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Look Good And Be Safe with Swim Accessories

Browse through any online retail store’s collection and you will find a wide range of swim accessories. If you want to be practical and not overspend on swim accessories, keep in mind that you really need only three essentials if you want to stay safe in the water. These essentials include your swimsuit, swimming cap, and swimming goggles. Here are some tips on choosing the best swim accessories:

  • Swimsuit – For men, swim briefs or trunks are the best choice for training, especially when you want to achieve fast lap times. Board shorts, while less revealing and ultimately more fashionable are not as good for swimming as briefs as they create too much drag. For women, a one-piece suit is best as they help build a streamline shape, and also provide better body coverage.
  • Swim cap – There are many different types of swim cap available on the market. Latex and rubber designs tend to offer a tight fit around the head, whereas silicone swim caps are a popular choice for those allergic to latex. Whilst slightly more expensive than latex, silicone protects the hair very well against the water, but tends to be more prone to slipping. Lycra is another alternative, and is ideal for creating a more uniform look. Lycra caps are made out of the same material as most swimsuits, but they are not as waterproof as their silicone and latex counterparts due to their tendency to slip.
  • Swimming goggles –There are four things that you should look for when buying goggles; comfortable lenses, adjustable straps, waterproof sockets, and 100% UVA/UVB protection. There are all kinds of tints available, from dark to light. Remember that dark lenses are only advisable for use in bright environments.

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Our Top Summertime Swimwear Picks

One of the best things about the arrival of warmer weather is finally being able to shed our winter layers and hit the beach, and with a heat-wave supposedly heading our way next week, the opportunity might arrive a little sooner than you’d thought! But if your family’s swimwear selection could do with a bit of an update then take a look below at our top picks for making the most of the sunshine this season!

Whether you’re travelling to the coast for a seaside adventure or simply taking them to the local pool, kids love to take to the water at the first opportunity. With a netted interior lining and vibrant summer design, these Boys Palm Tree Swim Shorts are a stylish and practical choice for kids from the age of eight to thirteen, and these Cargo Bay Camo Print Swimming Shorts are great for younger kids also hoping to visit the beach with friends and family over the coming months.

There are plenty of options for girls too. This Fluorescent Heart Print Halterneck Swimsuit is a great choice for kids looking to stand out from the crowd, and this Patchwork Two-Piece Bikini is another colourful, beach-friendly option for the warmer months.

With their fun anchor and yacht print design, these Brave Soul Nautical Swimming Shorts are a fashionable choice for men looking to feel the sun on their skin this summer, and with an elasticated drawstring waist, a comfortable fit is guaranteed. For male shoppers seeking something a little different, these Colour Fade Swim Shorts boast a longer over-the-knee cut and come in a selection of three colours, each with a detailed Hawaiian flower pattern.

For women who take their swimwear seriously, this Aqua Sphere Womens Naiad Swimsuit is a sleek and stylish option, boasting high UV protection and quick-dry capabilities. The suit’s breathable polyamide build is constructed with elastane, ensuring a snug but comfortable fit, and built-in chlorine resistance makes it ideal for combating the cocktail of chemicals found in many swimming pools.

Accessories such as these Aqua Sphere Adults Kaiman Goggles are a great way to improve your swimming experience and investigate the world beneath the waves. The easy-adjust buckle and sturdy, elasticated straps makes the design easy to alter to your liking, and with scratch-resistant lenses that also boast 100% UVA protection, comfort and protection are both guaranteed. The Aqua Sphere Kids Moby Swim Goggles make a great leak-free companion piece, ensuring that younger eyes can also play and explore free from the effects of chlorine.

Make sure you check out our full range of swimwear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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How Does A Wetsuit Keep You Warm?

suitblog1For most people taking a trip to the coast, a super-sized beach towel and a simple pair of board shorts are all that’s needed to relax on the shore and take a paddle in the often-icy British ocean. But for those that take their aquatic activities a little more seriously, clothing and equipment has to provide divers and surfers with the comfort and warmth they need in order to take to the water whatever the weather, all year-round.

The wetsuit as we now know it was first born in 1952 from the mind of physicist Hugh Bradner, whose job at the University of California required him to partake in several underwater dives. Having experienced first-hand the difficulty that humans had at staying warm in water for extended periods of time, Bradner soon set about looking for a solution, one which he found in the form of Neoprane.

Following experiments with the rubbery material in the basement of his family home, Bradner soon determined that Neoprane was able to trap water between the body and the material, with the liquid then being warmed by the wearer’s body heat and kept at a comfortable temperature. What was more, as the wearer swam, fresh, cold water was largely prevented from permeating the material, with the suit already being ‘full’ of the warmed liquid.

It was these two discoveries that revolutionised the way in which anyone with an interest4487lpr in watersports or diving takes to the waves today, and since the 1950s the technology has been improved and enhanced to keep swimmers warmer for longer. Today’s wetsuits are equipped with an even greater ability to lock water out, with fabric flaps and even rubber glue guns being used to seal off seams and zip-locks that would otherwise let water seep in.

