The Speedo LZR Racer Elite 2 jammer was released in July 2014, to much fanfare. The suit is an improvement over Speedo’s very popular LZR Elite jammer.
Speedo is a world-leading swimwear manufacturer. They constantly create new technologies and designs that help elite swimmers gain an edge. Their swim jammers are worn by the likes of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and countless other World and Olympic champions.
Swim Jammers have become the preferred race suits since Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) outlawed the use of full-length suits in 2010. FINA have strict guidelines that dictate the suit’s cut, fabric and manufacturing process.
The LZR Racer Elite 2 Jammer uses Speedo’s Pulse+ fabric, which is a 65% Nylon / 35% LYCRA Spandex blend. This is a change from the original LZR Elite, which had a 70% Nylon / 30% LYCRA blend. The additional LYRCA gives the suit extra compression and tightness. Speedo’s cheaper LZR Pro jammer uses a 75% Nylon / 25% LYCRA blend, which is a fabric they call Pulse.
The nylon adds softness and comfort to the suit. However, both Spandex and Nylon can be broken down by chlorine and oils, so this suit should be worn exclusively for racing and rinsed after each use to get the most life.
In addition to giving the suit extra tightness, the added LYCRA make the suit 40% more repellant than its predecessor.
Thanks to the high LYCRA content, the suit offers excellent compression. Muscle compression helps keep the swimmer hydro-dynamic. There are also studies showing that muscle compression can help improve recovery between races.
Rather than traditional stitching, Speedo uses bonding technology to join the suit’s fabrics. This creates flat seams which, compared to stitched seams, reduced the amount of drag created.
The suit is available in several colors. All include one black leg, with a choice of Fuchsia, Lime, Sapphire, Hot Coral, Green and Purple for the other.
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