0:08 - Hello and welcome to Jaked US Store Video Blog
1:06 - The most common materials used to make competition suits
2:00 - Tip #1 - Before the Race
2:59 - Tip #2 - Wearing your Jaked competition suit
3:43 - Washing your Jaked competition suit
5:05 - Tip #3 - Drying your Jaked competition suit
6:57 - Tip #4 - Finding the suit to fit your needs
Hello and welcome to the Jaked US Store Video Blog. This is our first video blog post, and from this point out, we will be regularly posting about interesting topics relating to the world of competition swimming, our athletes, Jaked products, and a lot more.
Hopefully in the future we will be able to also get some behind the scenes videos at the Jaked production factory, and interviews with athletes that we sponsor, but for now, let’s go ahead and dive into today’s topic.
So, today we’re here to talk about competition suits and how to properly care for them. Competition suits are truly in a world of their own, but it isn’t always easy to determine which is the best solution for our personal swimming needs. It can be complicated to understand the differences between each competition suit, not to mention understanding what makes these specialized suits different than regular bathing suits.
Elastane (aka Spandex) and Lycra, are some of the most common materials used to fabricate competition suits. These materials are used because they generate very little friction in the water and render the contact surface as smooth as possible.
These fabrics have a negligible thickness, nearly the width of a single hair, which is part of the reason why these suits often give the swimmer a remarkable sense of improvement.
Whether you want to be the next Federica Pellegrini or simply love competitive swimming, we would like to give you some advice that we hope you will find useful, in order to optimize the durability of your suit and your results in the water.
The following tips regard the maintenance and the careful storing of your suit.
Tip #1: Before the Race
Only wear your suit for the time that is strictly needed. It is fine to even put it on just twenty minutes before the competition. This way, you can reuse your suit many-many times.
Despite the fact that our competition suits are structurally resistant, they could be damaged by seemingly innocuous things, for example, by a fingernail that is too long. So, we advise, especially for people with long nails, to wear gloves as protection from the second that you begin handling the swimsuit. It is not advisable to use talc abundantly; it would be good practice to use the least bit needed.
Once you are wearing the suit, cover it with shorts or a skirt so as to protect it from external risks. Pay close attention in any case to what you lean against.
Tip #2: Wearing and Washing
The plates present in the pool, which can be seemingly comfortable, could also damage your suit. If you look closely, you will see that the roughness is noticeable (do not sit!). If in order to exit the pool, you need to cross multiple lane lines, don’t try to pass over them, but instead dive and swim underneath to avoid abrasions to your suit.
Once the competition has ended, avoid casually continuing to wear the suit if it is not entirely necessary. The suit will need to undergo a special hand-wash at the end of the competition, with care given to the following special requirements.
The wash must use cold water without chlorine, under a delicate stream of water, as too much water pressure could cause stretching of the fabric. But, we know that water by itself might not be enough to eliminate all of the chlorine present. So next, we advise you to fill a large container or a sink with cold water and to add a neutral liquid soap for delicates.
Using powdered soap could be risky in this type of wash because it may not dissolve completely, and therefore not fully clean your suit internally and externally. Now, we know it’s not always possible to do this immediately after a competition, so in these cases, as soon as you are finished, rinse the suit with cold water and then wrap it in a soft towel.
Absolutely do not put away the suit in a plastic bag if it is still wet! Once you have arrived home, follow the hand-washing method that we’ve just described. Finally, under no circumstances use a washing machine, dry cleaning, or bleach when cleaning your suit.
Tip #3: Drying your Suit
When drying your suit, it is not advised to wring out or rub the suit after the wash because this can cause the fabric to unravel after a certain period of time. Instead, it is best to always air-dry your swimsuit. The air-drying phase must be completely natural, meaning without the use of anything that emanates heat (therefore avoid direct exposure to sun, radiators, dryers, etc.)
We advise laying the suit horizontally during the drying phase to avoid the weight of the water pulling down and stretching the structural integrity of the suit. If the suit dries with creases, it will be enough to re-rinse it and dry it again; do not use an iron.
With each competition swimsuit, you also receive a small cloth bag. Consider this bag like the sheath of your sword. Would you ever put a sword in a plastic bag? Well, don’t do this with your suit either! This is because by doing so, you would risk the formation of an unpleasant musty odor.
In the pool, your suit is the most important external element of your body, so it is best to always keep the suit in a fresh and dry place when you are not in the pool. We also must keep in mind that chlorine can cause corrosion, and take preventive actions to protect the suit in order to assure long usage and great performance with your Jaked “second skin”.
Your suit is highly personal, and it takes on the exact form of your body even from the first time that you wear it in the water. In order for the suit to remain molded to your body, don’t let anyone else wear it! It’s only yours :)
Tip #4: Finding The Suit to Fit Your Needs
The creation of an ideal competition swimsuit goes hand-in-hand with great tailoring methods. It would probably be every athlete’s dream to have their own personalized and custom-made swimsuit.
But not always having this option, we must make sure not to buy a suit that just follow the latest trends. Don’t be fooled by bright colors! The key factor is that the suit fits tightly, but comfortably. But it shouldn’t be too comfortable! If it is too loose and really easy to put on, it probably won’t do you much good.
The job of a good competition suit is to compress muscular mass. If the suit does not adhere perfectly to the body, this effect is in vain. A large swimsuit has the potential to keep water inside of it and can create a “parachute effect” that can dramatically limit your performance.
For inexperienced or less serious athletes, we advise suits that are more flexible and easier to put on, for you will have plenty of time to enjoy a performance suit in the future.
To conclude, we hope that you will find these few simple tips of advice to be helpful in the care and keeping of your suit. We hope that our athletes buy a Jaked swimsuit to expand their ambitions, not just because they need a new suit.
Our versatility and knowledge in the field of swimming is always at your disposal.