April 5, 2014 in Swimming
If you’re in the market for technical swimwear, it can be difficult to decide just which one to purchase. There are so many choices! Different fabrics, different cuts, different ways of sewing or bonding the suit together…the list goes on!
Perhaps this video from Arena about their POWERSKIN Carbon Series will make your decision a little bit easier. In addition to super high-tech fabrics and construction, Arena Carbon suits feature carbon fiber woven into the fabric to provide unparalleled muscle compression. Watch the video to learn more!
While Carbon Flex won’t be available until the summer, we have the POWERSKIN Carbon Pro here in stock at Swim2000. We have the jammer and open-back female style in the flashy fun colors Arena is known for, and we also have the exclusive limited-edition red, white and blue jammer and female open back! We think you’ll be pleased with choosing an Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro suit for your next big race.
We’ve just received the newest batch of everyone’s favorite practice suits! That’s right – new Dolfin Uglies!
December 23, 2013 in Swimming
All of us here at Swim2000 would like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays! We have a lot to be grateful for – because of YOU. Swim2000 would not exist today if it wasn’t for you. From those who have been shopping with us our entire 19-year history to those who just now discovered us, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks. Here’s to many more years serving all who love the water!
November 26, 2013 in Swimming
You spend a lot of time in the pool, and you want a swimsuit that works just as hard as you do in the water. But there are so many options out there – how will you know which to pick? Let us guide you through this important choice!
What makes traditional swimwear deteriorate so quickly in chlorinated water? Unfortunately, the culprit is also the reason why traditional swimwear is so stretchy and comfortable – Lycra, spandex or elastane fiber. Lycra (a brand name of spandex owned by Invista) is a wonderful elastic fiber that allows fabric containing it to stretch and conform to the body. When you first put on a swimsuit made with the typical blend of nylon and Lycra, it fits wonderfully – but once you’ve swam with it in chlorinated water for a few weeks or months, it no longer fits well and shows considerable color deterioration. There’s nothing wrong with your suit! It’s simply what happens when Lycra comes into prolonged contact with chlorine.
Luckily, in this day and age we have more options than just nylon/Lycra blends. For a slight upgrade, you can look for a swimsuit that has Xtra Life Lycra instead of standard Lycra, spandex or elastane. Here is what Invista has to say about this fiber created especially for swimwear:
As well as addressing common problems in swimwear quality, such as thinning material and shape loss, one key area where XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fiber makes a notable difference to performance and lifespan is in combating the effects of chlorine. Swimming pool chemicals rapidly deteriorate fibers and fabrics, affecting the longevity of swimwear, but XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fiber resists chlorine and other pool chemicals 5–10 times longer than unprotected elastane, allowing garments to keep their shape.
However, even Xtra Life Lycra will begin to fade and bag too quickly for the most serious water enthusiasts. 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. “100% polyester” usually means a near equal blend of polyester and PBT – a special type of polyester that has the stretch needed for swimwear. These blends will give you the best chlorine resistance over time.
So are there any drawbacks to 100% polyester swimwear? Because it doesn’t stretch as much as Lycra blend suits, polyester swimwear does not offer the perfect second-skin fit brand new Lycra suits do. However, polyester suits have a more consistent fit over the life of the garment and resist bagging, unlike Lycra suits that soon do not fit like a second skin. Another possible drawback to polyester swimwear is the texture. Most swimmers think Lycra with its slick, soft texture is more comfortable than the rougher feeling of polyester. If comfort is your first priority, 100% polyester swimwear may not be the right choice for you.
There is a third option for those who want the benefits of both types of fabric – polyester/spandex blends. These mixed blend suits offer the comfort and stretch of Lycra suits while also offering chlorine resistance. Since any suit with spandex, elastane or Lycra will deteriorate with exposure to chlorine, the best polyester/spandex suits will have the least amount of spandex possible – somewhere between 5% and 10%. Any higher spandex content than that and your polyester/spandex blend suit will likely not last any longer than a nylon/Lycra blend.
Of course, proper care of your suit will extend the life even further, no matter the fiber content! Always rinse your suit out in clear cool fresh water after a swim in a chlorinated pool. Do not wring excess water out as this abuses the fabric – you can hang it up to dry or pat excess water out with a towel. You can also use a swimwear cleaning solution once a week to remove most traces of chlorine from the suit. And remember – never put your suit in the washing machine!
It’s time for another entry in our female swimwear styles series! Today we will take a look at Arena.
Dry itchy skin, green hair and smelling like chlorine are all problems of the past when you shop Personal Care at Swim2000! Here are a few highlighted products to help you smell fresh and feel great after swimming.
Shampoos and Conditioners
One of our favorite shampoo-conditioner combos (and definitely a customer favorite!) is UltraSwim Shampoo and UltraSwim Conditioner. The shampoo has a unique formula that attacks chlorine build up, releasing chlorine bonded to your hair. The conditioner delivers extra moisture to chlorine-exposed locks and helps repair split ends. It’s also one of our lowest-priced hair care offerings, making it a perfect choice for those who need to wash the chlorine from their hair on a regular basis! Another favorite shampoo is Reflect H2O Sulfate Free Swim Shampoo. Those wanting to take extra special care of their hair will want to try this shampoo, as it contains quality ingredients that are gentle on your hair. Pair that with the Reflect H2O Pre-Swim and Sun Protecting Hair Gel for a complete solution for protecting your hair from chlorine!
