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    Dumb question coming. I just got a swim parka. I had never had a use for one since I had been swimming at gyms where I go directly into a warm locker room and shower. Now I am swimming with a Masters club outside with no lockers (head directly home). This is where the Parka comes in. First use this morning. Couple issues. I put my essentials in the pockets and skipped a bag. Kinda bulky and uncomfortable. I didn’t wear any clothes over my suit. Just the parka. That didn’t feel right either. What is the best way to do all this? I am not asking how to wear a jacket. I am asking how to best use a specialized piece of swimming equipment.🤣

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    When I wear my parka I still wear a tee shirt and some deck shorts over my jammers. I still use my bag for my gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aqueoushumor View Post
    I am asking how to best use a specialized piece of swimming equipment.🤣
    There is no right way. I would, however, recommend going to your local mall in aforementioned attire just to display your commitment to the swimming community

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    Skip the parka. If you're just coming out of a workout, wrap a towel around your bottom and toss a solid cotton hoodie on your top. Run to the car. Turn on the heat. Drive home.

    If that's not working, skip the 'warm-down' in your workout and finish with a good hard 200-500 fly. Your body will generate enough heat you might not even need to dry off before you get to a car.

    I've never understood the parka. It seems like a bulky, expensive waste. IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    Skip the parka. If you're just coming out of a workout, wrap a towel around your bottom and toss a solid cotton hoodie on your top. Run to the car. Turn on the heat. Drive home.

    If that's not working, skip the 'warm-down' in your workout and finish with a good hard 200-500 fly. Your body will generate enough heat you might not even need to dry off before you get to a car.

    I've never understood the parka. It seems like a bulky, expensive waste. IMHO


    Yes they are expensive, I haven't seen one under 125.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpmartin View Post
    Yes they are expensive, I haven't seen one under 125.00
    Swimoutlet has Sporti parks for $75. There is a USMS one for $85 but only a few sizes are in stock.

    I plan to get one if they get any back in. I'm not comfortable taking a shower in the gym, I'm really only comfortable going straight to the pool area, and out of the gym as quickly as I can. And I need to cool down to keep from getting too sore. A water resistant Parka is easier to deal with than sweats and other things taht will get wet, and then not keep me warm.

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    Thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by aqueoushumor View Post
    Thanks everyone
    You already have a good parka. Dry off and cover what you want with sweat pants & a top of comfort.
    A back pack is what most of our team uses to hold things other than the parka = workout paddles, fins, pull buoy and towel.

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    Parkas are excellent for repairing gutters during hurricanes

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    Not too many hurricane here in Chicagoland. Lots of wind [mostly by politicians!] and then winter conditions.

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    What about a bathrobe. Anyone wear a bathrobe at a meet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    What about a bathrobe. Anyone wear a bathrobe at a meet?
    A few still do.

    Your parka will be what you make of it. How much gear do you carry? How large a towel? I use a bath sheet, way too big to stuff in a pocket. Also, SoCal does not usually have weather that demands a parka, so I save mine for meets. If we ever have one again.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine, not those of U.S. Masters Swimming. But maybe they should be.

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    My parka is my last resort. I wear fleece to the pool when I think I’m going to be cold, top and bottom. Fleece doesn’t absorb water so there isn’t a chill factor. If I get into Parka Mode, I’m wearing fleece bottoms, fake, cheap Uggs on my feet, a fleece hat, and fleece gloves. I think it’s all about perspective of cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoomer View Post
    My parka is my last resort. I wear fleece to the pool when I think I’m going to be cold, top and bottom. Fleece doesn’t absorb water so there isn’t a chill factor. If I get into Parka Mode, I’m wearing fleece bottoms, fake, cheap Uggs on my feet, a fleece hat, and fleece gloves. I think it’s all about perspective of cold.
    That’s exactly what I used, a long sleeve Air Force issue fleece top. I wore it (along with the mask) to the block. When the event and warmdown was over I put it back on. It didn’t feel wet and it kept me warm.

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