Natatio is a new British brand designed to meet the demands of lap and open water swimming but also be beautiful and comfortable. Contributing editor Alice Gartland and readers Lisa Lloyd and Manda Read put them through their paces
1) Racer Back One Piece – Navy Pop
They say: Our signature one piece is designed for lap swimmers and triathletes alike. With built-in shelf support, supportive fabric and just the right amount of coverage, it will withstand as many tumble turns and dives as you can manage. A gorgeous strappy back and standout colours make this a statement one piece season after season.
Features include regular rise leg, built-in bust support, body sculpting fabric.
Alice says: Colourful and sporty flattering design, I particularly liked the front colour panels and the back design. The built-in bust support is lovely – just enough that I felt supported but not so much that I felt squashed. It did survive the dive and the soft fabric felt awesome in the water. I think the sizing is generous – in a good way – the 12 fitted nicely to my shorter torso, but I think it could equally accommodate a longer body. At £85 it is an investment, but in return you get a stylish, versatile, sporty and supportive cozzie that delivers – and that’s not something you find every day.
2) Bikini Top – Coral Sea
Regular Bikini Bottom – Coral Sea
They say: This sporty bikini top will keep you in place during intensive training sessions or an entire triathlon, stylish and flattering panels and a striking racer back for high freedom of movement. Available in Xena print or Coral Seas colourway, and can be combined with either our regular or high waist bikini bottom.
Features include strong bust support with removable pads, body sculpting fabric, and ultra resistant to chlorine, sea water and sun creams.
Lisa says: Having struggled to find Swimwear to fit my ever changing pregnant body this was the perfect find. The size 14 was extremely comfortable and supportive and had great colours. The fabric feels really soft and I love the design of the back of the top part. I’ve tried it in the sea and lido and seems perfect for all types of swimming.
3) Cross Back One Piece – Zena
They say: This athletic one piece is built for speed, with a sporty open back, high leg rise and streamlined design to allow high freedom of movement. Available in our Xena print, this is a piece to turn heads at your next event. Includes elasticated bust line for shelf support, UV protection and body sculpting fabric with contouring panels.
Manda says: More expensive than my normal brands so I was expecting big things and I wasn’t disappointed. This size 8 costume is stylish and flattering but also delivers on performance. Decent leg height and chest coverage. And no chafing!
- The majority of the fabric in Natatio’s first collection is made from regenerated nylon waste.