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How to Put on a Women's Technical Suit


Tech suits are specialized, technologically-advanced swimsuits used by very experienced swimmers at high levels of competition. They are exciting to use, but because of their lightweight fabric and tight fit (not to mention big price tag!), you should exercise care when you put on your tech suit. This guide will walk you through how to put on and take off a tech suit without damaging it.

Putting On Your Tech Suit

The key to putting on a tech suit is being gentle with the fabric and making sure that the sections are correctly positioned over your body. Be careful to avoid wrinkling or twisting fabric at all times.

  1. Always use the broadest possible part of your hand to put on the suit. Pulling with your fingernails or fingertips can lead to tears in the fabric. You can put plastic bags or gloves over your hands to further protect the suit fabric.
  2. Make sure that both you and the suit are dry. This will make it easier for the fabric to slide over your skin when both are dry.
  3. Most tech suits (usually neck-to-knees) have rubbery grip strips along the straps and/or legs of the suit. If your suit has legs with a grip strip, turn them inside out. Put a plastic bag over your foot to make it easier to slide through the tech suit legs and protect it from your toenails.
  4. Pull the suit over your legs, and up as high as it will go before stopping. Pull the suit into position using your open fingers, and remember that any seams should go straight up the sides of your legs and/or torso. It may be a good idea to have somewhere to sit down as you do this, so you can work the suit over your feet and calves without worrying about falling over.
  5. Using the sides of the suit, pull it over your buttocks. If there are thicker sections of fabric, hold onto those as you pull.
  6. Put one arm through the straps of your suit, and then the other. The straps should not restrict your shoulder motion.
  7. The suit should fit well in the crotch, and lie snugly against your body. Make any small adjustments that are necessary and ensure that you have full range of motion in your legs and your arms.
  8. Double check that all seams, compression panels, or other suit features are lined up with the appropriate part of your body for the best possible hydrodynamics.
  9. Flip the bottom of the suit's legs down (if applicable) so that the grip strips lie against your skin.

Taking off Your Tech Suit

It is a good idea to take off your tech suit between swims to preserve the elasticity and shape of the fabric, to reduce wear and tear… and also because they're not very comfortable for long periods of use! Taking a tech suit off is much easier than putting it on.

Starting at the top of the suit, peel it off your body, allowing it to turn inside out as you go. You may need to pull a little harder over wider parts of your body, such as your hips or calves. Use your fingertips and not your fingernails if you need to pull harder than normal. It may be a good idea to have somewhere to sit down as you do this, so you can easily pull your legs through the suit instead of bending over and stretching the tech suit out, or catching the suit on a toenail.

Once the suit is off, turn it right-side out again. Rinse it off in cool, non-chlorinated water and lay it flat on a towel or let it hang dry, out of the sun. Leaving the suits in the sun can lead to a faster breakdown of the suit's fabric. Consider buying a small case or bag in which to carry your tech suit, to protect from any sharp objects that might be in your swim bag.

Tech Suits Need More Care Than Practice Suits

Tech suits aren't designed for durability and long periods of use like practice suits are, so it's a good idea to exercise a little extra care when putting them on and taking them off. One small rip or stretched-out section can significantly compromise their speed in the water, and thus, effectiveness.

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Rain
5 days ago.
My girl wore Size 28 for TYR Tracer Light Aeroback. If I will to get Arena Powerskin ST! What size should I get for her, please recommend at your soonest. I wish to get it asap and receive by next week. Thanks.
Swimoutlet.com
5 days ago.
Hi Rain,

Arena runs true to size so if her practice suit is a 30 and you went down to a 28 in the TYR suit, then you would want to get a 30 in the Arena suit. If she wears a 28 in her practice suit then I would say that you should stick with a 28 for her Arena suit as well. You can also compare her measurements to our size chart that you can find at the bottom of any page on our site. I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful day!
Riley
3 weeks ago.
You are certainly right to say that it is not comfortable to wear a technical suit for a long period of time. However, in most of the meets I attend, I do not have enough time to take my suit on and off and there is no way I can put it back on because it would still be wet. The straps can really be painful on my shoulders as well, sometimes causing soreness. I have tried to take only the straps down in between races but It seems that leaving it bunched up at my waist is bad for the fabric. Is there any way that I can avoid this during a 4-5 hour meet session?
SwimOutlet.com
2 weeks ago.
Hi Riley,

Sorry to hear that the straps are not comfortable for you! The only thing that we would recommend is either going up a size or getting the suit in a long if it is available. We hope you find something that works out for you soon! Let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
Jane Makilan
5 weeks ago.
My daughter wears a size 22 on speedo bathing suit. If ever I need to buy her a FS II, shall I get her a size 20? She's lean but short. Please let me know...THank you very much.
Swimoutlet.com
4 weeks ago.
Hi Jane,

Normally with Speedo FS II you would want to go down a size from their practice suit. So you are correct to get a 20 if she normally wears a 22 practice suit. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a wonderful day!
Lisa
1 month ago.
I wear Speedo fastskin II women size 26, what size should I wear for Arena powerskin short neck to knee? Thanks for the help!
Swimoutlet.com
1 month ago.
Hi Lisa,

For the Arena sizing, you would want to stay with your actual suit size instead of going down a size. According to the measurements of the Speedo and Arena size charts it looks like you would still be a 26 in Arena as well. I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
MALCOLMS MOM
1 year ago.
I AM PLANNING TO TRY TO WEAR THE WOMENS TECH KNEE SUIT IN THE NEXT MASTERS MEET IF I CAN GET IT ON WITHOUT RIPPING IT. I SHOULD BRING SOME SCISSORS FOR AT THE END OF THE MEET IN CASE I CANNOT GET IT OFF! DON T HAVE ANY BUDDIES TO HELP ME WITH THE TECH SUIT, SO I MAY JUST CUT IT OFF AFTER THE MEET, AS I DON T HAVE MUCH PATIENCE WITH STRUGGLING WITH THE SUIT AND DON T WANT TO SPEND ALL DAY TRYING TO REMOVE THE SUIT AFTER MEET.
Philip
1 year ago.
I wonder if (for girls, because there is so much suit) putting something like baby powder on your legs, etc. would help you slide the suit on easier.
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Philip,

I have heard from some customers that they do use baby powder when putting on a tech suit. You can also use plastic bags to get the suit over your feet. Below is a link to a YouTube video that shows more tips on how to put on a tech suit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqpQ3N954jA

I hope this information helps!
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