The results were hardly surprising. The smaller-chest ed ladies did great with those "plain" sports bras; the kind that are made of supportive but stretchy fabric with a racer back that you just pull on over your head.
For the larger sizes, though, the best bras were those that are made with fabric that does *not* stretch. I can't think of the exact term they used for the fabric, but you'll know it when you feel it - it's got a very stiff feel and it doesn't have much "give" to it. Underwire sports bras are also good for larger sizes. Also, no matter what the bra is made of, do not get the type that have the two "compartments" (for lack of a better word,) one for each breast. I'm not talking about "cups" like an underwire would have, but it's actually two very distinct "compartments." Those didn't do a thing.
I am a C cup. From personal experience, I have had good luck with Danskin brand bras. They have a grading system based on activity level. For running, the highest grade one (heavy activity) has been awesome. It's made of that stiff fabric, and I'm tellin ya, they don't move AT ALL when I run.
BTW I am DD and I've had the worst worst worst time with my boobs! lol. Whether jogging or horse back riding (ouch) I was always so jealous of girls with smaller boobs because mine just HURT if I went too fast. =( I've finally found ONE bra that works though. They're expensive and they feel like you're wearing a freaking piece of body armor at first, but after wearing them both jogging on foot and trotting and loping on a horse I've decided it's totally worth it.. I feel completely "stable" up there! It's seriously amazing.. and (for those of you who like detail) it may LOOK like you get the uniboob due to the tightness of the material coming across your chest, HOWEVER your boobs still stay separately in place, not squished together like most of those other crappy sports bras I've tried.That's probably what you're looking for in terms of support, I do believe?
And I wouldn't be recommending them if I wasn't really happy with my own and completely sure you want one, believe me.. I actually heard about them through another CCer. =) Happy non-sagging.
Moving Comfort bras great - one to check out is called Fiona. Go for the ones designated for running. Specialty websites like title9.com and roadrunnersports.com will have reviews and ratings, which I have found very helpful. I think title9.com also carries enell.
Another thing to note is that your bras will wear out over time and with washing. I tend to replace mine every 6-8 months - I'll "demote" the running bras and only use them while doing low-impact stuff like weight lifting or cycling.
Oh I have the BEST one for you to try!
It is called the Frog Bra and is made by Title 9 sports. I used to have to wear two sports bras to prevent bouncing and this has been a savior for me. There is a vey high spandex content, meaning that it does not stretch much and holds the girls in place. It was single handedly the best purchase I made last year.
Here's what my running friend said:
I know Title9 sports carries the Enell. I'll ask some of the larger-chested
ladies on my running forum for some other recommendations... Title9 is
expensive and the Enell is expensive though it is supposedly the best. Also
the Frog Bra. And Champion has some good ones too.
mmm I'm a 34 DD-DDD here. I run several miles daily. I just got one off freshpair.com it's called the Bendon Sport Max Out High Impact Underwire Sports Bra. It's the best thing ever. Comes in lots of sizes, not too sure about yours, but practically nothing comes in mine. Anyway, it's actually kind of nice too. Can wear it without a problem under a racerback tank. Doesn't look like a girdle type of thing or anything. I LOVE IT! And it was $55. freshpair.com also has tons of other maximum support sports bras so you should at least take a gander.
I'm down to a 34 D now, but these are my FAVORITE sports bras... I don't know what I did before them:
I started running at a DDD and was very upset by the upper body jiggle. Enell solved that problem. This is NOT a bra you want to wear around the house -- it really is made for sports and will keep you totally in place.
And hey, Oprah endorses it as the best sports bra ever! Um, I hope that's a positive in your book...?
well me being a B wouldnt know. But i know that he Calvin Klein ones are great. Also go to and JJB or JD store and on the back of the sports bras there is a guide to which you will need for a certain activity. Hope this helps.
Thanks so much everyone! I'm looking into enell and the links right now- i"m excited to maybe finally find a bra that will let me run without the ouch! Thanks again
Do you or anyone else remember when nike put out the encapsulated scoop back sports bra in the late 90's. It was the best support bra I've even had, and it lasted me years. I wish I had bought 10 if I had know they were going to discontinue them. It was style# Nike style #281103. I wonder if any could be found anywhere for sale?