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Amelia
1 month ago.
My best events are the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and free. This year I will also be swimming the 400m free quite often. I currently have the carbon pro and I find it quite tight around the shoulders however the rest of the suit fits perfectly. I can't decide between carbon air and carbon flex.
Swimoutlet.com
1 month ago.
Hello Amelia,
If you like a lot of compression, the Carbon Flex is your best option. If you don't like quite as much compression, then the Carbon Air is best. We typically recommend the Flex for short/intermediate distance swimmers but this really comes down to swimmer preference.
Jeff
1 month ago.
I’m a sprinter doing 50 and 100 and I like to have a lot of compression in my suit. I am looking at all the arena carbon series and the LZR Racer X which would you recommend for me?
Swimoutlet.com
1 month ago.
Hello Jeff,
Since you like a lot of compression, we recommend the Carbon Flex.
Noah
1 month ago.
I swim every event you can think of and I want the best suit I should get . What carbon suit should I pick.
Swimoutlet.com
1 month ago.
Hello Noah,
All of the Carbon series will work for all events. If you prefer a lot of compression, the flex is the best option. If you don't like as much compression, then the air would be the best option for you.
Mark
2 months ago.
My son wears a size 30 arena powerskin ST and is a 50 / 100 free swimmer. Would he still wear a size 30 in the carbon flex?
Thanks!
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
Yes, he would still be a 30.
Arthur
2 months ago.
Hello, I am mainly a distance swimmer swimming 400 free's and up and as I have been scrolling through the comments it looks like the carbon air is the best for this but I'm still not sure. Which arena suit would be best for this? Thanks!
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
Hello Arthur!
Yes, the Carbon Air is our recommendation for long distance.
Arthur
2 months ago.
Thank you but I have one more question. If I wear a size 26 powerskin would the air be the same size. Thanks!
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
Yes
Naomi
2 months ago.
Hi!
I swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke and butterfly. Would it be best for me to get the Carbon Air, Carbon Flex, or the B70 R10? Or if you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear them!
Thank you in advance!
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
We recommend the Carbon Flex for short distances.
Ashley
2 months ago.
Hi! I'm looking for a new Arena tech suit, I currently have the carbon pro (and have previously worn the carbon Air) but I'm looking for something with a little bit more flexibility for breaststroke and IM events. I noticed on the Arena website it said to move one size UP from your practice suit size for the carbon Ultra, and to stay at your practice suit size for the carbon flex. I currently run 2 sizes down for my carbon pro (size 26), and 3 sizes smaller (24)for the carbon Air ( I take a 30 but I am a very slim, but tall girl). Is the information from the website true? Should I order a bigger size for the Flex and/or Ultra?
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
Hello,
Yes, that is a general rule of thumb but we suggest taking your measurements and following the sizing chart, your chest measurement being the most important.
Narver
2 months ago.
Dear Swim Outlet,
Hello, I was looking for a suit for my championship meet of the season. During that meet, I will be swimming the 100 and 200 breaststroke, the 200 and 400 IM, and the 100 and 200 freestyle. Breaststroke is my best stroke, IM is my second best stroke, and freestyle is last. I heard that many people enjoy carbon suits, and I was wondering which one you would recommend for me.
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
So since you swim a variety of styles and distances, this is going to come down to personal preference. If you like compression, go with the Carbon Flex. If you don't like as much compression, go with the Carbon Air. Both suits will work well.
Swim Mom
3 months ago.
My daughter was fitted in a size 28 for the carbon air. If we purchase the carbon flex instead would it be in the same size as the air?
SwimOutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello!

According to Arena she would be a size 28 in all of the Arena Carbon Series Tech Suits. I would still recommend checking her measurements with the Carbon Flex Sizing Chart just to be sure she is also a size 28.
Nicole
3 months ago.
Hi, I would like to find a new suit to use for my upcoming competitions.
My main stroke is backstroke for all distances and am trying to decide between using the Speedo LZR series or the Arena Carbon series. Which suit (Speedo or Arena) would be best for backstroke?
swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
In my personal opinion, I tend to lean more towards Arena. I recommend the Carbon Flex more for short distance swimming and the Carbon Air for long distance swimming.

