A swim brief refers to any "briefs style male "swimsuit such as those worn in competitive "swimming and "diving. The popularity of the Australian "Speedo (est. 1928) brand racing brief has led to the use of its name in some countries (e.g. the United States) to refer to any racing brief, regardless of the maker. Occasionally, the Speedo "genericized trademark also applies to "square cut swimsuits, but in general the generic term is used in reference to swim briefs. Swim briefs are also referred to as competition briefs, bathers, racer bathers, posing briefs, racing briefs, and colloquially in Australia as "budgie smugglers".
Like "underwear briefs, swim briefs feature a V-shape front and a solid back providing form-fitting coverage. They typically are worn below the lower waist. They are generally secured by thin banding at the upper thighs and either a "drawstring around the waist or an "elastic waistband. Swim briefs are most often made of a "nylon and "spandex (Lycra) composite, while some longer lasting suits are made from "polyester and still others from other materials. Most swim briefs have a beige or white front lining made of a similar fabric.
A drag suit is a pair of baggy squarecut or brief-style trunks that competitive swimmers may wear over their normal suit to provide extra resistance ("drag") from the water. This allows the swimmer to get more out of their training than they would without a drag suit. Drag suits are meant to be worn over a long period of time to wear in the material and possibly tear the fabric. The more worn-in, torn or ripped the drag suit, the more resistance it provides the swimmer. Since drag suits make swimming more difficult, swimmers do not wear drag suits in competition. Drag suits originated as older swimsuits at the end of their useful life that swimmers would then wear over another suit.
A kneeskin is a type of competitive swimwear worn by both male and female athletes. Kneeskins are normally made of technologically advanced "lycra-based fabrics designed to hug the body tightly and provide increased speed and decreased "drag resistance in the water.
The kneeskin is similar in design to the full "bodyskin absent the leggings beyond the knee. It also resembles a "shortie" style "wetsuit only made of drag-reducing fabric instead of "neoprene and commonly features a zippered back. Most competitive swimwear brands such as the "Speedo "LZR Racer line, "Tyr Sport, Inc. and Arena Powerskin line produce suits of this type. As with most technologically advanced fabric swimwear, kneeskin suits are only commonly used at highly competitive levels of the swimming sport and are known to sell for prices in excess of "US$200.
A jammer is a style of "swimsuit worn by male swimmers, used mainly in competition to obtain speed advantages. They are generally made of nylon and "lycra/spandex material, but may be made of polyester, and have a form fitting design to reduce water resistance. They provide moderate coverage from the mid-waist to the area above the knee, somewhat resembling "cycling shorts or "compression shorts worn by many athletes. They provide greater leg coverage than "swim briefs and "square leg suits, although they also have slightly more water resistance.
A legskin is a type of competitive swimwear worn by male swimmers. Most legskins are made of technologically advanced "lycra-based fabrics designed to hug the body tightly and provide increased speed and decreased "drag resistance in the water. The legskin covers from the swimmer's mid-waist to his ankle and resembles "leggings. One advantage of the legskin over other suit styles that cover the arms is flexibility, especially for strokes that require broad arm movement.
Since 2009, legskins have been banned for competition swimming by "FINA, as they were seen to give an unfair advantage to swimmers who wore them, and other bodysuits.
A racerback is a type of women's "swimsuit design common today among competitive swimwear and incorporated into some types of women's clothing. The top-back of the swimsuit is not covered to provide flexibility and movement of the arms during swimming.
The square cut or square leg style suit is a form-fitting male "swimsuit used as a slightly less revealing style than "swim briefs for "water polo and "diving, or for recreational wear. Like swim briefs, they are made of a "nylon and "spandex blend. They typically sit low on the waist and high on the thigh, but provide more coverage for the upper leg than briefs. The square-cut style was popular as a recreational swimsuit for men during the 1950s.
Suits of this type are named for the coverage that they provide to the upper thighs due to a square seam opening for the leg. Square leg suits range in appearance from those similar to swim briefs with a slightly straighter front and wider side panelling (eliminating the arc appearance on the leg), to those resembling "boxer briefs by providing an inch or more of fabric coverage over the upper section of the leg.
The square leg suit of the 1970s made a fashion revival in Australia in 2002 with the introduction of colorful floral and retro geometric patterned suits by swimwear label "Funky Trunks.["citation needed] The style is popular amongst competitive swimmers for pool training and for recreational swimmers in the pool and at the beach.
In 2006, square cut suits resembling its 1950s predecessor made a comeback in the United States and Europe. Several fashion designers, including "Versace and "Dolce & Gabbana, introduced designer retro-style square leg suits to their catalogs, and "Speedo followed with a more moderately priced version. In some South American countries such as Brazil, square-legged suits are the norm.
Male competitive swimmers tend to use this type of swimsuit during practice, terming them "drag suits" for not having the same compression and water-wicking materials that the higher end "tech suits" that elite swimmers race in during competition.
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