ARENA GETS BEHIND ITS ATHLETES WITH THE BISHAMON COLLECTION FOR THIS YEAR'S SPORTING SHOWDOWN
One of the Seven Gods of Fortune in Japanese folklore, Bishamon (or Bishamonten) is an armour-clad warrior god, a guardian deity who protects and brings divine favour in battle. He carries a spear in one hand, and in the other a pagoda symbolizes a divine treasure house, whose contents he both guards and gives away. The Bishamon Collection honours this spirit, celebrating the fighter that exists in everyone, and supporting them with arena’s distinctive armour so that they can be at their very best during the heat of the battle, whether it’s in a global competition pool or a community centre training session. Examples of monuments to Bishamon in Japan today can be seen at Head Temple Kurama-dera in the Kyoto prefecture (https://www.kuramadera.or.jp/index.html), the Shigisan Chogosinshi-ji Temple in the Nara prefecture (http://www.sigisan.or.jp/english.html) and Hokaiji in the Kamakura prefecture (http://hokaiji.com/).
For the collection’s design, arena combined the Bishamon’s warrior expression with the pattern of his armour, Bishamon Kikko, which is inspired by the shell of a tortoise, representing longevity and good luck. The result is a design that symbolizes good luck and protection, with a singular ultimate goal: victory.
arena's Bishamon Collection includes two high-end competition racing suits – the Powerskin Carbon Glide and Carbon Core FX – along with the Take Down range of swimwear and accessories. In addition to the global collection in combinations of black, white, turquoise and grey, there are also five national versions of the Take Down range featuring the colours of Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, Great Britain and USA respectively.
Katinka Hosszú, Bishamon, and the ingredients necessary to claim the big prize
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Born: 3 May 1989; Pecs, Hungary
Discipline: IM, Backstroke, Butterfly
Coach: Árpád Petrov
Club: Vasas SC, Budapest Best Results Olympics
2016 Rio de Janeiro: 3 gold (100 back, 200 & 400 IM), 1 silver (200 back) World Championships
2019 Gwangju: 2 gold (200 & 400 IM)
2017 Budapest: 2 gold (200 & 400 IM), 1 silver (200 back), 1 bronze (200 fly)
2015 Kazan: 2 gold (200 & 400 IM), 1 bronze (200 back)
2013 Barcelona: 2 gold (200 & 400 IM), 1 bronze (200 fly)
2009 Rome: 1 gold (400 IM), 2 bronze (200 fly, 200 IM) European Championships
2018 Glasgow: 1 gold (200 IM)
2016 London: 4 gold (100 back, 200 & 400 IM, 4x200 free), 1 silver (100 back)
2014 Berlin: 3 gold (100 back, 200 & 400 IM), 1 silver (200 free), 2 bronze (200 fly, 4x200 free)
2012 Debrecen: 3 gold (200 fly, 200 & 400 IM), 1 silver (4x200 free)
2010 Budapest: 3 gold (200 fly, 200 IM, 4x200 free), 1 silver (400 IM)
2008 Eindhoven: 1 silver (400 IM)
The Global Bishamon Offer: For the Race
The most advanced, sophisticated racing suit arena has ever designed, the Carbon Glide gives the swimmer a sensational underwater glide and feeling of speed unlike any other. This feature is delivered by two new advances, Hydroglide fabric and the Carbon Extreme Cage, which combine lightness and compression to deliver the ultimate experience in racing performance. Covering the front and lower back, the ultralight, low-profile Hydroglide is smooth to the touch, giving it incredible glide and speed, while also reducing drag and turbulence in critical zones. Covering the legs and lower torso, the similarly ultralight, low-drag Carbon Extreme Cage has carbon fibres woven into the fabric in a tight grid-like pattern surrounding specific muscle groups, providing exceptional muscle support and improved body hold to enhance performance without restricting mobility. The result is added stroke power and stability with optimum durability, flexibility, and efficiency. The suit also employs a unique taping structure, with carbon strategically infused into the woven lining to activate major muscle groups, thereby enhancing the swimmer’s feeling of support and body hold.
