When the SPD Blogger Network was looking for someone to do a review of a new bathing suit for boys, I jumped at the chance.
There are many things my son, who has multiple disabilities, struggles to do, physically, that his peers can do with ease. But when you put him in the water, he is not only at ease, he has tremendous confidence; he is a complete water baby! I’m grateful that he participates in a program which allows him time in the swimming pool each day.
That same daily pool access also means that he needs a swim suit which can withstand the rigors of daily use and washing. So far, the NoNetz suit has held up to it all. But that’s not what makes this a suit to love…
NoNetz is a different kind of bathing suit than I’ve ever seen. The clever and talented team at NoNetz has designed a suit to eliminate chafing. Yep, that’s right. They’ve taken the inner mesh brief which traditional suit makers have used for years and replaced it with a soft, high-performance fabric which actively sheds water, and holds everything in all the right places. They are, as their website says, “Not as tight as a bike short, not as loose as boxers – just right.”
They also thought of a few other really important details, too:
The seams are all flat-stitched so there are no raised ridges or bumps to rub against tender skin. And they’ve even added an anti-bacterial coating on the liner fabric; it’s made from a liquid solution containing no solvents which means no toxic chemical remains on the finished anti-bacterial product. Given the frequency with which this garment is worn by my son, that’s important to me because he already has sensory issues – especially itchy skin.
The suit also has a UPF rating of 50 which is exactly what we need for a day spent at the beach!
Since my son is nonverbal and can’t exactly wax poetic about how much he loves his new suit, I asked his aide at school to let me know what she thinks. She says it’s clear my son loves the suit for the independence it gives him. With no netting to get tangled up in, it’s easier for him to put on by himself; the boxer-like inner lining holds its shape so it’s more like putting on his pants. She loves the suit because it keeps things better contained. No more potential, ahem, peep shows—if you know what I mean. It also means he can occasionally go without a swim diaper, though the cut of the inner liner is such that it can stretch to accommodate that, too.
The design is an aesthetically pleasing “classic surfer” look with clean, simple lines. The front patch pocket has a Velcro closure and is also where the tag is. There’s no annoying fabric tag to tickle the lower back—another important sensory-friendly feature, for sure. I especially like that there are no side-seam pockets to come floating out or fill with sand while my son plays in the ocean. The suits come in a wide range of colors and sizes. The suit we have is the boys’ Wipeout in blue with lime trim and it looks fantastic on my son. Boys sizes range from Small (6) to XL (14-16) and retail for $40-$42.
Not only is the suit so well designed and constructed, the customer service at NoNetz is helpful and friendly. If there’s a problem with the suit, they will do one-time alterations for free to correct anything which might cause discomfort to the wearer. Try getting THAT at Target!
Another boys’ suit, the Breezy Point Fundraiser, is currently available in blue only. The sizes and price are the same, but the company, which is based on Long Island, will donate twenty percent of the sales from each suit to relief funds for the community of Breezy Point, NY which was devastated during Hurricane Sandy. (Side note: If you would like to donate directly to relief efforts in Sandy Point, you may do so by visiting www.BreezyPointDisasterRelief.org.)
The concept behind this suit is so brilliant that even my husband looked at it and said, “Wow, I wouldn’t mind wearing that all day at the beach. It looks really comfortable and the liner is really soft.” No small praise from the man who has owned the same bathing suit almost as long as I’ve known him. He’ll have to wait a little bit longer; the Zone suit for men is currently in production. I have no doubt we will be adding this to his summer wardrobe.
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Disclaimer: I received no financial compensation for this review. I did receive the bathing suit described herein for the purposes of testing and reviewing. The opinions expressed are strictly my own and have not been influenced in any way by NoNetz – other than the fact that they have a great product.
Beth Andersen, also known as Niksmom, chronicles the ups and downs of parenting a medically and developmentally complex child on her blog, Maternal Instincts: Flying by the seat of my pants.
SPDBN would like to thank Beth for the great review — and now, on to the giveaway! NoNetz has generously offered to give one lucky SPDBN family their very own NoNetz boy’s suit. The winner will take home one of the all-blue suits (like the Breezy Point) in their size, just in time for spring break! To enter the giveaway, please complete the form below. Entries will be accepted from 2/13/2013 through midnight EST on 2/20/2013 and the winner will be announced here on the blog on 2/21/2013!
Giveaway is open to SPDBN readers worldwide. Prize must be claimed within 1 week of notification.