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Speedo Swimsuit Fabrics Explained


The technology that goes in to the design of fabrics is incredible, and swimwear fabric is no exception. Big swimwear brands, like Speedo, put a lot of time and thought in to deciding which fabrics are best suited (pun intended) for their products. Often times, you'll see different styles composed of various fabrics, depending on the purpose they are trying to achieve.

Why Is It Important?

In swimming, a sport where you're trying to glide seamlessly through the water, the fabric and composition of the swimsuit makes a world of difference. Each material will feel and fit differently when in the water, depending on the person and their level of expertise. Additionally, different fabrics have diverse lifecycles. While one swimsuit may fit better, another may have greater longevity. Finding the best swimsuit for you is vital to your success in the pool. 

What Are The Different Kinds of Speedo Fabrics?

Speedo swimsuits in particular use a lot of unique blends to come up with their signature fabrics; Aquablade (80% Polyester, 20% LYCRA® Spandex), Endurance Lite (51% PBT, 49% Polyester), Endurance+ (50% Polyester, 50% PBT), XTRA LIFE LYCRA® Fiber (74% Nylon, 26% XTRA LIFE LYCRA® Fiber), PowerFLEX (74% Nylon, 26% XTRA LIFE LYCRA® Fiber), PowerFLEX Eco (78% Econyl, 22% XTRA LIFE LYCRA® Fiber), PowerPLUS (79% Nylon, 21% XTRA LIFE LYCRA® Fiber), and ProLT (85% Polyester, 15% Spandex).

While these fabrics all sound super fancy (and confusing), each of their swimsuits are made up of a blend of the following materials, and we're breaking them down for you in this guide.

NYLON

Details:
- Ideal for drag suits and training suits
- Very common fabric in swimwear
- Often blended with Spandex for elasticity

Pros:
- Offers a lightweight, smooth fit
- One of the strongest manufactured fibers
- Quick-drying and low-water absorbency
- Lower-cost

Cons:
- Has poor resistance to prolonged sun exposure, so fabric will fade and fray. (To help, rinse with cool, fresh water after each use.).

ECONYL

Details:
- Made from recycled materials
- Offers an eco-friendly alternative to standard Nylon

Pros:
- Eco-friendly

Cons:
- More expensive

SPANDEX

Details:
- Ideal for competition suits
- Competitive swimsuits should contain higher percent of spandex
- Also known as Elastane or as brand name LYCRA®

Pros:
- Form-fitting fit
- Mid-range cost
- Commonly used because of durable elasticity
- Excellent elasticity and stretch, so even a small amount is vital for swimsuits

Cons:
- Can be itchy if not blended with other fabrics
- Does not hold up well in chlorine. Rinse with cool, fresh water after each use.

XTRA LIFE LYCRA®

Details:
- Ideal for competition suits
- Often blended with other fabrics

Pros:
- Longer-lasting than LYCRA® Spandex
- Comfortable material
- Retains color and shape
- Chorine-resistant
- Stronger elasticity than Spandex/LYCRA®    

Cons:
- More expensive cost.

PBT

Details:
- Ideal for fitness and competition suits
- Best for outdoor swimming
- PBT stands for polybutylene terephthalate, a texturized polyester
- Often blended with Polyester

Pros:
- Cost-effective and durable
- Chlorine- and heat-resistant
- Great stretch and elasticity, similar to spandex
- Quick-drying and low-water absorbency

Cons:
- More expensive cost

POLYESTER

Details:
- Ideal for competition suits
- Durable alternative to Spandex
- Common alternative to Spandex in competition swimsuits

Pros:
- Form-fitting fit
- Chlorine-resistant and colorfast
- Durable material, even if not cared for properly
- Doesn't stretch as much as Spandex; holds shape well
- 2-3 times longer lasting than Spandex

Cons:
- Not as comfortable as Spandex
- Higher cost
- Not super stretchy, harder to put on at first

Keep in mind that there are different blends of these fabrics in Speedo competition swimsuits. While one material may not have good shape retention, the other blended fabric will. Compare the materials listed to ensure you are getting exactly what you need. There's plenty of fabric and fabric blends available, but it is up to you to determine which composition best fits your swimwear needs. Now that you understand the differences between the Speedo swimsuit materials, you're ready to get out there and choose.

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Rob
1 month ago.
Are there swimmers without polyester?
SwimOutlet
1 month ago.
Yes, we have swim briefs made from Nylon, Lycra and combination blend of fabrics. Here is the list: https://www.swimoutlet.com/mens-swim-briefs-c9261/#page=1&cat=9261&catlvl=3&sortby=Popularity&viewall=no&mtrl=Lycra%AE%2CNylon_~_Xtra_Life_Lycra%AE%2CNylon%2CNylon_~_Lycra%AE
shelli stenzler
2 months ago.
I have been wearing only Speedo suits for 40 years but developed an allergy to latex, spandex, etc. Could you please make a cotton suit for those of us-millions-who suffer from allergies?
Thanks.
SwimOutlet
2 months ago.
Suits made of cotton, nylon and lycra spandex do not contain latex. They can help cut down on allergic reactions. There are suits made of 100% nylon and some are blended with spandex.
Seamus
5 months ago.
Hi folks, I've been wearing Speedo swimwear for many, many years. The most recent pair of jammer shorts which I bought end of last October from Wiggle have all frayed. I've worn them twice weekly from November through to end of February. I have just recently recommenced swimming (3 sessions) since July because of Covid 19 restrictions. They are all frayed and fit for nothing except to be thrown out. Why did this happen? I usually get 3 years from a pair of Speedo swimwear.
Ellen Backlin
10 months ago.
I cant wear any of this. Besides having psoriasis, Ii hot more allergic reactions to this. My allergist and dermatologist says none if these are good for my skin. Please make something in cotton.
SwimOutlet
10 months ago.
Hi Ellen!

We are so sorry to know of your concern. At this time, we do not carry any suit that is made of 100% cotton. We will make sure to note your feedback for future reference.
Karen Steele
1 year ago.
I have a LunaLustre Swimsuit - have you changed the fabric on this suit as it does not feel the same as another one I have previously purchased from you?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Karen! I'm sorry that we don't carry the LunaLustre swimsuit.
Sandra Hudroge
1 year ago.
I have a latex allergy and the bands around the legs and arms and neck give red welts and oozy itchy rashes.do you have any suits that do not have latex???
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Sandra!

As far as we know, TYR suits are latex-free.
Ellen
10 months ago.
I cant wear any of these fabrics. Have psoriasis only males it worse.
Amelia
1 year ago.
what fabric is the LZR racer pulselite made of?
swimoutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Amelia! The LZR Racer Pulselite light is a powerful & durable fabric, with LZR Racer Comprex one way stretch for higher compression. Fabric: 65% Nylon/35% LYCRA
Elin
2 years ago.
What material is best for mens training jammers with a decent level of muscle compression please?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Elin!
If you are looking for compression, polyester is the best material for a training jammer.
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