Honestly, I wasn’t shopping for another bikini. Not just yet. But I saw a certain one when helping buy a swimsuit for my daughter and I knew it was worth trying. I have used it many times now and it is the new favorite for workout swims in my Endless Pools Fastlane current generator in a 9×17 Tuff Pool.
As I have said in the past, I think swimming against the current is a real test of an active bikini, especially the top. This top passes with flying colors. It does not catch water at all and it stays perfectly in place with all movement. It is not the standard triangle shape that I usually prefer, particularly for post-swim tanning, but it is a cute design. The cups are slightly gathered at the outer edges, near the arm. The scoop neckline combined with the keyhole cut-out in the center allow it to have the advantages of sports bra stability, but the visual appeal of maintaining a feminine shape.
The cross-straps on the back of the top are continuous with the front of the top. There is nothing to tie. Some tops like this are confusing to put on, but I have not had any issues with this one. The straps are somewhat narrower than last year’s favorite by TYR, but the elastic was well chosen for staying put without cutting in. Getting the top off is the hardest thing about it. It is hard to beat the easy removal of untying something, but with this one there is the advantage of not needing to find the most comfortable secure tension every time I put it on either, so it is a very reasonable exchange.
I bought myself a medium, having wider than average shoulders for a woman, in spite of my small bust. It fits quite well. My daughter needed a larger one, and reported that it also stayed in place quite well when she is swimming. She swims about twice the amount of time I do and at a faster current adjustment, so the design seems uniquely suited for various cup sizes.
The bottoms are sold separately, but in coordinating colors. They sit on the hips, with an approximately one inch width at that point. The backside is not full coverage over the buttocks, but not a g-string either. The design is a straight line from the hip to the crotch section. I find that this does away with any pulling or creeping that is so often an issue, whether walking or swimming. It is the place where many basic swim suit bottoms want to creep anyway, so I say, “why fight it?” (click on any photo to enlarge, but as with the last bikini post, I remind you that I chose photos carefully. FYI, my husband took them, but the camera doesn’t always see me through his loving eyes…)
The fabric is about 50% polyester, so it should last longer than spandex suits, but it is softer and more malleable than the 90% polyester suits I have worn. This makes it very comfortable next to the skin, as well as comfortable to be in because it is form fitting rather than form squashing. Since it is supposed to last a long time in chlorine, it should last an extra long time in my natural enzyme swimming pool.
My only complaint about this suit is that it is not available in more colors! I do like my turquoise, but would also like some pretty prints, especially for the top. The only print top available was sold out after I got it for my daughter. This will definitely be one of the swim suits that I take on our tropical vacations this coming cold season!
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