When it comes to high-intensity exercises like running, good sports bras for running deals have become essential thanks to the kind of support they offer that no other bra can. And with the seasonal sales upon us, there’s no better time for a round-up of some of the best sports bras for running deals here at Live Science.
Sports bras can make all the difference to any workout, as they prevent chafing and minimize breast movement to reduce discomfort and distractions, helping you focus on your workout and achieving your fitness goals.
Having a properly fitted sports bra can even reduce breast movement by as much as 74%, according to a 2020 study published in the journal Ergonomics. The benefits can mean an improvement to your workout performance and even your motivation to maintain your fitness program.
When considering the right sports bra for you, there are several factors to think about, including the shape or encapsulation style, the material (whether it’s synthetic fabric like nylon or natural fabric like cotton), the depth of the neck drop and whether the bra has an adjustable underband.
And yet a sports bra designed for running may not suit more low-impact activities such as Pilates, yoga or dance fitness, in which case you may want to look at sports bras that offer more flexibility than those designed for running and keeping breasts as still as possible.
At Live Science you’ll find a more general guide to the best sports bra deals which includes more great discounts on all kinds of sports bras, for all kinds of workouts. And if you want to accessorize further, you may also want to check out our guides to help you find the best running watches and running shoes.
Sports bras for running deals
Champion Women's Freedom Racerback Sport Bra
100% Nylon –
was $25.00, now as low as $17.89 at Amazon
Save big on this seamless sports bra which features a two-ply fabric stretches for freedom of movement and Champion Vapor technology and vents that wicks sweat away and dries quickly to help you keep your cool during workouts.
AKAMC 3 Pack Women's Medium Support Cross Back Wirefree Sport Bra –
was $69.99, now as low as $18.99 at Amazon
Save big on this bestselling pack of three quality AKAMC wireless sports bras with removable cups, soft padding and moisture wicking fabric with mesh lining to help keep you cool.
Sweaty Betty Ultra Run –
was $68, now as low as $40.80 at Nordstrom
This high-impact support sports bra is designed for running and cross-training, featuring breathable mesh panels for added ventilation. If you needed convincing further, this sports bra is currently up to 40% off, depending on the color you choose.
Sweaty Betty All Train –
was $88, now $52 at Nordstrom
Made out of 77% polyamide and 23% elastane, this sports bra features high-impact support and a compressive fit that's designed for running and cross-training. It features a scoop-beck and a crossed, cutout back.
Parfait Power Fit Convertible –
was $58, now $34.80 at Nordstrom
This sports bra features medium-impact support and is designed for running, training and cardio. It has adjustable, convertible straps and moisture-wicking foam cups for comfort and support.
Sweaty Betty Stamina –
was $40, now $21.97 at Nordstrom
Want a medium-impact support sports bra with wide straps and racerback styling? This Sweaty Betty sports bra could be the one for you. However, this product supports only up to a C-cup.
Puma x Goop –
was $65, now $39 at Nordstrom
This Puma sports bra was created in partnership with Goop and features a scoop neck and breathable mesh for ventilation. It has medium-impact support and ellaVATE moisture-wicking fabric.
Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh Ultrabreathe –
was $70, now $42 at Nordstrom
This sports bra from Nike features two types of breathable mesh to help keep you cool during your workouts and medium-impact support. It also has removable soft cups and Dri-Fit moisture-wicking technology.
Which sports bra for running deal is best for you?
One of the most important things about a sports bra for running is that it fits you properly. If it’s not supportive not only will it cause discomfort it could hinder your running.
In-built support first is a good starting point. And although you can find sports bras for running deals on a wide spectrum of prices, it’s better to spend a bit more to ensure quality and longevity.
If you’re after an eco-friendly product, then check out the materials the bra is made from – look out for breathable, sustainable fabrics like ECONYL (yarn made from recycled fishing nets), bamboo and elastane. The best sports bras for running deals will have you covered and supported so you can concentrate on having a good run.
