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How to Choose a Swim Parka

Swim parkas are often a swimmers' most valued piece of gear… gear that never actually goes in the pool. Instead, parkas are designed to keep swimmers warm and comfortable out of the water. Parkas for swimmers are essentially long coats with a warm lining, a generous hood, and a waterproof exterior. The essential components of parkas don't vary much from brand to brand, but each model has some unique features. Depending on when and where you will be using it, certain parka details should be more important to you.

Parka Lining

Nearly all parkas come with fleece or faux fur lining. Because they are designed to be worn wet — straight out of the pool — fleece lining is preferred by parka users who plan to wear them after events at swim meets. Faux fur tends to be scratchier and slower to dry than polyester or micro fleece. Faux fur lining will be better received among coaches, spectators, or swimmers who plan to wear the parka only when dry.

Parka Pockets

Parkas generally come with two side pockets, but newer parka models include many more, such as media pockets, goggle storage, and inner pockets. Athletes who want to safely carry a cell phone, iPod, or mp3 player should look out for these. Also, coaches who wear parkas on deck — either at practice or meets — will appreciate the extra storage. Pockets with zipper and Velcro™ closures go the extra step towards keeping your belongings safe.

Parka Customization

Most swimmers are part of a team, and most teams have colors, mascots, or logos. Parkas can be purchased in standard black, blue, and red, but if you want a specific color combination or custom embroidery, look for parkas that allow you to create one that meets your specific needs. Parkas with front and back flaps are especially compatible with custom embroidery and lettering.

Parka Ventilation

Parkas are designed to keep swimmers warm, but not too warm. If you are worried about overheating, look for parkas that allow ventilation. This will be in the form of underarm vents and back flaps that allow extra air circulation.

Parkas are Versatile

Parkas are one of a swimmer's most useful pieces of gear. They can perform the functions of jacket, gear storage, blanket, and uniform. Their design and durability means that they can go from outerwear, to blanket, to tent in a second. Whether you're buying a basic model or one with all the bells and whistles, for wearing between swims or for spectating, you'll certainly cherish your parka's comfort and warmth whenever you slip it on.

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2 weeks ago.
I am a 72 yr old woman tri training (my first triathlon) and the swim class I take is at night when it is pretty chilly. I wasn't crazy about the first coat I tried because the waterproof shell was stiff and there was no softness near my face. Do you know of a parka that has more lining material around to the front, especially by the face?
6 days ago.
Hi Lee,
I see that we have a couple with the lining by the neck and hood. Below are links to those. I hope you find that you really like and works for you. If you have any questions please feel free to let us know. Have a wonderful day!
6 days ago.
Thank you!!
1 year ago.
My siblings and I would like to surprise our dad with a swim parka to wear at his Masters swim meet. Which parka do you recommend for a mature (age 80+) swimmer? Thanks.
1 year ago.
Hi Anne,

Any one of our parkas would actually work for him. We do have a USMS swim parka that says US Masters Swimming on the back. That may be a great choice for him. You can view the parka by the link below:

If that one doesnt work, the Sporti Solid Parka is another customer favorite:

I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
1 year ago.
My siblings and I would like to give our dad a swim parka to wear at his Masters swim meets. What parka do you recommend for the mature (age: 80+) swimmer? Thanks.
1 year ago.
Hi Ruben,

You would want to take the her measurements and compare them to our size charts. Here is a link to our size charts:

I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!
Chris Gray
1 year ago.
Hi I'm looking for a parks to wear after aqua aerobics. It's an outdoor pool and I want to be warm going to and coming out of the pool. I'm 4"10 and weigh about 115 lbs. what size and type would you recommend. Something that shields the wind out, to be put over a wet body after swim, cover the wind from my face and legs. It sounds like the fleece would be better than the faux fur. Also, are there any discounts or specials? thank you
1 year ago.
Hi Chris,

A fleece lined parka would be perfect for you. You would want to take your measurements and compare them with the size chart. Here's a link to the size charts:

We do have a few parkas on sale at the moment. Below is a link to our parka section. I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!
1 year ago.
Our grandson is 5ft 8 in and weighs about 105. What size parka would he need?
1 year ago.
Do you all have a 1-800 number I can call
1 year ago.
Hi Ruben,

Yes! Our Customer Service number is 1-800-691-4065. You can call us anytime!
1 year ago.
My grandaughter is 12 yrs older she is about 5 feet tall what size of a parka should I get
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