We tried six sports bras from lessbounce.com to find the best for triathlon racing.
1. TRIUMPH TRI ACTION BRA
This feels really supportive and we liked the super-soft lining and wide, brushed chest strap that doesn’t rub. The shoulder straps are adjustable with conventional sliding buckles and a fixed mesh strap between the shoulder blades adds support. It’s really breathable and quick drying too. However, it’s more pricey than the Shock Absorber without the same level of adjustability.
2. SPORTJOCK ACTION SPORT SUPPLEX BRA
For A- and B-cup wearers this is as supportive as you’ll need. It’s a high-fronted compression bra with racer back that’s soft and comfy, if a bit of a fight to get on and off. It’s designed to be worn as an under or outer top so is available in an array of colours. However, we found if it got a proper soaking it’s a stubborn top to dry and can chafe round the chest band.
3. ANITA ACTIVE EXTREME CONTROL BRA
Although this lightweight bra doesn’t look like much, we found it as supportive as any on test and one of the most breathable. It’s made from a mesh outer and fine towelling lining, so wicks really well. Well designed panels on the cups give the bra shape and support and the shoulder straps are also shaped, so they’re wider at the top to ease pressure. It’s very expensive though.
4. BERLEI RUNNING BRA
This sturdy but soft running bra gives a really flattering shape, though we found the thick material in the cups got hot when we tried it in the gym. It fits brilliantly thanks to ‘ultra sonic welding’ – shaped padding in the cups. Its double layer of fabric helps wick sweat away but it’s not the quickest drying bra on test. The straps can be swapped over for tops with a crossover back.
5. PURE LIME HIGH IMPACT SPORTS BRA
This light bra with multiway, adjustable shoulder straps and standard back fastening offers decent support for A and B cups. Double fabric cups with open mesh in between keep you dry and we like the soft scalloped edges of the shoulder straps. However, the shaping is basic compared with others on test and we found the back fastening dug in a bit.
6. SHOCK ABSORBER RUN BRA
This has solid research behind it showing it reduces breast movement by up to 78%. Instead of sliding buckles to adjust the shoulder straps, hook and eye fittings give a softer, flatter strap. An additional fixing between the shoulder blades adds stability and the lining is really soft. It’s a bit of a fiddle to put on but for comfort, security and quick drying it’s a winner.
This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.
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