RSP women’s suits: €575,00
RSP men’s jammers: €395,00
The Carbon Core FX features the latest improvements to the highly successful Carbon Flex VX, and is the most compressive suit of arena’s comprehensive racing range. Providing a powerful locked-in feel along with exceptional core support, it uses the same Carbon Cage technology as its predecessor, delivering a high level of durable compression across all areas of the body. For these reasons the Carbon Core FX is likely to appeal to sprinters for its high level of compression and range of motion. The Carbon Core FX features a new Twin Taping structure on the back of the legs of both women’s suits and men’s jammers, providing a lifting effect on the legs that helps the swimmer to hold a high body position even when fatigued, giving maximum hip height in the water. In addition, the internal carbon fibre-infused lining on the women’s suit has been extended up the side of the suit with an incision just below the chest, providing multiple benefits: maximum compression and locked-in feel through the legs and torso; an additional, evenly-distributed pressure profile across the body; further improvement of core stability for an enhanced body position in the water with lower form drag; and improved upper body mobility, without compromising overall compression and support.
RSP women’s suits: €500,00RSP men’s jammers: €320,00
Supreme hydrodynamics and optimum vision combine in arena’s premium racing goggles. Revolutionary Swipe Anti-Fog technology – which is activated by a simple rub of the finger – preserves clear vision up to 10 times longer than before, so swimmers no longer have to be concerned with goggles fogging up. Sleek, watertight design with low profile lenses, high-tech moulding and blade-like contours minimize drag and improve glide, while lens curvature dramatically increases peripheral and frontal vision.
Featuring wide vision and superior comfort at top speed, with mirror lenses and Swipe technology, the best anti-fog technology available. 5 interchangeable nose pieces, dual strap. RSP: €55,00
Cobra Swipe is the ultimate update ofthe classic hydrodynamic racing gogglethat started it all, with the additionof an even lighter fit and Swipe,the best anti-fog technology available.Cobra Swipe also combines focusedfrontal vision with the stability of itsrigid temples, that keep it firm on theface when diving in.
COBRA SWIPE MIRROR RSP: € 55,00 COBRA SWIPE RSP: € 48,00
The practicality of the classic Swedish goggles with rubber coating for added comfort and split lenses for enhanced vision.
Innovative air seals with a honeycomb construction are designed to compress and adapt to the face, distributing pressure only where needed. The result is a super-light feeling, as if you’re not even wearing goggles. Cool, hydrodynamic design for optimum performance.
Adam Peaty, Bishamon, and the ingredients necessary to claim the big prize
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Born: 28 December 1994; Uttoxeter, England
Coach: Melanie Marshall
Club:Loughborough University, England
2016 Rio: 1 gold (100 breast), 1 silver (4x100 medley)
2019 Gwangju: 3 gold (50 & 100 breast, 4x100 medley), 1 bronze (4x100 mixed medley)
2017 Budapest: 2 gold (50 & 100 breast), 1 silver (4x100 medley)
2015 Kazan: 3 gold (50 & 100 breast, 4x100 mixed medley)
2018 Glasgow: 4 gold (50 & 100 breast, 4x100 medley, 4x100 mixed medley) 2016 London: 4 gold (50 & 100 breast, 4x100 medley, 4x100 mixed medley) 2014 Berlin: 4 gold (50 & 100 breast, 4x100 medley, 4x100 mixed medley)
2018 Gold Coast: 1 gold (100 breast), 2 silver (50 breast, 4x100 medley) 2014 Glasgow: 2 gold (100 breast, 4x100 medley), 1 silver (50 breast)
The Global Bishamon Offer: For the Training Pool
Broad back opening with thin, wide straps provides maximum freedom of shoulder movement and reduced drag for improved glide. Black with stylized grey patterns and turquoise Bishamon design on front centre (large) and back centre (miniature), turquoise straps. RSP:€55,00
Wide straps and increased back coverage offer excellent support for both bust and waist area, while also providing a secure, supremely comfortable fit. Black with stylized grey patterns and turquoise Bishamon design on front centre (large) and back centre (miniature), turquoise straps.
