LIMITED EDITION Arena Carbon Air Open Back Suit Crystal Fighter
Arena Carbon-Air Open Back Suit
LIMITED EDITION Crystal Fighter
The Crystal Fighter is the first limited edition design in the Carbon Air range. Carbon-Air combines innovative design, breakthrough technology and an ultra lightweight fabric. The result is a racing suit with Arena’s trademark intelligent compression and unbeatable comfort. Horizontal carbon bands woven into the suit lock down to increase support and control when and where you need it. This pioneering design streamlines for faster swimming and is incredibly easy to move in, giving you full range of movement on starts, strokes and turns. And it’s a cinch to get on.
Arena Carbon-Air Product Features
Innovative horizontal carbon band construction delivers intelligent compression with breathing room. The carbon fibre latches on to over extended areas offering the right dose of compression for optimum performance, reduced drag and maximum power.
SMART STRETCH SHOULDER STRAP
Carbon-Air’s specially engineered straps take the pressure off your shoulders with responsive stretching for unparalleled comfort and complete upper body mobility.
EASY TO PUT ON
With a hydrodynamic design, unique carbon band construction and featherweight fabric be race-ready in no time.
ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT FABRIC
Carbon-Air is made of our lightest performance fabric yet. Shave seconds off your time in a suit as light as air.
The History of the Carbon Pro Family
In 2014 the Powerskin Carbon family welcomes a new member, with Carbon-Flex joining the Carbon-Pro as part of an expanded, best-in-class racing swimsuit range.
The fundamental strengths of the carbon range are now reinforced through the diversity of the two suits’ features and benefits – catering to swimmer preferences – while staying true to the unique principles of intelligent compression and optimum fit. Arena appreciate the success that rewards effort, but also know that to stay on the cutting edge of this highly competitive market, they can’t rest on our laurels.
Optimum muscle compression in a racing suit is key for drag reduction, efficiency and power. Arena has achieved this optimum muscle compression by incorporating a Carbon Fiber Cage into the weave of the Powerskin Carbon-Pro and Carbon-Flex racing suits. With this innovation, Carbon Fibres lock down when and where a critical stress level is reached, while retaining elasticity and freedom of movement.
Carbon Cage means Intelligent muscle compression Lock down of the carbon fibres maximizes compression on over-extended zones, increasing support and control when and where it’s needed … without compromising freedom of movement – the stretch fabric remains comfortable without affecting the swimmer’s mobility.
Power Return System means more powerful kicks and turns Strategic placement of low profile bonded seams and elasticized tapes is designed to store potential energy, which is released during dives, kicks and turns to maximize efficiency, power, and speed.
Carbon cage also provides for Improved Surface Integrity The high-performance woven fabric (155g/sqm) reinforced with carbon fibre delivers the ultimate strength-to-weight ratio for combined speed and power. The fabric’s superior strength means 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 repellence.
For all swimmers, the benefits of POWERSKIN Carbon Series suits start during race preparation and last throughout the heat of battle:
Before the Race – Mechanical resistance and durability – able to withstand more handling and stretch with less chance of tearing when putting it on
On the Blocks – Mechanical resistance and durability – endures stretch while remaining comfortable against the skin – Compression – maximum support and control during the crouch and dive
During the Race – Intelligent Compression – carbon thread ‘locks down’ on over-extended zones, increasing support and control when and where it’s needed – Power return during dive, kicks and turns – strategic placement and construction of elasticized bonding tape delivers added power on kicks and turns – Core stabilization and streamlined position in the water, for maximum efficiency in leg kick
Since 2012, the world’s leading-edge racing suit. All the power and speed of intelligent compression, in regular fit design. Externally seamless, two-panel construction, with strategic placement of seams on the hips and thighs, helps to maximize the swimmer’s power and speed. Powerskin Carbon-Pro is the first racing suit to truly address the traditional trade-off between compression and freedom of movement, delivering power and comfort simultaneously, without compromising either. Compression without constriction is the result, giving the swimmer both support and control, reducing muscle stress during the race, and improving glide thanks to the lightweight fabric with its inherent durability and strength. It’s the very essence of the performance.
Powerskin Carbon-Pro made its first profound statement at the 2012 Olympics in London, where arena swimmers won 35 medals, including 10 golds with four world records. A year later at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, arena athletes garnered more than half of all the swimming medals, including 23 golds with three new world records. From a design standpoint, Powerskin Carbon-Pro also made a splash, with its colourful designs making a statement in London, and its special editions raising eyebrows in both London and Barcelona. In the upper echelons of the sport, the Carbon-Pro’s standout performance and design has attracted global champions and challengers, and today the arena Elite Team of individually-sponsored swimmers includes 10 current Olympic gold medalists and 12 current World Champions, including those of both 100m freestyle events.
