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A review of performance underwear for horse-riding

By Linda Lewis, She Science Ambassador and HRCAV competitor

Imagine this ‘you’re preparing for a competition; you start your list…’

  • Wash and prepare horse
  • Pack float with saddlery, feed, grooming supplies
  • Pack riding apparel; boots, helmet, jodhpurs, shirt, vest, jacket

You may even consider your sports bra, makeup and what you will eat, but have you thought about your underwear?

Before meeting the girls at She Science my choice of underwear was never a conscious decision. They suggested I try technical underwear aka ‘rundies’ that were getting great reviews from the equestrian community. So over the past months I have put the 2XU, Moving Comfort and Panache ‘rundies’ to test.

The overall verdict

I found that all three styles provided a seamless finish under jodhpurs which was important to me, as it is most riders. Being full coverage underwear all three styles also stayed in place and didn’t ride up at all. The light moisture wicking fabrics were comfortable and kept me cool.

2XU Performance Briefs

The 2XU fit especially well on me, I now wear them as my everyday underwear. They are a bikini cut with a little bit of stick on the edges to stop them moving, along with seam free edges all around. Very comfy! As a bonus these are available in nude so they work well under my white Jodhpurs.

2XU Performance Brief

2XU Performance Brief







Panache Sports Brief

The Panache are great as a ‘tummy tucker’. They are a higher cut and provide more support to all the ‘post-baby wobbly bits’. The firmer materials also help to contribute to this supportive feeling.

Panache Sports Brief

Panache Sports Brief







Moving Comfort Bikini Brief

The Moving Comfort fabrics are extremely light, with a mesh panel across the back that helps prevent sweat patches. The waist band height is fairly standard.

Moving Comfort Workout Bikini Brief

Moving Comfort Workout Bikini Brief








I felt all three styles offer supreme comfort, quality and performance over any store bought underwear. I had tried dance underwear before however they didn’t survive the rough treatment of jodhpurs and saddles, and didn’t have the moisture wicking capabilities of sports underwear.

Am I converted? Absolutely! When I think about it, why shouldn’t we choose underwear for horse riding based on performance.

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Linda is a She Science Ambassador, a doting mother to one and our resident Equestrian aficionado. Linda is regularly found competing both locally and around Australia at HRCAV events, and rarely goes home without a ribbon. Linda’s work in the Equestrian community extends to helping the lives of others as she volunteers her time as a board member for Riding for the Disabled. 


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The benefits of being in a technical Sports Bra for horse-riding

By Tish Monahan, co-founder of Sports Bra Store – She Science

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As a busty rider myself and having helped hundreds of horse-riders in store I’ve put together a list of exactly what to look for when choosing a Sports Bra for horse-riding, and why you’ll be more comfortable in the saddle as a result.

  1. Bounce less.

Let’s start with the obvious. Studies show that a technical Sports Bra can reduce bounce by up to 80%. A well fitted Sports Bra will decrease both the amount breast displacement (bounce) and the rate of displacement. Recent research suggests it is the rate of breast displacement that causes breast discomfort. Anecdotally we know it is the amount of breast displacement that causes embarrassment. The end result means riders will be more comfortable and confident when in the saddle.

2. Get a great shape.

Traditionally Sports Bras were designed to squish the breasts together and squash them against the chest wall. While this is somewhat effective at controlling movement, it is not a flattering outcome, particularly for a busty woman. These days technical Sports Bras are designed to separate the breasts and then add a layer of compression which will leave a much more natural shape and avoid the ‘uniboob’ look.

3. Shed the second layer bra.

No woman should have to wear two Sports Bras just to feel supported. A technical Sports Bra will do a better job than the double layer system, and it will leave you feeling more comfortable with a neater strap configuration and less risk of pressure indents around your rib cage.

4. Moisture wicking materials.

Long rides plus hot weather (or multiple layers during winter) can cause a nasty sweating situation around your upper body. Being designed essentially for running and endurance type activities, a technical Sports Bra will offer moisture wicking materials to help draw sweat from the body to the outer layer of the garment. This helps control odour and also reduces the chance of bra burn.

5. It’s all about the fit.

If you’re not wearing the right size then even an award winning Sports Bra won’t get you a good result. To get the best result out of your Sports Bra the band should fit firmly around your ribcage. This takes unnecessary pressure off your shoulders and assists with posture in the saddle.

6. Coverage is king.

When trying to control breast bounce we need to block the vertical escape route of breast tissue. That means being in a Sports Bra that offers complete breast coverage using firm materials, and avoids cleavage. Women love the secure feeling that a high coverage Sports Bra leaves them with.

For ladies in Melbourne, you can visit our retail store in Kew, which specialises just in Sports Bras and caters for cup sizes A – J. We’ll also be at EQUITANA this November, at booth number 163 in the John Deere Pavillion.

For those not local to our store we offer our entire range online, and are only a phone call away for extra advice. Follow us online via facebook or instagram.

Here are some of our go-to options for horse-riders in store:


Enell Sports Bra, available in black or white
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The Shock Absorber Active D+, available in black or white.
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2XU Ultimate Endurance Bra
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Elomi Energise, available in black, white, nude and red.
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Moving Comfort Luna moulded Sports bra

Moving Comfort Luna, available in black, white and nude.
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