The Lululemon Enlite Zip Front Bra is now £29 in the Black Friday sales

Jane McGuire
·3-min read

From Runner's World

Pros:

  • Available in your normal bra size.

  • Front zip fastening makes getting the bra on and off a lot easier.

  • The bra is extremely soft and sweat wicking and doesn’t chafe or move on the run.

  • High support.

Cons:

  • On the expensive side.

  • The straps aren’t adjustable

Shop now, £29 in the Black Friday sales

Our verdict: A game changer, but an investment.

I’ve often joked about the fear of getting stuck in a sports bra post-long run, but most runners with breasts will understand that this is a very real struggle, especially with bras that lack traditional hook-and-eye fastenings. The Lululemon Elite bra’s front zip fastening is genius, and unlike similar models on the market, the zip doesn’t lead to any uncomfortable chafing, or a less supportive design. At £88, it’s not cheap, but if you can afford it, it’s well worth investing in.

Sweat-wicking comfort

I’ve tested the bra on a number of different sweaty sessions - from an easy ten miler, to a fast tempo session on the track and it’s performed well. It doesn’t feel as tight fitting across the chest as the Run Times bra, but there was minimal movement on all of my runs. Lululemon’s ‘Ultralu’ fabric is soft and smooth and does a good job of wicking the sweat away to keep you cool and dry as you clock up the miles.

Wide, comfortable straps

At 5 ft 2, I often find I need to shorten my bra straps in order to get a comfortable, supportive fit, so I was concerned by the fact the Enlite straps couldn’t be adjusted. That said, for me, they’ve fit perfectly and I haven’t had an issue with the straps slipping when I run. The wide straps lie flat against the skin, and the cross-back design adds additional support for larger breasted runners. The bra has been invented to support runners from A to F cup; one runner wrote, ‘I wear a 36DD and I have never been able to find a sports bra that supports me completely while running that is also comfortable... until now! This is an absolute game changer. I will never buy another sports bra for any high impact sport ever again.’

Moulded cups

Lululemon claims the in-built cups allow the bra to ‘mould to your body’, softening the bounce as you run. Similar to traditional encapsulation-style running bras, the cups separate the breasts when you run, giving you additional support where you need it most. Fastening the bra up does require a bit of effort, but once the zip is in place, it didn’t move, keeping cups where they should be. While I normally find myself removing the padding from my running bras (who can deal with the faff of un-bunching it after every wash?), the inbuilt padding didn’t feel too much and the look of the Enlite Bra was extremely flattering.

I’ve machine-washed the bra on a cool wash a few times and so far, so good. At the moment, the bra is available in black, camo and pink, but as one of Lululemon’s most popular models, you can expect other colourways to be released soon. There’s no doubt about it, £88 is a lot to spend on a sports bra, especially with experts recommending you change your bra every 30-40 washes, but if you’re struggling to find one comfortable enough to allow you to forget you’re wearing it, in my book, this is worth a try.

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