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Caring for Your Tech Suit


Your tech suit is a fine piece of equipment, and perhaps one of the most important investments you can make in your swimming future. After all, buying a tech suit shows that you are taking your swimming seriously, and that you truly want to compete in the big leagues. Because of that, it is important that you take good care of your tech suit, both in and out of the water, so that you get the most out of it.

Tech suits generally do not last more than 11 swim meets at the most, but that number will be significantly lower if you do not take good care of your suit. Fortunately,  we have had lots of experience caring for tech suits here at Swimoutlet.com and we have compiled the following tips to ensure that you get the most out of your gear!

Don't Wear the Suit Longer Than Necessary

Your tech suit is not a casual piece of swim gear and should not be treated as such. Instead, you treat it like a piece of equipment that is only used for as long as necessary. You should not train in a tech suit, nor wear it around when not actively swimming. The longer you wear it, the more the material will stretch and lose its ability to compress your muscles.

While you should not take the tech suit off and on between swims, as the process of removing it can also lead to stretching the material, when you are done with the meet, you should definitely remove it as soon as you can.

Cover the Suit Up

When you are waiting for your meet to start, or coming off of one, you should not wear only the tech suit. You do not want the material to snag on something as you walk and tear! A torn tech suit is no good! Wear a t-shirt and pants for the ladies, or something to cover both the top and bottom, and guys who wear some kind of shorts or pants over the suit. Anything to get between the suit and something that can rip it.

Put the Suit on, and Take it Off, Slowly

Because of the compression involved in the tech suit, it is not uncommon for a swimmer to spend fifteen minutes to a half hour just putting the suit on. Rather than rush through this process, you should factor it into your preparations for the swim meet. Rushing and putting the suit on too quickly can lead to stretching the material, which can result in the opposite effect from what you want.

Similarly, when you take the suit off, it can be tempting to just pull it off as quick as possible. Again, fight that urge and take your time. The gentler you are with the suit now, the longer it will retain its shape and serve your needs in swim meets.

Rinse it With Cold Water After Use

When you are done with your meet, you want to remove as much chlorine from the tech suit as you can, and the best way to do that is to rinse the suit with cold water. You should not use soap or shampoo, as these can damage the suit material and affect the compression.

You should never use a washing machine! Instead, we recommend filling a sink with cool water and dipping the suit in that, swishing the water around to remove the residue. You should not scrub the suit or anything that might damage the material.

Move the Suit in a Towel

If you are taking the suit home from a meet before it can air dry, wrap the suit in a towel and transport it that way. This will keep the water from dripping out. Do not wring the suit out or anything similar to try and get it to dry faster.

Air Dry

When you have rinsed the suit clean of chlorine and other dangerous materials, you should let the suit air dry. Do not hang the suit as you might a more typical type of suit, as the weight can pull down the suit and stretch it. Instead, lie the suit flat until it is dry to the touch.

Wear Only Your Best at Meets

At the big swim competitions, do not wear an old tech suit, since the lack of compression can adversely affect you. Similarly, keep your best and newest tech suits for those events, and wear your older ones for less important meets or heats. By cycling through your tech suits, new and old, you can keep them all in decent shape longer.

If you follow these guidelines, you should get the most out of your tech suit. But keep in mind that the compression will not last forever, and that if you can get ten good meets out of your tech suit, you are doing very well. Good luck!

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Gabriel
1 month ago.
the color of a tech suit affects its durability?
SwimOutlet
1 month ago.
Hi Gabriel!

No, it doesn't.
Sarah
3 months ago.
Hello!! So, I have a weird white stain on my (black) fast skin. It is a Speedo. Any ideas on what I could do?
Micah
5 months ago.
Hey I am a back stroker and freestyler I was wondering what would be the best tech suit for me to purchase?
SwimOutlet
5 months ago.
Hi Micah!

We recommend the Arena Carbon Flex for power and flexibility.
Jermiah
7 months ago.
I tried my tech suit about 2 times to see if they fit...it shouldn't damage or stretch a lot just from trying it on right?
Bruh
7 months ago.
No it will damage it a lot. You have to throw your suit out now.
Jermiah
7 months ago.
haha nice joke...do you even swim bruh
Sofia
1 month ago.
Your tech suit should be fine as long as you were careful with it.
Lily
8 months ago.
Should you cut the threads of a tech suit?
SwimOutlet
8 months ago.
Hi Lily!

We do not recommend nor altering your tech suit as it will ruin its compression.
Austin Quincy
9 months ago.
Do you wear tech suits for outdoor swim meets
SwimOutlet
9 months ago.
Hi Austin!

It is safe to use a tech suit for an open water swim meet. Just let the suit dry naturally avoiding artificial heat sources such as changing room hand dryers, hair dryers, radiators, full body dryers, airing cupboards, tumble dryers and irons.
Chris
10 months ago.
I would like to switch to the carbon series, and I am a butterflier and backstroke. What suit should I purchase?
SwimOutlet
10 months ago.
Hi Chris!

