A durable, strong and pretty sports bra in a wide range of colors and sizes that can handle the highest of impact activities.
Comfy to wear all day
Seamless shoulder straps
Optional racerback clip
Easy to get on and off, and adjust
A little heavy
A tad bulky
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Panache Non-Wired Sports Bra: first impressions
The Panache Non-Wired Sports Bra is a very strong contender for the best running sports bra around. Available in sizes 28–40 B–J and so many colors (from coral to khaki), this bra will fit a great many different women and boobs.
It’s not the lightest or smallest bra that we’ve tested, and its padding means it’s a little on the warmer side (great for winter), but the wide, three-hook chest strap is comfortable without being restrictive around the ribs and the straps are easy to adjust and stay in place once moved.
The shoulder straps are nice and wide over the shoulder then taper to meet the bra back and front, with no seams to rub anywhere if you’re wearing a running backpack over the top.
The best feature of this already awesome bra, however, is the optional racerback clip for full support while running or doing other super-high-impact sports. This is a circular piece of metal with a hook at the rear of the left shoulder strap, which you can hook into the other metal circle at the rear of the right strap. You can even complete this maneuver when the bra is already on, should you wish to break into an impromptu jog/play football with your kids/chase a burglar/run for a bus…you know the drill.
• RRP: $50 (US) / £40 (UK)
• Size range: 28–40, B–J
• Weight (34D): 112g / 4oz
• Colors: Multiple
• Fastening: Rear three-hook chest strap plus optional racerback clip
• Compatibility: All-day wear for multiple activities including high impact sports
Panache Non-Wired Sports Bra: on the trails
I have hardly taken this bra off since the test began and it has become not only one of my favorite sports bras, but also my daily bra of choice, along with its big sister the Panache Wired Sports Bra.
I really like the fact that it doesn’t look like a sports bra. It’s sort of in disguise as a comfy, slightly padded t-shirt bra and then – shazam! – switch it to racerback mode with a flick of the fingers and you can go for a run or do your YouTube workout with Joe without having to faff around changing bras (see also: a guide to different types of sports bras).
For me, this takes away some of the “Shall I bother?” mindfluff that gets in the way of training. I love that it’s available in such a wide variety of colors and sizes – surely every woman will be able to find one of these to fit her.
I also love that there are no shoulder seams to clash with a running pack. Yes it’s a little heavier, bulkier and warmer than some of the lighter, less padded bras available, but the comfort is heavenly and the quality is excellent. I can see this bra lasting years.
The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films packed with trail- and ultra-running content. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, her first book The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running 5k to 50k is out in January 2021. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.