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21 Best Tech Suits For Swimming- The 2020 Expert Review

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Would you believe me if I told you that you can swim up to 2,52% faster just by putting on a tech suit? Well, the fact of the matter is that this is the number produced after analyzing 2 studies– one published by the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine 1 Chatard, J. and Wilson, B., 2008. Effect Of Fastskin Suits On Performance, Drag, And Energy Cost Of Swimming. [online] Pdfs.semanticscholar.org. Available here. and the other published by the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2 Issurin, V., Pushkar-Verbitsky, V., and Verbitsky, V., 2014. Effect Of High-Tech Swimsuits On The Swimming Performance In Top-Level Swimmers. [online]. Available here.

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Just for some perspective, a 2,52% enhancement on a 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00 is going to be 1,52 seconds dropped which is a significant amount of time to drop just by putting on a different swimsuit won’t you say? Now just imagine what a tech suit can help you achieve on even longer swimming events.

For many swimmers, this additional performance enhancement can be the difference between getting that important qualifying time, winning gold, breaking that big record, making the final, or… missing out altogether.

That’s why in today’s article we’ll be taking a look at some of the best swimming tech suits currently available. We’ll go through an in-depth review of each tech suit analyzing its core features and overall design while comparing it to other suits in the line up enabling you to choose the tech suit tailored to your needs so that you can swim as fast as possible and crush some PBs in the pool this season.

I should also mention that the majority of these tech suits, especially the high-end suits were tested by myself while the few suits that I didn’t get a chance to wear were thoroughly researched and ordered accordingly based on information provided to me by my fellow teammates as well as other swimmers online who personally own the suits, so you can be assured that you are truly investing in the tech suit that is right for you.

21 Best Tech Suits For Racing- The 2020 Expert Review.

Here are the best tech suits for swimmers-

  • Speedo LZR Pure Intent
  • Arena Carbon Glide
  • Arena Carbon Air 2
  • Jaked Jkeel
  • Finis Fuse
  • TYR Venzo
  • Mizuno Sonic GX V
  • Speedo LZR Pure Valor
  • Arena Carbon Core FX
  • Finis Rival 2.0
  • TYR Avictor
  • Jaked JRush
  • Arena Carbon Flex VX
  • Dolfin Lightstrike
  • MP Michael Phelps Xpresso
  • Dolfin Titanium
  • Arena R-Evo One
  • Blueseventy Nero TX
  • Mizuno Sonic MX
  • Arena Powerskin ST 2.0
  • Speedo Powerplus Prime

Tech Suit Comparison Table.

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Tech SuitStrokes And EventsFabric CompositionPrice RangeOur RatingLatest Price On SwimOutlet
Speedo LZR Pure IntentAll Strokes, 50, 100, And 200 Events66% Polyamide, 34% ElastaneTop Range10/10>View Price
Arena Carbon GlideAll Strokes, Events 200 And Over65% Polyamide, 34% Elastane, 1% Carbon FiberTop Range10/10>View Price
Arena Carbon Air 2All Strokes, All Events65% Polyamide, 34% Elastane, 1% Carbon FiberTop Range10/10>View Price
Jaked JKeelAll Strokes, All Events58% Polyamide, 32% Elastane, 10% PolyesterMid Range8/10>View Price
Finis FuseAll Strokes, All Events71% Polyamide, 29% ElastaneBudget7/10>View Price
TYR VenzoAll strokes, 50, 100, And 200 Events, IM70% Polyamide, 30% ElastaneTop Range10/10>View Price
Mizuno Sonic GX VAll Strokes, All Events65% Polyamide, 35% Elastane Top Range10/10>View Price
Speedo LZR Pure ValorAll Strokes, Events 200 And Up65% Polyamide, 35% ElastaneTop Range10/10>View Price
Arena Carbon Core FXAll strokes, Events 50 to 40052% Polyamide, 47% Elastane, 1% Carbon FiberTop Range9.5/10>View Price
Finis Rival 2.0All Strokes, All Events44% Polyamide, 44% Elastane, 15% PolyesterTop Range9.5/10>View Price
TYR AvictorAll Strokes, All Events70% Polyamide, 30% ElastaneTop Range9/10>View Price
Jaked JRushAll Strokes, All Events67% Polyamide, 32% Elastane, 1% Carbon FiberTop Range9/10>View Price
Arena Carbon Flex VXAll Strokes, All Events52% Polyamide, 47% Elastane, 1% Carbon FiberTop Range9/10>View Price
Dolfin LightstrikeAll Strokes, All Events42% Polyamide, 27% Elastane, 31% PolyesterTop Range8.5/10>View Price
MP Michael Phelps XpressoAll Strokes, All Events77% Polyamide, 23% ElastaneTop Range8.5/10>View Price
Dolfin TitaniumAll Strokes, All Events56% Polyamide, 44% ElastaneMid Range8/10>View Price
Arena R-Evo OneAll Strokes, All Events78% Polyamide, 22% ElastaneMid Range8/10>View Price
Blueseventy Nero TXAll Strokes, All Events65% Polyamide, 35% ElastaneMid Range8/10View Price
Mizuno Sonic MXAll Strokes, 50, 100, 200 Events65% Polyamide, 35% ElastaneMid Range8/10>View Price
Arena Powerskin ST 2.0All Strokes, All Events71% Polyamide, 29% ElastaneBudget6.5/10>View Price
Speedo Powerplus PrimeAll Strokes, All Events71% Polyamide, 29% ElastaneBudget6.5/10>View Price

For help with finding the right size for your tech suit, consider reading my tech suit sizing guide, where I cover all of the most popular swimming brands and their tech suit sizing.

