Guide To 10 Best Plus Size High Impact Sports Bras

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If you’re looking for one of the best selling high impact plus size sports bras available today, you’ve come to the right place.   If you’re looking for the 8 Best Plus Size Medium Impact Sports Bras, that report is available here.

About This Review

We’re going to take a look at the top rated plus size sports bras based on customer comments available at one of my favorite online lingerie stores, Bare Necessities.  Of course, many of these styles are also available at other retailers, including Amazon.

Sports Bras Have A Broad Appeal

I have to admit, I’m a newcomer to sports bras.  Everytime I put one on now, I wonder why it took me so long to take the plunge.  I find them to be more comfortable than my regular lingerie bras–my favorite is an encapsulation, camisole style by Glamorise.

I don’t save my sports bras just for the gym. I’ve discovered that they have benefits that I hadn’t considered when I first purchased them.  As a result, I wear mine in a variety of situations.

One great benefit of my camisole style is that I don’t need to add a tank top under low cut tops and dresses.  I don’t know about you, but during the hot, humid days of summer, the fewer articles of clothing I can get by with, the happier I am.

I’ve also discovered that sports bras are lighter than I had expected them to be.  And, with the moisture-wicking fabrics they are made of, I believe you are going to experience the same level of comfort too.

A Little Review

As you know, sports bras are available in three impact categories, low, medium, and high. These categories are based on the degree of movement your sport demands.  But, it doesn’t stop there. Styles can come in underwire or wire-free options.

And, if you’ve read Plus Size Sports Bras — Which Style Is Right For You?, you’ll also remember that sports bras are also offered as Compression, Encapsulation, or a combination of the two.  Each review indicates which type the highlighted style falls into.

So sit back, relax, and let’s find you a sports bra that you’ll really love.

High Impact With Underwire

Number One

The first bra on the list is Wacoal’s high impact convertible underwire, style number 855229.  It has a 5 star rating. Starting with G cups, this design has a built-in inner sling for extra support.

It is a supportive, full coverage bra which features encapsulated cups, and straps that convert from traditional styling to racerback.

It’s made of moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, and spandex, and is available in two color choices.  Be aware that this bra has only been rated by one reviewer. However, she states that it gives amazing support, is super comfortable, and looks like a regular bra under her clothing.

Number Two

Number two on our list is Prima Donna’s Sweater Bra.  Style number 600 0110 is a high impact, encapsulated design features supportive, molded cups with adjustable stretch straps.

The straps convert from a  traditional strap configuration to a comfortable criss-cross style.

As you would expect, the fabric is a moisture-wicking polyamide, polyester, and elastane blend.

Available in black with gray trim, or gray with yellow trim, cup sizes are available up to size H. This bra has a score of 4.5 stars with 7 ratings. Some of the adjectives used to describe it are “amazing,” “excellent,” and “best sports bra ever.”

Be aware that this bra is priced at the high end, but it may be just what you’re looking for.

Number Three

Wacoal is on the list again with style number 855170.  It’s a beautiful, high impact underwire. Just like the first two bras on our list, this is an encapsulated style with molded, double layer cups. G and H cups also provide extra support.

The moisture-wicking nylon and spandex fabric comes in a number of color choices. Basic black, nude, and platinum are available along with two shades of pink, violet, red, and 3 shades of blue.

This style offers a lot to love, including a 4.5 star rating by 295 reviewers! It’s called the “best bra ever,” “ A good Zumba bra,” as well as “comfortable and supportive.” You may want to give this one a closer look.

Number Four

Sculptresse makes the third bra in this category. It’s model number 9441 and offers encapsulated styling in a high impact model.

With cushioned underwires, smooth flat seams, and wide padded straps, this is an exciting design. The straps also feature a J hook that allows the straps to be converted to accommodate a halter style configuration.

The fabric is a breathable blend of lightweight polyester, polyamide, and elastane and is available in basic black.

It has a 4.5 star rating with five customer comments. With the exception of one reviewer who needed a different size.

Two features highlighted by reviews are “no bounce” even when running, and “no dreaded uniboob.” This bra is on the pricier side, but with so many wonderful features, you may have found your perfect bra.

Number Five

Our fifth bra in this category of high impact underwire sports bras is style number 2941 made by Chantelle.  This encapsulated design has been rated by 80 customers and has a 4+ star rating.

