Gear we love: Sports bras that are actually comfortable

One of the most frustrating things about being a highly active woman is that you must search the world over for a sports bra that doesn't drive you crazy. Here, we've found some winners:

Lululemon Fast and Free


The stylish, high neck line helps provide support whether you're doing burpees, push-ups or running. The super soft, sweat-wicking and four-way stretch mean the bra feels like it's barely there. Plus, your shoulders have full range of motion thanks to the slim racerback design. This bra is intended to provide medium support for B/C cup and has removable cups. ($68;

Maidenform Sport Custom Lift Underwire


If you find yourself asking, "Why can't a sports bra fit like a regular bra?" then this might be the one for you. It's easy to find the right fit, and the bra does an awesome job of actually lifting for a flattering look. The adjustable straps can be worn cross-back or regular style. Better yet, they are so cool-looking (and come in fun colors), so they could certainly double as swimsuit tops. Score! ($44;

Brooks Running JustRight Racer


The JustRight Racer sure lives up to its name. It's one of Brooks' most-advanced seamless bras. It works well for running or other medium-impact exercises, and the fabric helps keep you cool. ($48;

CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women's Inner Power Seamless Geo


For days when you are power walking, doing tai chi or going to stretch class, this bra has it covered. The stretchy bottom band and seamless design are super comfy, and the geometric print is cute enough to wear sans shirt. ($40;

SmartWool PhD Seamless Racerback


Who knew there were sports bras made out of wool? More specifically, Merino wool. The benefit: It helps with moisture regulation because Merino fabrics can absorb up to 30 percent of their dry weight before feeling wet -- and, of course, they feel really cozy. This bra is also seamless and has an elastic band at the ribcage. In other words, it could easily be your new go-to for hiking, cycling and weight-lifting. ($60;

Le Mystere High Impact


Hooray! This sports bra is made to fit like a traditional bra. The cushioned underwire provides a great shape, and padded shoulder straps help minimize movement. You will have full support for high-impact activities. ($62;

Reebok Workout Ready Seamless


This bra provides light support. The fabric is firm up front, while the skinny racerback straps provide lots of mobility and an extra hit of comfort. Not to mention, the all-over Speedwick material moves sweat away from the skin. ($40;

On Gossamer Active Uplift Plunge


For days when you need low- to medium-impact coverage, this bra is a true all-star. The bra has push-up foam cups and a cut-out mesh racerback, so it's fashionable yet functional. The underwire cups give a lift without feeling annoying. ($48;

Splendid sports bra


Splendid is known for its super-soft fabrics, so it makes perfect sense that the company recently launched an activewear line. This striped bra -- part of the Core Collection -- has removable cups and is made with a suede poly/spandex jersey fabric. Chances are you will wear it not only to yoga class but also around the house, all the time. ($58; available at Dillard's stores across the U.S.)

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