Sports Bra Hunting 101
It is important to know which type of sports bra you should buy to suit your fitness regime or active lifestyle in order to support or protect your breasts. Get to know which of these types belong to you.
#1 COMPRESSION OR ENCAPSULATION?
COMPRESSION: Shelf bra styles work for smaller cup sizes (A and B) or for low- to moderate-impact workouts.
ENCAPSULATION: Sports bras with individual cups are better for larger-breasted women than compression-style ones, Scurr’s research found.
#2 RACERBACK OR WIDE STRAPS?
RACERBACK: Because they cinch in back, the straps anchor the bra closer to the body, providing more support.
WIDE STRAPS: Shoulder straps help distribute weight better than T-backs (key for bigger cups) and are more likely to be adjustable and padded.
#3 PULLOVER OR BACK CLASP?
PULLOVER: Tank styles typically cover the back more than clasps, but those with allover stretch lack the rigid front straps, adjustability, and support to anchor large chests.
BACK CLASP: Clasps let you tighten the band, from which 70 per cent of
the bra’s support comes.