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Friday, March 4, 2016

Wetsuits To Be Adjudicated By FINA

Courtesy of FINA, Lausanne, Switzerland.

FINA approved the following swimwear, goggles and swim caps for 2016. The official list is posted here.

The swimwear list from 86 manufacturers includes 1,943 suits. In a sign of growth of the sport of swimming, both in terms of participants and competitions, a total of 300 approved swimsuits were added this year.

There are a total of 1,016 female suits (163 added), 692 male suits (107 added), 92 swim caps (16 added), and 143 goggles (16 added).

Post-Olympics, FINA will mandate and allow wetsuits for open water swimming competitions held in water 20ºC (68ºF) and lower) so it is likely that additional open water swimsuits (inclusive of wetsuits) will be added to the list later this year.

We have numerous questions on this issue:

* Will neoprene swim caps will be approved, allowed or mandated?
* What level of compression and how many compression panels will be allowed in FINA-legal wetsuits?
* What minimum and maximum thickness of wetsuit material will be allowed?
* What level of hydrophobicity will be allowed in the wetsuits? * What level of buoyancy will be allowed in the wetsuits?
* Will air panels or pockets be allowed in the wetsuits?
* Can tech suits be worn in place of wetsuits?

We know there are specific types of neoprene and other types of synthetic fibers that are under development - some incredibly buoyant. It will be interesting how far FINA allows the wetsuit manufacturers to take the sport so athletes do not feel cold and can swim in buoyant attire.

Manufacturers on the 2016 list include the following:

361° - 3 caps
A3 Performance - 8 female suits, 3 male suits, 1 cap, 2 goggles
adidas - 12 female suits, 11 male suits, 3 caps, 3 goggles
Agon - 22 female suits, 14 male suits
Akron SRL - 3 female suits, 4 male suits
Aqua Sphere - 4 female suits, 2 male suits, 2 caps
Aqua Zone - 12 female suits, 4 male suits
Aquadeus - 2 female suits, 2 male suits, 2 caps
Aquafeel - 6 female suits, 4 male suits, 1 cap, 2 goggles
Aquarapid - 9 female suits, 11 male suits
Aquarius - 3 female suits, 4 male suits1 goggles
Aquaside - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Aquatak - 5 female suits, 9 male suits, 1 cap, 1 goggles
Arena - 167 female suits, 110 male suits, 12 caps, 13 goggles
Argotess SRL - 3 female suits, 3 male suits
Asics - 69 female suits, 38 male suits, 5 caps, 5 goggles
Autric Sport - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Axis - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Baysics - 1 goggles
Beco Beermann - 3 female suits, 4 male suits
blueseventy - 14 female suits, 10 male suits
Chilliez - 2 female suits
Crazy Swim - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Delfina - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Descente - 13 female suits, 10 male suits
Diana - 22 female suits, 12 male suits, 1 cap
Dolfin - 7 female suits, 4 male suits, 1 cap, 2 goggles
Draph - 3 female suits, 3 male suits
Engine - 11 female suits, 6 male suits
Essenuoto - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Fashy - 1 female suit, 1 male suit, 1 cap
Few - 7 female suits, 6 male suits
FINIS - 16 female suits, 19 male suits, 1 cap [FINIS Female Hydrospeed Velo Race John Kneeskin Tech Suit is shown above]
Footmark - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Gimer - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Hammerhead - 8 female suits, 4 male suits, 2 caps, 5 goggles
Head - 15 female suits, 14 male suits, 4 caps, 8 goggles
Hosa - 2 female suits, 2 male suits, 1 cap
Huub - 5 female suits, 2 male suits
Inus - 1 male suit
Jaked - 29 female suits, 16 male suits, 1 cap, 3 goggles
Kiefer - 3 female suits, 1 male suit
Kobayashi - 4 female suits, 4 male suits
Koz - 42 female suits, 22 male suits, 1 cap
Lane 4 - 15 female suits, 12 male suits, 1 cap, 1 goggles
Leonian - 3 female suits, 3 male suits, 1 cap
Mad Wave - 7 female suits, 5 male suits, 3 caps, 4 goggles
Malmsten - 4 goggles
Maru - 13 female suits, 7 male suits
Matuse - 8 female suits, 8 male suits, 1 cap
Merlin - 9 female suits, 7 male suits, 1 cap
Miyata - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Mizuno - 132 female suits, 97 male suits, 8 caps, 21 goggles
Mosconi - 6 female suits, 4 male suits
MP - 3 caps
Multisport - 1 female suit, 2 male suits
Nabaiji - 4 female suits, 4 male suits, 1 cap, 3 goggles
Nike - 21 female suits, 9 male suits, 7 caps, 10 goggles
Nova - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Okeo - 8 female suits, 10 male suits, 1 cap, 2 goggles
Orca - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Rally - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Rocket Science - 16 female suits, 18 male suits, 1 cap
Saeko - 1 goggles
Sanwa - 3 caps
Sazan - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Scullings - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Second Skins - 2 female suits, 1 male suit
Shibro - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Speedo - 135 female suits, 62 male suits, 8 caps, 9 goggles
Swans - 2 caps, 18 goggles
Technic - 6 female suits, 3 male suits
The Finals - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Turbo - 3 female suits, 3 male suits, 1 cap, 2 goggles
TYR - 40 female suits, 32 male suits, 6 caps, 6 goggles
Tyron - 3 female suits, 1 male suit
VA Project Co - 1 female suit, 1 male suit
Vadox - 3 female suits, 2 male suits
View - 7 goggles
Vorgee - 1 female suit, 1 male suit, 3 goggles
Way Funky - 5 female suits, 5 male suits
Win FCC - 2 female suits, 2 male suits
Yamanami - 1 cap
Ying Fa - 8 female suits, 3 male suits
Zaosu - 7 female suits, 5 male suits
Zoggs - 6 goggles

Additional articles related to the FINA wetsuit issue are below:

* Ridiculous And Sad...Wetsuits Considered For Olympic 10K
* No Wetsuits Now, But Expect Wetsuits In Future Olympics
* Swim Fastest In The Open Water: Wetsuit Or Tech Suit?

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