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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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Irina
4 weeks ago.
What are the measures for your custom XXXL parka? I am looking for parka for my husband.
SwimOutlet.com
4 weeks ago.
Hi Irina,

There is an attached sizing guide link on the parka product page right below the sizes dropdown option.
Melinda Balsmeier
2 months ago.
What brands gave longer styles? My son currently has a team parka ( Sporti) in an adult medium. He has grown a lot in height and it is hitting him mid thigh, he is almost 6 feet now at 14 yrs old. What ones do you recommend for tall persons?
SwimOutlet
2 months ago.
Hi Melinda!

We recommend the "Custom Swim Parka [Product Code:1407]" as you will have an option for an additional parka length.
Mellie
3 months ago.
I can't stand the feel of fleece or faux fur, is there a brand that as an alternative? Something natural?
SwimOutlet
3 months ago.
Hi Mellie! The parkas will come with a fleece or faux fur lining at this time.
Marcie
4 months ago.
Specifically, I am a woman and the swim coats seem to be for men. Is there a women’s specific? The sizes seem off too. I’m 5’6”, at. 109. What do you suggest?
SwimOutlet
4 months ago.
Hi Marcie! There's TYR Women's Parka. Please check the link below for the sizing guide.

https://www.swimoutlet.com/size-charts/tyr/tyr-women-s-apparel-active-swimwear-sizechart_s998/
J
1 year ago.
Is the unisex zipper on the men's side or women's side? Whether youth or adult size which side is the zipper on?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi J!

The zipper is somewhat on the men's side.
David Salazar
1 year ago.
Hey, I'm 5'4 and weigh about 165 pounds. What parkas is best for me?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi David!

In order to determine the proper fit please take the necessary measurements and then compare them to the appropriate sizing chart. Sizing charts can be found at the very bottom of any page you are on or above the Size menu on the product page.
Cici
1 year ago.
I need a longer parka - kids are over 6’2 tall regular parkas are to short. Is there a brand that costumizes length?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Cici!

Yes, we have the "Custom Swim Parka".
https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/custom-swim-parka-1407
Stephanie
1 year ago.
I have a child that is 4’10-4’11 and weighs about 120 lbs. what would be the best size for her? I’ve looked and cannot figure out what would work for her. Thanks.
Dugen
2 years ago.
I have had severe trouble with parkas in the past when the sleeve liner isn't stitched to the actual sleeve, so the fleece bunches up when you're trying to put it on or take it off. Can you say which products have this 'feature', so that I can avoid buying a crappy parka again?
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Dugen!

Our parkas have well-stitched linings such as the Sporti Comfort Fleece-Lined Swim Parka which is one of our best sellers.
Christina
2 years ago.
Are swim parkas unisex?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Christina!
Yes, they come in either adult or youth but are unisex.
Danae
2 years ago.
My husband is a HS PE / swim teacher. He is in and out of the pool all day long. I would like to get him something to keep him warm in between classes. What would you recommend? I was looking at the parkas but wasn't sure how that would be - dobthey dry quickly?
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Danae!

Parkas are fleece lined so they are not that quick dry but they protect swimmers from cold weather. They are serve as cover-ups. If you want something for him to be used in and out of the water, we recommend thermal suits or thermal rashguards. We have several selection for these items.
Mia
2 years ago.
Hi, Just wondering if how much is yoour parkas for the teenagers/youth and kids. what is your sizes for girls and boys. Is there any discount if im getting 10-14?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Mia,
The prices vary from brand to brand. Typically if you order 12 or more you will receive a quantity discount. To receive a quote you can reach out to our Team Division at 1-800-469-7132 or by emailing teams@swimoutlet.com
Amanda
2 years ago.
We just received the parka we ordered for our daughter. Just wondering why there are 2 zippers on the same track? So you either have to step in or pull it over your head?
swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Amanda! Thank you for shopping with SwimOutlet.com! The two-way zipper, with two pulls, allows the wearer to keep the garment zipped while leaving the lower portion open. Also, the double zipper designs are more durable than the single ones. I would recommend you step in to wear it rather than pull it over your head.Thank you, have a great day!
MabelC
2 years ago.
Hello, my daughter is 15, 5’5, and weighs 120lbs. What parka size do you recommend?
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi MabelC,

