By Kim Fuller Published by Gear Institute
Finding the right running bra is hard, especially when you’re sporting a larger cup size. For this test, the tester acquired 5 sports bras that were recommended for C/D cups. Some of the bras were considered running-specific, and some of them were for more all-around activity. It was clear that the companies that make run-specific sports bras excelled at it for all cup sizes, even in comparison to the companies that make bras that are specifically for larger cup sizes.
It all comes down to support, and it’s pretty easy to know immediately whether a bra is going to be supportive enough for running—just jog up and down the hall in your house a couple times and you’ll certainly know if you don’t want to go out for a run with one.
This year’s test has a clear winner. Lululemon’s Enlite Bra is new to the market as an extra-supportive running bra. It’s designed to maintain the natural shape of a wearer’s chest while also controlling movement. The breathable built-in cups were engineered to soften bounce, and they do just that.
The Enlite Bra was also the highest price point of the test at $98. For women with C/D cups who are looking for high-impact support that’s hard to find, it may be worth the investment.
The Saucony Impulse Bra Top also provided great support throughout testing, but has a tighter and more constrictive fit.
The Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra was the tester’s least favorite. The garment provided a lot of chest coverage, but not complete support during running, and the adjustable four strap design added hardware that complicated the bra rather than complement it.
The tester has a size D cup, and tested five bras for three months while running in both warm and cold weather conditions. Time spent wearing each bra and running ranged from short 20-minute interval sessions to more casual fun runs, to trail and road running races.
Lululemon’s Enlite Bra maintains the natural shape of the chest and provides good support during high-impact activity.
The Saucony Impulse Bra Top is made with stretchy and sweat-wicking material that provides good compression for C/D cups.
With no hardware and an extra smooth fabric, the Handful Y Back Bra is more about style and comfort for low and moderate-impact actives.
The Salomon Medium Impact Bra is a classic racer-back sports bra cut that is seamless, lightweight and breathable.
The Gifted Verrazano Bra from Oiselle has extensive chest coverage and can accommodate a range of upper torso shapes. Support for C/D cups works for moderate-impact activities or short bouts of running.