Support for Spring Running
Saucony Skyrocket $40
Low to medium support XXS to XL Calypso Coral, White, Black
For runners who want something affordable, don’t need a lot of support and are happy with an unstructured bra, the Skyrocket is perfect. This high-necked racerback bra from Saucony fits snugly and looks great on its own on warm days. The fabric is 89 per cent recycled polyester and 11 per cent spandex, the antimicrobial fabric is “unstinkable,” and you can wear it for the sweatiest runs with full confidence. Nice and simple, with no fussy straps or gewgaws, this is a no-nonsense run bra that gets the job done.
Exhale Studio Bra $65
Low to medium support XS to XL Ensign Blue, After Dark
For runners who don’t need a ton of support, the Exhale Studio Bra from Puma works beautifully – and the sustainability story around it is another great reason to add it to your running wardrobe this spring. Created in partnership with British model Cara Delevingne, the Exhale uses less water in its production and less damaging chemicals and dyes, and it’s made of recycled plastic bottles. The bra’s mesh inserts in front and back will keep you cool, the wide, stretchy bottom band holds everything nicely in place while you focus on your workout, and the bra’s attractive and thoughtful design will enhance your confidence throughout the day.
4Keeps Graphic Bra $40
Low to medium support XS to XL Black, White, Black Castlerock Snake, White Castlerock Snake
The 4Keeps is your classic sportsbra, and the new colourways are so pretty, you’ll want to show it off. Plus it’s so affordable, you can have two or three in your rotation. The removable cups and stretchy bottom band provide just the right amount of support for all your activities, from easy runs to bike rides and gym workouts. The traditional racerback design makes it easy to whip on and off over your head, and the back is almost all mesh, meaning you won’t overheat.
Dare V Neck Run Bra $60
Medium support 30 to 40 A/B Terracotta/Fluoro Pink, Black, Blue Bolt/Saffron, Heliotrope/Magenta
This spring Brooks introduces three new models into its Dare Run Bra line. The attractive and comfortable V Neck Run Bra has molded cups that lift and separate for a secure and comfortable feeling while running, and provides good support for A and B cup runners. It has a f latteringly low neckline, and it’s made of quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric, with perforations on the straps and in front for maximum breathability where you need it most. The free-cut edges and minimal seams mean there’s little chance of chafing. Like many of Brooks’s bras, the integrated bottom band is part of the bra itself, providing just the right amount of support without being confining.
Dare Scoopback Bra $80
30 to 40 A/B, C/D, DD/E, F/FF Terracotta, Fluoro Pink, Asphalt, Black, Heliotrope Texture Print, Blue Bolt/Navy
The Dare Scoopback offers all the support, breathability and good looks you want in a running bra with an adjustable rear closure, so you don’t have to wrestle it off over your head after a sweaty run. The wide, adjustable straps, built-in molded cups and integrated bottom band provide excellent support, and the line’s quick-drying technical fabric, free-cut edges and minimal seams perform well.
Dare Zip Run Bra $90
30 to 40 A/B to DD/E Orchid Haze, Navy, Black, Magenta/Heliotrope
The Dare Zip is that rare front-closing bra ( by far the easiest style to get on and off ) with a high-quality zipper that doesn’t chafe. The bra’s superwide straps and mid-rise neckline offer secure support that’s comfortable and stress-free. Like all Dare models, the Zip bra offers encapsulation thanks to the built-in molded cups, an integrated bottom band, sweat-wicking technical fabric and free-cut edges, so chafing will not be a concern.
Asics Accelerate Bra $55
Medium support XS to XL Performance Black, Peach Petal
The Accelerate bra has a soft bottom band that feels comfortable against t he skin. The adjustable crossback straps are wide enough to provide good support for running, and the bra's seams are bonded to minimize chafing. Its mesh elements do a good job of keeping you cool, and we like the bra's high neck, which gives a feeling of security. This is a great-looking bra that performs well whether layered under a shirt or tank or worn alone on warm days.
Under Armour Crossback Mid Run Bra $50
Medium support XS to 3X Multiple colourways
The newest version of t his medium support bra from Under Armour is made of lightweight, sweat-wicking material (a blend of polyester and elastane) and features a beautiful keyhole detail that’s big enough to let you get it on and off over your head without too much difficulty, despite its snug bottom band. The higher neckline provides f ull coverage and decent compression, and the removable pads are perforated for breathability. (They’re also marked left and right for ease of replacement, but they are designed not to move during washing, so, with any luck, you won’t find random bra pads on your laundry room f loor.) A simple yet supportive, f lattering and affordable running bra – what more could a runner ask for?
Under Armour Infinity Mid-Run Hook Bra $55
Medium support XS to 2XL Mineral Blue/Mineral Blue/Meteor Pink
We love that this great-looking, medium-support bra from UA has a back hook-and-eye closure, which is unusual in such an affordable bra. The built-in padding and smooth bottom band provide excellent coverage, superior fit and support, and the adjustable straps are a bonus in terms of getting the fit just right. There’s plenty of mesh to keep you dry and cool on long, sweaty runs or during workouts at home. The bra’s polyester-and-elastane construction is sweat-wicking and fast-drying.
Lululemon Enlite Bra Weave $98
High support 30C to 40E Black, Deep Fuchsia, Cassis
Breathable, quick-drying, sweatwicking, and very supportive, the Enlite Bra Weave is perfect for either small- or ample-breasted runners. The built-in cups and four-way stretch nylon-andLycra construction minimize movement while running – something many bras promise but not all deliver. The weave design at the back is beautiful, and the rear hook-and-eye closure (which is integrated into the band, rather than separate, sewn pieces) make it a dream to get on and off.
Lululemon Run Times Bra $74
High support 32B to 38E True Navy, Cassis, Black
Lulu’s Run Times bra gets a big thumbs up. Its built-in, molded cups separate and encapsulate to give a feeling of security, while the sweat-wicking, four-way stretch fabric and perforated mesh in both front and back combine to make for a very comfortable running experience. The band and cups are supportive without chafing, and the adjustable, padded straps can be worn straight or crisscrossed. The rear hook-and-eye closure means you don’t have to struggle to get it off over your head after a sweaty run.