While the specialised material, tightness-of-fit, and hydrophobic qualities make elite-level suits so effective, they also make them delicate. It's important to take precautions when putting on your suit to avoid unnecessary stretching or ripping. The key is to be patient and gentle with the fabric, ensuring the sections are correctly positioned over your body as you slowly inch it up. It's best to allow for 10+ minutes to get the suit on as "going fast" has its downsides.


FINIS Jammer Tech Suit


Putting On Your Tech Suit

  1. Both yourself and your suit must be 100% dry. This will make it easier for the fabric to slide over your skin and reduce the risk of splitting the seams.
  2. Ensure your nails are short/blunt and remove any rings to avoid piercing the fabric.
  3. There is no need to wear a second swimsuit under your tech suit.
  4. Start with a skin lubricant such as TRISLIDE to help your suit glide on with ease. Spray areas of resistance such as your hips, buttocks, and inner thigh.
  5. Flip the grip strip at the base of the legs so the silicone hem is turned out. 
  6. Step into the suit and gently inch up your lower legs until you find the point of resistance, ensuring the seams are correctly aligned up the sides of your legs.
  7. Using the thicker seams and back of the suit, pull it over your buttocks. Be careful to avoid wrinkling or twisting fabric at all times. 
  8. For females, put your arms through the straps one at a time. It's always helpful to have someone there to help you with this part.
  9. Don’t forget to flip the grip strips down against your skin once each panel and seam are aligned with the appropriate part of your body.
  10. The suit will always feel tightest when you first put it on, before it moulds around your body. The tighter, the better, the faster. It should feel almost "too tight" without restricting your range of motion.


Taking Off Your Tech Suit

Thankfully, taking a tech suit off is much easier than putting it on! Starting at the top of the suit, remove the straps and slowly peel it off your body. Use a wider grip (not your fingernails) if you need to pull harder over wider sections. It may be a good idea to sit down as you pull your legs through the suit to avoid stretching or falling.

For a visual reference on getting into your tech suit, please see the videos below. 

January 12, 2024 — Charlotte Nield