The Flex System provides swimmers with maximum range of motion & freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders. The Carbon Air is just as good but it's not as compressive as the Flex.
Nicole
3 months ago.
I have never tried the sizing for neither of the brands and would like to
get some help on that. The measurements are as follows:

Chest - 87cm, 34 inch
Waist - 69cm, 27inch
Hip - 79cm, 31 inch

Could you suggest a size for both Arena & Speedo suits ?
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Nicole,
We suggest a size 22 in Arena and a size 24 in Speedo.
Michelle
3 months ago.
Hi, I have never tried the Arena Carbon series before, and am currently using a Arena Aquaforce Lightning Green suit which was recommended to me for sprints. My main stroke is backstroke for all distances and often face extreme tightness around my thighs when I compete, resulting in my legs feeling numb within the first 50m of the races. In addition, water often enters from my upper half of the suit because I usually cannot find a size ideal for both my torso and legs. Is there a suit out of the Carbon series that you could recommend for such problems?
swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
We would recommend going with the carbon flex. The Flex System provides swimmers with maximum range of motion & freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders.

We recommend the Carbon Flex more for short distance swimming and the Carbon Air for long distance swimming. The Flex will have more compression than the Air, they will both work great for you so it just comes down to what you prefer.
Michelle
3 months ago.
Since I’ve never tried any of the Arena Carbon series, could you suggest a size based on these measurements ?

Chest - 87cm
Waist - 74cm
Hip - 83cm
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Michelle,
Based on your measurements, we suggest a size 22.
Bryan
3 months ago.
Hey, I'm a male swimmer who mainly swims 50 and 100 free, 100 breast, and 200 IM. Would the carbon air be ideal?
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello Bryan,
The Carbon Air would work fine!
Michal
3 months ago.
Hello...iam breastroker i swim sometimes backstroke, a 50, 100 freestyle....can a buy arena carbon flec vx or arena carbon ultra?
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello Michal,
Either of these suits would work great for your swim style. The Flex will offer more compression.
Anissa
3 months ago.
My daughter is a 50 free and fly 100 free and fly 200 IM. I thought the Carbon Pro was best for sprints? But all you recommend is the flex. Why is that? What is the difference? I thought compression was better for sprinting?
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello Anissa,
The Carbon Flex does offer maximum compression making it perfect for sprints. We currently do not carry the Pro, so the best suit we carry for sprinting is the Flex. But this always comes down to swimmer preference, all of the Arena tech suits are great for all swim styles.
saif
3 months ago.
hi, i hav e asize 26 in my arena powerskin st, what size shoould i get for the flex vx jammer as ive eeen told it runs quite tight, thx
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello Saif,
Since these are both Arena suits, you would still be the size 26. The Flex will be harder to put on due to the compression of it but you should still be a size 26. It's a good idea to compare your measurements to the sizing chart as well.
saif
3 months ago.
also, how much time should i expect to take off of my 50 fly as i am hoping to get a regional, thanks
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
That's really hard to say, the suit should definitely help your performance but it would vary with each individual swimmer.
Ewan
3 months ago.
I do mostly 50, 100, and some 200’s. I swim mostly Breaststroke and IM. What suit would you suggest?
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello Ewan,
We suggest the Carbon Flex for short and intermediate distances.
EatSleepSwimRepeat
3 months ago.
Hi! I really want a new tech suit. I previosly had the arena powerskin 2.0. Now I need a new one. I swim 50 back, fly and free ALL the time(I have county times for all) and 100 fly and back ALL the time(I am extremly close in 100 back and close in 100 fly for a county) I don't really swim any other events. Rarly I do 200 IM and 100 IM. Should I get the flex, ultra, air or pro. I do swim a lot and I know loads of people with the air. I am still finding it hard to decide which one I should get. Can you help?
Swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
Hello,
For short and intermediate distances we recommend the Flex. This is because this suit offers the most compression and helps you preform your best. If you prefer something that is not as compression then the Air would be a good option as well.
EatSleepSwimRepeat
3 months ago.
I have heard that the pro is best, but people were having a hard tim egetting it on. So they made the flex easier and then the air even more easy. I'm not sure were the ultra goes with how hard it is to get on, I don't know anyone with the ultra.
Carly
3 months ago.
Hi!
I am a flyer and an IMer but i am pretty curvy and muscular. What do you recommend I get??
swimoutlet.com
3 months ago.
I would recommend the carbon flex. The Flex System provides swimmers with maximum range of motion & freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders.
Lisa
4 months ago.
My Son has a Carbon Air size 26 for distance free looking to get into something different for IM and stroke. Would you recommend the Flex
or Ultra? Would he be the same size as the Air?
SwimOutlet
4 months ago.
Hello Lisa,

