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!

Stay Warm On Deck With Warmwear Products!

September 26, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

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.

Parkas @ Swim2000

Parkas

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.

Warm-Ups @ Swim2000Warm-Ups

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.

Warm Wear @ Swim2000Warm Wear

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!

Thermal Swim Wear @ Swim2000Thermal Wear

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!

Female Tyr Swimsuits Back Styles Guide

September 19, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

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!

Tyr Maxback

MAXBACK

- Medium Neckline
- Thick, Supportive Straps
- Keyhole Back
- Moderate Cut Leg

Shop Maxback Tyr Swimsuits Here

Tyr Diamondback

DIAMONDBACK

- Medium Neckline
- Sleek, Flexible Straps
- Keyhole Back
- Moderate Cut Leg

Shop Diamondback Tyr Swimsuits Here

Tyr Crossback

CROSSBACK

- Medium Neckline
- Sleek, Flexible Straps
- Open Back
- Moderate Cut Leg

Shop Crossback Tyr Swimsuits Here

Tyr Thin-X Back

THIN-X BACK

- Low Neckline
- Sleek, Flexible Straps
- Low Back Styling
- High Cut Leg

Shop Tyr Swimsuits Thin-X Back Here

Tyr Workout Bikini

WORKOUT BIKINI

- Moderate Coverage Top and Bottom
- Sleek, Flexible Straps
- Adjustable Drawcord Waist

Shop Workout Bikini Tyr Swimsuits Here

Tyr Controlback

CONTROLBACK

- High Neckline
- Wide Strap Support
- High Back
- Conservative Leg Line
- Power Mesh
- Contour Cup

Shop Controlback Tyr Swimsuits Here

Speedo Fabric Technology

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.

LZR PULSE®

Speedo LZR Pulse
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.
Buy LZR PULSE® Suits Here


POWERPLUS®

Speedo PowerPLUS
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.
Buy PowerPLUS® Suits Here


POWERFLEX™

Speedo PowerFLEX
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.
Buy PowerFLEX™ Suits Here


FASTSKIN®

Speedo Fastskin
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.
Buy Fastskin® Suits Here


AQUABLADE®

Speedo Aquablade
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.
Buy Aquablade® Suits Here


ProLT™

Speedo ProLT
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.
Buy ProLT™ Suits Here


SPEEDO® ENDURANCE+

Speedo Endurance+
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.
Buy SPEEDO® Endurance+ Suits Here


SPEEDO ENDURANCE LITE®

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.
Buy SPEEDO® Endurance Lite® Suits Here

Female Nike Swimwear Back Styles

August 6, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

We continue our series on female swimsuit backs with Nike today! Nike is known for having an innovative range of open and minimal backs, but they also have plenty of styles for those who want more coverage and support! Which style is your favorite?

Nike Lingerie Tank

LINGERIE TANK

• Moderate open back
• Thin crisscross straps for enhanced comfort
• Medium neckline
• The other “go-to” suit; great fit, functionality, comfort and support
• Ideal for practice and race day

Our Pick: Nike Core Solid Lingerie Tank

Nike Sport Top 2PC

SPORT TOP 2PC

• Sport top with v-shaped lingerie straps
• Core brief with higher rise and more classic fit
• Ideal for training
• Minimal tan lines

Our Pick: Nike Sport Top 2 PC

Nike Spider Back Tank

SPIDER BACK TANK

• Ultra open back
• Micro straps for enhanced range of motion
• Low neckline
• Daring fit with minimal coverage
• Ideal for outdoor practice and race day
• Designed to minimize tan lines

Our Pick: Nike Static Attack Spider Back Tank

Nike Cut-Out Tank

CUT-OUT TANK

• Ultra open back
• Micro crisscross straps for enhanced range of motion
• Low neckline
• Daring fit with minimal coverage
• Ideal for outdoor practice and race day
• Designed to minimize tan lines

Our Pick: Nike Onyx Storm Cut-Out Tank

Nike Fast Back Tank

FAST BACK TANK

• Conservative back
• Wide straps for superior performance
• High neckline
• More streamlined shape for less drag
• Great support
• Designed to accelerate your training

