Speedo unveils out of this world Fastskin swimsuits

Speedo’s pioneering Fastskin® LZR® Intent and LZR Valor swimsuits have entered a new dimension, with the introduction of new editions developed by Speedo’s Aqualab® research and development facility and engineering from Lamoral®️Space Tech.

Utilising Lamoral’s world-leading expertise, the new suits feature improved hydrophobic qualities, allowing athletes to perform at their peak.

New fabric innovation

In collaboration with Lamoral, Speedo has produced its lowest water absorption and most durable water repellent suits yet. The innovative fabric coating is lightweight, providing a feeling of weightlessness. The Fastskin LZR Intent 2.0 uses a smart fusion of three textured fabric zones, along with bonded seams and compressive dual layers in targeted areas to streamline, increase power and reduce drag.

The Fastskin LZR Valor 2.0 now has six times more durable water repellency, with compression that allows freedom of movement with stability and support.

The new suits were developed in Speedo’s Aqualab, by a team of experts specialising in textile technology garment engineering, sports science, computational fluid dynamics, testing protocols and design. The Speedo Aqualab team has taken inspiration from space travel following on from its original LZR Racer suit, which saw NASA feed into the design of the suit that changed the course of swimming history.

The choice of champions

Worn by world champions such as Caeleb Dressel (USA), Emma McKeon (AUS) and Adam Peaty (GBR), since 2019, swimmers competing in Speedo Fastskin suits have broken 52% of all individual swimming world records, including 75% in 2023. Additionally, at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics 61% of gold medals and 49% of all medals were won by athletes wearing Speedo suits.

Caeleb Dressel said: “Speedo – you somehow made the best a little bit better. I feel fast wearing it! When I stand on the blocks, I’m feeling confident that the suit is going to help me. It’s my own little Speedo rocket suit.”

Australian swimmer, Emma McKeon, added: “The Speedo LZR Elite is very flexible and is firm in the right spots. I feel like I can really move and it seems like the water is not sticking to the suit, it really glides off. This is the best racing suit in the world, it feels fast and I can’t wait to wear it.”

Simon Breckon, senior vice president at Speedo, said: “Our new development with Lamoral underpins Aqualab’s mission to push the limits of swimwear design through innovation. This upgrade is driven by science and informed by our expert athletes and club swimmers across the world.  We’ve retained all the brilliant properties that make Speedo Fastskin suits the world’s fastest, but we’ve improved them – the world’s best just got even better.”

The new Fastskin LZR Pure Intent 2.0 and Fastskin LZR Pure Valor 2.0 swimsuits are approved by World Aquatics and available to order from Speedo.

Image: Team Speedo Athletes L-R: Kaylee McKeon (AUS), Elijah Winnington (AUS), Emma McKeon (AUS), Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS), Ariarne Titmus (AUS), Caeleb Dressel (USA), Abbey Weitzeil (USA), Ryan Murphy (USA), Regan Smith (USA), Adam Peaty (GBR), Maggie Mac Neil (CAN), Tom Dean (GBR), Kylie Masse (CAN), Matt Richards (GBR), Tatjana Schoenmaker (SA), Duncan Scott (GBR) & Benedetta Pilato (ITA).

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