Reviews You Can Rely On

Prana Becksa Bralette Review

This comfortable crop-top sports bra is perfect for low-impact exercises and stylish enough to wear around town
Prana Becksa Bralette
Credit: Prana
Top Pick Award
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $59 List | Check Price at REI
Compare prices at 2 resellers
Pros:  Versatile, doubles as a crop top, flattering, stylish, breathable, comfortable
Cons:  Low-medium support, somewhat non-inclusive sizing
Manufacturer:   Prana
By Hayley Thomas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 17, 2022
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
74
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#5 of 10
  • Comfort and Fit - 40% 8.0
  • Support - 30% 5.0
  • Style - 15% 9.0
  • Ease of Care - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The prAna Becksa Bralette is the perfect blend of sporty and stylish. The inner bra offers enough support for low-impact exercises like yoga, pilates, or even hiking, while the ribbed outer layer is stylish enough to pair with some jeans for a coffee date. The perforations on the inner layer make it breathable, and the rib band offers some support without pinching. The square neck is also flattering and provides enough coverage to feel safe in a headstand. If you are looking for a casual workout tank top with enough support to get a sweat on, then the Becksa is a great option.

Compare to Similar Products

 
Prana Becksa Bralette
Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award  
Price Check Price at REI
Compare at 2 sellers
$52 List
$22.77 at Backcountry
$58 List
$58.00 at REI
$52 List
$22.80 at Backcountry
$58 List
Overall Score Sort Icon
74
89
88
83
83
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Versatile, doubles as a crop top, flattering, stylish, breathable, comfortableSoft, made from recycled material, high neck, adjustable straps, decent compression, versatile, comfortable rib bandUnbelievably soft, forgiving sizing, decent compression, wide rib band, stylish straps, extra stretchyLongline fit, soft, made from recycled material, decent compression, very size inclusiveComfortable, racerback, flattering v-neck, soft stretchy fabric
Cons Low-medium support, somewhat non-inclusive sizingIn between sizes can be tricky, best to air dry, thin straps get twisted in the washMust size down for ample compression, limited color optionsNot adjustable, tight on larger lats, best to air dryLow-impact support, lower coverage
Bottom Line This comfortable crop-top sports bra is perfect for low-impact exercises and stylish enough to wear around townThis high neck sports bra offers decent compression, soft material, a versatile fit, and is excellent for a wide array of bodies and workoutsSoft material and world-class comfort paired with decent compression and elegant strap details make this sports bra a crowd-pleaserA stretchy longline sports bra with a comfortable ribbed rib band and decent compression that can double as a crop topA stretchy low-impact v-neck racerback that's attractive and comfortable, though on the pricey side
Rating Categories Prana Becksa Bralette Girlfriend Collecti... Vuori Elevation Girlfriend Collecti... Lululemon In Alignm...
Comfort and Fit (40%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
Support (30%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Style (15%)
9.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Ease of Care (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Prana Becksa Bralette Girlfriend Collecti... Vuori Elevation Girlfriend Collecti... Lululemon In Alignm...
Material 42% recycled polyester, 42% polyester, 16% spandex 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET), 21% spandex 86% polyester, 14% elastane 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET),21% spandex 81% nylon, 19% elastane
Support Low impact Low-medium impact Medium impact Medium impact Low impact
Strap Style Racerback Crisscross Crisscross Racerback Racerback
Support Type Compression Compression Compression Compression Compression
Adjustable? No Yes No No No
Padded? Yes, removable No Yes, removable No No
Neck Line Scoop neck High neck High neck Square neck Slight plunge neck
Key Pocket? No No No No No
Size Range XS - XL XXS - 6XL XXS - XXL XXS - 6XL 2 - 14
Features Interior shelf bra offers support Doubles as a minimal crop top Sweat-wicking and extra soft Doubles as a shirt Pockets for optional, removable cups
Recomended Activity Casual, hiking, yoga Casual, hiking, yoga Casual, hiking, yoga Casual, hiking, yoga Casual, hiking, yoga

Our Analysis and Test Results

This stylish sports bralette is perfect for low-impact exercises and casual coffee dates. While it does not win any awards for support, it is surprisingly supportive for what it is — a bralette. Read on to see how the Becksa measures up.

Performance Comparison


Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - the becksa is perfect for low impact exercises like yoga.
The Becksa is perfect for low impact exercises like yoga.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Comfort and Fit


We begin our comfort and fit testing by taking note of any chafing, pinching, or spilling we experienced while working out in each bra. We also considered the softness of the fabric and whether or not the bra was true to size. Because comfort and fit depend heavily on the body type, we also consider the versatility of the fit. The Becksa Bralette performs quite well in this metric.


