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  • 3/12/2014 Perfect solution!

    5 Review stars By Maria M.

    I got this cap for my 14-year-old daughter who has really thick, shoulder length hair. Other caps pulled her hair, or didn't stay on. This is perfect! All her hair fits, it doesn't pull her hair, and it doesn't slide off while she is swimming. It is true that it is not waterproof, but she is a competition swimmer, and the point was not to keep her hair dry, but to keep it out of the way while she is racing. LOVE IT!

    Maria M.
    Piscataway, NJ


  • 11/15/2011 not effective in keeping hair dry

    2 Review stars By stephanie

    Got this for my 10 year old. It was too small to cover all her hair, which is not that much.

    portland maine


  • 7/17/2015 Easy to use, very comfortable.

    5 Review stars By Lucille Tse

    This cap is so comfortable! I am Asian with a flatter head and it stays on where I put it. It does not give me a head ache. It is so easy to put on and remove.

    I do light and moderate swimming laps. I have never had to readjust this cap once I put it on. I highly recommend this cap.

    Lucille Tse
    Santa Clara, CA


  • 6/28/2011 No More Hair Ties

    4 Review stars By SharkBait

    This cap is all it says...easy on, keeps hair secure w/o ripping, no more hair tiesneeded, nice colors, doesn't squeeze my head too tight. Great video on YouTube. I have hair past my shoulders and swim daily in the ocean and it works like a dream. The only reason I give it 4 stars is due to the price (shouldn't cost that much) and the pink/purple bleeds upon 1st use. FYI: the blueberry is most def a purple not blue.

    San Diego, CA


  • 12/11/2015 Easy on, easy off, no more breakage - my hair loves it!

    5 Review stars By PaceClockWeekends

    The attached, two-piece design is brilliant! The first, inner cap goes on like a headband. The second cap fits over the first, which tucks long hair into the cap as it's pulled over the top of the head. It fits well, not too tight, and because it's fabric instead of lycra or silicone, it doesn't break my hair!
    This is the first cap ever that I absolutely love. I use it doing yard work under my sun hat, too, to keep my hair out of my eyes and off my neck. That means twice as many washes, but it's still going strong.
    Like any other swim cap, it can't keep hair dry, particularly not if you swim hard or do flip turns. But the trade-off for no more breakage is sooo worth it!

    Tallahassee, FL


  • 5/28/2015 Works!

    5 Review stars By Melissa k.

    So simple to use. I can even put it on with dry hair and I have long, curly hair.

    Melissa k.
    San Francisco


  • 11/26/2014 to small

    3 Review stars By rsdsurvivor

    this item fits to small.

    Marysville, WA


  • 6/21/2013 Long Hair Rescue!

    4 Review stars By Sara W.

    This cap is perfect for longer hair, easy to use, and now I can avoid the broken pieces caused by wet hairbands pull out my hair!

    Sara W.


  • 10/20/2018 Love this cap!

    5 Review stars By Valorie

    Where has this swim cap been all my life? I was a little hesitant to try this, because it’s so much more than a silicone or latex cap, but I’m glad I went for it. Goes on easily - no more having to pull my hair up and then struggle to get the cap over it. Stays on perfectly. I saw some other reviews saying it was too tight; I do not find it so. I hardly know I have it on. Love it!

    I swim laps 3-4 times per week and have been wearing this for about 2 weeks, so I can’t comment on the longevity. But I already have plans to add it to my Christmas wish list so I have a backup! 🙂



  • 9/11/2016 Nice to at but keeps falling off

    5 Review stars By Licona

    The cap is very nice, looks great but doesn't function as well. Every time my daughter does into the water it slides off.

    Los Angeles, CA


  • 5/13/2015 great product

    5 Review stars By GSABSA

    I have a smallish head- 20.5 inches. The cap fits me well, but is not at all tight. It would fit a larger head and much more hair. The fabric is nice and stretchy. My hair is 2 inches below my shoulders. This cap is easy to put on. It does not pull my hair and stays on during lap swimming. There is no static issue. All of the hair fits well and the cap could hold more. The putty ear plugs never stick in my ears well for me, but I use them and they are comfortable with this cap. This cap keeps them in place. My ears do get damp under the putty, but no actual water gets in, so I do not have ear aches. My hair does get wet.. I'm usually ready to wash my hair on swim days anyway, so I do not care. On days that I want my hair to stay dry, I use the Sporti Silicone Ear Cap instead, but this one is a bit easier.

