Friday, March 14, 2014

The Speedo swimwear collection for Zumba

Almost a year ago, it was announced that Zumba had teamed up with Speedo to launch a swimwear line.

"SPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH), and Zumba Fitness, the largest dance-fitness company in the world with a following of millions, today announced a new, multi-year agreement that will see SPEEDO USA serve as the "Exclusive Swimwear Licensee of Zumba Fitness" and launch the Aqua Zumba by Speedo Collection in North America. The collection will consist of a full range of innovative, versatile swimsuits, aquatic footwear and fitness accessories designed to support and enhance the Aqua Zumba class experience."- Wall Street Journal

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/tag/speedo-swimwear
Well that "full range" was launched this month. I must say, I'm pretty excited...and here I thought my next clothes post was going to be about shirts. Before I go further, I should admit the following:
1) I don't have a license to teach Aqua Zumba. Though from what I've seen of videos of AZ classes, the instructor teaches up on the pool deck dressed in regular fitness clothes.
2) I have never actually taken an Aqua Zumba class. I'd sure like to, but not only are they hard to come by in my area, I don't know when I'd find the time in between my regular Zumba nights and practices.

So do I need a Zumba swim suit? Excuse me while I choke on my answer...no. A friend pointed out to me that I have a pool, therefore it's a justified expense. That would be true...but, the two brand new bathing suits I bought at the beginning of -last- summer are still in too good of shape. Alas, the Zumbamommy must pass on the Zumba bathing suit. But that doesn't stop me from window shopping off and on, and making a hypothetical mental list.

I think Zumba was spot on with their timing. They released the new line of bathing suits just before most people's spring breaks, and well in advance of the summer. So people who are shopping for a bathing suit to wear on vacation just might buy one of these. People who are sick to death of winter (like I know I am...) are going to find bathing suits all the more appealing to buy because that must mean that warm weather can't be too far away...right? Right?! Please...? I know for me personally, that's why I like looking at them. They make me think of a season without below-zero temperatures, frozen precipitation, and icy winds that clog your driveway with snow drifts.

So let's look at some of the warm happy goodness bathing suits!

For the ladies
Swim suits:
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-ultraback-one-piece?color=Black
Black
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-ultraback-one-piece?color=Black
Back
The Rock With Me Ultraback One Piece With Piping. This swim suit comes in the three colors shown. I like the purple one the best for overall color. But I like how the logo stands out best on the black one.  
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-ultraback-one-piece?color=Vivid%20Violet
Vivid Violet
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-ultraback-one-piece?color=Tropical%20Teal
Tropical Teal
I actually like style even though it's plain. It's a very simple one piece suit that reminds me a lot of the racerback tank tops I love so much.


Of course a Zumba swim suit line wouldn't be complete without a couple bathing suits with the slashed look.
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/slash-o-rama-cross-back-one-piece?color=Black
Black

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/slash-o-rama-cross-back-one-piece?color=Vivid%20Violet
Vivid Violet
The first one is the Slash-O-Rama Cross Back One Piece. The straps on this bathing suit are adjustable and cross in the back. I suspect this one is going to be very popular. The color combinations are quite striking for one thing, and for another, it's different from most one piece suits with the slashing on the diagonal. I can't decide which of these two I like better to be honest.

And to make that choice all the more complicated, here's the Slash-O-Rama Ultraback One Piece.The back of this one looks like the back of the other ultraback suit (above).
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/slash-o-rama-ultraback-one-piece?color=Vivid%20Violet
Vivid Violet
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/slash-o-rama-ultraback-one-piece?color=Black
Black
Once again, I like the color combinations, and with this style, I love the logo on the front; the other Slash-O-Rama suit has the logo on the back. Even if there wasn't a prominent Zumba logo some where on each of these bathing suits, I would still be able to tell that these are from Zumba. It might just be me who thinks so, but there's just something about the look that screams Zumba.

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/foil-me-once-ultraback-one-piece?color=Black
Black
The Duras sisters: Lursa & Betor
On the left is the Foil Me Once Ultraback One Piece. Black is the only color it comes in. This one... Okay, while I like the black and gold color combo, I'm really not liking the top part of the bathing suit. I don't like that it's in grey and I don't like that there's a...I'd call it a hole. Its placement draws attention to... Well it's pretty obvious what it draws attention to! Some people might not mind that, or maybe even like that, but it's not for me. Frankly...and I'm about to reveal a level of geekiness here that some of you maybe didn't know about... Frankly, this bathing suit reminds me of what Klingon women wear on Star Trek. Their dresses always have a strategically placed "hole". Interestingly enough, looking at the comparison, that bathing suit is even a similar color scheme... Okay, moving on!

