Hot on the heels of 2017’s its ‘Pro Hijab’, Nike will soon launch a full range of modest swimwear, and it’s set to be a total game-changer for female athletes who want full-coverage. The ‘Victory Swim’ collection aims to address the “striking gap in apparel for water sports – specifically, a lack of options for female athletes who don’t want to choose between modesty and movement with comfort and confidence”.
Athletes can either opt for the all-in-one, the ‘Victory Full Coverage Swimsuit’, or buy up the building blocks – the ‘Victory Swim Hijab’, the ‘Victory Swim Tunic’, and the ‘Victory Swim Leggings’. All the garments are constructed with lightweight, quick-drying, warp-knit fabric, designed to provide a full range of movement without being skintight, or suffering from excessive cling.
The swimsuit and tunic come equipped with built-in sports bras, while the hijab features a mesh pocket designed to keep the swimmer’s hair in place. Each item comes with full-length UPF 40+ sun protection, while strategically placed mesh vents allow water to flow around the suit unimpeded. The collection hasn’t even launched yet, but already has one very important seal of approval.
Our very own Zahra Lari, who was the first professional figure skater to wear a hijab in international competitions, has tried out the new Nike range because her training involves a good deal of time in the pool – and loves it. “I feel super light and confident in this,” she says. “It doesn’t weigh you down, and it helps me swim better. It’s different to the other swimsuits I’ve seen.”
The Nike ‘Victory Swim’ collection will be available at nike.com on February 1, 2020 and in select stores in London, New York, and Dubai.