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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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5 years ago.
Hi, I need to know my size in Arena Powerskin ST X Raptor KneeSuit knowing that I have no measurements but my Arena swimwear training size is 36. Could you help with this measurements?
thanks in advance
5 years ago.
Hello Nadi!

For tech suits I always like to go down a size or two. If your practice size is a 36, then I would recommend maybe a 34 or 32. I would just try measuring yourself though and using the sizing chart. I wear a 28 in practice suits but for Arena suits I usually get a 24. Hope this helps!
5 years ago.
6 years ago.
My daughter got a Tech Suit from her college to go to the State Finals. She accidentally punctured it with her fingernail. How should this be repaired: sew with cotton thread or use some kind of adhesive.
6 years ago.
Hi Veronica,

I'm sorry to hear that she accidentally punctured a hole in her suit. You do have to be very careful with putting the suit on since they are so thin. Unfortunately there are no known methods to repair this that will work since the material is so thin. You may want to take it to a seamstress to see if they have any ideas on repairing it. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
6 years ago.
Please , my daughter is 28 in suit practice, so in tech suit use 26, but is not tall, the difference between regular and large is because the height, large is because the height?
6 years ago.
Hi Valentina,

Sizing will vary depending on the brand. Which suit were you looking at? You can also check the sizing charts that give you the measurements. Below is a link to our size charts. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a great day!
Devin's mom
6 years ago.
So, a girl swimmer should wear another suit underneath one of these?
6 years ago.
Hi Devin's Mom,

We would not recommend that a girl wear another suit underneath a tech suit. Tech suits are meant to be worn by itself. They are body fitting and wearing a suit underneath a tech suit will cause drag. I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again. Have a wonderful day!
6 years ago.
looking at arena r-evo+ knee skin. I have read, order same size as practice suit. but wondering if you accept returns after tried on? She is 9, tall and thin. thanks
6 years ago.
Hi Amy,

As long as the suit has not been used and is still in new condition, then you will be able to return it. Please visit our Help Center (Link is below) for more information on returns and let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
6 years ago.
I am a 75 year old female swimmer. I will be swimming in the upcoming National Masters Meet in April and would like to purchase my first Tech Suit. Is there anything available for a full size woman? Measurements are Chest 40, Waist 37 and Hips 43 and I usually purchase Speedo Endurance suits, size 40 for my practice suits. Another issue, due to injury, one leg is larger than other. Leg measurement is 21 in. above knee and 27 inches at top of leg. Can you help me find something suitable?
6 years ago.
Hi Maxi,

The closest tech suits I found that do come in a size 40 can be found in the link below. I hope one of them works for you. Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful day!
6 years ago.
Hi- My daughter wants to gt her first kneed skin. We are looking at the Nero Blue seventy. She is very slim. 5'1" and about 85lbs. What size should we get?
6 years ago.
Hi Mary,

We recommend that you take her chest, waist, and hips measurement and compare that to our size chart. Here is a link to the Nero Blue Seventy one:,9326,9327,9331,9333&productcode=7534967&sizechartid=96

Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
6 years 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.
6 years 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!
6 years 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?
6 years 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!
5 years ago.
I understand your struggle! At my meets where i have on my tech suit for a long time, i like to put on my jolyn swim top on and pull my tech suit down to mid-stomach. This allows me to warm up/warm down in it and not have to wear the suit for so long. Another alternitive to this is to put on a sports bra instead of the jolyn, or pulling down the suit and wearing a loose sweatshirt over it.
Jane Makilan
6 years 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.
6 years 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!
6 years 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!
6 years 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!
7 years ago.
7 years 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.
7 years 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:

I hope this information helps!
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