The Victoria's Secret Incredible (Est. $50) is about as far from a boring, breast-smashing sports bra as you can get, reviewers say. Padded cups and an underwire help with lift and separation, making sure wearers don't fall victim to uniboob. The bra is offered in many vibrant colors and patterns, while a racerback with a keyhole and lower-cut neckline add to style and sex appeal. The Incredible keeps up to D cups secure during medium- to high-impact workouts, and reviewers say the moisture-wicking fabric and seam-free design keeps them comfortable. However, some women yearn for adjustable straps, while others say they have to be contortionists to get the bra on. A few also caution that the Incredible can leave a little too much cleavage on display.
If you want a tad more modesty in your padded sports bra, the Moving Comfort Vero (Est. $40) could be a good pick. Like the Victoria's Secret Incredible, the lightly padded cups banish uniboob and create a nice shape under clothing, while a higher neckline offers a little more coverage. Mesh inserts and moisture-wicking fabric keep skin cool during medium- to high-impact workouts, and reviewers like the adjustable, convertible straps -- a feature the Incredible doesn't have. Some warn the Vero's cups run a bit small, recommending the bra for C cups and below. Others say the bra requires a lot of effort to put on.
Another good option for women who need or want a padded sports bra is the Champion The Show-Off (Est. $30). The thinly padded cups have concealing petals to keep nipples from showing, and the vibrant colors, racerback and flattering scoop neckline make The Show-Off a bra that can hold its own without a shirt. Reviewers say The Show-Off is good for medium- to high-impact workouts, including aerobics and running, for C cups and below, but they caution that getting a good fit can be tricky since the bra comes in only four sizes. Some women also complain that the cups absorb too much sweat, while others say the band may ride up.