Things have gotten really quiet around here so I thought I'd fire up this for discussion. I ripped my bright yellow cap and so I had to get a couple new caps. I immediately ran into almost insurmountable issues. But somehow I persevered and have a couple caps being shipped to me. But let me explain the issues and we can mull over everything to do with caps.
Issue 1. Sporting goods stores in my area have just about everything but swim gear. They typically have some goggles and a kick board with a picture of a frog on it. So that sent me online thus saving gas and the environment.
Issue 2. Speedo only makes latex caps in useless colors. I like Speedo because they have supported swimming since I was a little kid. So I have a certain brand loyalty to them. I'm old school. But all they've got is black, pink and white with a flag or something. I got a black swim cap from US Masters when I signed up this year. Black just doesn't strike me as a high visibility color, so I think US Masters might be geared toward pool swimming a little more than open water swimming. So now I needed to stray from Speedo and see what I could find.
Issue 3. Both latex and silicone caps are available. I've never tried silicone. I've heard it doesn't stay on your head too well. Latex caps seem to work pretty well for me, so I've stuck with them. I think I found a Speedo silicone cap in orange, but I just didn't want to take the giant leap into silicone. So I kept searching.
Issue 4. Color selection for almost brand doesn't seem to focus on the high visibility colors. In the past I have tried bright green, bright orange and bright yellow. I think bright yellow might be the most visible, but I decided I wanted orange this time. It matches the colors of our kayaks and our gear. It's our team color so to speak. Go Orange!
Issue 5. There's a lot of choices and sketchy products on the internet in case you didn't know that. I finally found some online storefront that actually had orange Speedo latex caps in stock. At least that's what the internet claimed. They could be 5 year old, discontinued stock, but I wanted bright orange Speedo caps. So I ordered a couple and maybe I will get them. They'll probably say they were out of orange and ship me black ones instead...
Discussion items: Silicone or Latex? Best high vis color? Speedo vs Nike? Finis? (Ha!) How do you store your caps when you don't use them for a long time? My yellow one ripped because I had stored it hanging on a plastic hanger. Where it touched the hanger, the latex hardened and the cap just ripped apart when I tried to put it on. Weird. I don't wear a cap in the pool because it's too hot. Am I a heathen?
One last item. In my online searching I found a cap offered in camouflage. I decided that it probably was a bad choice.