We recommend the carbon flex for max power and flexibility.
Anonymous
10 months ago.
How long do tyr tech suits last
jfwoqfeqw
5 months ago.
well which kind do u have?
Karen
10 months ago.
My tech suit ripped when trying it on, can I still wear it in a meet or should I get a new one?
SwimOutlet
10 months ago.
Hi Karen!

We are so sorry to know of what happened to your suit. When a technical suit is ripped, its compression is being compromised. We suggest you get a new one.
Val
10 months ago.
Hi!
I was wondering if it would make sense to use Summer Solutions: Designer Suit Solutions with cold water to clean the tech suit. I notice that a lot of the answers say not to use soap or shampoo to clean the suit, so I was curious if this applies to the specialty cleanser as well.
Swimoutlet.com
10 months ago.
Hi Val!

Specialty cleanser is fine to use for washing tech suits. It helps protect swimwear from chlorine damage. It preserves color and elasticity and keeps suits smelling fresh.
Brad
10 months ago.
If the tech suit is completely dry- when traveling to meets can you store it in a ziploc gallon bag for suitcase or swim bag? Less space than the box?
Swimoutlet.com
10 months ago.
Hi Brad,

You can definitely store the tech suit in a ziplock bag. Please use a thick one and make sure that the bag will not be torn while you are travelling.
lucy
11 months ago.
if blood gets on the tech suit will it come out
SwimOutlet
11 months ago.
Hi Lucy!

We apologize, we don't have an exact information about this. But, it could be washed off if it was just stained.
Joe
11 months ago.
Hi, I accidentally put my speedo aquablade in the washer and dryer, should I buy a new one or keep it even though it went through the washer and dryer?
Swimoutlet.com
11 months ago.
Hi Joe,

You should try wearing it and see if it's still good. If it wasn't in the dryer for too long, it should be alright.
Aidan
11 months ago.
is it ok for other people to borrow a tech suit and if so how should I wash it
SwimOutlet.com
11 months ago.
Hi Aidan,

We don't recommend it. Aside from the reason that it is a very intimate item.Tech suits are very expensive and extra care is needed, if this rips due to user error, it will not qualify for a replacement.
Sebastian
11 months ago.
Can u wear a tech suit in a saltwater pool?
SwimOutlet
11 months ago.
Hi Sebastian!

Yes, you can. Make sure that the suit should be rinsed well in cool water after each use and hung to dry away from direct sunlight. It should never be stored wet, washed with detergent, washed in a machine washer, or dried in a dryer.
Corinne Scatterty
11 months ago.
Hi, He leg on one side has split and I’m not sure what to use to stick it back together-as I don’t want it to go hard and crunchy? Help!?
SwimOutlet
11 months ago.
Hi Corinne!

We apologize but tech suits cannot be repaired.
Connor
1 year ago.
I accidentally put my racer in the wash it wasn’t in for long is it possible that it’s still fine
Chris
1 year ago.
Hi, I have tried my tech suit on a couple of times. Do you think there will be any defects in it?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Chris!

The life of any swimsuit varies according to many factors including but not limited to care, pool chemical levels, frequency of use, and fit. The suit should be rinsed well in cool water after each use and hung to dry away from direct sunlight. It should never be stored wet, washed with detergent, washed in a machine washer, or dried in a dryer. Please remember that due to different swimming conditions, a suit may wear out faster in highly chlorinated pools or with frequent/daily use. Many of our customers switch to polyester suits due to their durable, colorfast, and long lasting qualities. Lastly, a suit which fits well will likely be longer lasting; loose fitting suits may wear quicker.
Cody
1 year ago.
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Cody
1 year ago.
Should you where your tech suit for warm ups
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Cody!

We recommend you use your training suit for warm ups.
Sonya
1 year ago.
My daughter has a technical suit that still has some life in it. (She no longer swims competitively.) She wants to sell it, but discovered some small black dots on one of the legs, likely mold or mildew from it sitting wet for too long. Is there a way to remove this without compromising the suit? Thank you!
SwimOutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Sonya,

Take the suit outside. Brush off visible mold spores with a soft-bristled brush.Apply distilled white vinegar directly to the moldy areas on the suit as a spot treatment. Then air dry it.
John
1 year ago.
Does tech suit still have water repellent after water gets inside it ?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi John!

Not water repellent anymore. It only means that the tech suit is already defective.
Averi
1 year ago.
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Averi
1 year ago.
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Averi
1 year ago.
Hello, I am moving and was wondering if my tech suit would ruin in the intense heat as it is being shipped in a truck across the country
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Averi!

You can store it on its original box while in transit. Or cover it with a thick cloth if you don't have the original box.
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