After four months of testing for our 2021 Women's Running Awards, here are the award-winning sports bras, socks and pants...
Welcome to the 2021 Women’s Running Awards! This is the moment we’ve been waiting for all year: the moment that our trusted panel of happy runners gather together to thrash out the best of the best: we’ve tested over 300 new products and have now rated the best running shoes, clothes, tech, underwear, nutrition and training gear. It’s taken over four months of dedicated testing and deliberation, and probably more running than we do all year, to make sure that we put every single piece of kit through its paces.
Our nine different testers, all from different backgrounds and with different abilities, wore this kit again and again, and this is what they loved most. Read on for our 2021 award-winning sports bras, socks and pants.
Award-winning sports bras
There were two award-winning sports bras in the Best Sports Bra category.
Winner: RUNDERWEAR Original V5 Running Bra | £50
Runderwear’s V5 of its Original Running Bra still ensures ultimate comfort and superior performance, especially with its updated wide underband. Tina said: “The underband is comfortable and supportive and won’t chafe.”
Winner: BROOKS Convertible Drive Run Bra | £45
The Brooks bra is another stand-out success of 2021. Esther said: “Great support without having to pull it over your head.” Meg added: “Total comfort and security!”
Editor’s Choice: MAAREE Solidarity Bra | £64
If you’ve never tried a Maaree bra, then now’s the time to invest; the Solidarity bra is one you will recommend to all your run buddies. Chrissie said: “Wow – such soft material! This bra felt just right in terms of support and fit around my boobs. Mine was white so I could wear it under all types of clothing without it showing through.”
Award-winning women’s running underwear
Winner: RUNDERWEAR Running Hot Pants | £20
Get your pants right and you’ll be a happy runner. Our winner of best underwear goes to the Runderwear Running Hot Pants. Chrissie said: “I like these hotpants for day-today wear as well as sport. They are seamless which helps minimise chafing, the material is really soft and the fit is snug without being too tight.”
Best Value: BAM Seamless Classic Briefs | £15
BAM clothing is soft against the skin due to the bamboo weave of the fabric. Meg said: “Such a seamless masterpiece that provides instant comfort,” and Chrissie said: “They don’t chafe, they wash really well and fit perfectly.”
Editor’s Choice: EVB Boxer Briefs | £73
These pants give support for incontinence, pelvic floor or prolapse challenges so you have the confidence to keep exercising. Sophie said: “I’m a big fan and honestly I wouldn’t have returned to running so quickly after pregnancy without them.”
Award-winning running socks
Winner: FEETURES Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab | £13
Ridiculously thin, these versatile, award-winning socks give targeted compression with an anatomical design that promises a custom-like fit, whatever shape your feet are. Their seamless toe is a standout feature. Hannah said: “They’re perfectly shaped for my foot; they fitted so closely they wrapped around my arches so there was no rubbing or movement.”
Best Value: BRIDGEDALE Trail Run Ultralight T2 | £14.95
Bridgedale socks take comfort and security to a new level, and offer a high level of tech for their price. You’ll be blown away by their moisture management, with Coolmax providing next-to-skin comfort and protection. Chrissie said: “These socks are comfortable, lightweight and cushioned. I really like the colour too.”
Editor’s Choice: ON Mid Running Socks | £18
Can you really achieve perfection in a running sock? Yes! The On Mid Running Socks deliver a refined experience due to exquisite Swiss engineering triggering your sense receptors in your feet. Esther was simply blown away. “These are great performance socks with wonderful fabric that hugged my arches, and were still beautifully thin for summer running.”