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How to Put on a Tech Suit

Swimming, a sport where milliseconds can determine the difference between victory and defeat, has seen significant advancements in equipment, none more impactful than the development of tech suits. These suits, worn by competitive swimmers, are designed to improve performance and provide a competitive edge. First, we’ll overview tech suits, their materials and why swimmers use them, and then we’ll provide a detailed guide on how to properly put on a tech suit for both men’s tech suits and women’s tech suits.

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What are tech suits?

Tech suits are high-performance swimwear used primarily in competitive swimming. Made from lightweight, water-resistant materials, these suits reduce drag and compress the swimmer's body for increased efficiency in the water. Tech suits are known for their tight fit, which is crucial for achieving the desired performance benefits.

What are tech suits made of?

Tech suits are made from a blend of fabrics like nylon, spandex, and polyurethane, offering a combination of flexibility, compression, and water repellency. Modern tech suits incorporate advanced technology, including seam bonding and surface treatments, to minimize drag and optimize the swimmer's hydrodynamic profile.

How do tech suits help swimmers?

The primary advantage of wearing a tech suit is the reduction of drag, allowing swimmers to move through the water with less resistance. The compression elements of the suit support muscle efficiency, reducing fatigue and improving endurance. These suits also contribute to a psychological edge, boosting a swimmer's confidence and competitive spirit.

How to Put on a Tech Suit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Wearing a tech suit correctly is crucial to maximize its benefits. The process can be time-consuming and requires patience and care to avoid damaging the suit. Below are step-by-step instructions for both men and women.

For men’s tech suits

  1. Preparation: Before you start, ensure your body is dry. Remove any sharp objects like jewelry or watches that could snag the fabric. Clip your fingernails and toenails to prevent tears.
  1. Feet First: Sit down and insert one foot at a time through the leg openings. Gently gather the material in your hands, and carefully pull the suit up to your knees. Avoid using your fingernails; use the pads of your fingers instead.
  1. Thighs and Hips: Stand up to pull the suit over your thighs and hips. This step may require the most effort due to the suit's tightness. Work the suit up gradually, adjusting the fabric evenly on both sides.
  1. Waist and Upper Body: Once the suit is positioned correctly over your hips, ensure it's properly aligned at the waist. For jammers, this is the final step. For briefs, ensure they are snug and secure.
  1. Final Adjustments: Check for any folds or wrinkles and smooth them out. The suit should feel compressive but not restrict movement.

For women’s tech suits

  1. Preparation: As with men, start with a dry body and remove any accessories that can damage the suit. Trimmed nails are essential.
  1. Feet and Legs: Carefully insert one leg and then the other, gently pulling the suit up to your knees. Distribute the material evenly as you go.
  1. Hips and Waist: Stand up and slowly work the suit over your hips and waist. This may take several minutes due to the suit's snug fit. Ensure that the suit is not twisted.
  1. Torso and Shoulders: Gently pull the suit up over your torso. Slide one arm in at a time, being careful not to tug too hard on the straps. Adjust the suit over your shoulders and chest.
  1. Final Adjustments: Check for comfort and range of motion. The suit should be snug but not cutting into your skin. Ensure there are no wrinkles or air pockets.

More tips for tech suits

  • SBR Skin Slick is a product that can help your suit slide on easily. 
  • Patience is Key: Donning a tech suit takes time. Rushing can lead to tearing or uneven fit.
  • Use Gloves: Some swimmers prefer to use thin rubber gloves to avoid damaging the suit with their fingernails.
  • Proper Sizing: Ensure your tech suit is correctly sized. A suit that's too small or too large won't provide the intended benefits.
  • Care and Maintenance: After use, rinse your tech suit in cold, fresh water and hang it to dry away from direct sunlight.

Proper fit matters

Tech suits are a crucial part of a competitive swimmer's arsenal, offering tangible benefits in terms of performance. Properly putting on a tech suit is an essential skill that requires patience and care. By following the outlined steps and tips, swimmers can ensure they are getting the most out of their tech suits, allowing them to focus on their performance in the pool. Remember, a well-fitted tech suit not only enhances physical performance but also boosts confidence, a key ingredient in any athlete's success.

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