Introducing Nike’s New Racing Suit – The NG-1

May 1, 2014 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

The next generation of competition swimwear is here! Nike’s new NG-1 suits feature tons of innovations that will help you shave that last bit off your times. Read on and learn more!

WOMEN

MOVEMENT BASED COMPRESSION

Movement-Based Compression

Strategically patterned compressive panels increase stability and provide superior core support.

SEAM REINFORCEMENT TAPE

SEAM REINFORCEMENT TAP
Reinforcement tape used at the neckline, keyhole, and arm openings minimizes slippage while strengthening the seal, keeping you in and water out.

ZONED TENSION

ZONED TENSION
Body-adapted seam lines placed along the oblique and outer gluteal muscles are reinforced with high-stretch recovery tape. This lifts and compresses the body while supporting propulsive movements and range of motion.

BONDED SEAMS

BONDED SEAMS
Fully bonded seams create smooth outer and inner surfaces to reduce drag and enable natural motion without chafing or irritation.

MEN

WAISTBAND CONSTRUCTION

WAISTBAND CONSTRUCTION
Flat-bonded and reinforced waistband features a lowered drawcord channel which enhances water seal, reduces drag resistance, suit movement and vibration.

STRETCH RECOVERY TAPE

HIGH STRETCH RECOVERY TAPE
High-stretch recovery tape added at leg openings lies comfortably flat and keeps suit in place. Leg and hip seams help provide ultimate flexibility and excellent shape retention.

Nike NG-1 Neck to Knee Female

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Nike NG-1 Jammer Male

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Take your training to the next level with PoolMateHR!

April 24, 2014 in Product Spotlights, Swimming, Triathlon

For those that swim on their own – we’ve found the perfect training companion for those long sessions in the pool.

PoolMateHR

Swimovate’s PoolMateHR – the ultimate swim training watch!

PoolMateHR PackageWhat makes PoolMateHR different from the myriad of swim watches on the market? It has a heart rate monitor that works both in and out of the pool. We here at Swim2000 know how many of you have wanted an underwater heart rate monitor and we are so pleased to finally be able to offer it to you! Beyond the underwater heart rate monitor, PoolMateHR is loaded with tons of useful features.

One of our favorite aspects of this watch is the vibrating alarm. There are three different ways to use this feature – by laps, distance or time. Never lose track of your laps again by having the PoolMateHR vibrate on multiples of a set number of laps. Or have it vibrate every time you’ve gone a set amount of meters. If you don’t care about laps or distance, you can set it to vibrate after a certain amount of time so you know your workout is complete!

PoolMateHR SoftwareThe PoolMateHR also has its own easy-to-use computer software. Connect the watch to your PC or Mac and analyze your performance in the pool! Custom generated charts help you break down sessions, sets and laps. Study your heart rate, speed and technique progression by simply connecting your watch to the included USB charging and downloading pod.

If you’re serious about swimming, you won’t find any electronic device better than the PoolMateHR! Learn more by clicking here!

Speedo Swimwear Levels Guide

April 5, 2014 in Swimming

Speedo @ Swim2000
Speedo RACE III Series Speedo TRAIN III Series
Speedo RACE II Series Speedo TRAIN II
Speedo RACE I Series Speedo Swimwear

Learn more about Arena’s POWERSKIN Carbon Pro Series with this informative video!

March 20, 2014 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro

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.

The Summer 2014 Dolfin Uglies have arrived!

March 13, 2014 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

We’ve just received the newest batch of everyone’s favorite practice suits! That’s right – new Dolfin Uglies!

Summer 2014 Dolfin Uglies
Each of the 4 new prints come in either a one-piece thin strap style or a two-piece workout bikini style. Which one will you be bringing to the pool this season?

Jumbalaya

Jumbalaya

We love the dark swirls over the colorful background on Jumbalaya!

Raya

Raya

Isn’t light blue and pink a wonderful color combination? Raya is definitely the sweetest of the new Uglies prints.

Mia

Mia

If you have a fiery personality, Mia is perfect for you!

Firenza

Firenza

This not-quite-plaid multicolored suit is Dolfin’s most unique offering this round and will definitely grab attention!

