Technical Racing Suits are an investment. At prices between $100-$500, when parents buy tech suits, they want those suits to last as long as possible. We don't blame you. So, we've put together 10 things to do to make your new tech suit last!
1. Save your tech suit for the big, important swim meets
Don't wear your tech suit at every meet throughout the season, and don't wear your tech suit at practice. Save that special suit, like VICI, for that special meet when you are tapered, rested, and shaved.
2. Wear warm-ups over your suit in between races
Wearing something over your suit in between races doesn't only keep you warm and dry in between races, but it also helps protect your racing suit when you're out of the water. Warm-ups will protect your suit from rubbing up against rough surfaces or snagging on something.
3. Rinse suit in cold water, lay flat to dry after each use
Once a suit comes into contact with chlorine, the chlorine starts to break down the fabric. So, it is important to use cold water to rinse the chlorine out of your tech suit. This is the best way to remove chlorine from your suit and keep it fresher, longer.
Laying flat to dry helps prolong the suit's compression and tightness. Pull out a towel, lay it out in a safe space, and lay your tech suit down to dry.
4. Avoid rinsing suit in soaps and shampoos
Soaps and shampoos, even swimmer's shampoos, can change the chemical composition of the fabric and affect the water repellent fabric treatment. Like we said in number three, just stick to rinsing in cold water and laying flat to dry.
5. Do NOT iron, blow dry, or expose to high-intensity heat
Intense heat can damage the suit and its water-repellent properties, so avoid anything super hot, including the dryer.
6. Avoid sharp, jagged, or rough surfaces, including sharp fingernails
Accidents happen and they are much more likely to happen when you are working with or near sharp objects. Trim those fingernails before your next big meet to help avoid any possible snags, tears, or splits.
7. Be careful putting on and taking off
Tech suits are expensive, so treat them as expensive items. Don't tug, pull, or squat in a hurry. Not only can snags and holes happen, but if you put enough pressure on the seams in a rush, you could bust the bonding! Oh no! Pull the suit up as high up as you can around the butt area in order to take some of the pressure off those tightly bonded seams. Also, give yourself enough time to carefully put on your tech suit and carefully take it off.
8. Go to the bathroom before you put it on
You don't want to take your suit down and put it back on in a hurry later in the meet. Plus, if you're a pee in the pool kind of swimmer (which many of us are) urine can affect the chemical composition of the water repellency on the fabric and even break down the material down there.
9. Store tech suit in its original box, or simply in a cool, dry place
Tech suit boxes are big enough and sturdy enough to hold your tech suit throughout the season. Plus, there is no confusion as to what you're storing in the box. Keep it simple.
Some tech suit boxes are really cool and definitely worth saving anyway...have you seen VICI's box? 😍
10. Be completely dry when putting the suit on & pull it up ALL the way
Tech suits go on easiest (and we use the word easy lightly) when swimmers are completely dry. We understand that sometimes you aren't so lucky to be completely dry, so do your best and dry off as much as you possibly can.
Don't overlook pulling your suit up all the way. Your suit will go on easiest when you are dry, so take advantage of this, and pull that suit up as much as possible. Pulling it up all the way helps prevent any discomfort and any bonding busts.
A3 Performance is an independently-owned, performance swimwear company built on a passion for swimming, athletes, and athletic performance. We encourage swimmers to swim better and faster at all ages and levels, from beginners to Olympians. Driven by a genuine leader and devoted staff that are passionate about swimming and service, A3 Performance strives to inspire and enrich the sport of swimming with innovative and impactful products that motivate swimmers to be their very best – an A3 Performer.
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