High support; A-E cups; five colors; 32 sizes
one of few bras available for a wide range of sizes; prevents breast bounce in all directions
It’s a big bra, more than A/B cup riders need; the back closure is hard to reach if you’re not flexible; expensive
Most high support bras, particularly ones made for a wide range of cup sizes, are too tight for cycling. The Enlite has enough support that everyone felt they could run or ride in it and still breathe freely. Though it’s high-support, it not a frumpy bra we were embarrassed to be seen in.
Most running bras are restrictive, compressive, uncomfortable, and designed to do one thing: prevent your breasts from bouncing up and down. The Enlite is different. It didn’t start as a sketch, but with fabric draped on women’s bodies in 3D, the fruit of a 1000-woman focus group and model team sharing their brassiere hopes and dreams, critiquing existing bras, and posing as fit models.
- A history of women’s cycling gear and apparel
- Gear you need, gear you want, and gear that’s downright cool
Lululemon uses a soft, smooth, sweat-wicking, material that is stretchy enough to let you move without getting pinched or crushed, and that also holds its shape ride after the ride. The body of the Enlite bra is Nylon with Lycra paired with a polyester and elastane cuff bonded to an underband. Together the parts reduce breast movement in all directions without binding the breasts to the chest so tightly we couldn’t breathe.
The bra didn’t ride up when I wore it to the gym, or when I put it on for a 14-mile gravel hill climb. Double cross-back straps enhance its support and spread the load and impact during activity. They also make the bra pretty. Usually, I shy away from bras with wide hook closures because they feel bulky, and remind me of something my grandmother used to wear. This bra uses two hooks instead of four, and they’re welded into the bra, not sewn, to keep them low-profile. The band also has some stretch for full freedom of movement.
The back closure gives the Enlite bra support that a pullover can’t, but it also makes the bra hard to get on. Most women who wear bras with back closures spin the back of the bra to the front to clip it. Then we twist it back and slide our arms through the shoulder straps to get it on. This bra’s design doesn’t allow that. To get it on, you have to reach behind you and hook it, which may be a deal-breaker for women with limited shoulder flexibility.
On A/B cup women, this bra felt overbuilt. But C, D and DD cup testers sighed relief that there was finally a bra they could ride and run in without pain. It’s slightly heavier and warmer than other bras, and the fabric dried quickly enough. It comes up high under the arms, which two testers said they noticed when they first got on the bike. As soon as those testers started riding, they forgot about this bra’s unusual cut and got absorbed in the pedaling and the scenery.
For women who need support, the back-hooking Enlite Bra Weave gets the double thumbs up. Lululemon has taken the time to reinvent the wheel and came up with a design that keeps the girls from bouncing without making it hard to breathe.