When I first started training, I used just a standard pair of swim trunks. They're made to last forever, but swimming with all of that fabric along with two giant pockets was akin to wearing a parachute on my ass.
Next, I moved on to a pair of jammers. Imagine a pair of cycling shorts, except without the padded tush. Comfy? Yes.
For the next year, I tried different shorts (jammers, square-leg, briefs) from several different companies (TYR, Dolphin, Speedo) but they all developed the same sagging and thinning problems after a month or two. Finally, I tried a pare of Speedo Endurance Shorts:
For those of you hoping to see me MODEL the Speedo. Shame on you. Perverts.
They seem to be made of a different fabric. It's thicker and a bit less stretchy, especially the leg grippers.. My thighs definitely get the 'stuffed-sausage' effect when I'm wearing them. But, they're still plenty skin-tight to allow for easy movement in the water.
However, the best thing about these shorts is that they're freaking INDESTRUCTIBLE. I've been wearing the same pair for 8 months and they have yet to show any significant signs of wear. I don't rinse them consistently and sometimes they just end up balled up in my towel for a couple of days. In short, I treat them like crap - but they still hold up.
You can find the square leg variety on-line and in most big-box sporting goods stores for between $30 and $40, which is about $10 more than their less-durable counterparts. But when you consider that they last at least 4 times as long as standard shorts, I think they're worth every cent.
There you have it. My first review. That wasn't too tough now, was it?
I hope to be back in the next couple of days to talk about my 1/2 Ironman this weekend. It'll be a good opportunity to test my nutrition and pacing and get a good idea of what next September will be like. Toodles.