Best Black Sports Bra From High Impact To Padded

Molly Longman

In the vast abyss of athleisure you can buy on the Internet, variety isn't lacking. You can buy fitness gear in just about every color and pattern under the sun, from chartreuse to cheetah print.

But there's something to be said for simplicity — especially if you're buying something like a sports bra, where it's more about quality than style. A black sports bra that works is better than a hot pink bra that looks cute, but is short on support. Plus, sometimes you want that chic health goth look.

So we've rounded up six black sports bras that will support you through anything from yoga to bootcamp. Consider them the Little Black Dresses of the workout gear world.

<h2>Best High-Impact Running Bra <br></h2> <strong>Knix Catalyst Sports Bra<br></strong> <br>I'm a new Knix convert. Though I always used to have to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/11/8667581/first-nyc-marathon-training-running-gear" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:double-up on sports bras" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">double-up on sports bras</a> to keep by D-cup breasts from bouncing around as I sprint down the pavement, this bra holds up on its own. Its cups are molded to reduce movement, it's ventilated, and the ladder-style straps are easily adjusted. <br><br><strong>Knix</strong> Catalyst Sports Bra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fknix.com%2Fproducts%2Fcatalyst-sports-bra" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Knix" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Knix</a><br>

Best High-Impact Running Bra

Knix Catalyst Sports Bra

I'm a new Knix convert. Though I always used to have to double-up on sports bras to keep by D-cup breasts from bouncing around as I sprint down the pavement, this bra holds up on its own. Its cups are molded to reduce movement, it's ventilated, and the ladder-style straps are easily adjusted.

Knix Catalyst Sports Bra, $, available at Knix
<h2>Best Bra for Boot-camp</h2> <strong>Nike Women's Dri-fit Pro Classic Padded Giraffe Bra</strong> <br><br>A tried and true option that's frequently on sale, this racerback, padded piece will keep the girls in place, whether you're doing high-knees, sit-us, or burpees <br><br><strong>Nike</strong> Nike Women's Dri-fit Pro Classic Padded Giraffe Bra, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UGZDXI" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br>

Best Bra for Boot-camp

Nike Women's Dri-fit Pro Classic Padded Giraffe Bra

A tried and true option that's frequently on sale, this racerback, padded piece will keep the girls in place, whether you're doing high-knees, sit-us, or burpees

Nike Nike Women's Dri-fit Pro Classic Padded Giraffe Bra, $, available at Amazon

<h2>Best Plus Sized Sports Bra<br></h2> <strong>She Fit Ultimate Sports Bra </strong> <br><br>This baby will <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-plus-size-sports-bra" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fit cups A through I" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fit cups A through I</a>, and is known for its support and highly adjustable straps. <br><br><br><strong>SheFit</strong> SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshefit.com%2Fproducts%2Fultimate-sports-bra-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SheFit" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SheFit</a><br><br><br>

Best Plus Sized Sports Bra

She Fit Ultimate Sports Bra

This baby will fit cups A through I, and is known for its support and highly adjustable straps.


SheFit SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra, $, available at SheFit


<h2>Best Sports Bra to Lounge In<br></h2> <strong>Girlfriend Collective Black Paloma Bra<br></strong> <br>This <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/10/8518024/reformation-new-balance-sustainable-sneaker-collection-2019" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sustainably made" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sustainably made</a> bra is soft as a handful of fresh marshmallows. <br><br><br><strong>Girlfriend Collective</strong> Black Paloma Bra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.girlfriend.com%2Fproducts%2Fblack-paloma-bra" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Girlfriend Collective" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Girlfriend Collective</a><br><br>

Best Sports Bra to Lounge In

Girlfriend Collective Black Paloma Bra

This sustainably made bra is soft as a handful of fresh marshmallows.


Girlfriend Collective Black Paloma Bra, $, available at Girlfriend Collective

<h2>Best for Hot Yoga <br></h2> <strong>Alala Thermal Bra <br></strong> <br>This sweat-wicking bra is offers both full-frontal coverage — so you won't fall out when doing downward dog — and breathability. <br><br><strong>Alala</strong> Alala Thermal Bra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Falalastyle.com%2Fproducts%2Fthermal-bra-black%3Fvariant%3D13669907300398" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alala" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Alala</a><br>

Best for Hot Yoga

Alala Thermal Bra

This sweat-wicking bra is offers both full-frontal coverage — so you won't fall out when doing downward dog — and breathability.

Alala Alala Thermal Bra, $, available at Alala
<h2>Best Zip-Up Bra</h2> <strong>Brooks Dare Zip Run Bra <br></strong> <br>I've tried a few of Brooks running bras on my jogs. They're <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/top-rated-sports-bras" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:plenty supportive" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">plenty supportive</a>, and feel like a second skin. Just be sure not to zip your actual skin in if you have larger breasts. <br><br><br><strong>Brooks</strong> Brooks Dare Zip Run Bra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brooksrunning.com%2Fen_us%2Fdare-zip-running-bra%2F350075.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooks</a><br><br>

Best Zip-Up Bra

Brooks Dare Zip Run Bra

I've tried a few of Brooks running bras on my jogs. They're plenty supportive, and feel like a second skin. Just be sure not to zip your actual skin in if you have larger breasts.


Brooks Brooks Dare Zip Run Bra, $, available at Brooks

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