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Rashies. Do name brand ones last any longer?


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#1 #tootired

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:52 PM

Total fluff, but all 3 kids need new rash vests. In the past we have just grabbed them at Kmart, Target or Bess and Less.

We are lucky to get a term out of them, even with thorough rinsing after swimming!

Do the Billabong, Rip Curl, Peak ones last any longer?
I wondered if the EB commuity would have the answer.

#2 mitty82

Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:56 PM

We buy our swimmers for swimming lessons from the pool. We don't use rashes for constant lessons though. But the good quality swimmers last way longer than the big w etc ones. We paid $40 for funky trunks pants n have lasted awhile n still look like new

#3 Lynken

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:11 PM

If your kids are swimming in indoor pools a lot, you need chlorine resistant ones if you want them to last.  They will cost more (under $50 on sale) but they last and last.  It's a different type of fabric and seems to "give" more as they grow.  I buy a size up and seem to get 2+ years from a suit.  Even then, they are still in good condition. Bought an all-in-one for DD when she was 1.5 and she wore it for 2 years.  DS would be in it now if it wasn't bright pink!

Check the labels of the brand names, but I found that the Billabongs etc.. weren't chlorine resistant.  Check out this site, just search for "chlorine resistant" and then you can narrow down by size etc.  It will say chlorine resistant in the item description.

#4 unicycle

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:13 PM

yes, the quality ones can last longer. i am thinking specifically of a fred bare we picked up at the salvos. it got worn for years and years and then regifted to a charity shop.
but... with lycra, once it has been in a chlorine pool, do not allow it to be put in hot water, eg the shower, a spa as there is a chemical reaction which occurs with the chlorine and lycra causing it to break down.

#5 Monket

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

I buy DD Seafolly rashies as they last a couple of seasons.  I have bought target ones before and they didn't last long at all.  You can feel the difference in the fabric between brand name v cheapies...much thicker.

#6 podg

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:29 PM

Stingray are great, soft, chlorine resistant and last ages.

#7 Luckyseven

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

I havent found the more expensive ones to last longer than the Kmart/Target ones. We havent bought the Chlorine resistant ones though as I didnt know they existed lol but we have bought expensive surf brand ones and to me they last around the same.

My kids dont do swimming lessons though its just use in our pool at home and we tend to go through a couple of pairs a season but I dont rinse them I just put them on the line tro dry after use so I could prob make them last longer.

#8 KnightsofNi

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

I have heard the Cancer Council ones are very good.

#9 SeaPrincess

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

The best ones we've had were Speedo chlorine-resistant. DS1's looks as if it will last long enough to hand down to DS2 who has already outgrown his without wearing it out.  DD has Zoggs bathers that she has outgrown before wearing out as well.

We've had other more expensive brands that didn't last at all.

R

#10 gasgirl

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

another vote for speedo which lasts longer than the size of the child if you follow the care instructions. One pair of cossies in the "endurance " fabric has now been worn by four girls as constant handmedown and still going strong.
Target is a lot cheaper but they stretch and rarely last more than a season if they have any contact with chlorine

#11 *LucyE*

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

I don't know if they last longer from personal experience but the only brands we have purchased have been Cancer Council, Speedo chlorine resistant and Seafolly.

I rinse in cold water after each swim and line dry in the shade.  They have all lasted longer than the children have been able to fit into them.  DS2 is wearing some of DS1's swimmers and there is a 6 year age gap.

#12 Placebo

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:19 PM

Ahhhhh, THAT'S where I'm going wrong!!  I haven't bought the Chlorine-resistant ones.  I didn't even know they existed.  Will check labels next time I have to buy, as our kids go through one-two per season also.



#13 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

ds' speedo one and his Speedo jock bathers have been the best here. The jock bathers have been through 2 boys now and still look like they will be okay for bub.  We tried surf brands and they were no better than Target.  We don't do regular swimming just recreational. I try to rinse them out after they've been in the pool.

#14 schoolmum

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

I second the Cancer council ones, I think the brand is SolaSuit. I have never had any from there perish, in fact I have had many a pair of the swim shorts (like bike pants) last through 3 children, and then passed them on.
They are more expensive, but if you buy them off season, as I do, you can often get them about 40-50% off normal retail price.

#15 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:20 PM

The Cancer Council ones are great, but quite expensive. I've had no issue with Target ones, my kids have outgrown them.

#16 twinboys

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:23 PM

I just get ours from the op shop  biggrin.gif

#17 sammyv

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

QUOTE (Time-to-Shine @ 25/11/2012, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have heard the Cancer Council ones are very good.


Best ones I ever had was the Cancer council ones.  I have had pumpkin patch, piping hot and target ones and all lost there elasticity.



#18 Jekaho

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

We have only ever bought Cancer Council ones. Our problem is him outgrowing them, rather than them getting thin or holey. Although the prints have often come away.

#19 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:36 PM

I hope anything lasts better than the Pumpkin Patch swimsuits we bought this year! Washed away almost all colour with about 3 visits to the pool plus washes :-/ They look like they are about 3-4 years old, baggy and lost all colour! Terrible!! So yes... the other designer type ones they've had in the past actually still look in better condition than the Pumpkin Patch ones, 4-6 years later...

#20 FeralEsme

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

Sun kids, speedo chlorine resistant or Funkita are the best. I had a sun kids rashie that all of my boys wore, and by the time they'd all been through it I gave it away to another family, so at least 5-6 years of wear as my kids do swimming year round.


#21 iwanttosleepin

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

Not necessarily.  I've had good and bad with cheap and expensive.

I have had varying success with many brands.  however, I now mainly buy the Target ones.  I always rinse them out after swimming.

I had one very expensive one from Myer and it lasted about 2 months.  I was most annoyed.  That said, we had a Bright Bots one that survived 2 kids.


Other thing to keep them okay is never wash them in the washing machine.  the spin cycle kills them.

#22 CleverChook

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE (shmach @ 25/11/2012, 03:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The best ones we've had were Speedo chlorine-resistant. DS1's looks as if it will last long enough to hand down to DS2 who has already outgrown his without wearing it out.  DD has Zoggs bathers that she has outgrown before wearing out as well.

We've had other more expensive brands that didn't last at all.

RAZ


Yes, these two have been the best for us, along with TYR.  Basically if they're proper swimming brands.  That said, you can sometimes luck out with others.  So if I see one that's cheap and pretty, I sometimes still buy it.  We can never have too many in this house!

#23 CleverChook

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

DP

Edited by CleverChook, 25 November 2012 - 07:39 PM.


#24 ally4281

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

DS's quicksilver/billabong ones have lasted the summer, but haven't worn any differently to the target/big w ones. Not sure about K-mart as we havent tried theirs.
The speedo chlorine resistant are the best ones.

#25 Phascogale

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:10 PM

QUOTE
I hope anything lasts better than the Pumpkin Patch swimsuits we bought this year! Washed away almost all colour with about 3 visits to the pool plus washes :-/ They look like they are about 3-4 years old, baggy and lost all colour! Terrible!! So yes... the other designer type ones they've had in the past actually still look in better condition than the Pumpkin Patch ones, 4-6 years later...
I had the exact same thing happen this year.  Probably should've taken them back after the massive fading they had after 2 washes.  The material seemed thicker than the other Big W bathers I had bought but they look so much worse now.

Will not be spending my money on pumpkin patch bathers again.




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