Sizes vary per brand. May we know what parka brand were you asking for size recommendation?
Here are the swim parka's we offer.

https://www.swimoutlet.com/swim-parkas-c13565/?rd=N&Search=parka
Jessie
2 years ago.
My daughter needs a parka and she is 12 what size do I get her
SwimOutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Jessie,

We offer 3 Youth Parkas. Product codes 8117650 and 8117651 are from our private label Sporti. Please be guided by our size chart and compare actual measurements to pick the size that fits her best. The 3rd one is from TYR product code: 13604. They have a different sizing, please refer to their size chart. Thank you!
Haydon
3 years ago.
I like the functionality and look of the swim parka but I would like to use it for stadium football watching during cold temps (20's-40's) Looking for warmth, wind & rain resistance. How cold do your parkas rate? I'm also just curious to know if any other buyers use your coats for something other than post - swim.
QT
2 years ago.
1. Not rain resistant, it's just nylon shell like a windbreaker; you'll need to spray on water repellent every now and then
2. Generally, most swim parkas are like windbreakers rated to no lower than 60 degrees if all you're wearing underneath is a tshirt
Louise Glennon
3 years ago.
Do parkas get smelly and how do you clean them
.I'm not a robot
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Louise!
These do not need to be washed as often. The care tag says to machine wash cold, tumble dry low.
Jillian
3 years ago.
I love the swim parka I bought from you last fall and wear it every morning when I go to the pool. All the pockets mean I don't have to carry a gym bag for goggles, cap, etc...just my towel. However, I live in an area of the country that gets very hot and muggy during the summer. Do you have a similar parka suitable for summer weather? I can already tell that my current parka is going to be too hot.
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Jillian! Perhaps our dryrobe Advance Short Sleeve might be a good option. It a short sleeve, short length parka.
Kathy Cruz
3 years ago.
Hi, I need to find a parka for my 14 yr old boy but sizes are the same as shirt sizes? And I need a parka cool enough for south Florida weather that can get up to 100 F in the summer and can be worn between meets. What do you recommend?
SwimOutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Kathy!
Most of the parkas do have arctic fleece which may be warm in the summer. To choose the right parka it would be best to measure your son and match him up with the size chart.
Sonu
4 years ago.
I am looking to buy a swim parka for my son (11years old) who has enrolled in the evening swim classes. Which one would you recommend for him. Looking for a Navy Blue color.

Thanks!
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Sonu,
We have a few options for a navy parka. Check out the Sporti Comfort Fleece-Lined Swim Parka Youth and the Sporti Comfort Fleece-Lined Swim Parka. These two are the same but one is a youth and the other is adult size. Please refer to the size chart for each to check which is a better fit for him. You can view our entire selection for navy parka's here:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/swim-parkas-c13565/#cat=13565&page=1&sortby=Popularity&allcolor=navy&viewall=no
Lee
5 years 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?
SwimOutlet.com
5 years 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!

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sporti-comfort-fleece-lined-swim-parka-8117648/?color=212
https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-unisex-team-parka-42637/?color=9325
https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/usms-comfort-fleece-lined-swim-parka-8124833/?color=10904
Lee
5 years ago.
Thank you!!
Anne
7 years 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.
SwimOutlet.com
7 years 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:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/25711.htm?color=212

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

https://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/26575.htm?color=209

I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
Marie
7 years 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.
SwimOutlet.com
7 years 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:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/size-charts/

I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!
Chris Gray
7 years 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
SwimOutlet.com
7 years 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:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/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!

https://www.swimoutlet.com/Swim_Parkas_s/226.htm
wesley
7 years ago.
Our grandson is 5ft 8 in and weighs about 105. What size parka would he need?
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