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    Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Hi Ladies,

    I'm just wondering where you buy your swimwear? I find it very frustrating to shop for swimwear and be able to find one that fits right! I'm just curious to know what everyone else's experience is. What do you typically look for in swimsuits? Describe your perfect swimwear?

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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    I buy all of my suits at http://www.SwimOutlet.com. My favorites are Speedo Endurance +, Tyr Durafast, and Sporti. I have found favorite styles in all three brands, so I look for whichever of those are on sale in my size. The longest-lasting suits are 50% polyester/ 50% PBT. A suit in that fabric will typically last me 275-300 miles (I track it in my flog for the heck of it!).
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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Hi there. Yes, it's frustrating, but once you find a style/brand you like, you can just keep ordering it in different colors. I'm long-waisted and have good luck with the TYR brand. There was a good store near me when I lived in Dallas so I was able to go there to try on suits and buy a few, then, like Elaine, I go to SwimOUtlet.com quite a bit (more now that I don't live in a swim town). Surely there's a good store in SoCal that you can try some out.

    As for perfect swimwear, I like the suits that don't leave me bulging out the sides. LOL! We had a MP swim rep on the team in Dallas and she actually convinced me to stop wearing 40s and go to a 36. These definitely fit better. Thin straps tend to stretch over time.
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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    In terms of a practical, long-lasting workout suit, I love the Nike Swim polyester cut-out tank suit (so much so that I wrote a review on it, which you are welcome to check out here: https://www.swimspire.com/nike-swim-...-cut-out-tank/)


    Here's the direct link to the suit through my affiliate account (I get a small commission if you make a purchase through the link at no cost to you!) : https://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDe...5#/color=39105


    Over the past few years, I've been increasingly impressed with Jolyn Swimwear...their suits are attractive, practical and last a long time. They are wildly popular with women of a variety of ages. Here's the link through my affiliate account:
    http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRkxOSEJGTEtMTkVCRktJTU5F


    Hope this helps!

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    yup. I buy everything on swimoutlet.com. The first few times, it was a lot of trial and error, I bought a bunch in different sizes and cuts and returned them. I like Speedo just because they have different leg heights. I went from conservative to moderate. I can't handle the normal swim suit high leg cuts, it's just not a pretty sight for anybody.

    I love cross backs, harder to get in, but it stays on. I've tried those single straps and they slip off. I also need thicker straps, or they dig into my skin.

    I used to only go for suits with soft cups, but they don't usually last very long and they sort of drag. I've since moved onto liners.

    So my fav suit would be something I am comfortable and confident in in/out of the water. Once I find it, I buy like 6 of them, in maybe 2 different color tones. And then I wait for another sale on swimoutlet.com and I buy another set of the same suit. It's boring, but it works for me.

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    I just went to a local shop and tried a million different styles and sizes on. It was frustrating, though, so I feel your pain. Biggest issue I had was anything that fit my torso was too baggy everywhere else. If it fit well everywhere else, it was too short in the torso. In the end, while not perfect, I ended up with the Nike suit Swimspire mentioned above. But I still feel like there's probably got to be a better fit for me our there somewhere. I also have a two-piece TYR suit I practice in that fits great. Gets rid of the torso length issue since it's a two-piece.

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    Beside SwimOutlet, there are two UK based online shops that have international shipping: simplyswim.com and wiggle.com (or co.uk). I once ordered 2 swimsuits from wiggle, and had to return both and got refund, though the shipping took a while.
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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Y'all have no idea how easy it is for men. Get out your current favorite jammers or briefs. Go to SwimOutlet. Type in what's on the label, select color, click order. 30 seconds at most. Did I make you angry yet?

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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sumorunner View Post
    Y'all have no idea how easy it is for men. Get out your current favorite jammers or briefs. Go to SwimOutlet. Type in what's on the label, select color, click order. 30 seconds at most. Did I make you angry yet?

