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Old 11-02-2013, 21:45
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Firstly I'd like to assure you all that I'm not some pervert posting this to get cheap thrills. I was advised on this forum a couple of weeks ago that I should get out more, so I'm thinking of starting going swimming because I need to get more exercise and I enjoyed it when I was a child. The council are opening a new pool near me next month so I'm keen to give it a go. However, I haven't been in a swimming pool since I was 11 so I'm a bit stuck on what shorts to get. I know you get baggy ones and ones like cycling shorts, but I don't know what men wear to swim these days and I don't want to look like either an idiot or a weirdo. I'll mostly be swimming to get fit but I imagine I'll probably fancy a trip down the flumes now and then, if it makes any difference. Any recommendations?
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Old 11-02-2013, 21:48
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Firstly I'd like to assure you all that I'm not some pervert posting this to get cheap thrills. I was advised on this forum a couple of weeks ago that I should get out more, so I'm thinking of starting going swimming because I need to get more exercise and I enjoyed it when I was a child. The council are opening a new pool near me next month so I'm keen to give it a go. However, I haven't been in a swimming pool since I was 11 so I'm a bit stuck on what shorts to get. I know you get baggy ones and ones like cycling shorts, but I don't know what men wear to swim these days and I don't want to look like either an idiot or a weirdo. I'll mostly be swimming to get fit but I imagine I'll probably fancy a trip down the flumes now and then, if it makes any difference. Any recommendations?
Plain shorts, not long ones.. No speedos
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Old 11-02-2013, 22:32
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Definitely not speedos.
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Old 11-02-2013, 22:35
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Definitely not speedos.
Unless you are Uber fit and a member of a swimming club...
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Old 11-02-2013, 22:50
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Unless you are Uber fit and a member of a swimming club...
Oh yes, Tom Daley is allowed speedos. No-one else though.
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:28
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mid length (about half way down your thigh) should be fine. You can pick them up in sports direct for between 5 and 10.
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:58
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I wear long ones, but short ones are fine too. I find they tend to come without "built in pants" a lot more these days.

As long as its not speedos you will be fine.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:04
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Yeah, speedos didn't even figure on my radar. I was wondering about the tight ones but they might be a bit too speedo-like..?
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:16
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Go for something you feel comfortable in. It's you who will be wearing them.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:40
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Yeah, speedos didn't even figure on my radar. I was wondering about the tight ones but they might be a bit too speedo-like..?
The tight ones in theory have less drag but I am guessing that you are swimming at a level where you won't don't the difference.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:45
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:57
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The tight ones in theory have less drag but I am guessing that you are swimming at a level where you won't don't the difference.
Absolutely. I got a pair of plain ordinary not-too-long-not-too-tight ones at the sports shop this afternoon and I'm looking forward to trying them out tomorrow after work. Hopefully I'll remember how to swim! Thanks for the advice everyone.
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