Sports bras for running on sale
Run In Zip Front Sports bra deals
Unusually attractive for a high-impact sports bra, this bra delivers on style while offering all the support you need from a sports bra for running. It is made from a fun, tortoiseshell print and features a classic racerback. It’s not available in individual cup sizes which may be a problem if you’re not a standard size.
It’s a shame it doesn’t come in more colors, but it’s still a great-looking bra. Front-fasteners divide opinion - some people find them much easier to put on than a back-fastener or pullover bra, especially if they have shoulder problems, but other people find a front zip hard to do up.
Best of all - and unusually for a sports bra of any kind - it’s machine washable and can be tumble dried, so you can just toss it in the wash with the rest of your spandex!
Brooks Drive 3 pocket run bra deals
This cute-as-a-button, brightly-colored bra in a lovely range of colors enables you to bring all your essentials with you on your run. With a generous phone pocket big enough for a full-sized smartphone and two mesh pockets at the sides, you can fit in a credit card and your keys. The seams are bonded so they shouldn’t chafe.
This is a compression-style running bra, so it might feel a little strange if you’re used to a more traditional encapsulation bra, but it is designed to provide enough support for running - this may be why it’s not available in larger sizes. Some people find a pullover style hard to get on and off.
Hand-washing is encouraged but not essential (there are instructions for machine washing), but it’s so pretty you’ll want to make it last.
Kalenji comfort running bra deals
If you want a standard, no-frills sports bra that does what it says on the tin, this is the one for you. Suitable for running and high-impact sports, it's designed to be comfortable and practical and looks pretty decent, too.
It's said to run small and some reviewers complain that it isn’t true to size, so take care in choosing your size (if you’re buying for a low-impact sport, you’re advised to size up). It’s a shame that this bra doesn’t come in larger sizes as it provides the level of support and coverage that larger women look for in a sports bra. A range of colors would be a nice addition, too.
Adidas Ultimate Bra deals
There are plenty of sports bras that are described as sustainable but contain only a tiny fraction of recycled or sustainable materials. This one has an impressive 79% of recycled polyester so earns its sustainable credentials. It’s also suitable for high-impact activities, unlike many of the sustainable sports bras on the market.
It's a nice-looking bra, featuring a cross-over back with adjustable straps and a front zip for easy fastening. It’s machine washable and made of breathable fabric. It would be good to see it in some colors other than just black, and the size range is a little odd - the largest sizes are 40B and 38DD. A better range of larger sizes would be welcome.
Glamorise full figure plus size no bounce camisole elite sports bra deals
Fuller figures are often poorly served by sports bra manufacturers with limited ranges of sizes and insufficient support - many women end up wearing two bras when they run. This plus-size bra could be the answer.
It comes in sizes from 34C up to 50H, although some users reported difficulty finding the correct size, so do measure carefully before you buy. It lacks significant padding in the cups, but the shoulders are padded which is a welcome feature for comfort.
It's machine washable, reasonably priced and comes in a good range of colors and patterns - also a rarity in plus-size sports bras.
Find the right fit in a sports bra for running
The right fitting bra that provides the right amount of support for the activity you're doing is not only important for keeping you motivated to participate in the workout, but the wrong fit or wrong amount of support can also affect your exercise performance and even breast health, experts told Live Science.
"Breasts can move up to 14 centimeters [5.5 inches] when we are exercising, and that movement impacts not just your breast health, but also your exercise performance," said Emma Ross, a sports physiologist and the founder and CEO of The Well HQ, a U.K.-based women's health and fitness company. "Breast movement has been shown to cost a runner a mile over a marathon, because of how much it affects stride length during running," Ross told Live Science. And this can be particularly frustrating if you're trying to learn how to run faster.
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If you've ever suffered through a workout with the wrong sized bra with too little support, or stopped working out because your bra wasn't supportive enough, you're not alone, Ross said. "Eighty percent of women are in an ill-fitting sports bra; 40% don't wear the most suitable design of sports bra for their breast size, shape and sport, and for 37% of women with larger breasts, they are the reason they aren't active," she said.
If you're ready to get started on your running journey and have found the perfect sports bra, check out our guide on how to start running.