    Southern Oregon


  • 4/17/2015 Worksf or me!

    4 Review stars By Va.

    This cap is great and the only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I wish it lasted longer, never-the-less I'm now on my second one. Although it is recommended for long hair I have chin to shoulder length hair cut in many layers. I pull what is long back with a ponytail holder, pull the inside part of the cap on like a head band (which catches all the short hair around my face) and pull the outer layer of the cap over my head covering what is left of my crazy hair. There is no hair to have to tuck up inside the cap. So for shorter crazy hair this cap is great! I swim 2500 to 2900 meters 3x's a week. I have a condition where the occipital nerves in the back of my head are damaged and any pressure put around my head causes terrible pain. This cap is snug without being too tight, stays in place, and causes me almost no discomfort. I don't mind that my hair gets wet so that's not an issue for me. I'm sorry the pink is out of stock...would have liked another pink one, but grey works just as well. Great product! Please don't discontinue it!

    Wernersville, PA


  • 4/13/2015 Perfect for long hair!

    5 Review stars By Lorraine

    This makes putting long hair into a swim cap simple and frustration free. It fits well and is very easy to use. It is nylon so won't save your hair from chlorine and salt, but if put on first it makes putting on a latex cap over top easy.

    Phoenix, AZ


  • 1/19/2015 Arena Smart Cap

    5 Review stars By Deborah

    This cap is absolutely amazing! I can not say enough about this cap. I purchased this cap for my eleven year old daughter because the other four caps we tried simply did not work for her.

    My daughter has very, very, long hair. Trying to get all that hair in a ponytail and into a regular swim cap just makes a huge drag in the water. This cap allows her to put the cap on herself, no more arguments between us, and by its design, naturally lifts the hair so it is evenly smoothed out, throughout the head, in the cap.

    This cap allows her in increase her speed while keeping her hair out of the way. Best cap I have found so far.

    Corona, CA


  • 1/18/2015 Not good

    1 Review stars By Moderate swimmer

    Wouldn't mind the price if it kept my hair dry but it didn't even in a moderate water exercise class..

    Moderate swimmer


  • 1/14/2015 Do not get this if the intended use is for swimming

    1 Review stars By mary d.

    I don't know how you would wear this thing so that it does not move around on your head. The two pieces are attached and they seem to pull against one another so that the thing moves around from all sides. I have separated the two hoping that will help. The design is horrible.

    mary d.
    Monona, WI


  • 11/29/2014 Soft and comfortable for my Occipital Neuralgia condition

    4 Review stars By VMD

    So far so good. I've only had this cap for a few weeks so as always, time will tell. However, with medium length hair and occipital nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain at the back of my head, this cap works well for my needs. It's snug without pulling the hair on my neck and around my temples. It's VERY easy to put on whether I have my hair lose or tied up. It's soft and comfortable on my ultra tender scalp. I wash it with soap and water after each use in an effort to make it last longer as other reviewers have stated it's short life span. If it lasts longer than 6 months I'll give it the fifth star.

    Wernersville PA.


  • 9/20/2014 Good cap for exercise/rec--serious training use is a ?

    4 Review stars By EQB

    I have long hair and before used a combo of hair ties and Lycra caps. I have trouble with other materials pulling my hair. So I tried this one and now bought a backup. No ties. Easy to use , others in the gym covet it and I send them here . Only problem- sometimes during very vigorous training it will begin to slip. It's easy to fix and never comes completely off. It doesn't happen all the time so I have to wonder if I am not quite putting it on right when that happens.
    Bottom line-if you have long hair and are taking a class, doing workout laps, or rec swimming, I highly recommend this cap. If you are a competitor training hard or competing, you likely need something tighter.

    San Francisco, CA


  • 9/20/2014 Best for unshorn, long hair

    5 Review stars By Jas

    'Singh', along swimming ;-)



  • 8/4/2014 Swimcap

    2 Review stars By Pammie

    I had high hopes for this item. The material gets soaking wet and my hair is completely wet. Not what I hoped for. While I realize nothing will keep you completely dry, this material is too much like swimsuit material and when I get out of the pool, I feel as though I didn't have a cap at all. I have used plastic caps underneath however, my hair is still soaking wet. I think this has a reasonable fit, but serves no real purpose. If I wanted to keep chlorine out of my hair, it failed the test as again, my hair was soaking wet.

    Bloomington ,IL


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