Special Care For Technical Suits Guide

The following are step by step instructions for taking care of your technical suits. We want you to get the most bang for your buck so we recommend that you follow them to the letter. 

All of these steps were developed by our managers, Melanie and Kenzie, using tricks that they picked up both from when Kenzie was racing in them and from other customers over the years. Both Melanie and Kenzie have been working with technical suits since about 2008; they have years of experience behind them. 

If you have any questions at all regarding technical suits feel free to contact us

 

  • Take your time putting the suit on.
    • For proper technique please refer to our guide here.
    • We recommend that you warm up in the suit for two reasons:
      1. It protects the suit because you won't be rushing with damp skin to get it on before your race. When you are rushing you are more likely to pull to hard on a weak point of the suit and rip it. Not to mention that the suit will stick to damp skin making it about 10 times harder to pull on. 
      2. Compression, then main reason why these suits are fast. The reason being that it basically smooshes, compresses, your muscle tissues closer together. When that happens it traps oxygen in those tissues. This both reduces lactic acid creation as well as increases potential performance. Meaning that more oxygen equals less burning and quicker reactions. Every time you warm up and cool down you are increasing the oxygen flow in your blood and circulating it through your muscles. By already having that compression in place you start trapping that oxygen sooner. 

 

  • Keep the suit protected during the meet. 
    • Wear drag shorts, drag tights, or a practice suit over your tech suit while you warm up and cool down. 
    • Wear shorts, sweats, t-shirts, parkas, basically anything to cover the suit while you wait between races. We don't want it to snag on anything. 
    • DO NOT take the suit off and put it back on in between races. The more you take it on and off the more it stretches out. 
    • DO NOT pull the straps off your shoulders and wear them around your torso/waist between races. This stretches out the straps and neck of the suit faster and makes it easier for water to get down and inside your suit. 
      • Tip: The straps only start to hurt because they are dry and pulling on your chlorine super dry skin. When they start hurting that means you have been sitting out of the water for to long (this can take an hour or two to happen) get back in and re-warm up at least 200 yards. This will get your suit and skin wet again and cause the straps to stop tugging on your puckering skin. It will also benefit your performance by bringing more oxygen to your muscles. 

 

  • Race in the suit wet
    • When the suit drys on your skin micro air bubbles form. These become apparent and when you jump back into the water. They can stretch the suit and also allow a pocket for water to get in between you and the suit creating drag. 
    • Get the suit we and run your hands all over the suit. This will stick the suit to your skin and remove all of those air bubbles. 

 

  • After you are done competing for the day
    • Rinse the suit in the shower with fresh water. Try to keep shampoo and soaps off the suit as best you can. You want to rinse the suit on your body so that you don't create stretch pockets from the force of the sink faucet. You need to have the suit exposed to fresh water for at least 10-15 minutes to get all the chlorine out. 
    • Peel the suit off your body slowly. It will come off much faster and easier when it goes on, but we still want to try to not stretch it out. 
    • DO NOT ring the suit out or try to get water off of it in any way (dryers and spinners are an instant death to a tech suit). It will stretch the suit and damage the material. 
    • Lay the suit flat on a towel and roll the suit up inside the towel. DO NO bunch the suit up. 
    • KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SUIT AT ALL TIMES. They are very easily stolen in locker-rooms. 

 

  • Once you get home
    • Take the suit out of the towel you rolled it up in.
    • Lay a fresh and dry towel on a flat surface (floor or table). 
    • Lay the suit flat on the dry towel and let it air dry completely. 
    • Fold the suit up and store it in a ventilated bag or box for safe keeping until your next meet.