Comfort and fit are essential considerations for a pair of swim jammers, as well look and speed through the water. Here are 4 of the best men’s swim jammers
Nike Hydrastrong Solid jammers
Nike say their Solid jammers are ‘built for speed lap after lap’ and, after plenty of test swims, we think their performance makes far more of a statement than the plain black fabric suggests. The Hydrastrong main body fabric is made from a mix of polyester and PBT polyester, with the latter specced to make the material slide more smoothly through the water, while keeping its shape over a long period of time. The front gusset is very soft, and the sizeable waistband with flatlocked seams is our favourite on test, ensuring our swims were chafe-free swimming lap after lap. Nike recommend hand washing, but we found machine washing on a low setting was fine.
Verdict: durable fabric with an exceptional stretch, 92%
Huub Brownlee (Jonny) jammers
As the name suggests, the Brownlee Jammer was designed in collaboration with Jonny Brownlee, and the result is a very comfortable product with a striking geometric print. The sizeable front gusset is free-flowing either side and stitched in the middle, which is unusual but shouldn’t lead to any discomfort, so long as you don’t select a size too small. This fabric inside also extends down to the legs, providing some extra support and coverage on the thighs. The leg grippers and waistband are impressive – both are comfortable and provide just the right amount of stretch for an ideal fit. We can also vouch for the quality of the polyester fabric, as the print was like new and the Huub logo fully intact after a number of test swims. As the priciest on test we were expecting high quality from the Brownlee Jammers, and they didn’t disappoint.
Verdict: Boasting a bold print and huge comfort for both training and racing 90%
Speedo Boomstar Placement jammers
The Boomstar Placement jammers have an enlarged ‘Boom’ print, inspired by Speedo’s logo, screenprinted on the side. They’re part of Speedo’s ‘Essentials’ line of swimwear, made to be durable and comfortable for “everyday swim fitness training” rather than competition. The Endurance+ fabric is described as 100% chlorine resistant, and is supplemented by an extra integral support panel to keep everything secure. The drawstring on the waistband is very thin, and for us didn’t work as well as the chunkier, more secure drawstring on Nike’s Solid jammers – but it does the job, especially if you select the right size. Speedo also claim the fabric dries extra quickly to prevent your bag from getting too soggy after a session. Overall, the Boomstar Placement jammers are perfectly serviceable for pool training, and feel built to last for thousands of pool lengths.
Verdict: No-nonsense training jammers with long-lasting fabric; waist band could be improved 87%
Maru Rainforest jammers
Introverts are advised to keep clear of the Rainforest Pacer jammers from Maru, with the British brand proudly stating the ‘on-trend’ tropical style “will leave you the centre of attention at the pool”. Maru claim they’re long-lasting thanks to the Pacer fabric and ours have shown little sign of wear after multiple swims and washes. The front gusset is black to prevent see-through disasters, and is fully stitched on unlike the other pairs on test. This kept things comfy and did the job on test swims. The chunky drawstring allows for easy adjustment, but we found that it bunched up inside the waistband and lacked some comfort. They also weren’t very stretchy, which meant we had to spend more time getting them on correctly to prevent any embarrassing slippage. Even so, the fabric should last and is UPF50+, which’ll come in handy for outdoor swims.
Verdict: eye-catching design and the lowest price on test, but lacking some stretch, 81%