16 Feb 2019

New Generation 2019 Fastskin

It took 3 years, 330 swimmers and 350,000 miles to develop our most innovative and advanced range of performance swimsuits and goggles to date. Evolved from our past success, this is a new generation of Speedo Fastskin, developed by swimmers for swimmers; and designed to make you feel unstoppable.

It took 3 years, 330 swimmers and 350,000 miles to develop our most innovative and advanced range of performance swimsuits and goggles to date. Evolved from our past success, this is a new generation of Speedo Fastskin, developed by swimmers for swimmers; and designed to make you feel unstoppable.




Speedo has pioneered every major technological innovation in swimwear since its inception in 1928. Over 90 years later and the latest chapter in the story of Speedo’s iconic collection, the new Fastskin suits are a combination of latest technology and almost two decades of evolution to create a new generation of Fastskin that sets the standard.

No stone was left unturned in the development process. Speedo alongside our expert research and development team, The Aqualab (experts in textile technology garment engineering, sports science, computational fluid dynamics, testing protocols and design), covered 350,000 miles throughout a three-year testing and development programme to create its most technically advanced suits to date. 

The team consulted 330 elite swimmers – as well as club swimmers and leading coaches – to ensure the new suits meet the exact needs of everyone – from the world’s best athletes to the aspiring swimmers. Swimmers included: Caeleb Dressel (USA), Joseph Schooling (SIN), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR) and Team AUS’ very own Emma McKeon, Ariarne Titmus and Mack Horton.


Image: Mack Horton


Introducing the LZR Pure Intent which is the first swimsuit to use a smart fusion of three fabrics, resulting in additional compression and helping swimmers to feel POWERFUL, FLEXIBLE AND FAST.

Developed from a deeper understanding of hydrodynamics and the biomechanics of swimming, the suit offers flexible zoned compression which allows the swimmer a wider range of motion and makes it more comfortable to wear. There are three brand new fabrics which directly target flexibility, compression and drag reduction in the areas that need it. The fabrics have been through vigorous flat plate testing, with multiple textures used to identify which were fastest both individually and when combined.

The male swimsuit is available with a high or regular waist and has a unique textured fabric zone on the rear to target drag reduction through turbulence management, inspired by their most in-depth study of shark scales to date. The male suit also features new band technology supporting the hamstrings for a more powerful leg kick and faster upbeat recovery. 


Speedo Mens Fastskin Pure Intent, coming soon.

The female version features textured fabric zones around the chest and rear, newly engineered precision straps to provide greater comfort and range of movement, and a choice of open or closed back to cater for different body types and preferences

Compressive dual layering along with an improved ergonomic seam placement has been added to the legs of both male and female swimsuits to give maximum compression to key muscle groups to support a stronger kick and harness the power athletes generate in their starts and turns.

Team Speedo Aus Ambassador, Emma McKeon was quietly confident in her Intent Suit: “The Speedo LZR Pure Intent is a lot easier to put on. The shoulders are much more comfortable and I feel fast wearing it! When I stand on the blocks, I’m feeling confident that the suit is going to help me.”

Mack Horton whilst not sold on changing from a full black suit to a brighter pop of colour, felt comfortable in declaring his love for the new suit fit and feel: “
“On tanned people it looks good! Seriously though, I feel really flexible in the Speedo LZR Pure Intent and it’s helping me power through the water. This is the best racing suit in the world and I’m really looking forward to wearing it this year.”

Key features and size chart



The LZR Pure Valor is Speedo’s most lightweight technical swimsuit and features moderate compression along with bonded seams. Evolved from the beloved LZR Elite 2 to bring it up to speed with Speedo’s latest technologies, the male swimsuit has a new leg and waistband finish and compressive inner leg seam for greater muscle support and is available in high or regular waisted versions.


Kylie Masse (CAN) wears Speedo Fastskin Pure Valor, coming soon.


The female equivalent has greater dual coverage around the abs for enhanced core stability and an additional leg seam to give more support during the kick, as well as refined neck and arm finishes for comfort and durability. All finishes have evolved in line with the technology found in the LZR Pure Intent to optimise hydrodynamics.

Ariarne Titmus (Team Speedo AUS) said: “The compression is there and I feel faster and higher in the water and the colours help you stand out. It’s awesome, I feel like a mermaid swimming in the water!”

Key features and size chart


To accompany the new swimsuits, Speedo has also revealed its new high-performance goggle, Pure Focus. It is designed to make swimmers feel fierce, fearless and fast, such is the confidence the technology and performance generates. 

Mack Horton (AUS) wears Pure Focus Goggles, coming soon.

It features Speedo’s IQfit™ 3D goggle seal and tensioning scale, with extended sidearm design for a leak-free performance with greater stability and hydroscopic lens profile for maximum peripheral vision with minimum head movement.

As well as this, the Pure Focus has 2x Anti-Fog technology, allowing swimmers to have clearer vision for longer and is the first goggle to have new anti-microbial treatment, improving hygiene standard by fighting germ development.

The Pure Focus goggle was tested using the same CFD technology software as is used on the front wing of an F1 motor vehicle. The subtle changes to geometry gives a 5% reduction in drag.*

Nathan Adrian (USA) said: “It’s hard to believe, but Speedo has somehow made the best goggle out there a little bit better!”

*5% reduced drag vs Speedo Fastskin Elite Goggle



Since inception in 1928, Speedo has been worn by most of the world’s greatest swimmers. In the last eight Olympics, over 60% of all swimming medals have been won by athletes wearing Speedo. The new black Pure Intent and Pure Valor styles also cleverly feature elements of stylish rose gold, alluding to the ultimate target of the world’s best swimmers.

With our in-house global research and development facility constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of technical innovation to create the best swimwear and swim equipment in the world, we are proud to be the world’s leading swimwear brand and be represented by a multitude of the countries (and world’s) top performing athletes.

Speaking about the latest Speedo performance range, Caeleb Dressel (USA) said: “Having been a part of this phenomenal development process, I’m incredibly excited about the new Speedo Fastskin suits. I’ve seen first-hand the work that has been put into creating the best swimsuit in the world and the technology that goes into that.

Caeleb Dressel (USA) wears Pure Focus Goggles, coming soon.

“This is exactly why I signed with Speedo – they’re in a league of their own when it comes to producing swimsuits that help me to go as fast as I can. I’ve already spent a lot of hours in the pool wearing the LZR Pure Intent and have seen the benefits it brings me and that only makes me even more excited for what is to come.”

Rob Hicking, Speedo brand director said: “It’s been incredible to have the support from swimmers to shape the products exactly to their needs and the result of this is a new generation of elite Fastskin racing suits which are our smartest yet. This suits draw upon almost two decades of pioneering Fastskin technology and we’re now taking it to the next level.

“2020 is going to be a huge year for our athletes and this suit is a statement to the rest of the competitive swimming community – we’re taking this very seriously.”


The new Fastskin LZR Pure Intent and Fastskin LZR Pure Valor swimsuits are FINA-approved and will be available to purchase from the week of the 4th of March 2019.
To be one of the first to know about the arrival of the suits – please register your details in the pop-up.

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