Start The New Year In The Pool!

January 2, 2014 in Product Spotlights

Happy New Year! The new year allows us all a fresh start and motivation to meet goals. One of those classic New Years’ goals is to get in shape. Sure, you could hit the treadmills and ellipticals like so many others in January, but why not try water workouts? Water aerobics and deep water running are great low-impact alternatives to dryland exercise, and it’s easy to tailor your workout to either weight loss or body toning. Here are some items to get you started on your New Years goals!

AquaJogger BeltWater Jog Belts

A necessity for any deep water exercise is a flotation belt. Strap a belt around your waist and float upright comfortably in the water! Jog belts come in tons of shapes and sizes – perhaps you’d prefer one solid piece of foam like the Aqua Sphere ErgoBelt, or a belt made up of many pieces of foam like the Water Gear 5-Piece Professional Belt Float? If you’re petite try the AquaJogger FIT Belt and if you’re on the larger side the SHAPE PRO Belt will do nicely! Last but not least, consider adding the Water Gear Water Runner Hitch to your belt to help you stay in place while exercising.

Water Dumbbells and Hydro Resistance

Hydro Resistance

Just like jog belts, water dumbbells and other hydro resistance tools come in many different forms! Most are made of lightweight foam and work from water creating resistance against the surface area of the object when it is pushed through the water. So when you are shopping for a water dumbbell that comes in more than one size like the Water Gear Resistance Bells, the sizes with more resistance will have more surface area than the ones with low resistance. Most dumbbells are cylindrical in shape and have the same resistance no matter which way you point them, but you can also try the AquaJogger Delta Bells for an item that offers variable resistance. Push the points through the water for less resistance, and the flat sides for more! If you’d rather not spend your entire workout clenching dumbbells, consider items like the Water Gear Micro Buoyancy Cuff or the AquaJogger X-Cuffs for added resistance you can strap around your wrists or ankles.

Aquatic Fitness SwimwearAquatic Fitness Swimwear

That new you needs a new swimsuit! We have you covered – literally. Our Aquatic Fitness swimwear is designed to flatter all body types, and you’ll find suits for women’s US dress sizes 4 to 24. Our biggest suggestion for those who plan on being in the pool a lot is to buy polyester swimwear. (Why? Check out this blog post for more information!) If bust support is your first priority in choosing a swimsuit, you can shop for suits with shelf bras or suits with soft cups. Or if the type of coverage is paramount, check out our moderate-cut swimsuits or our conservative-cut swimsuits!

 

We hope these aquatic fitness equipment guidelines will help you start off your New Year in the pool! Good luck!

Happy Holidays from Swim2000

December 23, 2013 in Swimming

happyholidaysAll 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!

Polyester vs. Lycra – How to choose the perfect swimsuit!

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!

Arena Female Swimwear Back Styles

October 22, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

It’s time for another entry in our female swimwear styles series! Today we will take a look at Arena.

TECH BACK

This open back is ideal for athletic use. The strap structure is designed to free up the shoulder blades and the leg cut is high to maximize freedom of movement. Glide effortlessly and feel as one with the water!

Swim Tech Back

Swim Tech Back Styles

Makinas
POWERSKIN ST

FREEDOM BACKS

A stylish and feminine range of backs. They feature a sporty look combined with extremely comfortable fit. Look ultra stylish and feel super feminine!

Light Tech Back

Light Tech Back Styles

Stormy
Malaki
Mast

Light Drop Back

Light Drop Back Styles

Master
Mahogany

Spider Back

Spider Back Styles

Mithos

ERGONOMICS BACKS

A highly flexible back shape range suitable for all strokes. This family of backs provides superior breast support and a highly ergonomic fit. Obtain maximum support and experience superior comfort!

Swim Pro Back

Swim Pro Back Styles

Madison
Maltosys
Morax

Take Care of Yourself with Personal Care Swimming Products!

October 9, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming, Triathlon

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

UltraSwim ShampooOne 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

Summer Solutions Soap+ BarWe’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.

Lotion

TriSwim LotionChlorine 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.

Chafing Protection

BodyGlideSome 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!