and succeeds at providing adequate coverage. This is our number one pick for all-around activity from hiking to rock climbing, swimming, trail running and yoga.
- Unique, eye-catching and flattering designs
- Does not provide the most support during high-impact activities such as running
The full review:Based out of southern California, Onzie designs were initially inspired by a yogi, and they’re definitely trending in the yoga classroom. Justifiably, the designs are extremely aesthetic, flattering, and the fabric is streamlined, comfortable and soft. So much so that these sports bras deserve to be worn outside of the yoga room too. However, the models I tested wouldn’t be my top pick for running. They are best for stretching, pilates, swimming, and taking walks—nothing that’s too high-impact. I adore the Elastic Bra Top and the X Back Fitness Bra, boasting super attractive cuts, one-of-a-kind patterns, and mega comfort and softness. The Criss Cross Top also has an appealing design, but I found that the size ran a tad smaller than the other two designs, which made the straps tighter and tougher to pull over my head with ease.
- Lifts and absorbs sweat well while maintaining support during high-impact activity.
- Incorporates Merino wool into the design (which aides moisture wicking, temperature control and odor trapping).
- Does not have the most attractive or streamlined design.