Have you ever noticed your swimsuit has become loose and turned a yellow or greenish color? That’s a sign of ware and chlorine burn. Some of you may never have had this happen to your swimsuit, while others may be all too familiar. Swimsuit durability will depend on a few factors. How often you go to the pool, how much time is spent in chlorinated water, how often you wear the same suit (you should have more swimsuits to alternate with) and of course, the material of the swimsuit.
Swimming for sport usually has a bigger impact on swimsuit deterioration than swimming casually does. If you’re a serious swimmer, you’re likely in the water everyday for extended periods of time, all year round. Where as a casual swimmer might go to the pool one to three times a week. Casual swimmers that live in a region with a warmer climate will experience faster swimsuit deterioration than those who live in regions with seasonal weather. This is obviously due to the fact that those swimmers are in the pool all year round versus only four to five months of the year.
If you’re a serious swimmer you want a swimsuit that is durable and worth the money. You’ll also want at least two swimsuits so that you can alternate between them to increase their longevity. You should also have a different swimsuit for races that you never wear to practice! If you’re a casual swimmer (or a sport swimmer going casual) that’s looking for swimsuits, you’ll usually have more than one so you can serve up some stylish looks! Although many stylish swimsuits aren’t the best quality, they’re still out there! You just have to look. Since swimsuits are expensive, you want your suit to last. To get more bang for your buck, we advise you to get something good quality.
Of course, when buying swimsuits for practice or even technical suits, you want to buy for performance, not fashion. Know your materials, check out this article to learn the pros and cons of different swimwear materials. Since we’re talking about durability, a material that lasts long and is chlorine resistant is polyester. Look for 100% polyester swimsuits (or as close as you can get to 100%). You can find durable all polyester swimsuits at Pro Swim Wear!
- Speedo has an endurance line of swimsuits that are very durable. According to users, they last between 4 months to a year or longer! Of course, this varies per person as the ware of the swimsuit depends on the person, care and factors mentioned above.
- Slix is designed and engineered specifically to withstand the harsh effects of exposure to chlorinated water, without sacrificing the swimsuits comfort and stretch properties. They also offer race suit repair.
- Dolfin has a line of swimsuits called Reliance, they are chlorine-resistant suits that provide comfort to perform with freedom of movement.
- TYR has many suits for your every need, from fitness to training and competition. Their Durafast One™ swimsuits are 100% polyester and 100% chlorine proof.
Those of you who swim for sport pretty seriously surely know the importance of quality. But don’t sacrifice quality and swimsuit durability when it comes to buying your casual swimsuits. You can buy swimsuits for fashion without sacrificing style, you just have to know where to look. Patagonia swimsuits are soft and durable, made with 83% recycled nylon and 17% spandex jersey body fabric. Patagonia is also a environmental and socially responsible brand that has Fair Trade Certified™ sewing. They’re also teamed up with Worn Wear. Worn Wear celebrates the stories we wear, keeps your gear in action longer through repair and reuse, and recycles your garments when they’re beyond repair.
TYR and Slix also have cute, yet sporty designs, check the product details for their swimsuits. You can find swimsuits that are 100% polyester.
Chlorine continues to affect the fibres in your swimsuit even after wearing. After swim practice we suggest showering in your costume and washing your hair, which allows your gentle hair shampoo to evenly deodorize your swimsuit. If you don’t wash it while wearing it, rinse the suit well with fresh water after getting out of the pool and changing. Do a gentle rinse in cold water after wearing to wash out the chlorine. You should never wash a bathing suit in the washing machine since the agitation and detergent will reduce the life of the material.
When drying swimwear ensure that they are laid flat in the shade with no direct sunlight to avoid fading. Never dry a bathing suit in the dryer since the heat is too harsh on the elastic and it will melt.