August 20, 2019

Choosing the right Sports Bra | Own It

For active people, your sports bra is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll own.  This should be seen as an important investment in comfort and support.  Look at the care and precision we put into choosing our running shoes; the same level of scrutiny and detail should be put into the choice of sports bra.

It’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong type/size of sports bras.  This can result in breast pain, soft tissue damage, chafing among other issues.  Only skin and ligaments support the breast tissue. Any excessive movement puts strain on these ligaments.

Choosing the right sports bra is essential for women of any size, shape or activity level.  It’s important to make sure you have adequate support so you can lead an active lifestyle without unnecessary discomfort.

For best performance and comfort, your choice of bra should be linked to your level of activity.  The more strenuous your activity, the more movement of your breast tissue.  The more movement, the higher the risk of ligament strain.

 

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Low Medium High
Activity Walking Road Cycling Running
Yoga Hiking Aerobics
Light gym work Active gym work Contact sports

Shop Light, Medium or High Sports Bras below.

What size should I choose?

You should stick to the size that you wear in a standard bra (once you’re confident you have been fitted/measured properly).  Various brands will offer size conversions either on in-store signage or on the product packaging.

Sports Bra Features

Band: The main source of support comes from the band, which forms the foundation of a sports bra. The band should be snug around your rib cage, but comfortable.  If it feels too tight, it is. If you can fit two fingers between your body and the band (but not more) that’s the sign of a good fit.

Shoulder straps should feel secure and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement. .  Straps that fit properly should not slip, and they should also not dig into your skin.

Adjustable straps allow you to fully customise the fit of your bra.

Closure: Some bras are pulled on over your head, some have a back closure with hooks. Bras with back closure are easier to get on and off, and gives another option to further adjust/customise the fit.

Underwire: The benefit of underwire in a sports bra is that it supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement.

Wicking fabrics move moisture away from your skin and keep you comfortable. The more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its sturdier fabric and construction.  Look out for moisture-wicking technologies.

Strap Types

Please note, thin straps are generally easier to hide, however wider straps offer more/better support.

Tank top: This style is most similar to a “normal” bra. The straps are often adjustable so you can customise the fit.

Criss-cross: These straps cross over each other and usually provide good support. The straps are often adjustable so you customise the fit.

Racerback: Sports bras with a racerback have shoulder straps that come together between your shoulder blades to create a Y-shape. This style is more suited for medium- to high-impact activities, but they are typically not adjustable.

 

It’s recommended that you re-assess/update your sports bra every 6 months to 12 months as over time the fibers, elastic and other components weaken, which compromises support.

Shop our entire range of sports bras HERE