Women's swimsuits: 7 of the best reviewed
Need a new swimsuit for some tough training in the pool? Helen Webster tests and rates seven new swimsuits to find the best
Taken from the new Zoggs Ecolast range, this suit is made from 78% Econyl yarn, which is made from recycled
fishing nets, carpet and industrial waste saved from the oceans. That’s impressive to see – and we wish more brands would follow their example – especially as the fabric retains the chlorine resistance and longevity Zoggs are famed for. We’ve long been fans of Zoggs’ high quality and reliable swimwear, too, and the Saber doesn’t disappoint, with a comfortable fit including adjustable star-back straps and medium leg height. The cut is a little skimpy down the side body, which took some getting used to, but it didn’t detract from the performance. zoggs.com
Verdict: The higher cost is worth it for a quality suit that also boasts eco credentials 91%
Buy from www.zoggs.com
There’s always a favourite suit in these tests that we find ourselves reaching for time and time again after the main testing’s done – and this time it was this striking suit from triathlon brand Zone3. The fit was comfortable and managed to exactly perfect the delicate balance of good looks with just enough coverage (not too skimpy or too frumpy!). The fabric felt good quality, with a strap-back design allowing full range of movement without digging into the shoulders. The Xfinity fabric promises 100% chlorine resistance and didn’t show any fading after many wash and wear cycles. As we went to print this was reduced to £17.50 online too, which is a fantastic bargain. racezone3.com
Verdict: Quality suit that just fits perfectly and performs in the water, plus we like the print! 86%
Buy from zone3.com
Two design options are available in the new Maru ‘Techno Dream’ range – Ariel, which is a foil mermaid scale design, and Prism (tested here), which shares the sparkly foil fabric and unicorn-esque colour palette. Usually we’re a fan of Maru’s unusual designs but these just felt a little too childish. Personal taste aside though, you get Xtra Life Lycra for chlorine resistance and UPF50+. The overall fit and feel is good too, although we had quite a problem with the skinny straps – they were so stretchy that, despite testing both a UK10 and UK12, they just pulled the front of the suit too low when pushing off at the end of the pool, meaning we had to keep pulling it up as we swam.
Verdict: Nice fabric, but the straps lacked security and we’re not sold on sparkly pastels 60%
Buy from wiggle.co.uk
Huub might have the Brownlees on their design team, but Aquasphere have the most decorated Olympian of all time in the shape of swimmer Michael Phelps, who is the name behind the MP swimwear collaboration. We’ve seen the racing-back swimsuit on these pages before and again we’re impressed by the flattering design, which not only looks good but also allows a greater range of movement through the racer back (open back also available), and our UK12 fit true to size. The fabric is Aquasphere’s Aqua Infinity, which claims 200+ hours of swimming, with UV50+ sun protection, something which is backed up by our previous experience of these suits.
Verdict: striking looks and a fit that feels good and allows a wide range of movement in the water 87%
Buy from www.swiminn.com
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