Our Pick: Nike Foil Skin Fast Back Tank

Nike High Neck Tank

HIGH NECK TANK

• Ultra conservative back
• Wide straps for great coverage
• High neckline
• Tight fit for competitive advantage
• Back zipper for easy on-and-off
• Mesh inserts for drainage and breathability

Our Pick: Nike Water Polo High Neck Tank Solid

Nike Classic Lingerie

CLASSIC LINGERIE TANK

• Moderate open back
• Thin straps for a comfortable fit
• Medium neckline
• The “go-to” suit; great fit, functionality, comfort and support
• Ideal for practice and race day

Our Pick: Nike Morphology Classic Lingerie Tank

Nike Power Back Tank

POWER BACK TANK

• Conservative back
• Wide straps for maximum support
• High neckline
• More streamlined shape for less drag
• Ultimate support
• No distractions to slow you down

Our Pick: Nike Team Color Block Power Back Tank

Nike Modern Cut Out Tank

MODERN CUT-OUT TANK

• Ultra open back
• Double micro straps for enhanced range of motion and support
• Low neckline
• Daring fit with minimal coverage
• Ideal for outdoor practice and race day

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Nike Modern Lingerie Tank

MODERN LINGERIE TANK

• Moderate open back
• Skinny straps for comfortable fit
• Medium neckline
• As fun as the cut-out tank but with a more conservative fit
• Ideal for outdoor practice and race day

Our Pick: Nike Splatter Modern Lingerie Tank

Nike Modern Fast Back Tank

MODERN FAST BACK TANK

• More conservative back
• Wide straps for serious support
• High neckline
• More streamlined shape for less drag
• Provides total comfort lap after lap
• Ideal for outdoor practice and race day

Our Pick: Nike Team Splice Modern Fast Back Tank

Nike Skimpy Bottom 2PC

SKIMPY BOTTOM 2PC

• Sport top with adjustable x-back to halter straps
• Low cut open side brief with built-in drawcord
• Ideal for training
• Minimal tan lines

Our Pick: Nike Fractured Tie Dye Adjustable 2PC Sport Top and Skimpy Bottom

Choosing the Right Suit for Your Body Shape

August 1, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

Women come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes – and Swim2000 carries a wide variety of suits that cater to all those shapes! Everyone’s heard of an hourglass shape, but do you know what an apple or pear shape is? This handy guide will explain 5 shapes and how to pick an amazing suit for each type. Big thanks to Arena for the graphics and a good portion of the information!

Apple Shape Apple Shape
Embrace your body with a suit that supports your shape and compliments your assets. A ‘one colour’ suit with vertical panels or piping down the front of each side, curving inwards gives the impression of a waist. A swimsuit with built in bra and full body support will emphasise your soft curves.

Our Pick: Aqua Sphere Lima Round Back

  Pear Pear
You are all woman! Your wonderful lower curves may benefit from a ‘low leg cut’ swimsuit. Bright colour and design across the bust will emphasise and draw attention away from your womanly hips and bottom. Try a suit with a padded bra, it will certainly help boost your assets.

Our Pick: Aqua Sphere Acacia Body Shape Back

Inverted Triangle Inverted Triangle
You have a strong, athletic body shape. Flatter it by drawing attention away from the top half of your body but to your slender lower half. This can be done by wearing a suit that has bright colour and bold design to the lower section.

Our Pick: Speedo Empire Splice Adjustable Crossback

Ruler Ruler
Your body shape suits almost any swimsuit!. Vertical panels or piping down the front of the suit which curve inwards at each side give the appearance of a waist whilst cheeky padded cups only maximize your already admirable shape.

Our Pick: Aqua Sphere Anise Round Back

Hourglass Hourglass
Embrace your fabulous curves and enhance them further with a swimsuit that offers a cup sized bra. Opt for a back that provides chest support and adjustable straps. You have a wonderfully feminine body so why not honour it with bright colours and bold design.

Our Pick: Dolfin Xtra Life Lycra Lap Suit Print

Speedo Boardshort Technology

July 25, 2013 in Product Spotlights, Swimming

Speedo puts a good deal of thought into their boardshorts. Learn here about the technology utilized so you can decide which boardshort is best for you!

