by Diane Spicer
Questions about where to find the best plus size hiking sports bras have been pouring into my inbox lately.
So I did a little research, looking at companies that claim to make these essential pieces of hiking clothing.
Believe it or not, there are a few companies that pay attention to both sets of concerns a hiking woman has:
I also scouted around for customer reviews, ratings and rants to be sure these sports bras were the best on the market.
And this page is where I spill the beans on the best hiking bras for large breasts.
The first thing I noticed was the companies which tried to be cute, in striking contrast to those that were serious about sports bras for hikers.
Women hikers of all body shapes and sizes want performance features and a great fit, not cutesy or condescending labels.
Some of the bras marketed as sports bras didn't seem supportive enough to hold up a grape, let alone something as important (and sensitive) as large breast tissue.
And here's another thing any female hiker is looking for in a hiking sports bra: a design that works with the reality of wearing at least one shirt, possibly a jacket, and a backpack.
Some of the so called sports bras looked really uncomfortable or incompatible with a hiking clothing layering system.
And customer reviews backed that up, with comments like "it binds under the arms" or "didn't give any support".
Only the best companies and products made it here!
So what can you wear on the hiking trail that won't fight you every step of the way?
Step One is to focus on the proper materials and construction of your bra.
Let's get to it, shall we?
Regardless of the cup size, a great hiking sports bra pays attention to how a woman's body moves on the hiking trail.
Women's hiking active wear should also look good.
And every female hiker deserves a sports bra that makes her feel great!
To find these unicorn best plus size bras to wear on a hike, pay attention to two things: materials and design.
The fabrics and materials you look for in plus size sports bras have lots of important jobs to do:
When sizing up the design of your potential bras, look for:
As with any bra, you should know your measurements to guarantee you'll end up wearing a comfortable bra:
But even if you think you know these measurements, different companies might interpret them a bit differently.
For hiking sports bra fitting tips, read this.
And even more information is available here.
So are you ready to give up wearing 2 sports bras at a time?
I thought you might be :)
Let's start off with some great news from Title Nine, a woman owned and led outdoor clothing company.
It's rare to find a full cup bra with seam free cups - no chafing worries when you start to sweat on a hike.
Its poly/spandex/nylon material will wick that moisture away from your delicate breast tissue.
This Hallelujah bra from Title Nine is available in sizes 34-42 C, D, DD, F(DDD).
This is the plus size sports bra that kept coming up, again and again, during reviews and suggestions:
1. Lots of support due to the design that looks like a cross between a corset and a vest.
2. Wide comfy straps and a modest neck line to fit well under hiking shirts and jackets without clinging or showing seams.
3. Moisture wicking fabric in a variety of colors.
4. Customer service is rated as excellent for this company!
In my research, even Oprah had something good to say about this bra!!
A few of the reported negatives:
Don't want or need a high impact sports bra for hiking?
Here's another non-wired choice that ranges from 34C to 50G:
A few other key differences from the Enell maximum support sports bra:
Here's the Panache bra.
It has a racerback option, if that's important to you.
It also has all of the features of the other two bras above.
If you're absolutely looking for an underwire sports bra, take a look at the Panache underwired sports bra.
The SHAPE Activewear Define pull on sports bra provides four way stretch so you can get your backpack on and off without pinching or pulling.
The fabric is 81% nylon/19% spandex, providing medium levels of support for day hiking.
It's a racerback style, with removable cups.
Hey, we've got some good momentum going here, so let's keep going.
This front zipper bra is built for hikers tackling an up-and-down trail or off trail travel, because it incorporates the best features of a sports bra:
I wish I could tell you that it's going to be easy to find the perfect plus size hiking sports bra.
But I know better, as a curvy woman who has watched the sports bra industry evolve over time to something that is oozing closer to getting it right!
Back at the dawn of time (1970s), there was no such thing as a sports bra.
So I'm not exaggerating when I say I was there at the dawn of the sports bra era :)
But today, you can rejoice at the many design choices at various price points and levels of support.
So go for it! Find that perfect hiking sports bra!
Let me know if you have questions or feedback about these plus size hiking sports bras.
Patience, persistence, and dedication to comfort and performance on the trail are my wishes for you as you search for the best high performance, maximum support plus size hiking sports bras.
And now you're ready to begin building a high performance layering system:
Plus Size Hiking Sports Bras
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades, & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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