Best Tank Tops with Built-In Bra in 2018


Asics Fit Sana Contour Tank Top

Asics Fit Sana Contour Tank Top

A tank top with a built-in bra is perfect for hiking or mountaineering, both as a base layer under warmer clothing or when the temperature is high and you don’t feel like wearing much more than one layer. The brave (and impervious to cold) can of course flaunt a normal cropped sports bra, but we recommend keeping your obliques warm in a tank with a built-in sports bra. Hiking, climbing and mountaineering require some support for your chest as they are low to medium-impact activities and this is exactly the level of support a built-in bra in a tank top can provide. Various sports and hiking brands offer the generic racerback tank top with non-adjustable straps, but for this list of the five best tank tops for hiking we have tried to select some more interesting styles, which are special without compromising functionality – you might even find some of them chic enough to wear for everyday use. On the trails, just remember to bring sunscreen and an extra layer in case of weather surprises – such as rain, wind or thunder storms.

1. Buying a Tank Top with Built-In Bra – What is important?

Comfort:

The built-in bras in tank tops for hiking and other sporty activities are usually of the type called a shelf bra or a bra liner, where an extra layer of tight-fitting elastic fabric over the breasts along with a thick elastic under them give you support by compressing your breasts towards the chest wall. The tighter the band, the more support you will get (see Sizing and Support below), but you still have to be able to get in and out of the top! Most workout tank tops with a shelf bra will have straps which draw near the neck rather than running straight up, and then cinch into some kind of racerback shape on the back to ensure absolute freedom of movement. However, this leaves quite some skin bare – which can be a problem on longer summer hikes if you are only wearing a hiking tank top besides your backpack on top. If the backpanel and shoulder straps of your backpack are well-padded, it shouldn’t cause too much discomfort, but if they aren’t they will quickly start to rub against your bare skin and cause irritation. If it becomes a problem, throw on a long-sleeved base layer. For those who mainly hike in the summer time, it will be a breeze to simply wear a tank with a built-in bra along with a waistpack, carrying only the essentials.

Material:

As a tank top goes on your bare skin, its fabric should feel soft and smooth to touch besides being breathable and moisture-wicking.

Sizing and Support:

Tank tops with a built-in bra are usually sized like clothing (S, M, L etc.) rather than bras by cup size and circumference, but that does not necessarily make picking the right size any easier. In our comparison table below, we have entered the sizes of the respective models and the chest circumference (at its fullest) they correspond to. However, if you want more or less support for your breasts you might want to pick a slightly smaller or larger size than the one which corresponds to the circumference of your chest. If you choose a slightly larger size, you should be all-right for low intensity activities while a smaller size will almost certainly provide you with medium support – or even enough support for high impact work outs (running, aerobics etc.) if you have a small elfin bosom. Women with very large breasts will usually (even if wearing a much smaller size) only get low to medium support out of a tank top with built-in bra, but you also don’t need much more for hiking or mountaineering in a steady tempo. If you are into trail-running or just feel more comfortable with a more supportive sports bra, you should check out our review of the best high-impact sports bras.

Care:

All the tank tops mentioned in this reviewed can be machine-washed at low temperatures; just steer clear of bleach, softeners etc. and avoid tumble-drying if possible,  as it can take a toll on the sophisticated materials used for sports and hiking clothing.

2. The Best Tank Tops with Built-In Bra Review

Best Tank Tops

Best Tank Tops

The Best Tank Tops with Built-In Bra – List

  1. Asics  Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top
  2. Outdoor Research Bewitched Tank Top
  3. Icebreaker Spirit Tank Top
  4. Alo Yoga Rib Support Tank Top
  5. Arcteryx Tolu Tank Top Tank Top

Comparison

Feature/Product Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank TopOutdoor Research Bewitched Tank TopIcebreaker Spirit Tank TopAlo Yoga Rib Support TankArcteryx Tolu Tank Top
Material85%Polyester, 15% Spandex84% Polyester, 16% Spandex
96% Merino Wool, 4% Lycra90% nylon, 10% spandex49% Nylon, 49% Polyester, 2% Elastane
SizesXS-XL (5)XS-L (4)XS-XL (5)XS-L (4)XS-XL (5)
Fits busts (measured at the fullest):
*according to brand website
XS= 31´´- 33’’
S=33´´- 35´´
M=35´´- 37´´
L=37´´- 39⅟2´´
XL= 39⅟2´´- 41⅟2´´
XS= 32’’
S=34´´
M=36´´
L=39´´
XS= 32’’
S=34´´
M=37´´
L=39⅟2´´
XL=42´´
XS= 32”-34”
S= 34”-36”
M=36”-38”
L=38”-40”
XS =33’’
S= 35’’
M=37’’
L= 40’’
XL= 44’’
Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top

Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top

1. Asics  Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking

Asics offers a lot of good sports bras and tank tops, but for this selection we had to choose the Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank due to the unique cut-outs on the shoulders and in the back. Besides looking great, the strategically placed keyholes enhance breathability without exposing too much skin. The bra inside the tank top consists of a 360⁰ bra liner. The tank top is made of the Dry fabric (a mix of Polyester and Spandex) which wicks away sweat to help you stay cool and dry. You can comfortably carry a backpack wearing only this top as the shoulder straps are relatively wide. Read a more detailed review of the Asics Fit-Sana Contour tank in our firsthand review where the top was tested on two hikes in the Julian Alps.

 

Pros:

  • Wide straps
  • Keyholes in the back

Cons:

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Outdoor Research Bewitched Tank Top

Outdoor Research Bewitched Tank Top

2. Outdoor Research Bewitched Tank Top

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking

The Outdoor Research Bewitched tank top was designed with climbers in mind, but will do equally well for hikers and mountaineers. The tank top has a silky light-weight feel to it and is made of a moisture-wicking and quick-drying mix of Polyester and Spandex. The top has a trim fit, but the Spandex provides plenty of stretch and thus freedom of movement. The front has some cool cutouts and relatively wide shoulder straps, which then end up in two times two narrow straps in the back; one pair running straight down and the other cinching in a kind of racerback. The Outdoor Research Bewitched tank top has a discreet all-over print and comes in several stylish colors.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight fabric
  • Cool design
  • Adjustable straps

Cons:

  • Narrow straps in the back

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Icebreaker Spirit Tank Top

Icebreaker Spirit Tank Top

3. Icebreaker Spirit Tank Top

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

Icebreaker makes some great base layers in Merino wool – we have already mentioned the Icebreaker Sprite sports bra and hipsters in previous reviews – and the Spirit tank top with a built-in bra is no exception. The main advantage of the tank top is of course that it is made of 96% Merino wool, with only a bit of Lycra for stretch and fit. Hereby you get all the advantages of Merino wool such as breathability, odor-control and temperature-regulation. However, as Icebreaker have used lightweight wool (150g/m2) for this top, it is suitable for use in all seasons – except perhaps, for the coldest of winter days. Material aside, the Icebreaker Spirit tank top has a relaxed casual design with a long looser fitting outer tank over the inner bra, which will look great on the trails as well as in the city. The Spirit Tank is available in several cool color combinations.

 

Pros:

  • All the advantages of Merino wool
  • Casual look
  • Adjustable straps

Cons:

  • Narrow straps

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Alo Yoga Rib Support Top

Alo Yoga Rib Support Top

4. Alo Yoga Rib Support Tank

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

The Alo Yoga Rib Support Tank looks like your everyday high-street racer-back tank, but there is more than meets the eye. First of all, it has the built-in bra (with removable cups) which will keep you supported throughout low- to medium-impact activities, but it is the soft fabric which really deserves attention. Not only is it breathable, moisture-wicking and offers a 4-way stretch – it is also treated with an antibacterial finish for eliminating odor. All in all, the Alo Yoga Rib Support Tank is a great piece of performance clothing and comes in several classic colors.

Pros:

  • High-performance fabric
  • Removable cups

Cons:

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Arcteryx Tolu Tank Top

Arcteryx Tolu Tank Top

5. Arcteryx Tolu Tank Top

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

The Arcteryx Tolu tank top has a high neckline, which might be especially valued by fuller-chested women, and a quite wide racer-back which will provide a better hold for your bits and pieces. The built-in mesh bra has insert pockets for modesty pads, so you can choose whether you want to use this option or not. The Tolu is made of the stretch jersey Solatius which feels soft against the skin while being highly air-permeable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. The strategically placed seams are made with the Merrow technique which reduces the seam size. Arcteryx Tolu is also available as sleeveless top (made out of the same fabric), but this version doesn’t feature a built-in bra.

 

Pros:

  • High-performance fabric
  • Insert pockets for modesty pads

Cons:

  • Modesty pads not included

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