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Selecting a Boys' Swimsuit

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Whether he's headed to a pool party with friends or competing at his after-school swim meets, there are a variety of boys' swimsuits available for your young swimmer. When choosing his swimsuit, keep in mind the different features, cuts and styles that are made specifically for him.

End Use

Racing and Training

For both competition and training, your competitive swimmer needs a high-performance suitthat maximizes speed in the water and reduces drag by increasing water flow. Many swimmers buy separate suits for training and competitions, but both usually have compression technology, which give the suit a seamless, tight fit.

Surf / Active Lifestyle

Surf and Active Lifestyle swimsuits are for riding the waves, playing a game of beach volleyball or just casual warm-weather fun. They are typically made in the boardshorts and swim trunks style. These swimsuits will be functional, keep him comfortable and look stylish while he's at the beach or pool.

Styles and Cuts of Boys' Swimsuits

Boys' swimsuits come in a variety of different cuts and styles that fit different swimmers needs. Team swimmers wear technical suits for big meets and typically race and train in jammers, briefs or square legs. Surf and Active Lifestyle swimmers usually wear swim trunks or board shorts when they're out riding the waves, playing a game of Frisbee on the beach or relaxing at the pool.

Jammers

  • Provide more coverage than the traditional brief style Racing & Trainings suits
  • Hit at mid-thigh
  • Smooth, tight fit reduces water resistance
  • Streamlined swim position

Square Leg Suits

  • Slightly more conservative than briefs
  • Training and practice suits for competitive swimmers
  • Sit low on waist and high on the thigh
  • Often worn as a drag suit during practices over briefs or jammers

Briefs

  • Racing & Training suits
  • Full range of motion and flexibility
  • Least conservative option
  • V-shape front, solid form-fitting back
  • Increases speed and reduces drag

Technical Suits

  • Designed for competition
  • Worn by competitive swimmers for big races and championship meets
  • Include the latest technologies that reduce drag, increase speed and enhance performance
  • FINA approved suits available (Be sure to check suits are within required guidelines)

Swim Trunks & Boardshorts

  • Option with the most coverage
  • Quick-drying, comfortable, non-restricting
  • Most have drawstring or elastic waistband
  • Mesh lining, internal pockets
  • Surf and Active Lifestyle swimmers typically wear trunks or boardshorts

Size and Measurements

Measurements

For him to accurately measure his body for a swimsuit, he will need to make sure the tape measure is straight, not twisted and is snug against his body, but not pinching or tight. While standing straight, he should measure around his waist.

Size Chart

Fabric

Nylon & Lycra

  • Durable, performance driven
  • Tight fit for streamlined shaped
  • Form-fitting, flexible, lightweight
  • Great elasticity for range of motion

Polyester

  • Long-lasting wear
  • Great training suits for competitive swimmers because they can be worn a lot without losing shape and fit
  • Chlorine-resistant
  • Durable and comfortable for long use
  • Holds shape well, does not stretch as much as other fabrics

Technical

  • Lightweight, compression fabric
  • Sleek design to optimize body position and reduce drag
  • Water repellant, chlorine-resistant and fast drying

Care and Maintenance

  • Rinse his swimsuit with cold water after each use as chlorine can wear down the material
  • Hang to dry out of direct sunlight, either in the shade or indoors
  • Do not machine wash or put in the dryer
  • It is time to buy a new swimsuit when it starts losing its shape, color and stretch

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