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I love this suit - BUT not the one I bought that was made in a country with NO quality control
on June 10, 2013
Update -I have 3 of these. The original - bought in March 2013 - just now bit the dust. First the thread in the seams bleached white. Oh well. About 6 months ago, the lining bleached out. Oh well. In March, the lining just fell apart... oh well. I just ripped it out and kept swimming. But last Friday - after over 300 hours in chlorinated water, the fabric began to just shred. Now THAT'S what you call ENDURANCE! I am buying another today........This is a fabulous suit for a short, stout, sort of flat-chested lady who loves to swim - just like me! I JUST LOVE this suit - wear it DAILY for an hour's swim in a chlorinated pool and it is great- fits great; is flattering; easy care; holds up to the chlorine- I would buy a lot of these and wear them all my life. BUT... and this is a HUGE "but".... the suit I love was made in a country close by to the south. The second one I bought (from Amazon) was made in a country at the tip of a large hot continent far far away, where apparently there is NO quality control! It is like a too-small spanx garment on the bottom (think "tourniquet") and too large and floppy on the top. One strap is longer than the other and they are not adjustable. The worst? There are these soft little liner things in the bosom of the suit. In the good one, there's a place where you can put your fingers inside and rearrange them if necessary - but on the BAD suit, these openings are sewn shut. When you swim, these liners bunch up in weird shapes and stick out oddly on your chest - and there is nothing you can do about it! The lady at Speedo (yes, of course I called) was SO sympathetic, but her advice was- just return it right away if it was made in that "other" place. Thinking these suits would be identical just because they were the same style, I wore the bad suit several times and so cannot return it. I have learned my lesson though. I WILL buy more of these- but beware! They are like the proverbial little girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead- "when they are good, they are very very good- and when they are bad, they are HORRID!"