Schooling, Cordes and More Share Thoughts on the New Speedo Fastskin

SwimSwam recently embedded with Speedo at their 2019 photo shoot for the new Speedo Fastskin LZR Pure Valor and Fastskin LZR Pure Intent. The athletes were in peak form to model their new battle armor, and eager to discuss what new technology Speedo had brought to the table.

We talked with multiple Speedo athletes about their thoughts on the new suits, and they gave their praise in nearly every aspect:

“Every single time they came back with something new and different, and I think they really listened to what we had to say.” –Kevin Cordes, 2016 Olympic Champion

“It has a thickness to it, that makes you feel a little more comfortable when you’re putting it on… it’s like it fits into your body like a little glove” –Alia Atkinson, 4-Time Olympian

“Great flexibility through the hips, it doesn’t really kill your hips as you bring your legs up to make a turn” –Joseph Schooling, 2016 Olympic Champion

“They made the old Speedo suit… even better.” –Hali Flickinger, 2016 Olympian 

LZR Pure Intent

Developed from a deeper understanding of hydrodynamics and the biomechanics of swimming the LZR Pure Intent is Speedo’s smartest suit to date. Flexible zoned compression allows the swimmer a wider range of motion in the legs and makes it easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. There are three brand new fabrics which directly target flexibility, compression and drag reduction in the areas that need it. The fabrics have been through vigorous flat plate testing, with multiple textures used to identify which were fastest both individually and when combined.

The male swimsuit is available with a high or regular waist and has a unique textured fabric zone on the rear to target drag reduction through turbulence management, inspired by their most in-depth study of shark scales to date. The male suit also features new band technology supporting the hamstrings for a more powerful leg kick and faster upbeat recovery.

The female version features textured fabric zones around the chest and rear, newly engineered precision straps to provide greater comfort and range of movement, and a choice of open or closed back to cater for different body types and preferences

Compressive dual layering along with an improved ergonomic seam placement has been added to the legs of both male and female swimsuits to give maximum compression to key muscle groups to support a stronger kick and harness the power athletes generate in their starts and turns.

Caeleb Dressel (USA), said: “The LZR Pure Intent feels really good. It’s springy and it’s connected. You get the compression where you want it – from the booty all the way down to the back of the legs and it works with your kicks, it’s like you have a little spring on you. It’s my own super suit!”

About Speedo®

The world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo is passionate about life in and around the water, creating revolutionary new technologies, designs and innovations and supporting swimming from grass-roots through to elite level. In the 1920s Speedo made history with the Racerback: the world’s first non- wool suit. In 2008 Speedo redefined swimwear again with Fastskin LZR RACER – the fastest and most technologically advanced swimsuit ever created. In 2015, Speedo launched the Fastskin LZR Racer X, the first suit engineered to help swimmers feel their fastest. Its development was made possible through analyses of the physical and psychological aspects of competitive swimming with over 330 elite swimmers. Speedo is owned by Speedo Holdings B.V and distributed in over 170 countries around the world; to find out more visit: SPEEDO, the ARROW device, FASTSKIN, AQUALAB, RACING SYSTEM, BIOFUSE, SPEEDO ENDURANCE, SCULPTURE and LZR RACER are registered trademarks of Speedo Holdings B.V. The LZR RACER suit has worldwide design rights and patents. The FASTSKIN3 cap, goggle and suit has worldwide design rights and patents pending.

About PVH:

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 36,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and nearly $9 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s, Olga and Geoffrey Beene brands, as well as the digital-centric True & Co. intimates brand, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International Limited

Swimming news courtesy of Speedo, a SwimSwam partner.

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I love this site but the advertisements that are written to look like articles/posts are always strange to me. Does the sponsor really require this? Can’t it just be called an advertisement? Having a byline on what is clearly a press release just seems odd. “Quotes” from paid Speedo athletes about the new Speedo suits? OK


“As Schedule 7 to my contract makes clear, my thoughts are that this is an amazing, revolutionary product. It is not, nor should I in any way suggest that it is (sorry, shouldn’t have read that bit aloud), a tweaked version of an existing product to fill a gap whilst Speedo invest in a real new suit for the Olympic year. Buy it kids!”


And mizzuno still reigns king


If you are that big of a fan, at least spell the products name correctly. Shareholders will not be pleased.



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