Best swimsuits
EXTRA,  GEAR,  June 2023,  Product Reviews

Best new swimsuits

From Yulex suits to zero-waste training swimwear, Omie Dale reviews the best new swimsuits for women

Finisterre Neuvya 1/2 Zip Swimsuit, £95

They say

Every inch of the Neuvya swimming costume has been carefully engineered for maximum performance… from how the front zip unlocks easy changing, to the classic cut and racer back allowing more freedom of movement across the shoulders. The minimal seams are all flatlocked, which means they won’t rub or chafe on longer dips.

We say

I absolutely love the design of this swimming costume. The high chest coverage made me feel secure when swimming, and the racer back allowed for unrestricted movement. The front zip is also practical for cold water swims, enabling a quick change even with numb fingers!

Zone3 Yulex Long Sleeve Swimsuit, £150 *BEST NEOPRENE ALTERNATIVE

They say

The women’s Yulex natural rubber long sleeve swimsuit is made for all your open water adventures. Featuring 1.5mm thickness throughout and full coverage across the back and arms, it provides core warmth and protection from the elements while allowing great freedom of movement, whatever the activity.

We say

This swimsuit is an excellent, eco-friendly choice for those looking for extra warmth without the restrictions and faff that often come with wearing a wetsuit. Despite the thickness, the panel design enabled me to move comfortably through the water. There are several options available, including separate tops and bottoms and a sleeveless one piece.

Speedo Long Sleeve Panel Swimsuit, £60

They say

Stylish swimwear for swim, surf and SUP. Stunning in deep blue, this long sleeve swimsuit includes panels of our pretty lilac tie-dye print. Ideal for ocean swimming, surfing and days on the beach. Made from our ECO Endurance+ fabric, it’s quick-drying and 100% chlorine resistant.

We say

This swimsuit is incredibly flattering. It also provides a bit of extra coverage with the long
sleeves – perfect for summer days spent outdoors. Having worn costumes made from ECO Endurance+ fabric before, I know this will last a long time and multiple wears.

COOTS LF One Piece, £150 *BEST FOR TRAINING

They say

Swimsuit made in East London inspired by London Fields Lido. Expertly constructed from an ultra-chlorine resistant techno techno techno fabric. The regenerated nylon (ECONYL®) is made from rescued waste that would otherwise pollute our Earth and oceans. Produced in a zero-waste factory. Limited quantity.

We say

The production and design credentials of this costume are seriously impressive. This swimsuit bridges the gap between function and fashion seamlessly – it supports me on the longest training swims, whilst exuding style. Every time I wear this swimsuit, I get compliments! It’s definitely one of my go-to costumes.

Davy J The Zero Trace Swimsuit, £140 (+£15 with belt)

They say

The latest addition to our collection and one that we’re pretty proud of, the Zero Trace swimsuit is the first style in our collection that will be fully biodegrade at the end of life. The swimsuit is the result of years of innovation and development to minimise the negative impact of fashion on the planet. Featuring a flattering high, race cut neckline and elegant low squared back, this swimsuit will sculpt, shape and smooth the body.

We say

This swimsuit is worlds apart in terms of its eco-credentials; it’s clear a lot of thought has gone into sustainability, but also the design aspects too. It’s an incredibly flattering swimsuit that feels comfortable to swim in as well. The belt is a unique but lovely addition, providing a hint of grace when wearing.

Nabaiji Aquafit-Aquabiking Shorty 1-Piece, £37.99

They say

Our design teams developed this 1-piece swimsuit for all women doing dynamic aquabiking or
aquafit classes. Are you looking for a swimsuit with enhanced support for your aqua jump classes? The Elea swimsuit, with its crossed back and moulded cups, provides support and shapes the bust.

We say

Despite being the cheapest product on this list, the quality and fit of this costume is still of fantastic
quality. The bust support was a terrific addition, giving me unparalleled support. Unlike some other shorty pieces I have worn, this doesn’t ride up, providing optimal security and comfort through all aquatic activities.

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Omie is an outdoor swim coach and swim instructor who works to increase access to swimming for underrepresented groups in the sport. She is a director of Swimunity, a Community Interest Company that offers free swimming lessons for children and women in London, as well as free beach days and excursions for families to help them to connect with nature and the outdoors.