TYR Carbon Short John

Jul 18, 2012
Outside Magazine

Between 2008 and 2009, swimmers broke 255 world records. The culprit, according to FINA, the sport’s governing body, was the positively buoyant polyurethane suit, which arrived before the Beijing Olympics. So in 2010 FINA banned the suits, including Michael Phelps’ Speedo LZR Racer. For London, triathlon-suit manufacturer Tyr and swimsuit maker Arena turned to a material usually reserved for high-end bikes: carbon. Woven into a Lycra suit, carbon provides increased compression, which reduces tissue vibration without adding buoyancy. Vibration causes drag in water, and decreasing it allows swimmers to glide more easily. Oscillation has also been linked to muscle fatigue, something Arena’s Powerskin Carbon Pro and Tyr’s Carbon Short John should help mitigate. Don’t expect the old records to fall, but keep an eye on Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, who will wear Arena’s Carbon Pro while trying to take down favorites Phelps and Ryan Lochte, both of whom swim in Speedo’s Lycra suits.

Men's 400-meter individual medley: July 28, 1:30 p.m. EDT

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