This lovely bra allows you to easily adjust the stretch straps with the J hook.

Fabricated in a polyester, polyamide, and elastane blend, it includes color choices of basic black with gray stitching, solid gray, and navy blue with a lighter blue trim on the straps and cup and a pretty blue and white combo print on the band.

This bra has a number of 5 star ratings. It’s called “excellent,” “great sports bra,” and “my new favorite.” This lovely French-designed bra may be your new favorite too!

High Impact Wire-Free

Number One

Enell makes style number 100-00-4, the number one rated plus size wire-free sports bra at Bare Necessities. Although this maximum impact design is a compression style, it promises a natural shape with double-layer cups.

Featuring a racerback, it’s made of a beautiful shimmer fabric of nylon and spandex, and as you would expect, is moisture-wicking. Available in basic black, ecru, white and pink, it has a one column 11 row hook and eye front closure.

This bra is so pretty, you’ll be tempted to wear it alone during your workouts. With 128 reviews, it has a 4.5 star rating. Reviewers love this bra. Among its other praises, it’s been called “awesome,” “a favorite,” and one reviewer even credits this Enell with eliviating her “back and shoulder pain.”  Sounds pretty fabulous!

Number Two

I’m including Glamorize, style number 1166  in the high-impact category. It’s billed as being built for all impact levels because of the adjustable front panel, and the rigid front straps.

It’s a compression style bra that features criss-cross soft cups in with an adjustable mesh outer panel. Available in five fun color combinations that include black and gray, blue and green, white and gray, orange and pink, and an all white.

Of course, the polyester, nylon, elastane blend is moisture-wicking. With 242 buyer reviews, it has a 4.5 star rating. It’s considered a “best bra” by many of the reviewers, as well as “comfortable,” and “supportive.” The adjusting front support seems to be a big hit too.

Number Three

Anita Active Momentum, style number 5529 could be mistaken for a lingerie bra. Made of a shimmery blend of polyester, nylon and elastane, Anita is a compression style with soft terry cloth-lined molded cups.

You have some very pretty color combinations to choose from. Will you pick the dark grey with black trim, a soft ecru pink, red with grey trim, solid white, or the stunning silver blue?

With a 4.5 star rating by 89 buyers, this bra is described as a “great workout bra” with “fantastic fit,” “support” and “comfort.”

Number Four

Brooks Jubralee High Impact Wire-Free Sports Bra, style number 350042 is an encapsulation/compression style.  It features molded cups that provide you with support that will keep everything in place, thanks in part to the front adjustable straps.

This thoughtful design has a deep v-back, and promises a natural silhouette. Available in four popular colors: basic black, plum, ocean, and bloom (a lovely bright pink).

Jubralee is made of moisture-wicking polyester and spandex.  This style has an overall rating of 4 stars by 14 buyers. It’s referred to as a “wonder,” and “great for running.” One reviewer notes that in the past she has had to wear two bras, but it isn’t necessary with the Jubralee.

Some reviewers do suggest that you may want to size up with this bra.  Talking with a fit expert before you place your order is always a good idea when ordering a new style.

Number Five

Enell’s high impact wire-free racerback, style number NL102  wraps up this category. This bra features compression fit, so you can focus on your sport, not bra malfunctions.

The moisture-wicking nylon and spandex fabric has a lovely sheen and comes in basic black. You’ll also enjoy the front closing, racerback design.

This bra has had limited reviews–5 reviewers–and has a 4 star rating. Three of the five reviewers gave this style between 4 and 5 stars. Overall, Enell seems to have a large, loyal group of fans.  You may be their next!

Final Thoughts

Whether your sport is running, kickboxing, or something else just as physical, a high impact sports bra is a mainstay of your wardrobe.

If you’re on the lookout for your next “best” bra, I hope this report serves as a good starting point for you.

If you haven’t gotten involved in a sport yet, but want to know more about sports bras in general, I hope I’ve given you the information you need to make your search easy and successful.

Let Us Know In The Comments Below!

If you have a particular brand you’d like to see added to this list, or you have personal experience with one or more of the brands mentioned above, drop me a note below…I’d love to hear from you.  As always, questions or concerns are also welcome.

Happy shopping!






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