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What are the characteristics of the best swimsuits or swimwear?

What are the characteristics of the best swim suits?
  • Must fit, breath-ability, high performance fabric that doesn't fade, comfortable, chlorine resistant, elasticity, fabrics with features to reduce drag against the water while maximizing support to muscles. Speedo claims that their LZR Racer reduced drag or water resistance by 38% compared to a traditional Lycra practice swim suit.
  • For those who demand the longest life and most consistent fit out of their swimwear, we recommend suits made of 100% polyester. Polyester is extremely chlorine resistant and colorfast, and you can usually expect a polyester swimsuit to last at least 2-3 times longer than a Lycra suit.
  • A jammer is a style of swimsuit worn by male swimmers, used mainly in competition to obtain speed advantages. They are generally made of nylon and lycra/spandex material, but may be made of polyester, and have a form fitting design to reduce water resistance.
  • Swimwear fabric should be composed of 100% man-made fibers. Natural fibers such as cotton will absorb water, making it an impractical choice. Look for fabrics that are mostly composed of nylon (from 80% to 90%) but also have a significant amount of Lycra or spandex (10% to 20%).
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What is the simplest and effective way to wash the swim suit?

  • Rinse ASAP, Take your suit off and let it soak in the water in your hands. Wring out the water every so often. Soap Up, Dry Off, Rotate, Rotate Suits

What is the difference between the leg suit (shown) and a wet suit, in beach wear/swimming?

  • Generally wet suits have an express purpose of protecting the wearer against an element of the water. In most cases it’s the temperature. Something like that leg suit is probably a thin, lightweight material that’s only there to cover skin. Wet suits are generally made out of Neoprene and are MUCH thicker. I could be wrong, but that’s my two cents.
  • Reference: Swim Suits on Quora - High-technology swimwear fabric

How often do you buy swim suits?

  • It mainly depends on how often you swim. If you are a competitive swimmer, you’re typically going to be in a pool at least 5 days a week. All of the pool chemicals will start to eat at your suit and break down the fibers pretty quickly. And the constant pulling on and taking off of the suit will stretch it out more and more over time.
  • If you swim purely for recreational purposes, you may only need to purchase one suit a year, maybe twice if you swim year round in both indoor and outdoor pools.