Sports Swimwear

Functional athletic swimwear

A wide variety of sports swimwear is available to both men and women who take part in competitive aquatic events. Athletic swimwear ranges from small, slender, body-hugging Speedos worn by swimmers to triathlon wetsuits that offer full coverage.

Typically, competitive swimwear is made from thicker and more durable materials than standard swim trunks or board shorts. Offering improved dynamics and superior water resistance, sports swimsuits provide the ultimate combination of comfort and performance when it matters most. They are usually more expensive than swimwear designed for casual use, but they also last a lot longer and withstand the rigors of competition far better than the average bathing suit.

Types of Sports Swimsuits

Competitive swimmers often wear what are widely known as swim jammers. Resembling the compression shorts sported by competitive and professional cyclists, swim jammers have a boxy shape and slightly longer legs than standard swim trunks. They hug the body very closely and are designed to provide the best possible water resistance to help swimmers achieve optimal swimming speeds and racing times.

Surf swimwear is a category all its own, and includes everything from casual-wear board shorts to full-body wetsuits designed to insulate and protect surfers who are delving into cold or turbid waters.

Wetsuits come in a wide range of variations, including everything from sleeveless vests and torso jackets that leave the arms exposed, to long and full suits that cover virtually every part of the body. If you want head coverage or protection, you will have to buy a separate hoodie, and flippers for the feet are also sold separately.

High-Performance Athletic Swimwear Materials and Designs

Lycra and nylon, or blends of the two, are favored by many manufacturers of competitive swimwear. These materials reduce friction against the skin as well as water drag, and therefore provide the potential for performance improvements during practice and competitions. Another advantage of these materials is that they offer excellent water resistance. Because the material doesn't become saturated with water, the competitor retains less weight and is able to perform at a higher level. High-end pieces of competitive swimwear apparel also feature small backward-oriented striations that repel water off the suit without adding to the swimwear's overall weight.

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