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Men’s Swimwear Buying Guide

Trunks

Cover from the waist to the upper thigh.  Have become increasingly popular in recent years as they’re slightly more conservative than the more traditional “Swim Brief”.  You can identify this type of swimsuit by the box-like shape and square leg holes.  Swim trunks provide a little more drag than briefs, making them less suitable for competitive swimming but still great for swim training, fitness or leisure swimmers.

Jammers

Swimming Jammers are the most popular form of swimwear at the moment.  You can spot this type of swimsuit by the fact that they often look a lot like lycra cycling shorts.  Swim jammers provide the most coverage of all the styles, from the waist to just above the knee.  Usually made from Xtra Life Lycra or PBT, these swimming shorts are good all-rounders.

You can pick up a FINA approved pair of jammers designed specifically to reduce drag and support muscles for swim racing.  Or, at the other end of the scale, you can find long-life chlorine resistant jammers with fun designs for kids.  There’s a huge range of men’s jammers out there for all your swimming needs.

Briefs

These are the traditional “Speedo” style swimming briefs.  Often (confusingly) referred to as swimming trunks.  This style was prevalent in the late 20th and early 21st century in UK pools and is still incredibly popular with our European cousins.  Swim briefs feature a high cut rounded leg as opposed to the lower, more square legs of the swim trunks.  Many professional swimmers and divers prefer swim briefs over any other form of men’s swimwear due to their low resistance in the water and simple design.

Shorts (Aquashorts)

Swim Shorts or Aqua Shorts as they’re sometimes known, sit somewhere between trunks and jammers in their length.  Aqua Shorts have a shorter cut on the leg than Jammers, stopping around the mid-thigh rather than just above the knee.  Shorts are a great choice for your fitness swimming or swim training sessions as they create low drag and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  Often made with chlorine resistant fabrics to provide you with a swimsuit that will last swim after swim.

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Polyester

Polyester fabric has dominated the competitive swimwear industry for several years. Whether blended with Lycra® or by itself, polyester is the leading fabric for competitive swimwear. New technologies in polyester have improved the hand and feel of the material, allowing it to surpass other fabrics. Polyester holds its colour and is resistant to chlorine. Some polyester swimsuits include:

Characteristics of polyester fabric are:

  • Strong resilient fibres
  • Soft and comfortable fit
  • Durable, resistant to shrinkage
  • Abrasion/pilling resistant
  • Quick-drying
  • Chlorine Resistant
  • UV Protection
  • Holds its shape
  • Exceptional breathability
  • 4-way stretch
  • Launders easily

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Polyester PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate)

Combined with polyester yarns PBT has a natural stretch factor similar to Lycra. An example of this type of swimsuit is the Kiefer Team Accent PBT Flyback.

Characteristics of PBT fabric are:

  • Chlorine resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Matte finish
  • Fast Drying
  • Repels water
  • Snag Resistant

 

Nylon

Nylon fabric is an alternative fabric to polyester. Nylon is lightweight and offers a smooth fit. Nylon fabric has its disadvantages as it is not chlorine resistant and not as long-lasting as polyester. Some nylon swimsuits include:

Characteristics of Nylon fabric are:

  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Lustrous, soft
  • Low in moisture absorbency
  • Excellent elasticity
  • Launders easily

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