Adidas Supernova Racer Review

Updated February 28, 2014
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Adidas Supernova Racer
Bottom Line

The Adidas Supernova Racer keeps even D cups cool and contained on long runs, reviewers say. The bra has several practical -- and stylish -- extras, including reflective stripes, cooling mesh panels and a keyhole back. Most reviewers are satisfied with the bra's combination of stretchy support and encapsulating cups, but a few wish for adjustable straps. Others say sizing is too limited to get an ideal fit.

Comfort

Mesh vents keep things cool. The Adidas Supernova Racer is made of polyester and elastane. The fabric is moisture-wicking, and mesh Climacool vents on both sides of the bra and the straps increase breathability. Reviewers say the bra does a great job on both counts, keeping their skin cool and sweat locked away. The wide, crisscross straps are not adjustable, but reviewers say they're comfortable. The bra has several seams, but one expert notes that they're flat-lock or reverse to minimize chafing. The Supernova Racer is stretchy enough to pull on overhead, though a few reviewers say it can be a struggle to put on.

ProsStylish; vibrant color options, Good for high-impact activities, Mesh inserts keep skin coolConsSizing may be off, Straps not adjustable, Cups may appear lumpy

Support

Supportive, but sizing can be tricky. Adidas bills the Supernova Racer as a "high support bra." It is available in specific cup sizes. Reviewers agree, saying the Supernova Racer lives up to its name as a good pick for running and other high-impact activities. The bra blends compression and encapsulation support, making it a good pick even for bustier D-cup chests. In fact, a DD tester says the crisscross straps help with support, though she wishes they were adjustable. The bra is available in only four sizes -- small through extra-large -- and an expert notes that it can be tough to ensure both the band and cups fit well. It does not have an underwire.

Style

Has stylish details, but watch for lumpy cups. The Adidas Supernova Racer has a deep, square neckline -- called "flattering" by Locke Hughes of Shape magazine -- and wide crisscross straps with a keyhole in back. Mesh inserts and reflective details amp up the style factor, reviewers say. Thin, molded cups provide a bit more coverage and help hide nipples, but some women say the cups can bunch up and make their chests look lumpy. An expert reviewer recommends skipping the dryer to help the padding maintain its shape. The bra is available in nine colors, including basic black and white as well as brighter hues with contrast stripes.

Our Sources

1. GearInstitute.com

Adidas Supernova Racer, Allison Pattillo, July 2012

This thorough review praises the Adidas Supernova Racer for its comfortable wide straps and breathable mesh, subtle padding and reflective detailing. The flat and reverse seams helped prevent chafing, but sizing can present issues, the tester warns.

2. Adidas.com

Supernova Racer Bra, Contributors to Adidas.com, As of March 2014

The Adidas Supernova Racer gets 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 90 reviews. Reviewers say the bra is supportive enough for running and other high-impact activities. They also say it's cool and comfy. Some reviewers say they had trouble with sizing.

3. HuffingtonPost.com

Sports Bra Reviews: How to Pick the Right Model for Your Body, Editors of HuffingtonPost.com, April 23, 2013

A DD-cup tester says the Adidas Supernova Racer was supportive during high-impact workouts, partially because of the crisscrossed straps. She also likes the breathable fabric and light padding, but wishes the bra had adjustable straps.

4. Fitness Magazine

Fitness 2013 Gear Guide: The Best Sports Bras, Jenna Autuori-Dedic and Lauren Cardarelli, Not Dated

The Adidas Supernova Racer is recommended for C- and D-cup runners who want ample support and less breast pain while running. The brief review mentions the bra's encapsulation design and removable pads.

5. DailyBurn.com

The Best Sports Bras for Every Activity, Amy Schlinger, Oct. 8, 2013

The Adidas Supernova Racer is a medium-impact pick in this sports-bra roundup, praised for its breathable, moisture-wicking fabric and reflective detailing. The short blurb does not note any cons.

6. TheStir.com

12 Sports Bras Face Our Intense Test: Which Ones Beat the Bounce?, Emily Abbate, Sept. 19, 2013

In this short blurb, a tester says the Adidas Supernova Racer offers plenty of support and feels breezy because of the mesh panels. No cons are noted.

7. Shape

10 Best Bras for Running, Locke Hughes, Oct. 21, 2013

In this 10-bra roundup, Hughes praises the Adidas Supernova Racer's wide, supportive straps, wicking fabric, flattering neckline and variety of colors. She does not note any cons.