    Not at all, because it's just as easy for me!
    I just keep ordering the same style of Sporti in different colors. If that style ever gets discontinued, I will just go back to my favorite style in Speedo Endurance + or Tyr Durafast.
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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sumorunner View Post
    Y'all have no idea how easy it is for men. Get out your current favorite jammers or briefs. Go to SwimOutlet. Type in what's on the label, select color, click order. 30 seconds at most. Did I make you angry yet?
    Only for training suits! All the tech suits fit so differently that I have a really hard time guessing. I know some brands don't work automatically - Blueseventy is way too tight for my thighs, for instance - but some are kind of a crapshoot and the sizing is different even with different models within the same brand...
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    Quote Originally Posted by itiumoran View Post
    Hi Ladies,

    I'm just wondering where you buy your swimwear? I find it very frustrating to shop for swimwear and be able to find one that fits right! I'm just curious to know what everyone else's experience is. What do you typically look for in swimsuits? Describe your perfect swimwear?
    Sometimes, I feel the same, So my favourite suit would be something I am comfortable and confident in in/out of the water. Once I find it, I buy like 6 of them, in maybe 2 different color tones. And then I wait for another sale on swimoutlet.com and I buy another set of the same suit. It's boring, but it works mobdro for me.
    Last edited by Christopher52; October 25th, 2018 at 12:48 AM.

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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Layer, layer, layer!!! I am "curvy" but suits that are made for curves are not made for the intensity that I swim and they end up billowing underwater and flashing my lane mates. The tighter suits are cut too narrow and I also end up flashing my lane mates. To solve this problem I wear 2 suits - one tight and one loose. I also shop at swimoutlet and I get the sporti line because it is cheap and I can afford to buy several sizes in one order. Fabrics are a BIG issue. Softer fabrics like nylon allow for more stretch and are better for curves but they only last a month before they need replacing. Layering also helps to keep wearing a suit longer. Sporti is a softer fabric brand. Tougher fabrics like polyester don't allow for a stretch and may be better for narrower body types. They will last years and they cost a lot more. Nike has the toughest fabric suits, but they also have the narrowest cuts. Softer fabrics are also easier to get in and out of, which is helpful after a tough practice. If you choose to layer and you are doing a lot of yardage you will be prone to "suit hickeys" which is chafing on the neck from the multiple straps. Thicker straps are more likely to cause chafing and they tend to give me arm cramps. There are products made for chafing. Body glide is the best. I feel your pain. Let us know if you find anything great out there!

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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Quote Originally Posted by jgavin106 View Post
    Sporti is a softer fabric brand. Tougher fabrics like polyester don't allow for a stretch and may be better for narrower body types. They will last years and they cost a lot more. Nike has the toughest fabric suits, but they also have the narrowest cuts.
    Sporti polyester suits don't cost any more than their nylon suits. I have purchased Sporti polyester suits for about $22.
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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    Sporti polyester suits don't cost any more than their nylon suits. I have purchased Sporti polyester suits for about $22.
    Are you referring to the 90% poly/10% spandex version? Example here:
    https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sporti-...7/?color=26533

    I'm struggling finding a suit that actually works, so trying to go with new brands and styles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sosophiaphia View Post
    Are you referring to the 90% poly/10% spandex version? Example here:
    https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sporti-...7/?color=26533

    I'm struggling finding a suit that actually works, so trying to go with new brands and styles.
    No, I was referring to the Polyester/PBT suits like this:
    https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sporti-...7/?color=28489

    Suits without spandex will last longer. Refine your search by clicking on Sporti, one piece, and polyester/pbt to see the selection.
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    Re: Swimwear shopping is frustrating!

    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    No, I was referring to the Polyester/PBT suits like this:
    https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sporti-...7/?color=28489

    Suits without spandex will last longer. Refine your search by clicking on Sporti, one piece, and polyester/pbt to see the selection.
    Yes, I found the spandex-free suits and ordered one to give it a try. Hoping it will work; I've gone through a number of suits without finding one I actually like. Thanks!

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