We would recommend the Flex for IM and Stroke. The Flex is going to offer compression but still be flexible enough the hips. As far as sizing goes yes he would still be a size 26. Arena sizes their suits so that you are the same size brand wide.
Jesus Monera
4 months ago.
Hi there,
The measurement of my daughter are:
Weight 48.5Kgs. (nacked)
Chest: 78cms - inches
Waist(slimmest): 62cms - inches
Waist (under the belly button) 65cms - inches
Hip: 83cms - inches
/Inside leg: 77 - inches
Torso length: 146cms - inches

In competitions, she swims between 50 and 800 meters. It will be her first good quality swim skin (now she has a cheap Chinese one) and I would like to get your advice about size and brand/model.

Kind regards,

Jmonera.
SwimOutlet
4 months ago.
Hello!

Based on your daughters measurements I would recommend a size 28 in the Arena! Since this will be her first quality Tech Suit I would recommend the Arena Girls' Powerskin ST 2.0 Open Back Tech Suit. You can view the Tech Suit by clicking on the link provided below!
https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/arena-girls-powerskin-st-20-open-back-tech-suit-swimsuit-8157971/
saif
4 months ago.
Hi, I noticed that you have mostly been advising the cafbon flex to mpst people for short distance, is the ultra and the air as good as the flex, what do you think is the best for sprints? thanks
Swimoutlet.com
4 months ago.
Hello!
Yes, the Ultra and Air are just as good as the Flex. The Flex offers more compression which is typically the preference of a short distance swimmer. The Ultra and the Air do not offer as much compression but are still high quality suits. It really comes down to the swimmer's preference.
Oliver
4 months ago.
Hello.
I am a backstroker and 50, 100, miler.
What power skin would you recommend me?
Thank you.
swimoutlet.com
4 months ago.
We recommend the Carbon Flex for short distance and the Carbon Air for long distance.
SwimEatSleepRepeat
4 months ago.
Hiya! I'm a girl!
I swim mainly 50 back, 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 back, 50 free and sometimes 200 fly and 200 back.
What is the best tech suit for me?
swimoutlet.com
4 months ago.
We would recommend the carbon flex. The Flex System provides swimmers with maximum range of motion & freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders.
SwimEatSleepRepeat
4 months ago.
I swim fly and back with some free as well. What is best?
swimoutlet.com
4 months ago.
Good morning! I would recommend the carbon flex. The Flex System provides swimmers with maximum range of motion & freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders.
Ethan Peirce
4 months ago.
Hi I'm a fly and free swimmer for 100m what do I choose
Swimoutlet.com
4 months ago.
Hello Ethan!
We would recommend the carbon flex. The Flex System provides swimmers with maximum range of motion & freedom of movement around the hips, glutes, and shoulders.
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