Tech suits are a different type of swimsuit. They are made of materials that provide increased compression to key muscle groups and are significantly more aquadynamic. As a result, they simply don’t stretch and give as much as a training suit. This can make putting them on a difficult and time-consuming task.
Here are some tips you should follow to properly suit yourself:
- Tech suits should only be worn during elite events and taken off in between races.
- Exercise great care when you put on your tech suit.
- Make sure you have enough time before the start of your race. Tech suits can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes to put on.
- Both the swimmer and the suit should be dry at the start of this process.
- Fingernails should be trimmed and smooth to avoid damage to the suit.
- Use your hands, not your fingertips (or nails) when handling the suit.
- Start sitting down (or you’ll likely fall over).
- Begin by pulling the suit over your feet and legs, as high as it will go before stopping. Seams should go straight up the sides of your legs.
- Inch the suit up over your thighs, hips, and buttocks then onto your waist. Only pull on the thicker portions of the fabric. Women - You’ll need to thread your arms through the arms holes and hoist the straps onto your shoulders, one at a time.
- Use a mirror to double check that all seams and compression panels are properly lined up on your body.
Some of the main producers of tech suits have created videos that provide instructions. We recommend you review these videos before putting on your suit for the first time.
And here is a hilarious video on how NOT to put on your tech suit: