For women with DD and larger breasts, the Enell Sports Bra is the overwhelming favorite among professional and user reviewers. Large-breasted women rave about this no-underwire bra, saying it provides better support than any other model they've tried. Even women with DDD- or G-sized breasts say they can run in this sports bra without pain, discomfort or embarrassing bouncing.
The Enell is designed specifically for large breasts, using separate encapsulating cups and compression to keep breasts stable. Wide straps and a high neckline help evenly distribute the weight of heavy breasts and further reduce movement; reviewers say the bra stays in place without shifting or bunching up. However, a few downsides emerge in reviews. The bra is not very breathable, especially during hot weather, and the straps aren't adjustable. A number of wearers also complain that the bra is ugly and it's hard to get the front-hook closure secured. (You have to "move things around" to close all the hooks, one user writes.)
An expert reviewer points out that the front hook closure is still an advantage: "When you have really big boobs, pulling a sports bra overhead or closing hooks in back can be extremely challenging," she's quoted as saying in a magazine article. Most users choose to overlook these drawbacks because of the bra's excellent support.
There's no shortage of coverage on the Enell Sports Bra. The best reviews come from Running Times magazine, which uses large-breasted testers to try out several sports bras, and user reviews sites like Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com. We also found two helpful reviews in Self magazine. The Enell is featured in lengthy evaluations at Salon.com, Health magazine and About.com, and receives a short review on SparkPeople.com.
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Runner's World enlists 25 women to test 31 sports bras, who then select 12 favorites. The Enell Sports Bra is deemed best for DD and larger cup sizes if you prefer a front closure. Some testers don't like the "industrial-looking design," but one says she looked fantastic in it and "didn't feel smooshed at all."
Review: The Top Choices, Dimity McDowell, November 2010
2. Running Times
Running Times tests eight sports bras with a group of C- and D-cup runners, and the Enell Sports Bra claims second place. Even though testers find the bra "extremely effective," they are disappointed in its moisture-wicking properties, and the C-cup runners call the bra overkill.
Review: Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Candace Karu, November 2007
3. Self Magazine
The author tests an undisclosed number of sports bras designed for big busts by performing interval sprints on a treadmill and intense jump-roping sessions. The Enell Sports Bra makes the cut as one of her three favorites; she appears to be neutral about the design, but reports not feeling achy after her workouts.
Review: The Best Sports Bra for Big Busts, Bari Lieberman, Feb. 6, 2012
4. Self Magazine
LaJean Lawson, Ph.D, adjunct professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State University, selects sports bras for various cup sizes and activity levels, then has unidentified subjects test them in a gym. She selects the Enell Sports Bra as best for DD cups because of its front closure, no-stretch straps and combination of compression and encapsulation.
Review: The Best Sports Bras for Every Size, Editors of Self magazine, Not dated
The Enell Sports Bra earns a 4.3-star average rating from more than 240 reviews, all compiled by Buzzillions.com. Users rave about the support and no-slide straps, even during high-impact exercise, and most find the bra comfortable. However, a few critics say the bra doesn't breathe well, especially in hot weather, and the hook-and-eye closures make getting in and out of the bra a trial.
Review: Enell Sports Bra Sports Bra, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of August 2012
The Enell Sports Bra earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars, out of 5 possible, from more than 200 user reviews posted on Amazon.com. Even those with DDD- and E-cup sizes love the bra's support, including during high-impact activities like running or kickboxing. While the Enell's support is unmatched, some users complain about the lack of adjustable straps and the bra's ugly design.
Review: Enell Sports Bra, Contributors to Amazon.com, Not dated
7. Health Magazine
Health magazine picks the Enell Sports Bra as one of the best sports bras for women with large breasts, saying it offers above-average support. However, breathability is a concern. "Extreme compression and dense polyester-Spandex material combine for poor sweat-wicking and next to no breathability," the writer says.
Review: Sports Bras for Real Curves: Enell Sport Bra, Beth Dreher, July 24, 2008
This guide to women's running gives the Enell Sports Bra 4 stars out of 5, noting that she can move around without the bra sliding or chafing, and that it offers excellent support and doesn't restrict her breathing at all. She notes that it's not very attractive, but describes that as "a mere hiccup in an incredibly good bra."
Review: Enell Sports Bra, Jesslyn Cummings, Not dated
9. Runner's World U.K.
The British edition of Runner's World magazine hosts over 70 user reviews of the Enell Sports Bra; it earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Even though some reviewers complain about the design or lack of adjustable straps, most say the Enell is more supportive than any other bra they've tried.
Review: Enell Sports Bra, Contributors to Runner's World magazine (U.K.)
The author of this public journal entry shares her observations about the Enell Sports Bra after testing it by running on the treadmill. She doesn't mention her bust size, but does say you have to "move things around" to get the front of the bra fully clasped. She likes the lack of adjustable straps and says this bra is "totally worth it."
Review: Enell Sports Bra Review (for the ladies...), "COCOPUFF_79", Jan. 25, 2011