Speedo launch FINA compliant performance swimwear

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Michael Phelps in new Speedo LZR Racer Elite suit

Inspired by the controversial record-breaking LZR Racer Suit, Speedo is launching a new generation of performance swimwear which is fully compliant with FINA 2010 regulations.

Gone are the full length suits and zippers which helped result in so many world records being broken at the Beijing Olympics (out of the 25 World records broken, 23 were broken wearing the LZR Racer Suit). In its place are shorter suits made out of textile material – the mens’ Jammer suits cover from knee to hip while the women’s are from shoulder to knee.

The range was developed in the Speedo Aqualab and embraces many of the groundbreaking technical features of the original, but now banned, Speedo LZR Racer suit. Speedo claims the new generation of advanced textile swimsuits offer a unique combination of high power fabrics, design and construction for a smoother shape, reduced drag and greater flexibility.

The Speedo LZR Racer Elite suit, pictured here being worn by Michael Phelps, forms part of the new range that includes the Speedo LZR Racer Pro suit (launching January 2010) and Speedo LZR Racer Comp suit (launching mid 2010). Continue reading for a full look at the new Speedo line-up.

Rebecca Adlington models new Speedo Lzr Racer Elite Suit

Rebecca Adlington models new Speedo Lzr Racer Elite Suit


Using the technology developed for the Speedo LZR Racer suit, the ELITE range incorporates the same fully bonded construction with ultrasonically welded seams for a smooth, flexible and streamlined surface. Made from exclusive ultra-lightweight, low drag LZR Pulse fabric, the suit is engineered to fit the swimmer’s body for a streamlined shape while reducing muscle oscillation, enabling them to cut through the water more efficiently. Also featuring Speedo’s unique 3D, 3-piece dynamically engineered pattern for optimum fit and shape, the Speedo LZR Racer ELITE range is Speedo’s most advanced performance racing suit.

SPEEDO LZR RACER PRO SUIT (Available January 2010)

The Speedo LZR Racer PRO range features exclusive highly durable variant of the LZR Pulse fabric and the same 3D pattern as the ELITE series. The low-profile, high-strength stitched seam construction combine to provide a highly durable competition suit with low-drag and an advanced fit.


Engineered with the same unique 3D pattern, the Speedo LZR Racer COMP range features Speedo’s new water-repellent, quick-drying EnduranceSD fabric. Developed in the Aqualab, EnduranceSD is a performance variant of Speedo’s renowned Endurance+ fabric and will dry quickly between races (up to half the time of comparable fabrics) and retain its shape, while its chlorine-resistant properties make it a durable training suit.

All three swim suits are available in the male Jammer silhouette and female Recordbreaker Kneeskin and Recordbreaker silhouettes.

Also available in the 2010 LZR Racer product line is Speedo TriathElite, a range of advanced triathlon suits that build on the innovations pioneered in the LZR Racer suit and engineered to perform exceptionally in all stages of a triathlon. The TRI-PRO triathlon suit utilises a version of Speedo’s LZR Pulse fabric, LZR Pulse Flow, specifically re-engineered for use in triathlon. Currently under development is the LZR Racer Tri-Comp, planned for launch in the 2nd half of 2010.

Additional products complementing the LZR Racer line in swimwear are Speedo’s cutting edge designs in equipment. These include the LZR Racer Bonded Cap, the Aqua V unique multi-thickness silicone competition cap, the Speed Socket classic racing goggle, the Aqua Socket low profile racing goggle and the Side Winder, a technical racing goggle with traditional hard frame.

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