The jockstrap original.
The jockstrap original. (Tim Tomkinson)

Bra, Sports

The jockstrap original.

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A groundbreaking invention that lets women participate comfortably in a range of vigorous athletic activities. The first sports bra was created in 1977 by three Vermont women, including Lisa Lindahl, who sewed together two jockstraps for a more supportive alternative to wire-and-cloth options. Today there are thousands of them in hundreds of different colors and fabrics, with improvements from seamless construction to wicking materials to high-impact support. One current trend sees women exercising in a sports bra sans T-shirt. The original prototype currently resides in the Smithsonian.

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These three sports-bra innovations have made life immeasurably better for active women.

Encapsulation: Cup structure gets rid of the compressed uniboob effect.

Back closure: A rear clasp allows for precise fit adjustment, accommodating more breast sizes and smaller rib cages.

Seamless construction: No more chafing!

From Outside Magazine, August 2015 Lead Photo: Tim Tomkinson