Soaps, Body Washes and Chlorine Removal
We’ll start simple by giving two thumbs up to the Summer Solutions Soap+ Bar. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and does a great job of removing chlorine from the skin. If you prefer body wash over bar soap, try the TriSwim Body Wash. Since it contains aloe it is also gentle on your skin, and the citrus scent is delightful! If you still can’t get rid of that annoying chlorine smell, SwimSpray is what you need! This Vitamin C spray is great at removing the chlorine smell, and it can be used on the body or on hair.
Chlorine can dry out the skin – that’s why it’s great to always have a bottle of Summer Solutions Moisture Therapy on hand. Specifically formulated for swimmers, this lotion will hydrate and soothe your dry skin. Another great choice is TriSwim Lotion, which contains Vitamin E and Vitamin B5 – ingredients that will help penetrate the skin to moisturize, hydrate and heal your skin.
Some of us don’t just swim, and we have products formulated for our triathlete friends too! A perennial favorite for preventing chafing is BodyGlide, which we have available in the original formulation as well as an anti-pain balm. If you want something created just for women, you’ll definitely want to try the aptly-named Reflect Sports Hoo Ha Ride Glide.
We hope this post helps you repair your hair and skin from the harsh effects of chlorine and chafing!
Do you feel that chill in the air? Even here in Las Vegas, our temperatures have dropped substantially in the last few weeks. Like us, you don’t stop your swim routine just because it’s chilly outside – but that doesn’t mean you have to freeze in or out of the water! Here are some suggestions for staying warm during this fall and winter.
During the coldest months of the year, a parka may be the most invaluable item in your swim pack! Whether you’re looking for the tried-and-true Tyr Team Parka or the new Arena Piston Parka, you can’t go wrong with any selection. All our parkas have fleece interiors and exteriors that will help prevent cold winds from chilling you. We even have parkas for children, such as the Nike Youth Swim Parka.
Look stylish on deck in a brand-new warm-up set from one of many quality brands! Nike’s Laser Warm-Up Jacket and Pants are great choices with its Dri-FIT wickaway fabrication. You could also try the Speedo Boom Force Warm-Ups – they come in lots of great colors and are available in many sizes fit specifically for men, women or children. Dolfin Swimwear has recently come out with warm-ups as well and they are a perfect choice for the more budget-conscious swimmer.
If you’re looking for a more casual option to keep you warm that can be worn anywhere, why not check out our warm wear? You’ll find a large and colorful selection of hoodies, pullovers and sweat pants. A great choice for ladies is the Arena Parkour Zip Hoodie which comes in several vibrant colors. For ultimate comfort, women can also try the Speedo Yoga Pants. For the guys, there is the Tyr Throw Back V-Neck Pullover, which celebrates Tyr’s nearly 30-year history. You can even pick up matching sweat pants from Tyr!
If it’s the water and not the air that’s chilling you, we have a solution! Check out our Thermal Wear selection, featuring Aqua Sphere’s Aqua Skins. If you only need to warm your core you can try the Aqua Skin Top, but if the water is frigid and you need maximum protection, try the Aqua Skin Full Suit. There are many options in between the two, fitted specifically for men and women – be sure to explore it all!
Happy swimming! Stay warm!
A favorite brand of serious swimmers everywhere, Tyr creates quality products for competitive and aquatic fitness swimmers across the board. Learn more about the different styles of female swimwear they make here!
August 23, 2013 in Swimming
The fastest aquatic creatures have one thing in common: sleek, durable skin that lets them slice through the water. Following their lead, we’ve developed revolutionary fabrics that feature exclusive Speedo innovations—the kind that got us voted #1 in quality and value by swimmers like you.
Our exclusive LZR Pulse® material is, simply put, the world’s lightest fabricated textile. It’s also water repellant, chlorine resistant and super-quick to dry. A highly compressive fit reduces musle oscillation and skin vibration for low drag, laser-sharp performance.
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Speedo’s PowerPLUS™ fabric brings added power, comfort and fluidity of motion—all while reducing drag. Up to 50% lighter than traditional swimwear, PowerPLUS™ compression technology increases muscle support and elongation for added power and decreased recovery times. PowerPLUS™ also resists pilling, fits perfectly and retains its shape use after use.
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After 200 hours of continuous exposure in the pool, this durable fabric is still going strong. Engineered to last 5-10 times longer than ordinary swimwear, it resists bagging, sagging and the effects of suntan lotion, skin oils and chlorine.
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Inspired by the sleek, hydrodynamic properties of sharkskin, the Fastskin® fabricated textile remains one of the fastest choices in the pool. Designed to repel water, compress the body, and devour the competition.
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Our entry-level championship suit features water-channeling stripes that cut through the water to significantly reduce drag. Constructed of a durable poly-lycra blend that’s great for team and competition use.
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Stretch, recover and repeat—that’s the basic idea behind Speedo’s affordable ProLT.™ This fabric is the perfect choice for occasional swimmers and water lovers, providing support and comfort at a great value.
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There is a reason this is the world’s best-selling training suit. Made of our chlorine-resistant fabric, it’s designed to last far longer than conventional swimwear fabric, retaining color. Four-Way Stretch technology also provides a body-hugging fit, great shape retention and soft comfort.
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SPEEDO ENDURANCE LITE®
10% lighter weight than Endurance+, that won’t weigh you down in the water. Resists sag¬ging, bagging, and fading—a great choice for practice and training.
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