In the fast and fierce world of competitive swimming, athletes attempt to optimise their performance down to the last detail. This is especially true when it comes to tech suits; a specialised high-performance swimsuit designed to enhance a swimmer’s speed in the water.

What is a tech suit?

Simply put, they are built for speed. Tech suits are designed with strategic compression for muscle support and blood flow. Made from lightweight, water-repellent fabrics, such as the MemoryFlex™ found on the HydroX, tech suits reduce drag and improve a swimmer’s buoyancy. The bonded seams found on the FINIS Fuse, Rival 2.0 and HydroX Tech Suits are intentionally created for a streamlined fit, with strategic areas of compression to support specific muscle groups.
Shayna Jack in FINIS HydroX

How long does a Tech Suit last?

The lifespan of a tech suit can vary widely. On average, you can expect a tech suit to last anywhere from a full season to 3-5 meets for the highest-level technical racing suit. 
Click here to read the FINIS Tech Suit Comparison Guide guide for product features and expected lifetime.

Factors affecting the lifespan of your tech suit

  • Frequency of use: The constant exposure to chlorine and general stretching when putting it on and taking it off will affect the lifespan of your tech suit. With each swim, your tech suit will slowly be losing its compression and water repellent qualities, some faster than others.

  • Materials: While the specialised material, tightness-of-fit, and hydrophobic qualities make elite-level suits so effective, they also make them delicate.

  • Care: To reap all the benefits of a tech suit you want them to remain in as new of condition as possible (read more about caring for your Tech Suit here). To make your tech suit last longer, consider saving it for the most important races. Keep your tech suits on rotation and use an older tech suit or a regular practice suit for less critical races or preliminaries.
Click here to read more on caring for your tech suit.
January 12, 2024 — Charlotte Nield