A great warm layer! Also adds buoyancy
The young lads suffer from the cold up here in Darwin. During the dry season the outside temp sometimes drops to 20deg C in the afternoons! Sometimes the pool doesn't seem like it's temp controlled to 27deg C and the boys sieze up and turn blue. This jacket has been an excellent comfort and kept them swimming. The only problem they have encountered is when doing butterfly the jacket is very heavy to pull out of the water and tends to choke a bit. I reckon that's a good training aid- add some levels of difficulty so in race conditions it's really easy! (I am not a swim coach). I also understand that this jacket was not designed for swim squad training, so if that's the only complaint I consider it a massive win. Otherwise it's got great fit and the neutral buoyancy works great for every other stroke and drill. The boys love their fancy fleecy Sharkskin.
This jacket is so warm! My son says he couldn't do school swimming in August without it.
He was a bit sensitive to the seaming initially but has settled in to it now.
Bought for 10 yo son for Winter sailing. Perfect. Material is not at all stiff. Bought size 12 and glad we got a size ‘up’. Still nice close fit that allows under garment. 10 would have fitted as material is stretchy but sleeve and body length would have been borderline short for our longer-armed, tall slim lad. Will definitely be buying the next size up when he grows out of this one. We are snow skiers too and I think this top will be good as underlayer on cold days and solo layer on warmer days.
My 8 year old son has not an ounce of fat on him, and really feels the cold when in the water. We popped a sharkskin underneath his 3/4 wetsuit, it made a huge difference! He's loving being able to spend at least a little bit of time in the water over the winter months.