There is no pinching, spilling, or chafing in this bralette unless you size down. The only reason to size down would be if you are in-between sizes and prefer a tighter fit. In this case, you may find that the armholes are a little tight, resulting in some spillage around the armpits. The fabric is a polyester-spandex blend of 84% polyester (42% recycled) and 16% spandex, both soft and breathable. The supportive inner layer is very stretchy and perforated for airflow, while the ribbed outer layer is soft enough that chafing is a non-issue.

Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - the perforated inner layer is super breathable.
The perforated inner layer is super breathable.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The Becksa is true to size but can be sized down for a tighter fit. It is not adjustable, but the flexible nature of this bra makes it versatile. Someone who usually wears a medium can probably get away with wearing a small, or someone who wears an XXL will probably be just fine with an XL. However, we would like to see prAna offer sizes larger than an XL.

Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - if you choose to size down for added compression, you may experience...
If you choose to size down for added compression, you may experience some armpit spillage.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Support


Bralette's or tank tops with built-in bras are not known for their high level of support. The Becksa cannot measure up to an adjustable encapsulation-compression sports bra, but it holds its own for what it is. It works great for yoga, pilates, climbing, and other low-impact sports. Even hiking is fine, but you'll likely want something more supportive for running or high-intensity cardio workouts. During our support testing, we noted the kind of support offered (either compression or encapsulation), the stretch, and the coverage.


The Becksa offers support through compression from the interior bra. The thick racerback strap helps distribute weight across the shoulders nicely, and although this bralette is a lower-impact sports bra, it holds up nicely during most workouts. The smaller you can go, the more compression this bralette can offer, but it is important to note that the armpit holes may feel uncomfortably tight if you size down too much.

The thick racerback offers some decent coverage and support.
The thick racerback offers some decent coverage and support.
The thicker straps and square neck offer some decent support.
The thicker straps and square neck offer some decent support.

The inside bra is very stretchy with a tight but giving rib band. The outer layer is less stretchy, but the support mostly comes from the inner bra. However, it's important to note that the rib band is relatively thin, so those who like to have a lot of under-breast support may be disappointed. The square neck is low enough to keep you cool, but the cut offers coverage and keeps everything in place, so you don't have to worry about a nip-slip mid yoga class. The bottom of the bralette has a nice taper to it and hits just above the belly button for most people, unless you have a very long torso, offering a little extra coverage.

Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - the mesh inner bra and rib band offer decent support for this style...
The mesh inner bra and rib band offer decent support for this style of shirt.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Style


Style is an important metric to consider, but it can be difficult to measure. For this reason, we gather a diverse group of bra-wearing humans to weigh in. After we agree on whether a bra is stylish or not, we take into account the versatility and color options available. The Becksa Bralette knocks this category out of the park.


The Becksa is well made and stunning. The thick shoulder straps, racerback, and square neck are flattering on most body types, allowing for just enough of your upper chest to show while not having to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. The ribbed outer layer gives it less of a bra look and more of a tank top look, making it just as viable an option for the gym or an afternoon out and about town. The tapered bottom allows for a little extra coverage and looks great with a pair of high-waisted jeans. Although they are mostly muted earthy tones, the color options are lovely, and small details like the stitching and a metal logo plate on the back give this tank-bra a very finished look.

Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - throw a cute cardigan and some high waisted jeans on, and this tank...
Throw a cute cardigan and some high waisted jeans on, and this tank can take you from the gym to coffee in a heartbeat.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Ease of Care


Not everyone likes laundry day, so garments that require extra care can be a pain. To assess this metric, we follow the care instructions, step by step, to experience firsthand how cumbersome the process is. Items like the Becksa that can be washed and dried with no problem perform highly in this department. We also take into consideration each sports bras' general durability.


The Becksa is a very low-maintenance article of clothing. While drying your clothes every time you wash them will result in a loss of elasticity, this bralette can happily make its way through a normal wash and dry cycle without any negative repercussions. After multiple washes, ours remained as stretchy and supportive as the day we received it. The high-quality stitching and durable ribbed fabric are sure to last you through many workouts, especially if you take the extra care to air dry.

Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - just look at that gorgeous contrast stitching.
Just look at that gorgeous contrast stitching.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Value


The Becksa is about in the middle of our test suite, price-wise, but outperforms many of its competitors. It is very comfortable, supportive for a tank top, super stylish, and easy to care for. The fact that it doubles as a casual crop top tank is just the icing on this value cake.

Conclusion


The prAna Becksa Bralette is not meant to offer optimal support, but it holds the girls in just fine during low to medium-impact exercises. The under bra provides enough support for yoga, pilates, or even casual hikes. The earthy tones and stylish ribbed outer layer also make this an acceptable garment for casual wear outside the gym. If you are looking for a versatile, low to medium-support bra that can double as a crop top, this is a great option.

Prana Becksa Bralette sports bra - the becksa is cute and functional, perfect for yoga and coffee dates...
The Becksa is cute and functional, perfect for yoga and coffee dates alike.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Hayley Thomas

You Might Also Like

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More