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Tingting Athletics

The Original sPARKA | Swim Parka

The Original sPARKA | Swim Parka

Regular price $223.00 USD
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This gender-neutral parka is a cozy swimsuit cover-up. Wrap it around you and go "ahhhhh" :) Warm, protective, and convenient. It's our favorite way to warm up! 

The parka has 2 outside pockets for your swim cap, goggles, and snacks, and an inside below-the-chest pocket for your wallet or phone. It has a velvety-soft fleece lining made from recycled polyester. It is absorbent, quick drying, and lightweight. The wind and water-resistant shell protects you from the rain showers and wind gusts. The snug hood, full front zipper, and ribbed cuffs hold in heat. 


  • thigh-length
  • wind and water resistant shell + DWR coating
  • fully fleece-lined
  • snug hood
  • two big pockets
  • one inside pocket
  • soft ribbed cuffs and hem
  • a full-length two-way zipper
  • discreet reflective logo
  • two looks 'cause it's reversible

Weatherproof Fabric + Water Repellent Coating

Outer shell: 

  • Face: 94% polyester, 6% spandex
  • Back: 100% polyester
  • Membrane: 100% polyurethane
  • Durable water repellent finish on face
Fleece lining: 100% recycled polyester

Exclusive of trimming

Relaxed Fit, Thigh Length

Relaxed fit feels comfortable and allows room for layering.

Coat hem circumference is:

  • 37" for S
  • 39" for M
  • 41" for L

The coat hem circumference is measured all around the bottom opening of the garment. The ribbing (stretchy fabric) in the hem will allow it to stretch a few inches.

Care Instructions

  • Machine wash cold
  • Wash with like colors
  • Close zipper
  • Wash inside out
  • Use laundry net
  • Hang to dry
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean
  • Wash regularly to maintain water repellency. To reactivate DWR, tumble dry on low heat for 20 mins.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a swim parka?

A swim parka is a hooded long coat that typically has a water-resistant / waterproof shell and a warm fleece lining. It is loose fitted and comfortable. Some parkas are so big that you could change under it.

When do you wear a swim parka?

You can wear a swim parka for pool swimming, open water swimming, other water sports, and non-water sports (think of it as a sports parka). It is meant to be worn when you're out of water.

We incorporate thoughtful design elements in tingting's swim parka, aka sPARKA. Not only does it work well at the pool, it could be styled up to look great outside the pool.

Why do people wear a swim parka?

People wear a swim parka because it's warm, comfortable, and convenient to use before and after the workout. tingting's swim parka is made for everyone who swims. It reduces the hassles associated with swimming, thus helping you stick to your health goals.

Warmth: Whether you swim easy or hard, you're losing heat to the cold water. Once you're out of water, you're losing heat through the evaporation of water from your breath, wet hair, skin, and swim suit. It can get chilly and uncomfortable quickly! Competitive swimmers wear the swim parka to stay warm in between racing, because there's a fair bit of wait time at a swim meet. The features of a swim parka (water-resistance, warm fleece liner, hood, full zipper) are appreciated when you're cold and damp after swimming or other sports. The water-resistant shell of a swim parka protects you from splashes and sneaky puddles. Have you accidentally sat in a wet chair?! The shell also protects you from the wind and rain.

Comfort: tingting's swim parka is lined with a soft and warm fleece. It has a relaxed fit and Raglan sleeves that allow movements. There is room for layering too.

Convenience: Some people wear a swim parka to and from swim practice for convenience. Showering and changing at a public changeroom can be awkward, and that's a deterrent to swimming. You can wear the swim parka over your swim suit, and head home for a private shower. You can hang up tingting's swim parka to air dry after each use; the fleece lining is moisture wicking (quick drying). Alternatively, you can wash it in the machine as frequently as you wish!

How is tingting's swim parka different from the traditional swim parka?

tingting's swim parka, aka sPARKA, differs from the traditional swim parka in these ways:

  • resembles an everyday coat
  • achieves a slimmer fit that still feels comfortable and allows room for layering
  • thigh-length instead of over-the-knee-length
  • offers two looks; it's reversible!
  • extra soft fleece lining that is made from 100% recycled polyester
  • ribbing elements in the hem and cuffs to hold in heat
  • fabrics have been tested for the use of harmful chemicals
  • hood-opening contours the face to keep out cold drafts
  • intentionally minimalistic to reduce unnecessary plastic usage and potential points of weakness (No snaps, Velcro, drawstrings, bungee cords and stoppers)

How often do I clean a swim parka?

