Choosing the Right Swim Cap
If you are shopping for a swim cap, you might be a bit overwhelmed in narrowing down the right choice. Swim caps come in an array of styles, colors and materials. They are designed to do a bevy of things, including keeping long hair out of the face, keeping hair protected from chlorine, keeping the head warm when swimming in cold or open water, making swimmers more visible and most importantly, aiding in swimming faster by reducing drag. Contrary to popular belief, swim caps are not effective at keeping hair dry.
So how do you decide what you need? Take a look at the material and the benefits provided. Swim caps are made in three main materials: latex/rubber, silicone and lycra.
Latex Swim Caps
Latex caps have been around since the early 1920's and are made of a very durable rubber. These caps are very popular with the competitive swimming community due to their tight fit. Though these caps tend to be more difficult to put on, they protect the hair well against chlorine in the pool. Latex caps are the most affordable of all caps available and are priced around $3 and up. One drawback to latex caps is that many people suffer from latex allergies.
Silicone Swim Caps
Silicone caps are quickly becoming the most popular of all swim caps, due in large part to the growing number of people allergic to latex. These caps are very easy to put on and protect the hair well against water. However, the cap tends to roll up easier on the sides and applies more pressure to the ears during wear. Silicone caps, a bit more expensive than latex caps, are priced around $6 and up.