Do I need shock absorbers in my bra for horse riding?
I looked my husband in the eyes and asked the question " Do I need shock absorbers in my bra for riding?"
Don't laugh.. it's a serious question! (Well, I can't blame you for laughing.. that's what my husband did!)
I have had the same bra size since I was 14 but for some reason horse riding seems to hurt more these days...
Thank goodness for the improvements in technical design of sports bras.. To stop the bounce that I felt every time I went for a run, or rode my horse, I did a lot of research to try and find the best sports bra for me.
And with research I mean some serious 'retail therapy'.. haha .. I've been jumping up and down in so many fitting rooms!
I also found this article by Sport Medicine Australia about the need for a good and supportive sports bra when exercising.
Research has shown that during activities such as running and jumping, bare breasts move up and down as much as 12 cm. This is due to insufficient anatomical support within your breasts.
Just think about that... 1.2 kilos moving 12 cm up and down every time you're exercising... no wonder they stretch!
So a sports bra needs to be able to support quite a bit of weight without putting too much strain on your shoulders. It also needs to stop the vertical movement of breast tissue while exercising. (that's where the shock absorbers in my bra comment came from).
The underband is wide and soft. It sits on your skin without excessive digging in while stopping your breasts from moving up. The band is wider in the Barcelona style bra as this bra supports up to an F cup.
The straps in each horse riding bra are wide, padded and soft to provide you comfort while you ride. Especially the straps on the Amsterdam bra are super wide to ensure they don't dig in while riding.
As additional benefit - the horse riding bra straps can be hooked together on the back to ensure they don't slide off your shoulders while exercising or rider. One less thing to worry about.
The horse riding bras are designed around the philosophy that each breast must be encapsulated, rather than compressed around the body.
This created extra comfort when you wear this bra but also ensures your breast tissue is protected from excessive pressure and movement.
The underwire is important for the vertical bounce support of your breasts during exercise and horse riding. However, the standard wire in bras can dig into your breast tissue when it doesn't fit the shape of your breast.
To help with this issue, all horse riding bras are designed with a patented memory wire, which is soft enough to protect the breast tissue but strong enough to support it.
Added benefit of this memory wire is that is follows the movement of your body, lessening the risk of piercing you when you fall off your horse.
The Barcelona bra is fitted with a gel encapsulated version of this memory wire for additional protection and comfort.
This image shows the flexibility of the memory wire (below) in comparison to a normal wire used in sport bras.
horse riding bras are made from a super soft and luxurious material that wicks moisture away from your body so it doesn't irritate your skin.
In addition there are mesh panels to increase ventilation and wearability of the bra, this is designed because of the high intensity of equestrian events and the need for heat to be removed from your body as fast as possible.
In conclusion - the horse riding bras tick all the design boxes to be the best sports bra available on the Australian market for female horse riders.