If you're desperate for a sports bra that can banish bounce even when your cups runneth over, the Enell Sport (Est. $65) doesn't disappoint, reviewers say. Available for up to size 52DDD, the Enell's thick, structured fabric combines compression and encapsulation to provide high-impact support for aerobics, distance running or other intense activities. Women say the durable fabric keeps them dry and doesn't chafe, and the front closures make getting into the bra easier than over-the-head or back-closure styles. But iron-clad support comes at a cost: Some reviewers complain the Enell, with its high neck, full-coverage back and uninspired colors, looks like a straitjacket -- and an orthopedic one, at that. Others wish for adjustable straps.
Women who don't want to sacrifice style in the name of support should check out the Panache Sports Bra (Est. $68). Available in hard-to-find sizes from 28H to 40GG, the Panache comes in vibrant colors and patterns. The encapsulation design includes an underwire and padded cups to separate and lift breasts, minimizing uniboob. Moisture-wicking fabric and mesh panels help keep chests dry and cool during high-impact workouts. Unlike the Enell Sport, the Panache also has adjustable straps that can be crisscrossed for more support. Despite its style, some reviewers find the bra too overwhelming on their frame. Others warn the encapsulation-only design doesn't minimize bounce as much as they would like.
The Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer II (Est. $58) is another encapsulation option for well-endowed women at a slightly lower price. The bra looks less intimidating than the Panache or Enell Sport, featuring a slightly lower cut and trendy colors and patterns. Reviewers say the moisture-wicking fabric keeps them dry during intense workouts, and the adjustable straps can be crisscrossed to amp up support. Those with larger band or cup sizes may have to look elsewhere: The Ta Ta Tamer II is available in a more narrow size range, from 32C to 38DD. Several reviewers also complain that it can be hard to put on and adjust.