Okay, so sports bras are super-functional, you get it. They’re also fashionable and come in different styles. And the good news is, we’ve got the — Functionality and fashion, we got both covered in our catalog.
Based on function:
Compression bras tend to ‘compress’ as in, hold your bust in one place. This bra treats your bust as one single unit, and don’t have any built-in cups. Best suited for low impact to medium impact activities, these bras might not be suitable for D cups. Large busted women need to wear these with caution as they tend to cause an uni-boob. Also, your breast tends to spill out because of the volume. Compression bras are usually wire-free.
Encapsulation bras provide individual cups for each breast helping you pull off high performing activities, like running with minimal breast movement. You can finally accomplish your fitness goals without your twin mountains bouncing too much.
Compression and encapsulation
These bras provide you the combined effect of compression and encapsulation. They have encapsulated cups that hold individual breasts separately and compressors in the form of power mesh and spacer fabrics that contain your bust in one place. So apart from providing individual cups, they squeeze your boob against each other giving you a fuller look. This bra is ideal for all types, especially women with DD+ cup size. And, yes, these bras have underwires offering you support and structure.
Based on impact level/ activity
You can’t wear the same sports bra for yoga, running workouts or cycling. To better suit a sports bra for the physical activity you’re involved in, you need to understand the kind of sport you’re into. Based on the level of activity and support you require, sports bra are categorized into three impact levels. Remember–Higher breast movement, the higher the impact level required.
1. Low Impact
Low impact bras that are worn for activities with minimum bounce and bust movement. These include activities like walking, yoga or pilates. In most cases, low impact bras don’t have individual cups. Some varieties of low impact bras come with removable cups.
2. Medium Impact
Medium impact bras are worn for activities with moderate bounce breast movement. These physical activities aren’t too demanding like cycling, Zumba, brisk walking, hiking, etc.
Medium impact bras may or may not have cups, but compared to low impact bras they provide better hold and support.
3. High impact
High impact bras are worn for activities that prompt maximum breast movement with excessive bounce. These include cross-fit training, running, dancing, kickboxing, all other sports that involve a lot of jumping among many others. These bras provide the highest level of support and keep bust movement to a bare minimum.
Based on construction:
Seamless sports bras are fully fashioned garments knitted with a machine with minimal or no stitching.
Constructed sports bras have Individual parts of a sports bra cut and sewn together.
Based on fabric:
Natural fabric (Cotton)
Think cotton, think comfort. Wearing a cotton sports bra lets you breathe easy and cruise through your workouts like a breeze. So style, check. Comfort, check. However, keep in mind, cotton sports bra may get soggy soon and may lose the flexibility if proper care is not taken.
Synthetic fabric (Polyester, Nylon)
Polyester bras are more resistant to wear and tear. Though these bras might not absorb sweat like cotton bras, they’re flexible and versatile. The flexibility comes from the spandex fibres embedded in the Polyamide sports bras. These bras work well with medium to high impact activities as they are tear-proof and stretch resistant.
Nylon (also Polyamide) is another synthetic fabric. Compared to Polyester bras, Polyamides have more resistance to wear and tear, and for that, they are a bit costly than Polyester bras. They are light on the skin and absorb more water and at the same time drying quicker. And with spandex ingrained in the bra, they offer the best stretch while performing your high impact activities.