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/trace-me-lace-up-one-piece?color=Black
Back
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/trace-me-lace-up-one-piece?color=Black
Black
This one is the Trace Me Lace-Up One Piece. When I first saw this one, I was surprised by how much I liked it. I would not have thought I'd like this one and yet I do. I like the yellow logo on the grey. The pattern is a little busy and yet I like that too. Probably my favorite part of this swim suit is the fringy tassels on the back. Of course, my favorite thing about this bathing suit is the one thing that would stop me from buying it. I could see myself swimming with my kids and that fringy tassel getting grabbed by little hands.Great suit style-wise, not so great mommy-wise.

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-racerback-two-piece-set?color=Black
Black
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/craveworthy-board-short?color=Black
Black

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/craveworthy-board-short?color=Black
Back
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-racerback-two-piece-set?color=Black
Back
At the left is the Rock With Me Racerback Two Piece Set. At the right are the Craveworthy Board Shorts (shown with the top from the two piece set). The two piece set is sold together, hence the word set (duh!). The board shorts are sold separately, but are clearly designed to coordinate. I think it's too bad that Zumba didn't offer these three pieces as separates. Generally, people prefer one kind of swim suit bottom to another, so anyone who is buying the board shorts is probably not going to need the briefs that come in the set. I love the shorts, I think they are adorable. What do they remind you of, with the wide waistband and pockets? Anyone...? Cargoes!

I will say this for all of the swim suits: they are pretty modest. Even the two piece. Even the one the Klingons will wear on their vacation to Risa isn't all -that- bad...

Cover-up's and Rash Guards:

http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-cover-up?color=Vivid+Violet
Vivid Violet
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/rock-with-me-cover-up?color=Black
Black
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/foil-me-once-cover-up-hoodie?color=Black
Black
This is the Rock With Me Cover-Up, available in these two colors. It's a jersey fabric and looks comfortable. This is actually all one piece and goes on like a pullover. Even though I like the colors, this wouldn't be my first choice. It looks like a romper and I've never liked rompers. This cover-up is short sleeved, and for people who don't burn, that's great and probably a benefit because it's cooler in the summer. For me, not so much. My Irish heritage burns at the slightest exposure. It's a pain...literally.

At the right is the Foil Me Once Cover-Up. I like this a lot. It's basically an extra long hoodie and who wouldn't love that? Hoodies are warm and snuggly to wear. I love the black and gold together. I also love the big logo. Yeah, not everyone loves the logo to be so big... I get that because there was a time when I thought the same thing. But I'm so over that. If I'm buying Z-Wear, I'm paying for that logo so I may as well get my money's worth. The one thing about this cover-up that I could see potentially being a problem for some people (who are not me) is that outdoors, in the heat of summer, black with long sleeves is going to get pretty hot to wear.


http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/slash-o-rama-rashguard?color=Tropical+Teal
Tropical Teal
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/slash-o-rama-rashguard?color=Black
Black
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/show-me-what-you-dot?color=Black
Black
This is the Slash-O-Rama Rashguard, available in these two colors. I love that Zumba has made these available, I have so rarely seen adult rashguard shirts in stores. I buy them every summer for our boys for the UV protection; which these also have. If I do wind up splurging on something from this line, it might actually be one of these for practical purposes. I have a really hard time using our pool during the day. My skin burns so easily and that includes my scalp. I have a hat made by Under Armor with built in UV that can get wet and will dry quickly. I have an inexpensive pair of sport sunglasses to protect my eyes. During the day, I never actually swim in the truest sense of the word because how can I with a hat and sunglasses on? Mostly I just lounge and wait for the sun to go down. On the right is the Show Me What You Dot Rashguard. It's only available in black. The pattern is the same as the bathing suit with the fringy tassel. I like the v-neck of this one, and I think that given the color, short sleeves was definitely the way to go. In each photo, the model has the rashguard on over a bathing suit rather than using it as a top in and of itself.



For the gentlemen
Swim suits:
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/secret-admirer-broadshort?color=Black#show_menu
Black
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/secret-admirer-broadshort?color=Teal+Blue#show_menu
Teal Blue
This is the Secret Admirer Packable Board Short. Available in these two colors. These are a pretty standard looking swim trunk, but they do have a few interesting aspects to them: UV protection, a bungee key clip, and the word "packable" means they can be folded up small enough to fit into a pants pocket. It's nice to see some options, particularly a bright blue one, for the men. They so often get the short end of the stick when it comes to Z-Wear. I'll add my thanks to Zumba for sticking with the trunks and skipping the briefs. Heh.


