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Swimming & Water Sports

Best Swim Cap

Although a swim cap appears to be a simple piece of swimming gear, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing the best swim cap. The swim cap you select should be based on how and where you plan to wear it. If you’re a competitive swimmer, you’ll want to find a swim cap that has a streamlined design for drag reduction. For recreational swimmers, a comfortable fit is most important for long periods of wear. These best swim caps were chosen because they’re made from durable, long-lasting materials and comfortably fit your head without compromising drag reduction.

Nike Swim Team Dome Cap

The Swift Dome Competition Cap made by Nike is a great pick for both recreational and competitive use. Made with silicone with varying degrees of flexibility, the Swift Dome is a one-size-fits-all swim cap that accommodates all head sizes. The opening of the cap has a band of silicone that’s more rigid than the rest of the cap, ensuring a tight seal while preventing leakage. The tighter band also ensures the cap remains wrinkle free and reduces drag in the water. The middle sections of the cap are much softer to allow it to fit easily over the rest of the head and ears. This combination of rigid and soft silicone allows the Nike Swift Dome Competition Cap to mold to any head size and still provide a secure and comfortable fit.

Aqua Sphere Aqua Glide Silicone Swim Cap

The Aqua Glide Silicone Swim Cap made by Aqua Sphere is designed for a comfortable and hydrodynamic fit. The Aqua Glide has a pocket on each side of the cap where your ears can fit comfortably without additional pressure. These pockets don’t just make the cap more comfortable than most, it also provides a better seal and keeps the cap in place while a thicker band of silicone around the opening of the swim cap adds to the secure seal. Made from hypoallergenic silicone, this swim cap will not stretch or distort even after years of exposure to UV rays or pool chemicals.

Speedo Fastskin3 Swim Cap

Leave it to Speedo to use body mapping technology to make one of the best swim caps available. The Fastskin3 Competition Swim Cap is a must have for any competitive swimmer thanks to unmatched drag reduction and superior fit. The cap fits snugly against the contours of the head and face to prevent leakage, making this cap one of the most comfortable performance swim caps out there.

For swimmers with longer hair, Speedo makes a hair management cap which easily fits underneath the Fastskin3 Competition Swim Cap to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. Whether you use this swim cap as a part of the complete Fastskin swimming system with goggles and swimsuit, or as a standalone piece of gear, the Fastskin Cap by Speedo will not disappoint.

Speedo Aqua V Silicone Swim Cap

As with many Speedo products, the Aqua V Silicone Swim Cap is designed with serious swimmers in mind. This swim cap will give you a noticeable reduction in drag when compared to other silicone swim caps, making it ideal for competitive swimming. The anatomical fit is comfortable around the base of the head and over the ears. The Aqua V Silicone Swim Cap is made from smooth, latex free silicone that won’t lose its elasticity even after years of use in the pool. This swim cap comes in two different sizes, small and large, that will fit most head sizes with relative ease.

Stacy Stepanovich
I am a writer who has lived in Florida for the past 14 years where I have become devoted to any activity on the water, including fishing, diving, water skiing, and kayaking. I have repaired and outfitted small boats and kayaks for fishing and have fished both fresh and salt water during my travels throughout the Southeastern U.S. and the Bahamas. On land, I am an avid hiker and camper and have traveled along trails from San Diego to the Everglades.
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