Rated 3 out of 5 by Veecee Fading a problem
I bought this suit in blue in August and have worn it fewer than 10 times, all for aquatics at a local pool. I love the way it fits and the way it stays in place during exercises. However, when I rinsed it out this morning, I noticed a distinct color change (probably fading) along the back seam and about two inches out on either side of the seam. Instead of blue, it's now yellow-green. I am so disappointed! I recently ordered another one, in a different color. It's back-ordered, so there's time to cancel at least. Bummer!
November 16, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by ruralwoman faded fast
I bought this suit in July and have worn item to the pool only less than 10 times since then and then has faded already at the seam. It was an extra suit so that's why i wore it seldom.
Have the same suit in a print that I have used many times as I go to pool 3 times a week and it has not even started to fade.
Material must be different to fade that fast.
Fit in long is just what I need but will not order anything but print one as material must be different.
October 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by MizRainbow Lasted 18 months
I love this suit and use it only a few days out of the month in motel hot tubs. It lasted 18 months but I liked it so much I bought another one and hope they keep selling this style and color (black) but maybe a fabric that doesn't disintegrate in pools. I'd pay more.
October 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Shindy Second Time Still Disappointed
This is the second time I have had issues with this swimsuit. I wrote a review once before stating that the suit does not hold up well at all. In less than a year of say weekly use in an indoor fitness pool it badly fades and the material becomes very thin. I gave this suit a second chance because it fits beautifully, but it did not last any longer than the first one I had. I am very careful about rising and washing this suit, so i know it is not the care that is causing the fading. This is the last time I will purchase a bathing suit from L.L. Bean.
September 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by skinut97 great, basic bathing suit
So, this isn't the most stylish suit, but for swimming laps it pretty much rules the earth. I am on my 2nd suit - the first one lasted a year of 2x a week lap swims with a minimum of care. I rinse the suit after swimming and *sometimes* I will wash it out with mild soap once I get home. But, even after all of that chlorine the first suit lasted a year. The first suit is still serviceable, but the material is losing its shape just a bit. Thus, suit #2.
Regarding sizing, it is true to size. I am a 36B bust, 125 lbs, 5'5" and the size 8 fits great. Shoulder straps comfortable, easy in and out, padded bust area keeps it shape.
September 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by deddle See It, Buy It, Wear It.
I love this suit and have five of them, both striped and solid. I have bought a couple each for my 2 daughters. The fabric colors and quality of fabric is amazing.
Some reviewers say the colors fade and the elastic wears thin out. I have not had any of these problems.
I have been wearing my suits for three years and they are still like new.
Your only choice is to try it and if you do not like, return.
My daughters and I love these suits.
September 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
by Sadswimmer Ms Lebo
I purchase many items from llbean and usually see better quality. I purchased this swimsuit and after 3 times in the pool it looked like a tie-died mess. See photo. I do rinse it out and wash it with a mild detergent. I have never had a swimsuit do this before. Someone in the quality control dept must have been absent the day this suit was made! 40$ wasted! >:(
September 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sgupnorth Always different
Everytime I order a suit from Bean it is different. The color and fabric was fine with this suit, but the cups were kind of flat, and looked wrinkled and lumpy. They were stiched and shaped differently than previous purchases. The last two suits I bought were completely different from each other but fortunately they were ok. This one had to be returned. How about some consistency?
August 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by GRBer I Want To Love This Suit but...
I love the fit and coverage this suit provides. I don't love what happens when it meets up with pool water! Chlorine sure does do a number on it; fabric thins out and elastic is pretty much shot. This is my third tank in two years. I keep hoping for a better outcome!
August 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by honestjoe color fades
I have purchased these suits for years, but this last one faded after only a couple of times in the pool. I rinse before and after, but it did not help save the color.(turquoise). I'm going to have to find an alternative tank suit to purchase.
August 6, 2015