The Best Sports Bras

A sports bra should perform like the perfect boyfriend: hug you close, get physical when you want, and provide plenty of unconditional support. This season, thanks to cutting-edge engineering, space-age fabrics, and ingenious design details, you’re bound to find the perfect match. We ran dozens of new sports bras through their paces to bring you our favorite athletic supporters.

Our tester, a yogini, designated the Patagonia Active Mesh bra her “go-to choice for low-impact activities.” Pretty floral graphics in front and supportive straps that contour to a slimming V in back guarantee unobstructed movement. XSXL, $35

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The Lululemon Athletica Flow Y II bra with pocket is the ultimate overachiever: A mesh insert wicks sweat from your upper back, flat seams eliminate chafing, and a secret iPod pocket keeps hands free. $42

In an array of vivid colors and a sleek racerback design, the Champion Shape cami sports bra just begs you to pull a Brandi Chastain. Our tester raved about the “fabulous fit,” and the moisture-control band kept her dry. 32A-38C, $31

No more “meet the pancakes.” Our tester, who compares her chest with a 12-year-old boy’s, declared the Moving Comfort Alexis bra “the Wonderbra of sports bras!” The cups are lightly padded to prevent “highbeams.” 32A-38B, $34

Our fussiest tester loved the Lily of France in Action sport underwire bra. The breathable fabric sucked up moisture like a sponge, and the underwire “disappeared into the supportive structure with no discomfort.” 34B-38DD, $30

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Not even a two-hour trail run could budge the Bestform High Impact Double Santoni crop bra. Our tester never had to readjust. The secret? A stay-put ribbed band, no-slip straps, and chafe-safe microfiber. 34-42, $14

The Asics Renah seamless bra, available in four high-volume colors, looks good anywhere. Our tester said: “I’d totally wear this without a shirt.” Quick-dry fabric controls sweat. Spandex hugs the body (our tester even wore it to bed!). S/M, M/L, L/XL; $38

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The ingenious Champion Powerlite Empire Tech tank has a double-layer bra for extra holding power and an empire waist that svelte-ifies anyone. Tip: Avoid activities that turn you upside down unless you like flashing your tummy. S-XL, $36


Our tester swears the Saucony Motion Sensor bra is “the only bra I’m comfortable wearing in front of guys at the gym.” Built-in cups, made of a stain-resistant stretch polyester-spandex blend, hold you firm. 32B-40DD, $45

Bring on the humidity! Stay dry this summer in the lightweight CW-X Ventilator support bra. Mesh vents below the bustline and between the breasts keep you cool, and star-shaped webbing in the cups reduces jarring and bouncing. 32B-36C, $50

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Your buff upper bod will look fab in the Under Armour HeatGear Strength bra with mesh side inserts that enhance breathability. Our tester loved the full cups, which gave her more coverage than most sports bras. S-XL/A-D, $50

Even an intense cardio workout couldn’t shake our tester’s love for the Shock Absorber Support Level 3 sports bra, with a protective layer in each cup for support. 32B-40F $38

The built-in shelf bra of the FreeMotion Fitness Sport Tank 5.6 keeps you locked and loaded while the seamless stretch fabric construction hugs your curves. Our tester said you’ll feel “pulled together but not strapped in.” S-L, $28

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The Isis C/D bra, with its encapsulated double-layer cups, “felt like it was supporting me rather than smashing me down,” our tester said. Bonus: none of her usual post-workout breast pain. C-D, $52

Made of lush cotton, the Natori Sport underwire sports bra makes you feel as if “your boobs are on air,” our tester said. Wide straps don’t dig into shoulders, and the hardware and elastic are hidden away–so no pinching or pulling. 32B/C-40DDD, $48

The New Balance camisole bra top has a nifty internal stabilizer to absorb shock and adjustable Velcro straps with extra padding to prevent annoying indentations. 32B-40D $45

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The Anita molded sports bra’s outer cups separate while retaining your breasts’ natural shape; inner cups are lined with non-chafing microfiber. Triple clasps give an extra-secure fit. 32B-44C, $64

High impact Our full-busted tester said “breasts have no chance of moving” in the Bendon Sport Max Out Technical Support bra’s molded cups. With its satiny feel, you may want to wear it when you’re not in workout mode. 34B-40DD, $55



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