Clockwise from top left: Ryu, Handful, Nike, Adidas, Handful courtesy Jenn Nims of girl-heroes.com.

Comfort-Minded

Handful’s Adjustable Bra, $48 

The comfortable rainbow of bras from this Tigard company offers an alternative to all the unflattering compression bras on the market. Handful's pocketed sports bra is made with a comfy quick-dry nylon/spandex blend and comes with padded inserts that allow users to “amend” anything that nature, surgery, or breast-feeding has taken away. The adjustable straps allow a swap between x-back and straight, bra-style straps, which is a boon for switching between racerback and traditional tanks. True story: I wore this to my first-ever hot yoga class under a loose tank, and when the heat became unbearable I actually felt comfortable and supported enough to take off my shirt and sweat it out in my bra—which would never happen without Handful's flattering support. Couldn't everyone use a confidence boost at the gym?

RYU’s Siren, $40 

Founded in Portland and recently relocated to Vancouver, this brand has roots in martial arts as evidenced by its designs' grace, comfort, functionality, and strength. The Siren is made of super-soft recycled polyester and lycra, and its stylish color-blocked design has mesh panels that really do keep you cool. True story: I reach for this bra before any other. A lot of tricky-strapped bras leave me feeling a bit claustrophobic and constricted, but the beautiful criss-cross of this design is easy to put on, easy to get off—no bra battle here—and makes me feel graceful even when I'm teetering in a sweaty half-moon pose.

Unbeatable Support

Nike’s Pro Rival, $65

This is Nike’s highest support bra ever, with wire-free support and a compression-molded fit that locks those ladies down—there's no bounce here. Unlike the XS-S-M-L-XL options available from most sports bra lines, this classic design comes in a huge spectrum of sizes, from 30B to 38E. To find your best fit, it may be best to head into a Nike store (check ahead to see if they have a lot of sizes on hand) or buy a few options online before trying on at home and returning the ones that aren't perfect. You can also try Nike's interactive fit finderTrue story: I love the Dry-Fit fabric—my favorite yoga pants are made of the same blend—and it's super chafe-free, even after long runs. On the downside, it could really use a hook-and-eye closure on the back because it's near impossible to get on and off—but once it's on, it's go time. 

Adidas's High Impact Bra, $45

This heavy-duty bra is great for serious workouts. It may not have the number of sizing options as the Nike Pro Rival, but its Velcro hook-and-loop adjustable straps allow for a strong custom fit without the slipping that often comes from regular bra strap sliders. It's not the sexiest sports bra on the market, but it certainly gets the job done. True Story: I wore this to spin class and felt totally supported even on intense (read: bouncy) standing climbs, and actually felt like it helped me keep my shoulders down—resulting in less neck and back tension through my ride. I also love the bra-clasp release in the back, because there's nothing worse than getting stuck in a sweaty bra during a locker-room quick change (ahem, Nike). 

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