10 Tips for Making Your Tech Suit Last

LA Coaches Note: Team policy is we only wear tech suits at season ending "championship" meets. Swimmers must learn they improve due to hard work. Not becasue of the suit. LA Senior swimmers and LA Age Group swimmers are not on the same page in this regard, nor are they on the same chapter in general training and yearly plan. Of course, there are exceptions, and it is the coaches decision which meets (if any) we allow swimmers to "suit up". These suits are way too expensive to wear to every meet. Questions? Please talk to your coach.

Update 1/31/2017: see this article


Here are 10 tips for making your tech suit last:

1. Don’t wear any more than you have to. Racing suits don’t last long. After about a dozen wears they begin to stretch and degrade fairly quickly. So yeah, don’t be the swimmer that wears a $600 suit to practice.

2. Save them for the big meets. Unless you feel like burning through $400 for a new tech suit every couple of meets try to save your racing suits for the championship meets towards the end of your season.

3. Wear pants or shorts over the suit between races. Last thing you want to do is snag it on something. Avoid placing sharp objects around your suit. If you are particularly accident-prone consider bubble-wrapping yourself with Kevlar and stab-proof chain-mail.

4. Take it off slowly. If you’ve had a bad race resist the urge to rip it off as fast as you can. Don’t add a stretched suit to a bad swim.

5. Rinse it out with cold water in the shower. Avoid soap and shampizzle on the suit. If you aren’t in the mood for a shower take it out of your swim bag when you get home and rinse it with cold water in the sink to get the chlorine out.

6. Put it in a towel and roll it up. Don’t wring it out or blow dry it.

7. Do not put it in the dryer. Ever. Ever-ever. If you need to dry it between sessions lay out a towel when you get home or to the hotel room and let it air dry. Hot-breathe on it if necessary, but don’t put it in the dryer.

8. Put it on when you are completely dry. Putting on a wet tech suit requires pulling, yanking, and grimacing. Two of those things are not good for your suit.

9. Go to the bathroom before ya put it on. This is a toughie. Between the nerves and the 18 refills of your water bottle that you’ve anxiously been drinking going to the bathroom is inevitable. Time it so you don’t have to wrestle your way out of your suit before your race to hit the can.

10. Don’t hang it up to dry. The weight of the fabric, the clothes line or the hangers will often cause the suit to stretch. Remember what we talked about with rolling it up in a towel and laying it out?

Bonus tip: Cycle in your old tech suits to make the new one last longer. Use your older tech suits for preliminaries. It will help extend the shelf life of the new one you just bought.

Attached is a document "Care Tips for your Speedo LZR"   /fljcla/UserFiles/File/LZR%20Care%20Tips.pdf

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