Conceived as the ideal companion to the existing Carbon-Pro range, the Powerskin Carbon-Flex emerged from a process that assimilates data and feedback from several sources, including individual Elite Team athlete preferences, further research and experimentation, and the exploration of alternative features to match varying swimmer needs. The carbon cage and its partners, Intelligent Compression and the Power Return System, remain core components of the Carbon-Flex. The difference is in the V-Flex System, a unique, innovative and patented construction developed by arena’s scientific network.
In the V-Flex system, seams have been moved from the side of both men’s and women’s suits – on women’s suits, the front seam runs from the crotch to under the arm, and the rear seam runs from the centre of the hamstring to under the arm; for men’s jammers, the seams align with the quadriceps and the hamstrings. Men’s jammers also have added length in the leg and a slight increase in rise.
The V-Flex System supports swimmers with three specific benefits:
Hip flexion and freedom of movement: Seam placement creates a “flexline” across the hip flexors, offering less resistance during hip flexion on starts, turns, and breaststroke kicks. The system delivers complete freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders, along with perfect fit and comfort.
Lifting effect: The rear seam creates a “tension line” between the two anchor points, limiting stretch on this line and having a lifting effect on the back of the legs. This helps to keep the legs high in the water during freestyle, and to keep the knees from dropping during breaststroke and butterfly.
Push off the wall: During the tumble turn, the tension line also helps with pushing off the wall. In addition, the lengthening of the suit also provides greater body coverage, reinforcing the effects of Intelligent Compression.
Not surprisingly, following the popularity of the innovative Carbon-Pro designs, the Carbon Flex has its own distinctive flair. By placing the bonded seams on the outside, the suit has a two-colour design, making it stand out from the crowd. The initial launch will feature blue-and-grey and red-and-grey versions. Developed with the champions for the champions The Carbon-Pro and Carbon Flex are both the result of an extensive R&D process, which includes an intensive testing and feedback phase with dozens of swimmers in the arena stable of athletes. This is an integral part of the Arena swimsuit development process, and has been characteristic of the company’s modus operandi since its inception.
Ruta Meilutyte: “With this suit, my body feels flatter in the water, better positioned. I really liked the fact that my legs feel free to move. The seams are placed well, I feel no pressure around my hips, only when and where it matters. And I love the two tone design, it’s super cool! I’m really happy that my input is useful and I enjoy being part of the suit’s development.”
Katinka Hosszu: “I am really excited about this suit! I love its construction and design, it’s extremely feminine. The suit is ultra comfortable, especially on the hips and shoulders, and I feel I have more freedom to move. I felt a definite pull at the back of my legs during the dolphin kick, which I liked. It is an honour to be part of the development process.”
Daniel Gyurta: “The suit is great, you can hardly feel that it’s on! It offers complete freedom of movement, particularly around the hips during turns. I felt the suit was flexible throughout my kicks, yet still offered the same great compression, thanks to its Carbon cage construction. As for the design … it’s cool! I’m happy to give arena my feedback and to help with the development of such a suit.”
Emily Seebohm: “Carbon Flex is rocking!”
Sarah Sjöström: “The Carbon Flex feels really good, it’s like a second skin, and the glide is really smooth. I really liked the freedom of movement on my hips during the turns, and on my shoulders during butterfly. I also feel a definite lift on the back of my legs with the new seam position. And with its great two-tone design, I’m convinced it’s going to be another winner!
In order to ensure that your product provides you with the best possible performance for a long time to come, Arena recommend you take the following precautions: - rinse immediately after use, in non-chlorinated water; - do not leave the wet swimsuit in a bag or other container for a long time; - do not expose the wet swimsuit in a bag or other container to direct sunlight; - wash with detergents suitable for delicate clothes; - air-dry hung up and away from heat sources. Follow the washing instructions given on your product label. The label provides useful symbols giving information on how to take best care of it.
When selecting a size to purchase this website uses USA/UKHOW TO TAKE MEASUREMENTS: A - Height: To determine your height, stand up straight and measure the distance from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot. B - Chest: Take the measurement over the fullest part of your bust. C - Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your waistline. D - Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips E - Torso: In a loop, measure from the highest part of the shoulder, beneath the crotch and then back to the starting point. Body measurements and the corresponding sizes are to be considered a general guideline. Any racing suit should be tried on before choosing the appropriate size, based upon individual preference in terms of compression. Swimming stroke and distance may also be key factors in the suit selection.
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Tue 18 December 2nd Class
Thu 20 December 1st Class
Sat 22 December Special Delivery
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|Fri||7 December||Russia, Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)|
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|Mon||17 December||Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland|
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