Monday, October 4, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
My list of 7 Things To Do With Your Old Speedsuit added an 8th item with the completion of the LZR Racer Pavilion modern art installation. Now it looks like the count is up to number 9 with the announcement of Speedo’s collaboration with award winning sustainable fashion label, From Somewhere.
“Owned by award winning designer Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci, From Somewhere recycles and rethinks the fashion industry
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Found via Speedo International
Friday, March 19, 2010
I wish I could go to a Speedo launch party/show, but I guess photos of the event from Speedo International on Facebook is the next best thing.
From the album description:
“Setting the trend for summer, Speedo models paraded the striking new suits from the LZR-Inspired, Aqua Active and Originals collections. The remarkable show appropriately concluded with the launching of the new Fina-approved competition suits including the LZR Racer Elite, LZR Racer Pro, and the FastSkin XT worn by the top national and collegiate swimmers led by 2009 SEA Games medalist and Speedo sponsored athlete Kendrick Lim Uy” (source).
What the heck is a FastSkin XT? Hmmm, I don’t think this is being marketed to us North Americans.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Because of the high demand for speedsuits this championship season, many of the popular sizes and styles of technical suits took longer than usual to come in. While working in customer service, I heard the expression worth it’s weight in gold thrown around – as in: “that LZR jammer must be worth it’s weight in gold because nobody has them in stock!”
That got me thinking. It’s common knowledge in the swimming world that tech suits are pretty expensive, especially considering the fact that they don’t have high definition screens and can’t send text messages – it’s “just a swim suit” to some, but a modern marvel to others. Is the LZR Racer Elite really worth it’s weight in gold?
Step one was to weight the darn thing. I grabbed a Speedo LZR Racer Elite size 32 jammer off the shelf and weighed it out of the box on our shipping scale. The suit (plus the tag) weighed in at a featherweight 0.22 pounds. For the sake of comparison, I also weighed the much more affordable Speedo FS Pro size 32 jammer and found that it actually weighs the exact same: 0.22 pounds.
Next, I found the latest price of pure silver, gold, and the extremely rare but extremely fictional element unobtainium from the movie Avatar. Currency rates came from XE.com on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Here’s what I found!
The Speedo LZR Racer Elite jammer was worth it’s weight in pure silver 4.5 times over. If the suit actually were made of pure gold, it would be a steal at the retail price of $260.00, because a real gold suit would run over $3,500. Of course, gold is never traded in 100% pure form. If you wanted to make a LZR Elite jammer out of 10k dental gold, it would be worth a more reasonable $1,478 – but who wants to wear dental gold, ew! Finally, a LZR Elite jammer made of the fictional element unobtainium ($20 million per kilo) would run you close to $2 million – quite the bargain considering you have to fight off the local Na’vi tribes just to get it!
In conclusion, although this tech suit may seem difficult to track down at times, it certainly isn’t worth it’s weight in gold. However, it is worth it’s weight in silver 4.5 times over! So unless you would leave a bar of solid silver lying around at a swim meet, keep this suit in your bag so no one walks off with it!
Monday, December 28, 2009
The package looks like a matchbox, you push in one one side and the inner box slides out the other end.
The waistband on this jammer is very tough, almost “hard,” but feels very secure.
The grippy section on the inside of the leg is nothing new, but I hadn’t seen it up close on the Elite yet.
This FINA barcode on the left butt must be a proof of approval that officials can scan! Never seen anything like this before.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
JH: How important are your new Speedo LZR Racer Elite jammers?
MP: You know I think it’s- for me, I’ve only worn Speedo and you know, that’s how it’s gonna be for the rest of my career. But you know I think, I’m excited to have it, you know, back to a level playing field where we’re all wearing the same suits, we all have the same rules and stipulations to follow.
MP: And, you know it’s, I’m comfortable in a jammer, I always have been, I’ve still worn jammers over the last couple years – so you know this is something that’s not new to me. I think it’s good because you actually get to see who wants to work hard and who’s willing to put more time and more energy and effort into being in better shape, and I think that’s what you’re gonna have to do if you want to continue to succeed.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
THE NEW GENERATION: SPEEDO
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Although the suit will be banned from all competitions in just under a month, I am still learning about this amazing invention. I just watched the Speedo LZR Racer launch presentation for the first time – and it blew me away! I wish I could get this excited about textile suits, but they just don’t seem as sci-fi.
How do you get Michael Phelps to appear in London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo on the same day during the launch presentation for the original Speedo LZR Racer? To Speedo, the answer was simple: award winning state of the art 3D holographic projections. Why haven’t I seen this before? Check out Speedo’s LZR Racer launch presented via Musion Eyeliner 3D Holographic Projection.
3D graphics for the Speedo presentation were created by SquareZero – and guess what they have a blog! Not only was the technology impressive, but I actually learned something about the suit that got more mainstream media coverage than any swimsuit in history. During the presentation, I saw video snippets of hydrodynamic testing that I had never seen.
I also found out that the blotchy white print on the right leg is actually a Japanese character for ‘heart mind spirit‘ which symbolizes the effort needed to succeed at the highest level. Why is there a giant Japanese character on the leg? Because Speedo worked on the design with Comme des Gar
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The publication of the Speedo LZR Racer Elite retail prices has already caused quite a stir in the swimming blogosphere. In a matter of hours, I’ve heard some very strong opinions about the price for the Elite Jammer in particular.
Furthermore, the hype around these textile tech suits seems to have rekindled the tech suit mania we saw leading up to the 2009 FINA World Championships – if only for a moment. Tony at SCAQ Blog obtained photos of the alleged blueseventy NeroTX prototype, while Joel at the17thman was first to hype the Finis Male Hydrospeed 2 Jammer.