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bjcarter
July 2nd, 2011, 08:57 PM
Has anyone found a rash guard or swim shirt that enables them to workout at least somewhat like they would without it? Every year I keep expecting speedo or one of the manufacturers to advertise a viable fabric that clings to the skin while maintaining a decent level of breathability and uv protection.

Anyway, anything out there that works well for people?

RadSwim
July 3rd, 2011, 12:52 AM
O'Neill rash guard works for me -- sun in the Summer and wind in the Winter.

http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/11828.htm

Snug but comfortable. Plenty of shoulder movement.

I go through one every year. Made of Lycra so the shirt stretches and thins with time.

Spock
July 3rd, 2011, 01:10 PM
Second vote for the O'Neill, although I use the long sleeve. Mine don't last too long because they stretch out and become a drag suit over time, even if rinsing in fresh water before/after. Better than skin cancer though.

Thrashing Slug
July 3rd, 2011, 02:07 PM
Body Glove rashguards are comfortable and skintight. They're great for messing around, bodysurfing, etc. Not optimal for swimming fast in a pool, but I used mine a lot for swimming La Jolla cove.

I usually split my workout half and half between indoor and outdoor pools when I find myself swimming at midday. Either that or pester my wife to help grease me up with SPF 50.

bjcarter
July 3rd, 2011, 02:58 PM
I appreciate the suggestions. I picked one up at the sporting good store this morning and I'll report back soon...

norascats
July 6th, 2011, 08:16 AM
Don't forget your legs. I have a nasty burn on the back of my knees and upper thighs from a midday swim on the Fourth. The shoulder and back I expected. But the women's suits expose weird parts of the lower back and upper thigh. Oh well. sunburn only lasts a few days.

Chicken of the Sea
July 6th, 2011, 12:17 PM
Thanks for posting this. I was just thinking about getting a rashie because sunscreen really isn't enough at the moment.

marksman
July 6th, 2011, 03:56 PM
good idea.

They have some polyester ones from speedo at the sporting goods store near here. $30, not too bad but you'd have to test the fit since not lycra.

Dolphin 2
July 6th, 2011, 05:41 PM
Seems like you need to find a pool that's indoors (or at least covered) so you're not exposed to direct sun light and UV rays.

The idea of a "Water Shirt" sounds pretty yucky and it brings up memories of the tech suit concept. :eeew:

D2

Gail Roper
July 7th, 2011, 04:24 PM
I've used a full body Uv suit from funsunwear.com.au. The owner Colleen Watts will custom make one for you. You can order your colors and pattern. It acts like a drag suit and you feel so fast when you take it off.

bjcarter
July 7th, 2011, 11:40 PM
Boy, this sounds perfect. How well does the suit hold up to a chlorinated pool and do you find yourself getting too hot after a long workout?

Given that my workout options are limited. A noon time swim outdoors is sometimes my only alternative. This sounds like a nice protective measure.

Thanks for the suggestion.



I've used a full body Uv suit from funsunwear.com.au. The owner Colleen Watts will custom make one for you. You can order your colors and pattern. It acts like a drag suit and you feel so fast when you take it off.

EJB190
July 8th, 2011, 01:56 AM
I'd like the opposite- leg skins for somewhat cold open water swimming (high 60's/low 70's). I don't care about the upper half of me, just the bottom.

bjcarter
July 12th, 2011, 08:43 PM
I've been swimming with the O'Neill rash guard suggested above for a couple of days now. Overall I've been impressed. In addition to the UV 50+ rating, it offers one heck of a drag component to your workout. It isn't so heavy so as to significantly alter your stroke or body position but it does offer a 2-3sec per hundred drag to your swim and you definitely need to emphasize a strong kick off walls to sustain distance off your turns. Towards the end of workout your legs will feel quite heavy... As a con I have a little bit of chaffing on my breathing ear (I'm a unilateral rightie). I'll bet some anti-chaffing will help.

Hope this helps others

Swimmer Magazine may have covered this in a previous issue but this might be a topic worth exploring (Pros/Cons of using rash guards to your workout, varieties available). I'd volunteer to be a tester... ;)



I appreciate the suggestions. I picked one up at the sporting good store this morning and I'll report back soon...