By Jim Rusnak//Splash Editor-in-Chief | Thursday, October 5, 2017
In the Fall 2017 issue of Splash Magazine, we ask a handful of National Team athletes – including Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, Haley Anderson and Becca Mann – about some of the essential items they pack in their swim bags.
Over the next month, we’ll feature some items from USA Swimming sponsors that you might want to consider for your own swim bag as your season gets underway.
Suits are a no-brainer for every swim bag. Without your suit, you can’t participate. You might want to consider a suit for practice and a suit for competition.
Here are some offerings from Arena and Speedo:
Women's Tie Dye Challenge Back – MaxLife
The challenge back silhouette features thin straps and a contemporary cutout, full front lining, and a medium height leg cut for maximum freedom of movement and support where you need it most.
arena’s most advanced and longest-lasting fabric, 100% Polyester MaxLife suits are designed to deliver maximum comfort, range of motion, and chlorine resistance for the most demanding competitive swimmers, while maintaining superior softness, durability, and performance all season.
Men's Star Flower Brief
Shred your practice pace times. Tailored to stay in place during the most demanding training, this 2.75 in. brief offers maximum range of motion and minimal drag. Full front lining and inner drawstring provide for a comfortable and adjustable fit with ultimate support and stability.
Utilizing a unique high-elasticity Nylon / Elastane blend, this 80/20 blend delivers enhanced water sensitivity in an ultra-soft fabric for premium comfort, fit, and chlorine resistance ideal for the occasional and regular competitive and fitness swimmer.
Women's POWERSKIN Carbon Air Limited Edition
Get the NEW Limited Edition POWERSKIN Carbon AIR - OPEN BACK full leg racing suit now in an incredible printed colorway!
POWERSKIN Carbon-Air combines innovative design, breakthrough technology and an ultra lightweight fabric. Built with a horizontal carbon band construction delivering intelligent compression while maximizing range of motion and feel for the water. This women’s open back model boast SmartStretch shoulder straps, constructed using selected materials and a totally unique manufacturing process which delivers a notable tension reduction in a critical area for all swimmers - the shoulders.
Men's POWERSKIN ST 2.0 Limited Edition
Now in a LIMITED EDITION print, the Powerskin ST 2.0 marks a new generation in a classic arena high performance racing suit. Three superior knitted fabrics have been combined to provide outstanding stretch, optimal compression, and total freedom of movement.
With a new ergonomic construction for enhanced core support, body lift, stability, and comfort, the suit helps swimmers keep optimum shape in the water. The extra reinforced shoulder strap enhances upper back comfort and durability, while the flatlock seams give the suit it’s “perfect fit” feel. The fabrics are chlorine resistant and provide protection against ultraviolet rays (50+ UPF).
Men’s LZR Racer X Jammer
Speedo’s men’s LZR Racer X Jammer features dual fabric construction, which offers higher levels of compression, combined with increased freedom of movement. The LZR Racer Pulselite light is a powerful and durable fabric, with LZR Racer Comprex one way stretch for higher compression.
The maximized support seam construction improves the linkage of the muscular kinetic chain.
Fully bonded seams. Fabric: 65% Nylon/35% LYCRA Spandex. FINA Approved.
Men’s LZR Elite 2 Jammer
The Fastskin LZR Racer® Elite 2 series has sophisticated low-drag fabrics and world-leading technologies to maximize performance and racing efficiency featuring improved LZR Pulse+ Fabric technology - reengineered with 40% more durable water repellence; full body compression fabrics reduce muscle oscillation, contouring the body into an efficient hydrodynamic shape; fully bonded, ultrasonically welded seams create a smooth surface, reducing skin friction drag by 6% versus sewn seams; silicone leg grippers ensure a snug, solid fit for confidence in your performance; Speedo branded seam tape; lightweight, woven fabrics deliver compression without weight; reflective Speedo logo.
Same sizing as LZR Elite Jammer. Fabric: 65% Nylon/35% Spandex. FINA Approved.
Men’s Turnz Brief - Speedo Endurance Lite
Updated this season with bold new prints, this durable training suit is constructed with Endurance Lite® fabric for durable performance that won't weigh you down in the water.
The streamlined brief silhouette is ideal for competitive swimming and features an inner drawcord at the waist for a secure, comfortable fit. Inner drawcord at waist. Fully lined
Fabric: 51% PBT/49% polyester.
Women’s LZR Racer X Kneeskin
The women’s LZR Racer X Kneeskin features Dual fabric construction, which offers higher levels of compression, combined with increased freedom of movement.
The LZR Racer Pulselite light is a powerful & durable fabric, with LZR Racer Comprex one way stretch for higher compression. Laser cut straps provide the optimum balance between stretch and comfort. Ab activators helps to promote optimal body position in water. Maximized support seam construction improves the linkage of the muscular kinetic chain.
Fully bonded seams. Fabric: 65% Nylon/35% LYCRA® Spandex. FINA Approved.
LZR Elite 2 Comfort Strap Kneeskin
The new Comfort Strap reduces shoulder pressure. Its Hydro Form Compression System features compressive fit; patented Speedo® Core Stabalizer & Internal Compression Panels, assist in achieving drag reducing streamlined form and improved economy; 3D, 3-Piece Pattern creates the ultimate fit with complete freedom of movement; lightweight woven fabrics deliver compression without weight; bonded seams provide 6% less skin friction drag vs. sewn in seams.
LZR Pulse®+ Fabric Technology features 40% More durable water repellency as compared to LZR Racer® Elite; full body compression reduces muscle oscillation; contours the body into an efficient hydrodynamic shape.
Silicone Leg Grippers ensure a snug, solid fit for confidence in your performance.
Fabric Content:// 65% Nylon/35% LYCRA® Spandex. Same sizing as LZR Elite 2 Kneeskin. FINA Approved.
The One Back Solid - Speedo Endurance Lite
Constructed with Speedo’s hard-working Endurance Lite fabric offering all the performance properties of our Endurance+ fabric in a 10% lighter weight that won't weigh you down in the water.
It has maximum chlorine resistant fabric with superior color retention. Four-Way stretch provides body-hugging fit, great shape retention, and soft comfort. It’s lightweight and quick drying – resists sagging, bagging, fading and snagging. Thin straps with a low, open back and also provide good support. Provides excellent support and freedom of motion.
Bar tack reinforcements at stress points. Fabric: 51% PBT/49% Polyester.