ARENA Carbon Pro Mark 2 Kneeskin Open Back
ARENA Powerskin Carbon Pro MK2 Kneeskin Open Back
POWERSKIN Carbon Pro, the first racing suit integrating a carbon cage to deliver Intelligent muscle compression, combined with unprecedented fit. This is Arena's equivalent to the Speedo Fastskin III Racing Suit and the Speedo LZR Elite and LZR Pro Racing Suits.
Compression in a competition suit is associated with increased support, efficiency and power, but high compression can have a restricting effect on movement. The swimmer in motion is also a dynamic form with complex requirements for support and compression. How can you get more of the benefits of compression, without its drawbacks? Squeezing the swimmer harder will not help!
To deliver a breakthrough solution to the compression challenge, arena has incorporated carbon fibre into the weave of the POWERSKIN Carbon Pro fabric.
Known for its unique structural and mechanical properties, the carbon fibre locks down when and where a critical stretch level is reached, while retaining the suit's elasticity. This delivers a ramp-up in compression on those specific overextended zones, increasing support and control where and when they are needed without detracting from the swimmer's mobility.
Intelligent Compression: Stiff, strong carbon fibres combined with high-stretch elastomer yarns in a woven construction create a "lock-out" effect. These fibres lock down when a critical stretch level is reached, much like a car's seat belt is locked when the vehicle experiences a high impact. With a swimsuit, the lock down of the carbon fibres maximizes compression on over-extended zones, increasing support and control where it's needed and when it's needed. At the same time, the stretch fabric remains comfortable without compromising the swimmer's mobility.
Power Return: Strategic placement of elastic bonding tape on the inside of the legs and the gluteal muscles delivers added power through a "spring back" action on each dive, kick, and turn. The tape stretches as you push off, helping to give a better glide as you start each lap, preserving its optimal fit and freedom of movement throughout. The tapes even help your pre-race stretching and warm-up, so that you can preserve your energy for when you most need it - in the race.
Improved Surface Integrity: The Carbon-Pro's high-performance woven fabric (190g/sqm) reinforced with carbon fibre delivers the ultimate strength-to-weight ratio for combined speed and power. The superior strength of this fabric translates into a stronger suit, with less chance of tearing or damage that can result from extreme stretching while putting the suit on. Preservation of the integrity of the swimsuit's surface in turn maximizes drag reduction and optimizes water repellency.
Carbon fibre is made up of very thin strands of carbon - even thinner than human hair - which can be twisted together like yarn, and then woven into cloth. It's five times as strong as steel and twice as stiff, yet weighs about two-thirds less.