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Swim Gear: Train and race in style

We all know how rough swimming pools can be on our swim gear – no matter how much you care for them, chlorine does a number on swimsuits. There’s an upside to that, though – getting to pick up a new suit on a regular basis. While performance isn’t as critical when it comes to a training suit, those who compete in masters competitions or non-wetsuit open water swim races might be interested a high-tech option designed to help you perform at your absolute best. We’ve got options on all fronts for you in our swim-gear review.

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Blueseventy Energy Jammer $54

Designed with training in mind, the Energy Jammer offers a longer cut that provides lots of leg coverage and extra front panelling for added support. Built with Darwin fabric, you get lots of performance and durability in an extremely comfortable suit.  

Speedo Fierce Flow Flyback One Piece $84


With its square neckline, sleek fit and racerback style, this suit is extremely comfortable and durable but remains nice and quick, making it an outstanding training suit. It’s double lined and offers full bum coverage to ensure lots of support, while the racerback straps, large open back and competitive leg line make for an extremely comfortable fit. The chlorine resistant material will retain its shape and colour through months of pool training swims.

TYR Women’s Avictor Venom Open Back Swimsuit $650

The Avictor suits are designed for the world’s fastest swimmers, and you’ll likely see the limited edition venom print at various national and international swim meets. This is a suit geared for maximum speed, reserved for meets and competitive swim competitions, or a non-wetsuit triathlon swim where you’re looking to kill the swim leg. (Masters swimmers take note.) Using Hydropshere Technology, the material in this suit both optimizes your position and reduces drag to help you slide through the water – the suit literally repels water. The material also provides optimal compression and lots of stretch, even as it gets wet, providing lots of comfort and support even through the longest swims.