Pros and Cons: Racerback Bras

racerback bras
Also called “T-back” and “sports back” bras. This bra back design allows for maximum movement of the back and arms without any strap slippage.

Good style for:

  • A great solution for sloping shoulders and/or narrow shoulders.
  • Creating cleavage if the racerback is also underwire.
  • Easing back pain for those who find traditional straps painful
  • Hiding straps in sleeveless and cut-away tops.

Not so good for:

  • Women with sensitive neck tendons.
  • This back design can be visible under some tops.

A racerback bra is any design for the back that allows maximum movement of the back and arms. An added advantage is that such a design hides straps under sleeveless and tank-style tops. A racerback bra can have a high curve near the neckline with a T-strap down the center back; have bra straps attached close together on a back with a center back panel; or have cut-outs around the shoulder blades. 

Because of the back design, a racer-back bra will most commonly be front closure. It therefore has all the front closure challenges mentioned above. The strap placement may also be too close to your neck, pushing down on your cervical nerve, which runs from your neck to your shoulders. Therefore, headaches, neck pain, numbness and shoulder pain are frequent complaints by women who have tried racer-back bras.

HerRoom has a wide range of choices when it comes to racerback bras.

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