The new MP Michael Phelps brand launched in early 2015 with a line of performance goggles and continued with the much-awaited debut of the XPRESSO tech suit, worn in competition by the most decorated Olympian of all-time himself. This fall featured the debut of the MP line of training suits and the brand continues to expand its offerings. We caught up with representatives from Aqua Sphere responsible for the MP Michael Phelps brand to get the latest scoop on swimming’s newest performance line.
SwimOutlet.com Blog: It’s been just over a year since the MP brand was announced, we’re guessing it’s been a busy year. Tell us some of the biggest things that were needed to get the brand up and running!Read More
MP Michael Phelps: We engaged our global team, from top management through Marketing, Product Development and Sales. It was critical to set-up a way to seamlessly feed ideas from Michael and Bob (Bowman) to our Marketing and Product Development teams. As we identified new product opportunities, we integrated Michael and Bob in the proof of concept and prototype testing to verify that we were meeting their expectations. When launching a new brand, it’s critical that it stands for something different and that the products clearly represent that; Michael Phelps has a vision to change the sport of swimming and the MP brand is one way to help accomplish this vision.
TOP 2015 TECH SUITS REVIEWED (all prices subject to change at any time)
2015 Men's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
*NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo LZR Racer X - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition - Gangloff Review | Product Page
TYR Avictor - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Hammerhead Silver Armor - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Dolfin Titanium - Gangloff Review | Product Page (available 4/1)
Arena Carbon Air - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Rocket Science LIGHT2 - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Jaked Jkatana - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Blueseventy neroFIT - Gangloff Review | Product Page
[Note: Speedo LZR Racer X and the new Michael Phelps’ “MP” suit will be added when available]
2015 Women's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category PageRead More
*NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Stupp Review | Product Page
Speedo LZR Racer X - Stupp Review | Product Page
Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition- Stupp Review | Product Page
TYR Avictor - Stupp Review | Product Page
Mark Gangloff’s swimming career is multi-faceted and spans over two decades. As a swimmer, he has been an age-grouper, collegiate athlete and Olympic Champion. Now retired from competition, he uses his experiences to impact the next generation of young athletes as a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by Swimoutlet.com and a coach at The University of Missouri.Read More
By Megan Mills, Associate Category Manager, Competition Swim
Any time a new technical suit is rumored to be coming out from one of the leading swim brands, the buzz begins on deck and in the water. What will it look like? What is the new material? When can I get it?
Speedo is a household name in our sport and we know when they introduce a new product, specifically a technical suit, it’s going to be a top product. We were right.
After much pre-launch promotion and hype, the date is finally here to get your own Speedo LZR Racer X!
When the SwimOutlet.com retail team first saw the suit, we saw that the LZR X had taken the Fastskin line to a new level. I was incredibly excited to finally see and touch the suit for the first time in our office last month.Read More
TYR recently launched their latest Avictor tech suit in their line-up to much critical acclaim. The suit received straight A’s in our SwimOutlet.com 2015 Tech Suit Reviews and has made an impression for its colorful style. But TYR is more than just a top-of-the-line tech suit. We caught up with TYR’s media rep Erika Amandola on some of the latest TYR developments.
SwimOutlet.com Blog: The TYR Avictor is your new statement suit, tell us a little bit about the product development and characteristics of the suit?Read More
Erika Amandola: This suit has been a pursuit of ingenuity two years in the making. Manufactured in the United States, it stands alone from so many other suits on the market, and that is something we as an American based company, are very proud of. From the start we were dedicated to utilizing the latest technology in both materials and manufacturing. Now fully developed, the suit consists of three major advancements. The first, Hydrosphere Technology, allows swimmers to maintain a position higher above the water, reducing drag and adding speed. The second, Speed Dry Fabrication, enables swimmers to feel lighter and dry faster. Finally, Super Flex Bonding, conforms to the swimmer’s body to provide a durable, 360 degree stretch.