Rash Guards:
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/cut-up-over-you-rashguard?color=Black#show_menu
Black
Rounding out the men's swimwear is the Cut Up Over You Rashguard (only available in black). Yep, that's it...three items. Poor guys...at least it's not likely these will sell out because women bought them. Like the ladies' rashguard shirts, this one has UV protection. It's short sleeved which is great given the black. With the pops of yellow on the shoulders, this would coordinate with either pair of trunks.

I like the men's swimwear. It's functional, practical, and masculine. Bry saw me looking at it and asked, "Does this mean I'm going to be getting a Zumba bathing suit for my birthday?" Certainly not...his birthday is in January. Now as a Father's Day gift it has potential. Maybe the Zumbamommy will have to mention it to the kids...

 
Accessories
Bags:
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/funk-phenom-sling-bag?color=Vivid+Violet
Vivid Violet
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/funk-phenom-sling-bag?color=Blazing%20Orange
Blazing Orange
The Funk Phenomenon Sling bag (available in the colors shown). Now if you've read any of my previous Zumba gear posts, you know I love a great bag. This one has an adjustable strap and inside are a bunch of organizational pockets. If there's one thing I love more than a great bag, it's a great bag with a lot of pockets. Apparently I'm not alone. The orange version is already completely sold out.
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/together-we-mech-bag?color=Tropical+Teal
Tropical Teal
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/together-we-mech-bag?color=Vivid%20Violet
Vivid Violet
This one is the Together We Mesh bag (available in the colors shown). It's made of a quick drying fabric and has a special pocket for ID. Usually, I tend to overlook the "sporty" bags. They're real uni-taskers and once you have one, you don't normally need another. I have a great dance bag that I carry my shoes around in and until it's no longer useable, I don't see myself getting another one. These four though...maybe it's the colors, but for sports bags, I think they look great. If I started regularly attending an Aqua Zumba class, I would definitely want one of the mesh ones. Hey, a second type of class needs a second useful bag! The quick drying fabric would be perfect for carrying around wet swim gear.

Gear:
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/this-must-be-gloves-aquatic-fitness-gloves?color=Black
Black
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/store-zin/US/product/soaked-in-glory-swim-cap?color=Vivid+Violet
Vivid Violet
On the left is the Soaked In Glory Swim Cap (also available in "Black"). I guess these have a use, or some people like them, or both... But it sure doesn't blow my hair back. Ha! See what I did there? Anyways...yes, I did admit to wearing a hat while in the pool during the day, but it's one with a visor and that helps keep the sun out of my eyes. Above are the This Must Be Glove Aquatic Fitness Gloves in "Black" (also available in "Vivid Violet"). I presume these are meant to give one a better workout in the water. There's a webbing between the fingers which would let the participant move more water at once. My understanding of water workouts is that the more you can move and the harder you move, the stronger the resistance; and the increased resistance is supposed to make for a better workout.

So that's Zumba swimwear collection. A collaboration with Speedo, but I feel like Zumba lost nothing of themselves in the process. I was pleased to see that all of these things look just like regular Zumbawear, except made for the water. If I had to guess, we're only looking at the tip of this particular iceberg. What's missing from the swimwear collection? Aqua shoes. Odds are that they aren't too far behind.

Best advice: If you're going to buy one of these swimsuits from Zumba, go to a sports store that sells Speedo brand bathing suits beforehand and try some on to get an idea for size. Save yourself the hassle inherent in returning a bathing suit.

I am neither affiliated with or endorsed by either Speedo or Zumba Fitness (aside from being a licensed instructor) - Just an interested shopper with an opinion!

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    1. You are very welcome, that's why I do it. :) And thank you very much for the compliment, I appreciate that.

      I took a look, you have a large selection. Cute stuff.

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  3. We have the zumba suites and unfortunately unlike speedo endurance wear they don't hold up to the ph and chlorine in the pool no matter how much suit saver or other tricks we use. Out of 4; three did not even last a month

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    1. Wow. Good to know! Thanks for taking the time post. It's too bad they don't hold up since they sure look nice (well, most of them do...). I never wound up getting one myself since I found rash-guard shirts on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods.

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