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Speedo's LZR Racer Breaking Records

The High Price of Speed: Speedo's LZR Racer

When it comes to racing, any kind of drag can be a real drag, especially in the pool. To decrease dreaded drag, Speedo has engineered the LZR Racer, billed as the "world’s fastest swimsuit." Considering that 14 world records have been broken since mid-February and 13 of those swimmers were wearing LZR, that claim just might be true.

I think the suit looks like an updated, yet colorless version of Aquaman's costume, and I mean that as a compliment. The suit, which fits like an extra layer of skin, supports the swimmers body keeping it in optimum position and the seams are ultrasonically welded together to reduce drag. Sounds super high tech, right? Although FINA, the governing body of the sport, initially approved the suit for competition, they are now reconsidering. It seems there might be some buoyancy issues as well as availability. You can pre-order a LZR Racer to be delivered "on or about July 30, 2008" according to Speedo's website, so the suits will be available to everyone just before the Beijing games. The elite suit comes with an elite price, this high neck version shown above will set you back $550. But that is the high price of speed.

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