Men's swimming jammers: 3 of the best reviewed
The pool season is here, and men will need a pair of comfy, hydrodynamic and chafe-free swimming shorts for indoor pool workouts. Jack Sexty puts three pairs of swim shorts to the test
What have barbering and swimwear got in common? No idea. But it certainly makes for an eye-catching and quite bizarre design on these jammers from Aussie brand Amanzi, with a hipster barber, scissors and a pot of pomade among the hair-themed images. The fabric itself is Amanzi’s Armor, claimed to be highly chlorine-resistant. In use, they’re plenty comfortable enough with no rubbing evident around the leg grippers.
There’s a separate part-stitched gusset lining to keep things comfy and contained up front, and a good quality, tough drawstring is included. If you can handle the print, you’ll get plenty of pool time out of the Barber Chops. There are also boys’ sizes for up-and-coming triathletes, although for men they only go up to a 36in waist. amanziswimwear.com
Verdict: questionable print but a solid performance from the chlorine-resisting Aussie brand 84%
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Aqua Sphere’s collaboration with the greatest swimmer of all time has fittingly led to some innovative swimwear and goggles for competition use. We’ve been a fan of these in previous tests, although the Leyo is at the affordable end of the MP range and more of an everyday training option.
They’re shorter in the leg than the others here and the fabric felt looser at the leg seams, which meant we couldn’t achieve a perfect fit. The inner lining covers the front and rear and is a bit narrow, so it rode up on some occasions, particularly in pullbuoy sets. The Leyo features Infinity fabric – a polyester blend that promises over 200 hours of chlorine resistance – and, with solid construction including a tough elasticated waistband, they’ll last.
Verdict: fabric that’s made to last but form-fitting comes up short of the mark in places 76%
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Zoggs’ Ecolast fabric is made from recycled plastic waste from the sea, which in this case has been transformed into the excellent Checker Jett Jammer with a digitally-printed fragmented pattern on the left leg. We’ve tested jammers made with Ecolast before and can vouch for their durability, and it looks like more of the same here with the fabric still proving good-as-new after numerous swims and washes.
The V Front lining is completely stitched in, which we preferred to the other two pairs on test because there’s nothing inside that can ride up or sag. The Checker Jett is a quality training jammer with a design that’ll be manageable for those who prefer something more inconspicuous, plus we’re a fan of the clever and sustainable method of construction.
Verdict: Eco-friendly with excellent durability and a design that’s super-comfortable 91%
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