Remember the full-length Speedo swimsuit Michael Phelps wore at the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Yep, that one that helped him nab eight gold medals and break seven world records. Well, it’s been banned from competition since and as the 2016 Olympics inch closer, we’re going to need a new suit to help swimmers maximize their speed in the water. Speedo claims their Fastskin LZR Racer X is the one to do just that.
Described as the company’s “most advanced racing system yet,” the suit is designed to maximize compression and reduce drag, all while increasing the efficiency of your muscle output. More importantly, it does that while being completely race-legal, ensuring you can rely on its assistance whether you’re competing in the Olympics or the regionals in your area.
The Speedo Fastskin LZR Racer X consists of four garments: open-back kneeskin and closed-back kneeskin for the ladies; jammer and high-waisted jammer for the men. All the garments use the same one-way stretch Comprex fabric for the thighs, allowing them to extend vertically (but not horizontally) to complete a stroke, along with Pulselite everywhere else, providing a lightweight and durable suit material. Both the men’s and women’s line use ultrasonically-welded support seams (the X-shaped thing at the sides) that enhance the body’s muscle kinetic chain, while the latter get ab activators to promote optimal body position in the water. Simply put, these suits won’t just improve aerodynamics, they’ll help facilitate more powerful strokes without compromising form.
Available now, pricing for the Speedo Fastskin LZR Racer X starts at $359.