With front lining and coverage from mid-waist to above the knee, delivers maximum comfort and range of motion. Black with stylized grey patterns and turquoise Bishamon design on the side of each leg: large in the front, miniature in the back. RSP: €50,00
27cm shorts combine style and hydrodynamics, with full front lining and inner drawstring. Black with stylized grey patterns and turquoise Bishamon design on front side of each leg. RSP: €40,00
Briefs 7cm briefs give maximum range of motion with minimal drag for a comofrtable fit with support and stability. Black with stylized grey patterns and turquoise Bishamon design on front centre (large) and back centre (miniature). RSP: €35,00
Designed for intensive training, maintains shape and offerss superior glide with minimal drag. Easy to wear, elastic, durable and chlorine resistant, with flat mould for a classic fit. Black with Bishamon design in turquoise. RSP: €12,00
Top-loading 45-litre backpack specifically designed for athletes & competitive swimmers, providing space for all swim gear and accessories. Each compartment is breathable for moisture control, main compartment is big enough to fit all training gear, mesh compartment for wet gear or shoes, wide & roomy side pockets for large water bottles & other accessories. Padded and breathable back panel with inner laptop sleeve. Reinforced bottom, special durable zippers, comfortable shoulder straps, and a free swimbag inside! In black and white with turquoise Bishamon design and front zip. RSP: €70,00
Versatile, roomy, durable, made of water repellent fabric, drawcords double as shoulder straps, easy to wear. White with black drawcords and Bishamon design in turquoise.RSP: €15,00
Deluxe pouch in elegant black with turquoise Bishamon design to keep your goggles well protected.RSP: €15,00
Never go thirsty with eye-catching water bottle in black with stylized grey pattern, and turquoise Bishamon design & top.RSP: €12,60
Sarah Sjöström, Bishamon, and the ingredients necessary to claim the big prize
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Born: 17 August, 1993; Salem, Sweden
Coach: +han Wallberg/James Gibson
Club: Södertörns/Swedish Swimming Excellence Centre, Stockholm
2016 Rio: 1 gold (100 fly), 1 silver (200 free), 1 bronze (100 free)
2019 Gwangju: 1 gold (50 fly), 2 silver (50 free, 100 fly), 1 bronze (200 free) 2017 Budapest: 3 gold (50 free, 50 & 100 fly), 1 silver (100 free) 2015 Kazan: 2 gold (50 & 100 fly), 2 silver (100 free, 4x100 medley), 1 bronze (50 free)
2013 Barcelona: 1 gold (100 fly), 1 silver (100 free) 2009 Rome: 1 gold (100 fly)
2018 Glasgow: 4 gold (50 & 100 free, 50 & 100 fly) 2016 London: 3 gold (100 free, 50 & 100 fly), 1 bronze (4x100 free) 2014 Berlin: 3 gold (100 free, 50 fly, 4x100 free), 4 silver (50 free, 100 fly, 4x200 free, 4x100 medley)
2012 Debrecen: 2 gold (100 free, 50 fly), 1 silver (4x100 free) 2010 Budapest: 1 gold (100 fly), 1 silver (4x100 medley), 1 bronze (4x100 free)
2008 Eindhoven: 1 gold (100 fly), 1 bronze (4x100 free)
The Global Bishamon Offer: Beyond the pool – the team’s leisurewear
Cotton jersey in dark grey melange with black sleeves/shoulders, turquoise Bishamon design on front centre (large) and back centre (miniature).RSP: €35,00
Tech Tee In classic black (back, torso, collar) & white (sleeves and upper chest) with turquoise Bishamon design on front centre (large) and back centre (miniature).RSP: €40,00
In unbrushed baby fleece with dark grey melange torso and black sleeves and hood, turquoise Bishamon design on left chest and hood.RSP: €75,00
Cool style in grey and white denim with turquoise Bishamon design on top front centre (large) and back centre (miniature).RSP: €140,00
The Global Bishamon Offer: Take Down collections for patriots
ITALY blue along with the national flag colours (green, white, red)
AUSTRALIA: blue, yellow and green
NETHERLANDS: orange along with the national flag colours (blue, white, red)
UNITED KINGDOM: blue, white and red
UNITED STATES: red, white and blue
Products included in each national Take Down collection include:
The Global Bishamon Offer: Availability
From December, the Take down range will also be available in sporting good stores.
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