By Mark Gangloff, Olympic Gold Medalist
For quite some time “land” athletes have benefitted from technology. Between watches, GPS devices, computers, and even shoes that provide key metrics, land athletes have been able to track their training, compare results, and set goals rather easily. In the pool, we are often left to our own devices (no pun intended): counting.
Recently, there has been a transition to swimmer-friendly technology. Among them, Swim.com has launched in beta this summer, providing a swim tracking and workout platform that is compatible across multiple wearables, including some tech watches that I have reviewed here.
Tech watches – some people call them smart watches – for swimmers provide key feedback and relieve the athlete of counting, tracking, and roping an innocent bystander into keep your pace.
Over the last several weeks, I have tried many tech watches for swimmers. I am thrilled about these innovations and what they could do for our sport and our athletes so a brief overview follows.
The Telly Awards has named the “Swim Like a Champion” DVD series – available online exclusively at SwimOutlet.com – as a Silver Winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. “Swim Like a Champion” was produced by The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com together with Championship Productions and has been the best-selling training video on SwimOutlet.com since its launch last December.Read More
By Chloe Sutton
When I work with the Fitter & Faster Team, I know that no matter what we do, we do it big! We take an idea and we do everything possible to make it the best thing out there. When you’re working with a group of Olympic Swimmers, you know that we’re competitive, disciplined, and we never settle for anything but an epic success. So when I was invited along with a group of my favorite fellow Olympic swimmers to San Jose, California for a secret project, I knew that something amazing was in the process.
While the world was checking out times and tallying scores at the recent 2013 Swimming Worlds, the fashionistas at SwimOutlet.com noticed other aspects of the meet: the best and brightest swimsuits on display in Barcelona.Read More
Hey guys! It’s Mark Gangloff and I am back with another product review. Let me start this post by thanking everyone who gave feedback on my last post. Your comments, questions, and general interest have gotten me even more excited about continuing to share my own experience and thoughts with you about the products that I choose and love. I hope you will enjoy this review just as much!
This review will be a little bit different from the last one, as it is not about equipment that I use in the pool. Instead, it is an out-of-water, out-of-practice piece of equipment. Yet, it’s VITAL to my success. I have been swimming for the last 22 years and I have never had any major injuries. One of the most common questions that I am asked is, "How do you prevent injuries?" My answer is always, "I get regular massages." Most people think (and sometimes even say), "Oh he is an Olympian and is entitled to a fancy massage." I have to explain to them that while I do get a massage every two weeks, the majority of massages I do myself. I give myself some sort of massage at least every other day – if not every day.
While this review is not intended to be a teaching session, I must say this: DO NOT WALK OFF DECK WITH TIGHT MUSCLES. IT MAKES TOMORROW MUCH HARDER. While stretching does help, I find a combination of stretching and massage is what really allows me to maintain high levels of performance day in and day out.
During this review, I am going to be speaking specifically about three of the products that SwimOutlet carries:
There are 18 different foam rollers and massagers on Swimoutlet.com, but many of them are variations of the same product. So I will review these three categories and will do my best to make suggestions about the other products along the way. I will start this review with the most general type of massager and move onto massagers great for specific uses.
First and foremost: Why use a self-massager? The main reason for using a self-massager is for myofacial release, which is a fancy way of saying “relaxing tight muscles.” The other, less obvious reason to use a self-massager is to warm up before a workout. In fact, I use one kind of massager for warming up and another for muscle relaxation. I’ll explain my reasoning throughout the review.
Here we go…Read More
PULL BUOYS AND KICK PULLS REVIEWED:
Pull Buoys - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
Head Swimming Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Better Times Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Sporti Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo Adult Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
TYR Training Pull Float - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Ergo Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Kick Pulls - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category PageRead More
Speedo Pull Kick - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Arena Pull Kick - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Pull/Push/Kick - Gangloff Review | Product Page
This month, SwimOutlet.com has brought in Olympic gold medalist Mark Gangloff and former US Olympic Trials finalist Julie Stupp to do independent reviews of some of the top tech suits on the market.
