Around mid January I got to see first hand the two new Speedo racing suits in full action before they were officially released. Prior to seeing them being tried on, my biggest concern was sizing. But most importantly, how much it differs from the LZR Elite and LZR X.
Upon seeing the racing suits being tried on at the High Performance Centre in Vancouver, I was excited to be there and listen to all the positive feedback swimmers had about both suits.
Here are some of the insights from my visit that day...
The Pure Valor is a 'light' suit. It is geared towards distance and IM swimmers. The best part was that all swimmers agreed the fit is exactly like the LZR Elite. This is great news for swimmers that are nervous about having to transition to a new suit after having the LZR Elite around for 6+ years. Transitioning to the Valor will not be a problem!
The Pure Intent is a sexy suit and certainly says POWERFUL. Feedback from the swimmers also confirmed this. This suit also fits like the LZR Elite but the main difference is that it is more rigid. The swimmers had a tougher time putting on the suit, but once it was on, the suit felt great, especially in water. Since the suit offers more compression than the Valor, I would definitely recommend this suit to sprinters and mid distance swimmers. This does not mean IMers and distance swimmers should stay away from the suit, however. I would be conscious of how much compression the swimmer prefers and from there pick the right suit. Another great aspect that comes from being more rigid, is less accidental finger tears! Huge relief! This does not mean that swimmers should not be careful while putting it on, of course. Always exercise when putting on racing suits!