When I initially started triathlon, one of my first questions was- what do I wear under my trisuit? Some suits do come with a built-in shelf-bra, but I soon found that these offer little in the way of support and it is necessary for most female athletes to wear a sports bra underneath their race kit. When choosing a sports bra for triathlon, it’s important to bear in mind you will be swimming, cycling and running in the same bra so comfort and support is essential.
For years the Victoria’s Secret Incredible front-close bra has been my go-to sports bra. This style ticks all the boxes in terms of fit, comfort, style and quality. However, being a padded bra, it’s not ideal for triathlon as it does absorb and hold onto water when transitioning from swim to cycle and run. I find it takes a long time to dry and still feels heavy with water once I’m onto the run which can be uncomfortable and cause chaffing.
I’ve been on the lookout for a quick-drying sports bra which is equally comfortable and stylish as my favourite Victoria’s Secret style. I had high hopes when I spotted the Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge Bra as the design looked very similar to the VS style. I know many female triathletes who swear by the Shock Absorber brand as they do have a well-deserved reputation as the best sports bras on the market. I do prefer padded bras as I find they give a better shape and are more flattering, so I was a little unsure about trying a non-padded option.
Shock Absorber have recently updated this style with the addition of a printed version. I can’t resist anything in neon coral so it was the colourway that instantly appealed to me when I saw this bra. Although I always cover up when I’m training, this sports bra looks good enough to be worn alone as a crop top.
Like my usual bra, this Shock Absorber style features a front-closing zip making it easy to get in and out of. I can save my energy for my workout rather than wrestling the bra over my head and struggling with fiddly clasps at the back! There is a flap of fabric and two hooks hidden behind the zip to give an extra layer of security if the zip were to come undone. This bra would also be perfect for floor-based work such as yoga, as there are no clasps to dig into your back.
I ordered my usual size and found that although there are no adjusters, this bra fits perfectly. Everything is contained and held in place with minimal bounce even when damp with water after a swim. I’ve worn this bra to run up to 10k and experienced no chaffing or discomfort- the band and straps are soft against the skin and the mesh back adds breathability.
Priced at £26, the Shock Absorber bra is cheaper than the £40+ I usually pay for my Victoria’s Secret bras so this is definitely better value for money.
I was sent the Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge Bra for review, but all opinions are my own.
Do you wear Shock Absorber bras? Which is your preferred sports bra for triathlon?