What’s more, some of today’s designs blend the core Neoprane build with a variety of additional fabrics, such as Spandex and even Merino Wool, which help to enhance a suit’s ability to hold onto heat and mould closer to your body. A selection of different shapes and styles are also now widely available, with some ‘shorty’ wetsuits opting to leave lower arms and legs exposed and other designs coming with detachable limb and head sleeves to offer additional protection as required.

With wetsuits now available in such an expansive variety of different shapes, sizes and material widths, there’s a model that’s ideal for practically any temperature. So if you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge but feared a less than warm welcome, a close-fitting wetsuit might be the key to getting into you into a new and exciting hobby this summer, and staying warm in the process!

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Aqua Sphere to Launch New AquaLight Range

In February 2014 pioneering swimwear and accessories company Aqua Sphere will release AquaLight, their latest collection.

Designed specifically for fitness and recreational swimming, AquaLight is a proprietary coating which changes the surface tension of the fabric meaning water doesn’t adhere to the fibres. As they retain less water, AquaLight fibres dry six times faster than traditional fabrics. This allows swimmers to be comfortable both in and out of the water.

Available to purchase from Universal Textiles, Martin Newton of Aqua Sphere UK said of the range:

“Bringing comfort to swimmers in the water has always been Aqua Sphere‘s commitment. Nevertheless, we saw a gap in the market for a product that also addressed swimmers’ comfort outside the pool, swimmers deserve convenience and portability as well as performance, and we believe we have now met those needs by incorporating advanced materials technology into some of our best-selling silhouettes, opening up the lifestyle advantages normally found only in swimsuits for elite and competitive athletes to recreational and everyday fitness swimmers. We are very proud of this achievement and believe it underscores our brand commitment to support the everyday swimmer with the best possible technological innovation.”

Designed by teams across the globe in countries such as Hong Kong, France and the USA, this innovative mesh barrier makes for a far more pleasant transition from pool or sea to land. Products include the Madonna and Madline One-Piece Swimsuits, with further ranges to be announced in due course.

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Shop for the Perfect Christmas Break

Planning on escaping the seasonal chaos and getting away this Christmas? We’ve got hundreds of products to suit every type of winter break. Whether you’re jetting off for some winter sun or skiing in the Alps, Universal Textiles has everything you’ll need.

Shopping for swim wear during the colder months can prove to be difficult on the High Street, here at Universal Textiles we still have a range of Bikini’s, Swimming Shorts and Beach Towels available all year round. Our Animal Print Bikini Set is perfect for swimming and sunbathing in style. For Men, we have a wide selection of trunks like these Hawaiian Print Fade Beach shorts, available in 3 different colours, which would make an excellent addition to your holiday wardrobe.

For those of you choosing ski lifts over sun beds, we’ve got all of your last minute essentials at affordable prices. We have a huge variety of thermal ski accessories for you to choose from, the FLOSO Mens Heavy Ski Thinsulate Thermal Fleece Gloves with Palm Grip are some of our warmest and most practical gloves. If you’re taking the kids, our Owl and Bear ski hats with ears are warm, fun and great for keeping an eye on them in the Snow.watch Cars 3 film now

We also have a wide selection of children’s beach towels, ranging from favourite football teams, celebrities, cartoon characters and television shows. This Bart Simpson Beach Towel Poncho is super soft and easy to carry, ideal for children who’d rather run around than dry off.

Whatever the destination, check out Universal Textiles for all your holiday essentials.

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This week’s giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured Skechers Ladies Trainers, this week the prize is Ladies Speedo Swimwear.

This is a great piece of high quality swimwear, perfect for summer holidays and looking great by the pool. The swimwear enchances and supports the body, and has an improved resistance to chlorine.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Choosing Ladies Swimwear

It’s time to start thinking about your summer holidays and what you will need to pack, swimwear is one of the most essential holiday items, but where to start? Ladies swimwear comes in a wide variety of choices. One piece, tankini, bikini, and swim shorts are popular styles, and within each of those options, there is a wide choice of other options such as high leg, medium leg, briefs, or string styles. That is without trying to decide which colour or pattern to choose. Picking out the best option is not necessarily an easy choice. It all depends upon personal taste and style.

For those choosing a one-piece suit, this is perhaps the easiest choice of all. The styles are often very similar and the biggest worry will be what colour to choose to best show off the holiday tan. One of the most popular choices is black. Not only is black a slimming colour it can also be teamed with a sarong or other beach style wrap of any colour and will remain stylish.

Good quality ladies swimsuits are also lined, which means less risk of being see through when wet. Swimsuits made from material with a certain amount of elastane means the garment will stretch to fit, will remain in place when moving in the water and will be comfortable as it is flexible enough to move with the body.

Our range of Swimwear is massive, great quality and all at affordable prices! Browse our range here!

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