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    Pros and cons of swim cap for bald swimmer

    I have swam competitively most of my life without a swim cap, especially within the last several years since I have been bald and shave my head regularly. Recently, I have experimented with using a cap (I also use a cap with my tempo trainer) and I am not convinced of any benefits. While there may or may not be slightly less drag with the cap over my ears and goggle strap, it is less comfortable and I feel like I am compromising sensory input. I also feel like I might be retaining more heat during a race with a cap. I'm curious, any input either way?

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    Re: Pros and cons of swim cap for bald swimmer

    I think your concerns kind of depend one which event/distance you're swimming. Fifty free??? Maybe. Beyond that...probably not so much.

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    Re: Pros and cons of swim cap for bald swimmer

    I've wondered the same question. I keep my hair pretty short for meets and only wear a cap for 200 or less. I overheat too easily for longer races and feel, in balance, it would not help me.

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    Re: Pros and cons of swim cap for bald swimmer

    I am a cap wearer, but honestly, hate them. they make me feel a bit claustrophobic and heat can be an issue. I am a sprinter so these things are not a huge deal. My assumption is that I am faster with it on. In the past few years, I have noticed my forehead getting bigger and perhaps because of this, something new appeared in the "cons" column. As some may remember, summer Nationals in Portland was insanely hot. There was no way to avoid sweating before your races. Because of the pre race sweat under my cap, my cap came off within about 25 meters of the 100 fly. I have learned how to avoid this, but when it is uber hot, something to think about.

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    Re: Pros and cons of swim cap for bald swimmer

    Dan, I swim 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke. I also swim fly and IM. Thanks! Ryan

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    Re: Pros and cons of swim cap for bald swimmer

    I bet there is little difference in drag between a bald and cap worn head. The only other benefits would be thermal, goggle stability, and visibility.

    Stephan Nystrand never wore a cap, and went 20 and 26 resp. for 50m fr and br, and 45 for 100m fr.
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