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SwimKat
April 17th, 2012, 07:05 PM
Are dome caps faster vs regular caps? And if so, per 50 are we talking hundredths of a seconds or tenths? Im pretty skeptical but have no experience with them.

I have a small head, so latex caps are always wrinkling/ridging up and air bubbling on me. I cant seem to find any that will fit nicely.

Thanks for your input!

Allen Stark
April 17th, 2012, 07:47 PM
I think they make a difference,but not a lot,maybe 0.1 sec/50,just my guess.

Atlantic
April 17th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Ive used it for some sprint events, really smoothes things down. I have to wear my latex cap underneath because anything made of silicone shoots off my head. I bought the (nike dome) cap last year and will continue to use it for 50s and 100s only. I have a pretty big head for a gal... It does get uncomfortable after having it on for awhile. Couldnt tell you if it has helped my times, havent used it enough. But, you will feel like a bullet when you have it on.

Spock
April 18th, 2012, 07:12 PM
If it was really a .1 reduction in a 50, I'd be all over it. But in my experience, I don't notice any difference (besides they're uncomfortable) YMMV

shark
April 19th, 2012, 07:42 AM
If you TRULY believe they make a difference, they make a difference.

90% mental, 10% mental.

That Guy
April 19th, 2012, 09:59 AM
90% mental, 10% mental.

whoa...

knelson
April 19th, 2012, 10:42 AM
I don't notice any difference (besides they're uncomfortable) YMMV

My mileage varies. I don't find them any less comfortable than normal caps. The only gripe I have is they don't really stretch like a regular cap so they might not come down as far on the back of your head.

One aspect I like is the durability. These things are thick and it's hard to imagine one ripping. They should last for years.

ande
April 19th, 2012, 10:58 AM
I wrote about dome caps in SFF Tip 228 V-lieve it or Not on October 31st, 2008 & I've used them ever since they've been available. I think they make a difference. I'm not sure how much of a difference they make, but they allow you to embrace the attitude of "I'm going to do everything legally possible to improve my chance of swimming fast."

They're not that expensive, so why not.

JimRude
April 19th, 2012, 12:01 PM
I think they make a difference. I'm not sure how much of a difference they make, but they allow you to embrace the attitude of "I'm going to do everything legally possible to improve my chance of swimming fast."

They're not that expensive, so why not.

+1

SwimKat
April 19th, 2012, 03:38 PM
Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback!

jaadams1
April 19th, 2012, 09:36 PM
They're not that expensive, so why not.

I'm driven purely by price with most things. :) I've never tried one of these, and probably never will. Latex cheapo is the way to go for me.

I wonder what would happen if I actually upgraded to something "good" as far as equipment goes (suit, cap, goggles, etc.)???

I personally feel that more of the swimming and speed/endurance comes from how you train (as a sprinter or a distance person) and not by what you can buy...but maybe I'm old school.

JimRude
April 20th, 2012, 10:47 AM
I personally feel that more of the swimming and speed/endurance comes from how you train (as a sprinter or a distance person) and not by what you can buy...but maybe I'm old school.

But if you've done the work, why not spend a few extra bucks to get the most out of your work input? Even us old school guys wore Arena paper suits for our big end of season meets... Not some baggy nylon training suit from the grab bag.

TYR Socket Rockets: $10
TYR Tracer Light: $90
TYR dome cap: $20
Wearing nothing made or sold by Speedo: priceless

pwb
April 20th, 2012, 11:08 AM
But if you've done the work, why not spend a few extra bucks to get the most out of your work input? Even us old school guys wore Arena paper suits for our big end of season meets... Not some baggy nylon training suit from the grab bag.

TYR Socket Rockets: $10
TYR Tracer Light: $90
TYR dome cap: $20
Wearing nothing made or sold by Speedo: pricelessAgreed ... especially on the Tracer Light ... haven't worn a speedo suit in a meet, I think, '01 or '02 ... I still admit to liking my speedo dome cap and Speedo GCG mirrored goggles, but I need to get a backup racing goggles so will grab some socket rockets.

JimRude
April 20th, 2012, 11:25 AM
Agreed ... especially on the Tracer Light ... haven't worn a speedo suit in a meet, I think, '01 or '02 ... I still admit to liking my speedo dome cap and Speedo GCG mirrored goggles, but I need to get a backup racing goggles so will grab some socket rockets.

Socket Rockets, with fishing line for the nose piece, and a bungee strap... indestructible.

jaadams1
April 20th, 2012, 11:43 AM
But if you've done the work, why not spend a few extra bucks to get the most out of your work input? Even us old school guys wore Arena paper suits for our big end of season meets... Not some baggy nylon training suit from the grab bag.

TYR Socket Rockets: $10
TYR Tracer Light: $90
TYR dome cap: $20
Wearing nothing made or sold by Speedo: priceless

Oh, I wear a decent suit for racing. :) But I still go cheap. Lately I've been using my Yingfa jammers, and at the cost of them, I can get new ones any time. They're actually pretty good. I don't like the idea of spending $100 or more on a suit. Even $50 is tough.