SPEEDO® FLX SYSTEM

Welcome to Speedo® FLX System,™ the fit system that lets you customize your watershort fit to your body. By choosing the waist system that best fits your needs, you get more comfort, unrestricted freedom of movement and having a boardshort that feels like it was made just for you.

Side Stretch Insets

Side Stretch Insets
Hidden side construction providing a little extra stretch as you move.

Hidden Flexible Waistband

Hidden Flexible Waistband
Hidden inner waist construction with maximum stretch that expands as you move.

View Speedo FLX System shorts here.

SPEEDO DESIGN FEATURES

You don’t make the world’s greatest swimwear by settling. Using 85 years of in-water experience, Speedo continually pushes design features to new levels of performance and style. From the world’s most elite swimmers to the everyday fitness swimmer, now everyone can benefit from Speedo style and innovation.

Speedo Mesh Insert

Speedo Mesh Insert
Men need support too. Many board shorts leave out the mesh liner, but our liner is specifically designed to provide the type of support active men need in and out of the water.

View shorts with Speedo Mesh Inserts here.

Speedo Bonded Zipper

Speedo Bonded Zipper
Sure, it closes and secures your pocket—but it also features a sleek, cool design. At Speedo, even zippers get a closer look.

View shorts with Speedo Bonded Zippers here.

Speedo Signature Boom Eyelets

Speedo Signature Boom Eyelets
You can say we have an eyelet for detail. Just another example of how we obsess about the smallest things that make the big difference.

View shorts with Speedo Signature Boom Eyelets here.

SPEEDO FABRICS

UV Block the Burn

UV Block the Burn
Block the Burn® with UV protection from Speedo. Founded in Australia in 1929, Speedo has been the leader in understanding how to protect the body against harmful rays. Our exclusive collection of Block the Burn® products feature:
• More body coverage for greater sun protection
• Tighter knit fabric for higher level of protection
• Improved fit so that over stretched product does not decrease the UPF rating

View products made with UV Block the Burn here.

4-Way Stretch

4-Way Stretch
Up, down, sideways and anything in between—move any way you want and never feel restricted by your swimsuit. Nothing’s holding back your fun or workout here.

View products made with 4-Way Stretch here.

Swim Goggles Lens Color Guide

July 18, 2013 in Swimming

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Not sure what goggles lens color is right for you? Let us help you find the perfect color! Big thanks to Tyr for the detailed information!

Mirrored GogglesMETALLIZED/MIRRORED
Mirror coatings can be added to any lens color. The lens retains its normal properties with the mirror finish helping to reduce brightness and glare.
Our Pick: Tyr Nest Pro Metallized Goggles


Smoke GogglesSMOKE
Popular all-purpose lens color that reduces the light transmission to the eye, lowering the overall brightness without excessive color distortion.
Our Pick: Tyr Tracer Racing Goggles in Smoke


Red GogglesRED
Cause significant color distortion but are good for medium and low-light conditions because they are good at enhancing contrast.
Our Pick: Tyr Socket Rockets in Red-Silver or Red-Gold


Pink GogglesPINK
Offer the best contrast for objects against a green or blue background, making them a good choice for indoor and outdoor pool use.
Our Pick: Tyr Swimple Kids in Rose


Amber GogglesAMBER
Causes light color distortion but have contrastenhancing properties. Amber lenses are good for flat-light situations and indoor swimming.
Our Pick: Tyr Qualifier Goggles in Amber


Aqua/Green GogglesAQUA/GREEN
Lighter aqua/green lenses minimize color distortion in low light. These lenses are ideal for indoor swimming.
Our Pick: Tyr Swimple Metallized in Electric Lime


Blue GogglesBLUE
Designed to reduce surface glare from water to provide great visibility in bright light. Lighter blues are good for indoors while darker blues function better outdoors.
Our Pick: Tyr Racetech Goggles in Blue


Purple gogglesPURPLE
Designed to reduce surface glare from water to provide great visibility in bright light. Lighter purples are good for indoors while darker purples function better outdoors.
Our Pick: Tyr Technoflex 4.0 Femme Goggles


Clear GogglesCLEAR
Offers protection and clear vision without changing the appearance of colors. Ideal for indoor or low-light swimming situations.
Our Pick: Tyr Velocity Goggles in Clear