The Right Sports Bra for You

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Tired of doubling up sports bras to get support during a long run? Hate to tug and pull that sweaty bra over your head after a hard workout? We all do, and fortunately for us this season's sports bras offer unprecedented support and comfort for all shapes and sizes. With features like moisture-wicking fabrics, seamless construction and chafe-free stitching, these bras allow you to hop, skip, jump and run without that painful bounce.

TYR Splice Maxback Workout Bikini Top, $36
From swim to bike to run, this bra will transition swiftly. The full compression bra is made of quick-drying materials with double-layer mesh in the back to assure quick drainage and moisture management. Front cups are fully lined to add support and modesty. Available in sizes XXS to XL.

NIKE Yoga Seamless Short Sport Top, $35
Made of super-soft fabric with seamless double-layer construction, this bra hugs every contour and is virtually chafe-proof. Varying knit textures create flattering support. Adjustable racerback straps encourage a custom fit. Available in sizes XS to XL.

NEW BALANCE Tonic Crop, $30
Made of a new fabric with increased polyester content, the Tonic Crop has firmer support and snugger compression over its stretchier, spandex-loving predecessor. With fuller back coverage, this bra offers serious support if you are an A or B cup. Available in sizes from XS to 2XL.

CHAMPION 02 Cool Comfort, $36
Go ahead; take off your shirt, because this compression bra gives enough support to keep even a C cup from bouncing, but without the underwear look of other bras in its class. A reinforced band coupled with lightly padded straps adds support, and the adjustable rear closure assures a perfect fit. Strategically placed mesh panels help to dry perspiration while flat seams eliminate chafing. In sizes S to XL.

ADIDAS Alliaria Molded Bra, $40
The Alliaria transitions from the office to the trail or serves as an everyday bra for active living. Molded cups, adjustable straps and traditional bra sizing (band plus cup) give a personal fit. Wicking fabric and rear mesh panels stand up to athletic performance. Available in sizes 32 to 38 in cups A to C.

MOVING COMFORT Alexis Bra, $34
A shaping bra for smaller-chested women, this pullover style has lightly padded, molded cups for shape and modesty, a reinforced band to keep the bra from riding up, and a Coolmax liner for efficient moisture transfer. Built-in stabilizing fabric boosts support for A and B cups. Available in bra sizes 32 to 38 in A and B cups.
BROOKS Motion Bra Top, $40
Silky-soft brushed fabric and feminine, skinny-strap styling distinguish this low-impact bra top from traditionally sporty styles. Simple, double-layer pullover construction compresses and supports. The moisture-transfer fabric that wicks sweat away makes the generous coverage comfortable. Available in sizes S to XL.

GOLITE Bradacious, $38
With a new line of sports bras, GoLite unveils the Bradacious pullover bra designed for medium-impact sports. Made of moisture-managing recycled materials, this bra's V-neck style with keyhole racerback provides support with minimal constriction. Available in sizes XS to XL.

SAUCONY Motion Sensor Bra, $45
With unique crisscross styling and adjustable hook-and-eye closure, this bra lets you express yourself and show some skin, without sacrificing function. Lightly padded, molded cups provide gentle shaping. But go ahead and push your VO2 max: the mesh lining drains excessive sweat. Available in traditional bra sizes up to 40DD.

Bras That Provide Ample Support

CHAMPION Powersleek Bra, $40
This highly adjustable bra contains a full inner bra with molded cups for serious support. Dial in your precise fit using padded straps with Velcro adjustments and hook-and-eye rear closure. A brushed elastic band keeps this bra from slipping or riding up so your exact fit stays your exact fit. Available in sizes 34C to 44DDD.
CW-X Xtra Support Zip Bra, $65
The only bra a large-chested runner needs. A unique five-point-mesh webbing design built into each cup virtually eliminates upward bounce during high-impact activities. Wide, padded racerback straps and a broad band beef up comfort and support. The front zip allows a snug fit without requiring acrobatics to put it on and take it off. Available in sizes 36 to 40, in cup sizes B/C to DD.

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Santa Barbara-based writer Bryn Fox is a runner and avid outdoorswoman.

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