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November 14, 2018

Buying a new tech suit can be an overwhelming and daunting task. These suits aren't cheap, so how do you know you're getting the purchase right the first time? We're here to answer some frequently asked questions in the area of tech suits and give some much-needed clarity to all A3 Performance customers.


Are different tech suits better for different strokes/races?

Nope! VICI was carefully designed to fit a variety of swimmers for a variety of races. When it comes down to choosing a style, it's all personal preference. Ladies, you can't go wrong with a closed back or powerback VICI racing suit. 

When is it time to buy a new suit?

We recommend buying a new tech suit before your next big swim meet. To give yourself enough time, without rushing, we encourage people to look into a new tech suit two to three weeks before your big meet. If you are ordering online, you may want to consider giving yourself three to four weeks to help account for shipping time.

If you have had a tech suit in the past and are wondering when it's time to move on to a new tech suit, that's up to the individual. Typically, swimmers get a new tech suit each year for their big meet(s). However, if a swimmer has three to five (or more) big meets throughout the year, that swimmer may want to get a new tech suit more often.

How many races are tech suits good for?

This is the number one question we get about racing suits, and unfortunately, we don't have an exact answer. The lifespan of a tech suit depends on so many factors including wear & care, races swum in the swimsuit, and the chemical levels of the pools being swum in. The better swimmers take care of their racing suits, the longer they will last. 

If we absolutely had to give a definitive answer, we would say that tech suits should, at the very least, last through two championship meets. However, if one swim meet is in February and the other is in November, approximately nine months later, the suit may not be in pristine condition for that second meet.

Again, it's not an exact science, so do your best to take care of your tech suit as best as possible.

Should swimmers have a backup suit?

It is always a good idea to have a backup. Whether it's a cap, goggles, or a tech suit, always have a backup. This doesn't mean that you need to spend double the amount on two tech suits. We recommend keeping an older tech suit as a backup suit. 

This is why it's so important to take good care of your racing suits. A long-lasting technical racing suit could become your next reliable, dependable backup suit.

What size should I (or my swimmer) get?

We do our best to provide accurate and helpful sizing charts so athletes can properly size themselves. The VICI racing suit size guide asks for a variety of measurements to help give the best, recommended size. Use this as a starting point. If your swimmer has measurements that span a few different sizes and you're really not sure about the size, give our customer service team a call at 888-369-7946. We are happy to help give our best recommendation.

What happens if I get the wrong size?

We'll help! VICI technical swimsuits are able to be exchanged or returned so long as they are in resellable condition with all packaging and tags undamaged and attached. Contact our Customer Service department at 888-369-7946 for details on exchange. We'll need your name, order number, and the suit color, style, and size you would like to exchange for. 

If you have a swim meet coming up that you need the suit in time for, let Customer Service know right away! We'll make it work so you have your suit in time. Please try to order far enough in advance so that you avoid any expedited shipping costs.

Is a tech suit worth the sticker price?

If the swimmer is older, more developed, and/or competing at a high level meet, then yes, a tech suit is worth it. Swimmers work hard all season towards some big goals, and once the swimmer's body is more developed, the compression and technology of a tech suit have an impact.

VICIis the most technologically-advanced racing suit in the world. Every athlete that has raced in VICI has had overwhelmingly positive reviews. VICI hs an impact and it is definitely worth the investment.

If the swimmer is younger and less developed, we don't typically encourage those swimmers to get a tech suit. These swimmers don't receive the same benefit of compression as more developed bodies do. 

Are you not sure where your swimmer falls? Give our Customer Service department a call and we'll answer any questions for you as well as give you our honest opinion.

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