AQUASPHERE SWIM SKINTMBlends wetsuit, swim suit

SWEAT found the Swim Skin -- a cross between a wetsuit and a bathing suit -- to be just what the name describes.

Easy to put on, the full body suit, made of TLN -- Teflon, Lycra and Neoprene -- felt like wearing a thin, flexible body cover. At one-third the weight of a standard wetsuit, the Swim Skin offers an amazing amount of warmth with an equally amazing amount of flexibility.

The sleek, cool-looking design allows for a full range of motion. Varying thickness for warm, temperate, and cold water, the suit comes in winter, summer, spring and fall models.

In the winter suit, the stitching only partially goes through the fabric to make the suit warmer and more water resistant. For lean athletes or those working on open-water swimming, this suit is excellent.

It can also extend the season of use for non-heated pools and help those who must be in the water for extended periods of time.

Priced from $79.99 to $179.99, Swim Skins are available at Aqua Sphere dealers, or contact or (800) 775-3483.

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