Speedo FastSkin3 Cap Review

Speedo FastSkin3 Cap
Speedo FastSkin3 Silicone Swim Cap

Renowned for its technical prowess and unheard-of streamlining capabilities, the Speedo FastSkin 3 Cap is the world’s first swim cap to feature IQ Fit Profile technology. Rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all model, Speedo crafted this cap to accommodate the subtle differences in users’ head shape with head mapping data. But, does this feature really translate to more comfort, improved hydrodynamic performance, and a better overall fit? Here’s what experienced swimmers had to say:

The FastSkin 3 Cap is consistently rated as one of the most effective and best fitting swim caps available. Although some users don’t jive with the ultra-tightness of the cap, competitive swimmers seem to agree that the FastSkin3 cap fit well, eliminating gapping and bunching. This cap stays in place without constant adjustments, reduces drag, and won’t slip or slide up during any portion of your swim. Not only will the Speedo FastSkin3 give you a competitive edge, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your swim cap is working as hard as you are. Speedo (and long haired users) recommends that swimmers with thick, long, or unruly hair use the FastSkin3 Cap in conjunction with the FastSkin 3 Hair Management System.

Similarly, the new Aqua Sphere X-O Cap is also designed for ultra-streamlined racing.

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Speedo Aquatic Fitness Cap Review

A white Speedo Aquatic Fitness Cap with strap.
Made from thick latex, the Speedo Aqua Fitness Cap is really best for ladies with shorter hair and average-small heads because of it’s snug fit.

The retro-inspired Speedo Aquatic Fitness Cap may look like it’s straight out of the 1930s, but the updated design and higher quality materials make this cap chic and modern, to say the least. Here are my thoughts on this latex fitness cap:

If you’re constantly struggling with a loose, ill-fitting, slip-prone swim cap, then the Speedo Aquatic Fitness Cap might be just the upgrade you need. Fitting snugger than traditional silicone or thin latex caps, this thick cap tightly hugs the curves of your head. And if that’s not enough to keep the cap firmly in place, it’s also equipped with a chin strap for extra security. I found that the Aquatic Fitness Cap stayed soundly in place during my water workout.

The cap is designed to fit over the ears, but I have mixed feelings about the effectiveness of this feature. While some users found that the flaps help keep water out of their ear canals, I found that they did little to keep my ears dry (though that wasn’t really my goal). And while this cap, does help keep water out of your hair because of it’s snug fit and underside ridges, it’s important to remember that no swim cap is designed to keep hair 100% dry.

Also important to note is that this Speedo fitness cap runs small, at least in comparison to other, sized versions. Wearers with thick hair and larger heads had a hard time stretching the thick, latex fabric. And because this cap is a one-size-fits-all product, people with larger heads might have a hard time making this cap fit comfortably and stay seated properly. If you do have a larger head or long or thick hair, you might be better suited with a more flexible, sized bubble cap, like the All Star Crepe Bubble Cap.

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