What’s wrong with sports bras? One more time. ..

1. They are padded and some of us don’t like that. (Well, me at least.) See Padded sports bras and nipple phobia.

So let me be very specific here, what I loathe isn’t the existence of padded sports bras, it’s their ubiquity. It’s their domination of the sports bra market. Try finding a non padded sports bra in my size. Oh, and it shouldn’t have an underwire either. Good luck with that and call me when you’ve succeeded.

2. Some of us (hi Tracy!) want a bra that will dry quickly.

3. They hurt women who run in them. See 75% of Women Marathoners Report Problems with Sport Bra Fit

In the new data from the survey, of the 1,285 women who responded, three-quarters reported problems with how their sports bras fit. Chafing and shoulder straps digging in were the most common complaints, with larger-breasted women more likely to report problems.

In the previous study, which we reported on last April, lead researcher Nicola Brown, Ph.D., and colleagues found that the incidence of breast pain among the women marathoners was high even though 91% of them regularly ran in a sports bra. Brown told Runner’s World Newswire that sport bras don’t offer enough options in shape and construction to match the variety of everyday bras.

“Bra manufacturers need to do more research and work closely with scientists and women to design bras which allow women of all shapes and sizes to lead active and healthy lifestyles,” Brown said.

4. And you’re probably wearing the wrong one anyway. See You’re Probably Wearing The Wrong Sports Bra.

Compression bras are the basic sports bras we’re used to, the ones that give us that “uniboob” shape. But those bras don’t accomplish the main goal of a sports bra: limiting total breast movement. Compression bras only limit the in-and-out movement of breasts away from and towards the chest. But as researchers have found, breasts actually “arc through a complicated figure-8 pattern,” going down and to one side, then up and over to the other side. This movement strains the Cooper’s ligaments, the connective tissue that keeps breasts perky.

5. Oh, and good luck finding one if you’re wearing plus sizes or just have large breasts. Apparently women who wear sports bras just come in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large.

Given the very long comment thread on our post about sports bras–the post about padded ones linked above–women have a lot more complaints about bras.

I sense a business opportunity here.

I’ll take mine in a bright colour, with support, but without padding. My current fave is this one from Oiselle. But with Canadian import duties it’s not cheap.


from 25 Sports Bras That Will Change Your Life: All Sizes, Prevention Magazine,


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