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Spock
July 6th, 2008, 10:40 AM
Can anyone explain why so many swimmers are wearing two caps now?

FlyQueen
July 6th, 2008, 10:45 AM
Most that do like the goggles under a cap - having two helps keep the goggles in place and the goggles don't pull on your hair.

Ripple
July 6th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Open water swimmers often use two for extra warmth. The scalp has a lot of blood vessels and can lose a lot of heat. Silicone is better than latex for this purpose.

Midas
July 6th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Pure speculation department: I never liked those silicone caps. I never felt like they stayed on my head very well--too slippery. That's not a problem with the latex caps, which are sticky. I wonder if by putting on a latex cap first and then the silicone cap, the silicone cap would stay on better. Just a thought...

Rob Copeland
July 8th, 2008, 03:54 PM
The Silicone Aqua-V over latex is more buoyant with less drag than either one alone. The swimmers wear 2 to go faster. Similar to wearing a LZR over a BlueSeventy.

That Guy
July 8th, 2008, 04:30 PM
wearing a LZR over a BlueSeventy.

Whoa... did anyone actually do that?

SLOmmafan
July 8th, 2008, 04:40 PM
I generally have major issues with swim caps - I find them very uncomfortable and they seem to make my head feel hot (don't wear any hats for that matter).

For masters swimming I just keep my hair at a short cut. I think I only noticed about 2-3 guys in the Olympic Trials final rounds doing the "bic" head shave style - it is rather ugly on most. Anybody else out there have any opinions in the "shaved head" vs cap debate (and I would assume this mainly applies to males!)

Justin Ritter
July 8th, 2008, 05:20 PM
So I'm assuming since people were doing this at trials that it's legal to wear two caps at a masters meet right? Although I wouldn't really want to, one is bad enough.

I was wondering at trials if it had to do with tv and logos and all. Phelps would wear his "CW" cap in prelims but put another cap on top for semis and finals. I thought it might have been that the "CW" was too distracting and nbc (or speedo or someone) requested him to wear a solid cap or something. The cap he put on top looked like just a regular cap to me so I thought it odd that if he was wearing two for speed reasons that he'd not put the "CW" on top of the other.

Big AL
July 8th, 2008, 05:37 PM
I find them very uncomfortable and they seem to make my head feel hot

You bet! It's like covering the radiator of a car in the summer. I can get hot in a matter of minutes, so I don't wear one even for 50s.

I find that longer hair is a cooler head, though. I tried the clippered 1/4 inch hair bumpy head thing and I was so hot that year I decided to try going the other way. I have never been so comfortable swimming now that it is shoulder length. It allows me to train much harder and deal with much hotter temperatures than ever before.... in and out of the pool. No caps ever!

Xoote
July 9th, 2008, 03:16 PM
interesting

Kurt Dickson
July 10th, 2008, 02:50 PM
You bet! It's like covering the radiator of a car in the summer. I can get hot in a matter of minutes, so I don't wear one even for 50s.

I find that longer hair is a cooler head, though. I tried the clippered 1/4 inch hair bumpy head thing and I was so hot that year I decided to try going the other way. I have never been so comfortable swimming now that it is shoulder length. It allows me to train much harder and deal with much hotter temperatures than ever before.... in and out of the pool. No caps ever!

Al is the hairiest man (or woman--you know who you are) in all of swimming. Intuitively it would seem you would not only be cooler with less hair, but swim faster without that 2 lb. mop on your head. Can't argue with results though--so continue to rock that "Sampson-like" coifed "do."

Unfortunately, we will not be able to stand as witness to it's maximum magical cooling effects as I think Phoenix is in for a "cold spell" and it will be under 110 degrees for the state meet this weekend.