by Alice Camoni - as for the female sector, also in the male sector the main innovations introduced by the different brands in the new models launched in 2020 concern the use of highly innovative fabrics that are able to offer maximum power, flexibility, speed and compression according to the needs of individual athletes . Let's take a closer look at the new swimwear launched on the market.
Let's see in more detail the swimwear recently on the market, to which we have given a rating from 1 to 5 in the categories of Fit, Design, Easy to wear, Material / fabric, Compression and Performance.
This swimsuit, heir to the Arena Carbon Flex, adheres perfectly to the body and, despite having a high level of compression, always offers a very comfortable sensation during swimming.
The material is made of carbon fibers which intertwine to form small squares which, on the one hand support the muscles in the propulsion and thrust phases from the wall, and on the other allow uniform stretching of the fabric without compromising compression. The back of the swimsuit is instead lined with a double layer which, combined with a double taping, allows greater lifting of the hips and back.
A defect found by some swimmers is constituted by the waist, believed too low, although this depends on the shape of the body and the preferences of each individual athlete. Thanks to the perfect combination of compression and buoyancy, this costume with a simple and elegant design is perfect for athletes who swim short distances.
The Arena Carbon Glide is the successor of the Arena Carbon Air2. It is always very comfortable, even if worn for a long time, and offers medium compression, which is uniform on the whole leg.
This costume also combines two different fabrics, so as to obtain a perfect balance between compression and resistance to friction of water. The legs are in fact covered with a carbon cage that offers medium compression, while the hips and buttocks are covered with a reflective fabric, which allows the water to slide completely and keep the sides very high on the water surface and the back.
Arena Carbon Glide has a simple but elegant design and is available in black with golden logo, or in ocean blue with red logo. Thanks to its characteristics that make it very comfortable and not too compressive, it is perfect for athletes who swim medium or long distances.
Pure Intent is one of two new swimwear put on the market by Speedo in view of the 2020 Games. What differentiates these two new models is the level of compression, decidedly higher in Pure Intent than in Pure Valor, while both share the same design and the same fit. LRZ Pure Intent is a flexible costume, which offers high compression and which allows the athlete to reach maximum power and flexibility.
Like all Speedo racing swimwear, it is available in a version with normal life and in one with a high waist for swimmers who want additional coverage. The real novelty proposed by Speedo with this new model is the material, which is composed of three different types of fabric, so as to obtain a perfect balance between compression and flexibility. In correspondence with the denser muscle groups, a textured fabric has been inserted which is able to ensure greater compression and at the same time minimize the resistance of the water on the hips and buttocks.
The high compression areas they have also been alternated with panels of flexibility, which in addition to making this swimsuit easy to wear, allow better possibilities of movement and rotation, fundamental characteristics for swimmers specialized in freestyle and back. With a simple design, this costume offers power and explosiveness and is therefore perfect for athletes who are used to swim short distances.
Speedo Pure Valor is the evolution of the Speedo Elite 2 and like all men's Speedo swimwear it is available in both the normal and high-waisted versions. It is an extremely comfortable costume, easy to wear and designed to be extremely light, flexible, fast and breathable. the costume has the same design and the same silhouette as the Speedo Pure Intent and adapts perfectly to the body.
Compression, provided by a thin layer of fabric, combined with numerous internal seams that offer greater support to the muscles during the thrusts from the wall and the apnea phases, it is moderate. In line with all LZR Fastskin swimwear, Speedo Pure Valor also has refined finishes on the waist and on the sides that reduce resistance in the water.
This costume, available in pink, black and aqua green, is among the most comfortable on the market and is therefore perfect for athletes who swim long distances, but who seek muscle compression higher than that offered by the Arena Carbon Glide.
TYR Venzo, present in both the normal and high-waisted versions, adheres perfectly to the body and offers maximum compression, although without being excessively tight. Compared to previous TYR models, this costume covers a greater part of the leg, reaching up to the knee, and this ensures greater rigidity and explosiveness for the athlete.
But the real novelty introduced by TYR with this new costume is the material, the result of analysis of water resistance at the microscopic level; the fabric of TYR Veno is in fact made of a "friction-free" fiber which, combined with the absence of internal seams, is able to slide the water along the fabric with almost zero resistance.
In addition, the new Endo Compression technology ensures greater compression and stability, while the double taping positioned on the buttocks helps to keep the legs and hips always very high on the water surface. TYR VENZO, with a colorful design and full of patterns, for its compressive characteristics, is ideal for athletes who swim short distances.
This article, available in the version for sprinters (ST) and in the version for swimmers of medium distances (MR), is one of the major innovations of 2020.
Although it is more comfortable to wear compared to the previous GX-Sonic IV, both the ST and MR versions are very narrow and not suitable for athletes who swim long distances. The costume adapts very well to the body and offers a high compression of the muscles, promoting better flotation.
The waist, compared to the Arena Carbon Core, is higher and narrower, while the fabric comes to cover up to above the knee, thus ensuring rigidity and support to a large area of the leg. GX-Sonic V is made with an advanced water-repellent material that makes it more waterproof than ever; the fabric is very thick and consists of three different layers: a thin layer of paper, an ultra-compressor and a double-layer material positioned in the rear area of the leg, which, combined with a crossed taping, allows maximum support in the phases of apnea and thrust from the wall.
A negative aspect could be the reduced variety of sizes (S, M, L, XL), which however can be overcome with the perfect fit and adherence that this costume offers.
This costume is definitely a top of the range for sprinters, as it offers high compression without sacrificing blood flow, and is also recommended for ranists and dolphinists, because it allows the hips and back to remain always many high on the water surface during the race.