Those reviews will come later in February, click here to checkout those reviews and here's a quick "what to look for in a tech suit" written by Julie for women's suits. You can also check this handy reference guide from SwimOutlet.com on women's tech suits here.
Choosing a Women's Tech Suit
By Julie Stupp
When choosing a racing suit, each individual athlete has their own likes, dislikes and style preference. You can compare choosing a suit to differing stroke techniques. Every swimmer's stroke is built from the basic technique, but every swimmer has their own flair. Just like every suit has a basic cut, but each suit has its own differing high-tech qualities that makes it stand out.
While one particular stroke technique or suit brand works for swimmer A, it may not work for swimmer B. When I choose a suit I look for five main components including: 1.) ease to get in; 2.) fit; 3.) comfort while swimming all four disciplines; 4.) compression and; 5.) durability.
1) Ease to get in
When I am at a major competition I don’t want the suit to take me too long (more than 8-10 minutes) to get on and I definitely don’t want it to wear me out in the process. If I get too tired while putting on a suit or it becomes a struggle, it is not worth the trouble.
The fit of the suit is very important in competition. For me, the suit must not be too tight in the shoulders and it must be long enough in the legs. If the suit is too tight in the shoulders then I know my muscles will easily fatigue in a race, because of all the tension the suit is causing. The suit’s length in the legs is also important to me, because if the suit is too short then it will most likely be too tight around my quads and hamstrings. This tightness can cause a loss of circulation throughout my body, which can cause fatigue and hinder my race performance.
3) Comfort while swimming all four strokes
Because I swim the Individual Medley, I must have a suit that functions very well in all four of the strokes. If the suit is comfortable for only a few of the strokes, it does me no good. I want a suit that will stay in place for the breaststroke, create compression in my core and legs for butterfly and freestyle and one that will resist water in the chest for backstroke. This is a tall order but there are definitely suits that have all of these qualities.
Finding the perfect balance of compression is tricky. If a suit is too tight you can lose sensation and fatigue quickly but if a suit is too loose you run the risk of trapping water in your chest, torso or legs, which causes major drag. I like my suit to be on the tighter side of compression throughout my core and legs, but I don’t want it to be too t Read More
SWIM PADDLES COMPARED
Arena Vortex (Medium) - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Vortex V8 - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Ergo Flex - Gangloff Review | Product Page
TYR Training Catalyst Contour - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo Contoured Swim Paddles - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo Training Paddles - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo Power Paddles - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Strokemakers - Gangloff Review | Product Page
FINIS Agility Paddle - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo Bio Fuse Finger Paddles - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Strokemax Antipaddle - Gangloff Review | Product Page
FINIS PT - Gangloff Review | Product Page
TYR Training Catalyst Connect - Gangloff Review | Product Page
He’s back! Olympic gold medalist and University of Missouri Assistant Swim Coach Mark Gangloff has prepared another round of performance reviews exclusively for SwimOutlet.com. This month’s reviews focus on an all-important training accessory: paddles. Later this month, we’ll review some of the top performance suits for 2013. Happy reading!
From April to June, we held our Omaha Video Contest. The videos were aimed at promoting a positive message about the sport of swimming. It was a success! Contestants were asked to submit a video responding to the question: "How has swimming inspired you?" The grand prize winner received an all-expenses paid trip to Omaha for Swim Trials (a $6,000 value including flight, hotel, 2 tickets to the meets, and $150 spending cash per day)! We received a lot of video entries. Our judges had a tough decision to make, but finally came to a verdict. Continue Reading...
Hi guys, Mark Gangloff here! Welcome to my first product comparison post! I thought hard about which review I would like to do first, and decided to start with fins for several reasons. My primary reason is that fins are probably my favorite piece of equipment. It is very difficult to create high speeds during training and putting on fins instantly gives you that speed you are looking for. Also, during longer swims, I believe it helps you maintain better form throughout the course of a set or workout. Continue Reading...Read More
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