Technical swimsuits, or tech swimsuits, are swimwear for professional athletes and competitive swimmers of all levels that can help maximize speed and performance while providing a different level of compression.
Why Tech Suits Are Preferred by Athletes
Tech suits are essential for competitive swimmers as they are designed to boost performance in the water in several ways.
A tech suit compresses the body into a more hydrodynamic shape while special panels support muscles in the hips and glutes for better performance. Water-repellent materials reduce drag in the water and increase the swimmer’s speed.
Why Tech Suits Are More Expensive Than Standard Swimwear
While tech suits can boost performance, they are one of the more expensive swimwear items athletes may have. Tech suits consist of a blend of water-repellent materials, mainly polyamide (nylon) and elastane (Spandex). This high-technology swimwear is designed to reduce lag, make the swimmer more hydrodynamic via compression, and support blood flow for increased performance. These suits are high-quality, durable, and long lasting.
How to Choose the Right Tech Suit
1 - Proper Fit
A proper fit keeps the swimsuit in place without letting excess water inside the suit. While you want the suit snug, you don’t want to be uncomfortable. A common comparison is a pair of socks. It should fit snugly and stay in place without creating a pinching feeling. The same fit should occur from top to bottom. You don’t want the suit to be loose fitting anywhere.
2 - Length
When it comes to length, you want the suit to hit just above the knees. Aim for about one inch above the knee.
3 - A suit that’s too large shows the following signs:
a. Wrinkles in the fabric
c. You can slide two fingers under the fabric easily
d. The suit slips on easily with little to no effort
4 - Suits that are too small show the following signs:
a. Restricted leg movement
c. The sense that it cuts off blood flow or affects your breathing
d. Extreme difficulty getting the suit on
Kiefer Aquatics offers a wide selection of tech suits for men and women from all the top brands in the industry. Visit us today to get the perfect tech suit made for you!