It's up to you! You can hang it up to dry after use and wash it when it's dirty. Some people wash it weekly, others biweekly, or monthly.

Tingting's swim parka is designed to be machine washable. Its construction is sturdy and the fabrics used to make the parka are long-lasting. Simply put it in the machine to wash and hang to dry.

Is the swim parka easy to clean?

Yes! Tingting's swim parka, aka sPARKA, can be machine washed.

We've done 13 rounds of Wash & Dry testing. We're happy to report that there are no observable pilling on the fleece lining, and the outer shell looks fresh and crisp after 13 rounds machine washing and drying.

Please follow the care instructions:

  • Machine wash cold
  • Wash with like colors
  • Close zipper
  • Wash inside out
  • Use laundry net
  • Hang to dry
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean
  • Wash regularly to maintain water repellency. To reactivate DWR, tumble dry on low heat for 20 mins.

How do you keep a white swim parka looking white? Do I have to wash it frequently?

White is such a beautiful color! To keep it looking white, make sure to wash it with similar colors.

You can machine wash it as frequently as you wish. You can also spot clean it to save some water and energy!

Watch this video on Spot Cleaning Your sPARKA

If you track dirt on the shell fabric, simply use a wet cloth to wipe it off. Dust and dirt come off of this fabric easily.

  • We purposely lay down on a wet lawn to track some giant mud marks on the elbows/ sleeves and coat front.
  • We're happy to report that 99% of mud came off the fabric by spot cleaning with a wet cloth. The 1% of mud left was trapped in the seam between the cuff and the sleeve. We proceeded to rinsing it under running water, which effectively washed away the trapped mud.

If the stain involves grease, add a bit of soap and scrub it with a wet cloth.

  • We wore the swim parka out for a bike ride and tracked some dirt on the back side (dirt + bike chain lube). We used a small amount of hand soap and scrubbed it moderately. We're happy to report that all the marks came off. The swim parka looks great!

Can I put the swim parka in the dryer?

We recommend "Hang to dry". If you need to use the dryer for speeding up the drying process or for reactivating the Durable Water Repellent, use a low heat (permanent press) setting.

Can I wear tingting's swim parka in the rain?

Yes, tingting's swim parka is rain-resistant. It should keep you warm and dry, unless you spend an extended time period in a heavy storm. Check out our 10 Minute Rain Test Video.

We use a waterproof /breathable softshell fabric to make the outer shell. It is coated with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finishing, and bonded to a waterproof membrane. The waterproof membrane blocks out large water droplets while allowing tiny water vapors (sweat) to escape. 

Having said that, there are tiny holes along the seams where water seepage may occur (if you stand in a heavy rain storm for a long time). The tiny holes are made during sewing when the threaded needle pushes through the fabrics to join the fabrics together.

My swim parka seems to be less water repellent than before. What can I do?

Dirt and grease can affect the effectiveness of the Durable Water Repellent (DWR). To maintain the water repellency of your swim parka, wash it regularly. Tumble dry on low heat (permanent press) for 20 minutes to reactivate DWR.

Things we considered when designing our sPARKA

Sustainable Materials

  • The fabrics we use are made with low-impact fiber reactive dyes, which are free from heavy metals, chemical mordants, and azo dyes.
  • The dyeing cycle is shorter than for conventional dying processes, resulting in lower water, salt, and chemicals requirements.
  • Polyester and recycled polyester fabrics are durable, wrinkle-resistant, and easy to care for.

Long Lasting Design

  • The sPARKA is constructed using quality durable materials, by our experienced manufacturing partner.
  • We use polyester and recycled polyester fabrics, which are long lasting materials. The small amount of spandex blended with polyester in the shell fabric helps with shape retention.
  • We've designed a thigh length parka with a full length two-way separating zipper supplied by YKK Canada. You can open the bottom slider for walking to reduce the stress load on the zipper and help extend its lifespan.

How To Prolong Your sPARKA's Lifespan

  • We encourage you to follow the easy care instructions.
  • By decreasing washes and line drying, you can conserve water and energy.