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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

Whether it's a Men's Tech Suit or Women's, 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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Hallie
3 months ago.
The legs on my tech suit are EXTREMELY tight and the rest of the suit is not very tight. I think I should size down, but then the legs would be even more tight, and I don’t know if there’s a way to fix the legs
Ali
1 year ago.
I have a speedo tech suit that I have worn for about 5 or 6 races, and the material on the straps have started to unravel. This happened on my last suit too, after only 3 wears. Is there a way to prevent that for future suits?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Ali!

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.
Emma
1 year ago.
Hi!
I've bought one arena ST X raptor in the size 28 (I had measurements for 26 but I bought this one to be sure). I've had it on once and it took around 40 min to get it on. Is it supposed to get expand later or will I struggle every time I get it on?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Emma!

A technical suit is designed with a snug/tight fit and should not expand. It is normal that it will take you time to put it on. You may have someone to assist you with the process.
Elix
1 year ago.
I'm 13 years old, I have recently been dropping major time in my events, and I am entering the long course season soon. I am wondering if a tech suit would be beneficial for my swimming and if that is something that I should invest in?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Elix!

It has been proven that tech suits make you faster. They have broken records, they've been developed in labs by professionals and they have had huge budgets poured into their creation.

Scientific research into the effect of tech suits on drag and speed in the water has also returned positive results.

The most expensive suits are for competitive swimmers who need to shave precious time off their records, while maximizing their physical capabilities and supporting their muscles.

These features will allow the elite swimmer to perform to their very highest standard for the duration of their race.

Today's most advanced racing tech suits have been engineered to enhance a swimmer's natural abilities in every way possible, within the confines of the strict criteria set out by FINA. When you're competing at a high level, every millisecond counts. It could be the difference between finishing first and second, or the difference between a new record or PB.

However, such is the wide variety of tech suits available these days, they are no longer considered to be for top-level competition only. With plenty of cost-effective alternatives to choose from, swimmers of all abilities can benefit from a tech swimsuit.
Sammy
1 year ago.
Hello, I am a competitive swimmer and at the moment I use a size 24 (in women) TYR kneeskin. It is still big for but, but wearable. How low is the kneeskin able to go? For me, it goes at about the start of my knee. My friend says that it might be fine but I'd like to double check. Thank you.
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Sammy!

It should go above your knee. If it went at about the start of your knee then it is fine.
Margee
1 year ago.
What size lzr should i get i am 4' 11 100 lbs and 12 years old
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Margee,

We will be more than happy to recommend the correct size for you. Could you please provide the specific item name that you want us to check?
Christinaa
1 year ago.
How long should it take to put on a kneeskin if it fits correctly?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Christina!

There is really no specific time. We always recommend that you should take your time so as to avoid getting the suit damaged when putting it on.
Mary
2 years ago.
Sorry I had just sent a comment asking about what suit size my daughter should get but I forgot to mension that she wears a size 24-26 in practice suits from jolyn and a size 22 in competition (non-tech) suits from speedo.
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Mary! Please know that different brands use different sizing charts and even the same brand with different style. It would be best to take your daughter's actual chest, waist, hip and torso measurements inches and then compare it to the sizing chart of the item that you are interest in.
Mary
2 years ago.
I was taking my daughters measurements for the lzr elite 2 kneeskin and her torso places her at a size 23 but the rest of her measurements are below a 20. What size should she get? (She tried on a 20 and says it’s a little big on the rest of her body, but she’s not sure of the 18 because of her torso size) also, is it normal for the tech suit to be a little sheer when it’s on?
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi! Technical suits should feel tighter and more compressed than a normal practice suit. If size 20 feels too big for her. It would be good to size down.
Elberta Dziobak
2 years ago.
Hi I am wondering what size fastskin to get. I wear a 30 in practice suits. I'm only 10 but am 5"1.
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Elberta!

In order to determine the proper fit please take the actual bust, waist, and hip measurements and then compare them to our sizing charts. Sizing charts can be found at the very bottom of any page you are on, or to the right of the Size drop-down menu on the item page.

