The Difference between Silicone and Latex Swim Caps

9 01 2013
The right swim cap can improve your performance.

Choose the right swim cap based on your personal preference.

Swim caps serve a variety of purposes, both for the competitive and recreational swimmer. Competitive swimmers use various products to help them reduce the resistance in the water and increase their speed. For many swimmers, the right cap can give them the competitive edge they need. Recreational swimmers use them to protect their hair from the harsh elements of the chemicals in the water. Understanding the difference between silicone and latex will help you choose the product that is right for you.

Silicone

Silicone caps are made from a slick material that can easily slide off a swimmer’s head. This fact makes it necessary to find the perfect fit to ensure its stability during your race. They are easily put on and taken off without snagging hair and causing uncomfortable tugging or pulling. They are also breathable, making them comfortable for swimmers of all ages

The Speedo Solid Silicone Swim Cap is a popular choice because of its affordability. Entire swim teams can choose to purchase theirs together, creating a uniform look among the team by purchasing the team color for everyone. This united look enables your team to become intimidating to your rival teams.

Latex

Latex swim caps stretch easily. This makes them popular for people of all ages because it is comfortable for all head sizes. Even women who have long hair that needs to be wrapped up find the Speedo Solid Latex Swim Cap comfortable and easy to wear. Because latex is stretchable, it is a durable material, especially for younger swimmers who are a rough on their equipment. It is also an affordable material, making it a popular choice among many swimmers because they can be replaced without becoming a financial burden.

Choosing the Right Material

When you are looking for a cap that will reduce your drag in the water and help you gain the competitive edge, you will need to weigh your options. The right cap is a personal preference based on your comfort level in the water. You want a cap that will stay put and provide your head with the most coverage. In addition to giving you the speed you need to get ahead of the competition, it is also the perfect way to protect your hair from the harsh elements of the pool water, especially when you swim on a daily basis.





Which Type of Swim Cap is Best?

11 06 2012
Swim Cap

Choosing the right swim cap requires you to consider your swimming conditions and needs.

When you look at the swim caps that are available to you, it may not be clear why there are caps made from different materials. The goal of wearing a swim cap is the same, no matter which one you choose. However, you need to know how to pick the best swim cap for you so you don’t find yourself having trouble once you start using it, such as durability issues and fit.

Durability

One of the most important elements of your swim cap is its durability. In general, a silicone swim cap will be the most durable. The material is a bit thicker than the latex swim caps and is resistant to stretching. This means you can use the cap over and over for longer periods of time without worrying about it stretching out and not fitting properly. Silicone is also less likely to become damaged if you leave a wet cap in your swim bag.

Temperature

In addition to durability, you need to consider the temperature of the water in which you swim. Because silicone is a thicker material, you will want to avoid this type of swim cap if you are going to consistently swim in water that is above 81 degrees Fahrenheit. If you swim in warmer water and choose silicone, you are more likely to overheat. Latex will help your head breathe better, making you more comfortable as you swim.

Effort

You will need to consider more than the temperature of the water in which you swim. You must also consider how hard you will work. Just like participating in aerobics, you can work up a sweat if you are going to be swimming hard. If you will be working out hard in the hot sun, you may want to choose a latex swim cap instead of a silicone one, even if the water temperature is lower.

Choosing the best swim cap for your style of swimming will ensure you don’t run into any problems. You will need to consider many things while making your choice, including the durability you require, the temperature of the water and how hard you will work. While silicone swim caps are more durable than latex swim caps, they are also warmer, making latex a better choice for warmer pools and hard workouts in the sun. For some people, one of each can work best, but for many others, choosing one or the other is sufficient.





Lucky Swim Cap

1 03 2010

Lucky Swim CapLucky charms are nothing new in fact many swimmers swear by them. Back in my swimming days I would not be able to race in a new pair of goggles until I had successfully chewed on both ends of the goggle straps. Maybe this is more of a bad habit vs a good luck charm. But there are many swimmers that do have there lucky swimsuit, cap, or goggles. Now a days the swim caps already come with the good luck. The shamrocks on this lucky swim cap will be sure to give you at least a little bit of good luck for your swim race.





Silicone Swim Cap Sale

9 02 2010

Silicone Swim CapsD&J Sports Swim Shop is having a sale on their silicone swim caps this week. Just in time to get your loved one a fun swim cap for Valentine’s Day. The silicone swim caps are the best caps available. They can last for months and are much easier to get on your head than the latex swim caps. Plus they do not fade or turn brown when exposed to the pool chemicals. D&J Sports has many fun printed silicone swim caps and also some solid silicone swim caps too. Be sure to place your order online before Sunday and save 25% off the silicone swim caps.





Lose Weight Swimming – Suggested Swim Gear

31 12 2009

Ok so we all ate too much during the holiday season and now we need to lose some weight. Swimming is one of the best exercises that you can do, it is a full body cardio exercise. Just a few hours each week in the pool will have your waist line going down. Many of you are also making your New Year’s Resolutions to get back into the swimming pool and back into shape. We have assembled a list of swim products to help you out in the pool.

1) a practice swimsuit, available in both women’s practice suits and men’s practice suits styles

2) great fitting goggles, we suggest the TYR Nest Pro goggle or the Women’s Vanquisher goggles

3) a silicone swim cap, you don’t want your hair turning green

4) swim fins, one of the best training aids for swimming is to use rubber swim fins. They will not only help your swim kick but for those of us who have not been in the water in a while, the swim fins will allow us to swim a little longer and help keep us from breaking our form because we are tired.

5) kickboard, I know they are more fun to surf on but now is the time to get serious and put it to use, I found a great swim kickboard with multiple handle grips for added comfort and drills.

6) pull buoy, don’t forget about your arms too, this will not only help you develop your stroke but also make you stronger and better at arm wrestling (hey chicks dig good arm wrestlers.)

7) mesh equipment bag, you will need something to put all of your swim gear in, also check out the swim backpacks too, the swimming backpacks will have you looking like a pro when you head down to the pool.

8) swim parkas, for those of you that swim outdoors, a swim parka is a must. They will keep you warm and also hide a little of that extra weight that you are trying to lose.

9) Pure Sport Starter Kit, put down the coffee and the cokes, now is the time to get serious and start paying attention to what is going into your body also. The Pure Sport Starter Kit will help you before and after you swim to get your body system into shape.

10) Speedo LZR Racer Elite, ok so you are a bad ass and you already have all of the rest of the gear on the list and you are ready to take on Michael Phelps. Then you will definitely need the Speedo LZR Elite swimsuit.

I hope this list helps and don’t forget the most important part of the list…using it!








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