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"This is so sweet. I can have a beard AND shave off .03 of a second!"

“This is so sweet. I can have a beard AND shave off .03 of a second!”


The Inertia

Beards are like, super hot right now. Combed, oiled beards. Maintenanced beards, with no tangles and no stranglers creeping into the mouth of the beard-wearer. Normal beards–the ones that grow on your dad and the guy that just doesn’t care about shaving–aren’t super hot. They’re just hairy faces with a lazy wearer underneath. I fluctuate between a beard and no beard, mainly because I hate shaving, so I put it off for a month at time, then get tired of showing up to work with dried toothpaste in my beard.

If you’re in the former camp of beard-wearers, the ones that comb and love and stroke your beard, Virgin Trains has your back. They made a beard cap. It’s like a swim cap, only on the bottom side of your head. Finally, right?

The UK Train company and the Great North Swim came up with a lycra cap just in time for the UK’s largest open water swimming event. Virgin Trains commissioned a research mission to find out exactly how many men think beards make them a slower swimmer, which is one of those questions that everyone always wonders, but no one thinks to pay a group of people to ask another group of people about it. Of the 2,000 bearded men surveyed, nearly a quarter of them thought their beard slowed them down in the water.

“As a newly bearded man, who is also a keen swimmer, I can empathize!” said Alex Jackson, event director at Great North Swim, who is very excited about being a newly bearded man. “We’re sure our swimmers will appreciate the efforts Virgin Trains has gone to and perhaps the Beard Cap will solve the problem of ‘facial hair-drag’ and encourage more guys to suit up and take the plunge in 2015!”

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So if you’re one of those people that loves your beard, but hates how much it slows you down when you’re swimming, and you’re also a person that wants to look like a Lycra-covered, clownier version of Hannibal Lecter, you’re set.

Yeah, this doesn't look weird at all.

Yeah, this doesn’t look weird at all.

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