In general, Women's Competition suit sizing is comparable to the actual bust measurement in inches. For example, a bust circumference of 36" would likely be a suit size 36. Please be sure to measure around the fullest part of your bust rather than using your bra band size. Competition suits are designed to fit snug, you may wish to size up depending on the fit you desire.
Andrea
2 years ago.
How do you measure your torso?
swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
To take a torso measurement, start at one shoulder using a measuring tape. Then, move downwards across the front, between the legs, and back up to the same shoulder. Envision a diagonal loop.
Jess
2 years ago.
Hi! According to the Arena Carbon Air size chart I am a size 28 (and I previously had a Carbon Flex in size 28) but I needed a suit urgently before my meet next week and the only size available was a 26 so I thought I’d try to squeeze in. I did manage to put it on but it’s quite snug, I’m afraid it’ll rip. Also, after I took it off the material felt sort of different. Is it possible that I stretched the material out and ruined the suit?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Jess,
Tech suits are intended to be tight, but not so tight that you cannot move your legs/hips. It should also not be putting too much pressure on the top of your shoulders. It is very possible that you have stretched the suit out if it is in fact too small. It doesn't mean the suit is necessarily ruined but it would not be eligible for return. If you can put the suit on and it doesn't effect your hip/leg range of motion then you should be good to use the tech suit.
John
3 years ago.
My daughter is purchasing her first kneeskin suit - Do you recommend using a product like Body Glide to help both getting it on and off in addition to reducing any chafing issues or will that harm the suit? Thanks.
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Yes, you can absolutely use the Body Glide balms as they provide an invisible barrier against chafing, irritation, and raw skin caused by rubbing.
Anne
3 years ago.
Do you wear bikinis under you suit?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Anne,
No, the tech suits are meant to be worn by themselves.
Sandra Galinanes
3 years ago.
I saw alot of olympic swimmers like missy franklin, and lilly king with bikini top under their tech suits too
an
2 years ago.
they only wear tops underneath when they are ab to take it off while waiting for their next event:)
Susan
3 years ago.
I typically wear a snug 34 practice suit. It was recommended that I go with a 32 Arena ST or Revo texh suit. I am 60. Is it normal to feel like you have a tournequet on your quadriceps? i.e. the leg band hurt so bad I stopped trying to put on the suit in its entirity. Does one adjust to this? Thank you very much.
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi susan,
No, a suit should not be that tight and it is not something you should adjust to. When sizing for suits be sure that the fit of the suit is not so tight that it cuts off circulation or causes you any pain.
Amy
3 years ago.
Should the tech suit be worn for warmups, or put on just prior to racing? I am a 48 year old masters swimming who has never worn a tech suit (didn't yet exist when I swam NCAAs!)
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Amy,
Tech suits should only be worn for big meets since they stretch fairly quickly.
D
3 years ago.
Put a small hole in the suit when putting it on for the first time. Swimming tonight. Anyone else experience this? Will it expand?
Jen
4 years ago.
My tech suit was wrapped in my towel and I forgot and just threw it in the washer. Is it still okay? I didn't realize it was even in until I pulled it out of the dryer
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Jen,
Tech suits fabric can get ruined. I would suggest checking the suit thoroughly for any overly stretched fabric, loose stitching, or riips.
Joshua Craigie
4 years ago.
How do I know when the fastskin has completely worn out
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Some tech suits can usually last up to 10 wears. You can tell if it is worn out by the level of compression you get comparing it to the first few times you wore it. When it stops providing as much compression, you don't get all the other benefits from the tech suit such as water repellency.
Jonnie estro
4 years ago.
Should an extra swimsuit be put in while putting on a tech suit?
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Jonnie,
No, this is not required. If you have further questions, feel free to reach us anytime!
Chris
4 years ago.
After wearing the tech suit once, the fina label is coming off....would like to wear again...any ideas how to get it back on????
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Chris, There is no way of putting the label on after is has worn off/coming off. If the suit was purchased on our website, please call us at 1-800-691-4065 and we'll be happy to assist. If this was purchased on a different website, please contact their customer service. It's possible you received a defective suit.
Anastasia
4 years ago.
Please help!!! I'm a highschool swimmer and i want to get a tech suit I'm 5 feet 145 but I have wide shoulders and big thighs and wide hips I don't know what size I would need! Please help!
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Anastasia, Please provide your measurements such as hip, waist, chest, and torso to assist with sizing as well as the brand tech suit you are looking at.
Dee
4 years ago.
How long does or take to put a female tech suit on
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Dee, Generally women's tech suits take about 30-40 minutes to put on.
Nicole
4 years ago.
Hi - we have the arena pro carbon flex and really like it. However, after one meet she noticed a small hole in the shoulder strap (not on a seam). Can she still wear it? Will it "run" like tights when she puts it on or expand significantly due to the delicate fabric or is it possible for it to stay the same size and be wearable? Obviously we will find out when she puts it on but any insights are very much appreciated.
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Nicole,
The fabric is extremely delicate on this suit, it's best to avoid wear to prevent expanding. If the suit was purchase through us, please contact us at 1-800-691-4065 so we can further assist you. Have a great day!
Kristelle
3 years ago.
I recently ordered an arena kneeskin, and according to the size chart I'm a 28. I just tried it on and I had no problems getting it on, it took 5 minutes, maybe, and it isn't uncomfortable to be in, like all the other girls I've talked to, said it would be. Do you think I should get a smaller size?
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Kristelle,
Female tech suits should typically take about 30-40 mins to put on. Going down a size would highly be suggested!
MALCOLMSMOM
3 years ago.
I GOT MINE ON IN LESS THAN A MINUTE AND IT FEELS GREAT! 30 MINS. IS WAY TOO LONG JUST TO PULL A SUIT ON. THAT TIME CAN BE USED TO WARM UP, AND OTHER PRE RACE PREPARATIONS.
Bronte
4 years ago.
I need to know if you have to wear anything underneath, considering I haven't worn one in a while and I have forgotten please reply quickly as I need to know by tomorrow
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Bronte,
You do not have to wear anything underneath. If you have further questions, feel free to reach us anytime!
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