1. Speedo LZR Pure Intent Tech Suit- Top Pick For Sprinters.

Speedo is one of the most popular swimming brands among competitive swimmers and they never fail to deliver high-quality swimming gear. The Speedo LZR Pure Intent is one of their latest tech suits and it is completely loaded with premium performance features and a design built for fast swimming. This tech suit is definitely one of the most innovative pieces they have released to date.Speedo Women's LZR Pure Intent Open Back Kneeskin Tech Suit Speedo Men's LZR Pure Intent Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Speedo LZR Pure Intent tech suit features a compressive and flexible design making the suit ideal for all 4 swimming strokes, namely butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. This tech suit is designed with the focus on sprinters so when it comes to racing it is recommended to use this suit if you swim anything in the range of 50 to 200.

Design And Performance: The Speedo LZR Pure Intent has a lot to offer when it comes to its design and performance. The suit is engineered using a triple fabric construction (panel 1, panel 2, and textured fabric zones) allowing for the perfect balance between compression, comfort, speed, and flexibility.

The first panel and textured fabric zones feature a material composition of 66% Polyamide and 34% Elastane while the second panel features a composition of 73% Polyamide and 27% Elastane. These 3 panels allow for an ideal range of motion in the water and are bound together using bonded seams which will ultimately help to cut down on drag as you swim.

In terms of compression, the Speedo LZR Pure Intent tech suit features dual compression layers allowing for intelligent muscle compression that enhances blood circulation and when combined with the ergonomic seam construction helps to connect critical muscle groups for increased power output while racing, helping you to blast to a podium position or record-breaking performance.

When it comes to the taping on the suit, the LZR Pure Intent features a new and innovative band technology helping to support a powerful leg kick that will help to motor you through the water. In fact, the legs can generate upwards of 70% of the speed when swimming as suggested by a study 3 Morouço, P., Marinho, D., Izquierdo, M., Neiva, H. and Marques, M., n.d. Relative Contribution Of Arms And Legs In 30 S Fully Tethered Front Crawl Swimming. [online] Hindawi. Available here. published in the BioMed Research Journal.

Furthermore, the Speedo LZR Pure Intent tech suit is completely prepared to help you cut down on drag as well presenting textured fabric zones designed to reduce water-resistance as well as a premium waistband that seals water out of your suit to effectively lower your weight in the water leading to lower levels of water resistance.

Size And Fit: The Speedo LZR Pure Intent comes in a few variations, namely a high- and standard-waisted variation for men, and an open- and closed-back variation for women. Despite the compressive design of the suit, it is still quite comfortable to wear, and getting it on isn’t too hard either taking me only about 10 minutes tops after the first few times wearing it.

Downsides: Since this tech suit is practically at the top of the class, there isn’t much that I have to criticize. My only real complaint is the fact that the men’s jammer seems to leak a bit at the back, especially if you have a larger backside.

After doing some investigating, however, it seems that this just has to do with the way some swimmers put the suit on. Since it is dual-layered you really have to make sure to pull both of the fabrics up in order to avoid this issue. The suit is also quite pricey, but that is to be expected for a tech suit in this class.

Final Word: Overall, the Speedo LZR Pure Intent is an excellent tech suit with some awesome features and an innovative and durable design that will make a great fit for any sprinter looking to take their swimming to the next level.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, 50, 100, And 200 Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 66% Polyamide, 34% Elastane (Panel 1; Textured Fabric Zones), 73% Polyamide 27% Elastane (Panel 2).
  • Compression: Dual Compression Layers.
  • Taping: Intelligent Leg Taping.
  • Panels: Triple Fabric Construction.
  • Drag Reduction: Textured Fabric Zones.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 10/10.

2. Arena Carbon Glide Tech Suit- Top Pick For Middle- To Long-Distance Swimmers.

Arena has brought out many great tech suits over the last few months. One of these suits includes the brand new Arena Carbon Glide. This tech suit packs some great features, innovative new technologies, a new construction, and a very comfortable fit- all working together to enhance your performance in the water.Arena Women's Powerskin Carbon Glide Closed Back Tech SuitArena Men's Powerskin Carbon Glide Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Arena Carbon Glide features a less compressive and more flexible design due to the fact that this suit is designed for mid- to long-distance swimming events while being ideal for all of the swimming strokes.

Recommended events for this tech suit is anything over 400, although I should mention that this suit can definitely still be used for 200s as well. Also, if you are an IM swimmer that likes less compression and more range of motion when swimming, then you should definitely consider this suit.

Design And Performance: The Arena Carbon Glide tech suit is made for minimal resistance in the water, featuring a highly streamlined design with the majority of taping and technology on the inside of the suit.

That said, let’s start by taking a look at the external design of the suit. The Carbon Glide is fabricated using a specially designed material known as the Hydroglide shell. This fabric has a composition of 65% Polyamide, 34% Elastane, and 1% Carbon Fiber, making it one of the lightest fabrics available. The main purpose of the Hydroglide shell is to reduce your drag and turbulence in the water, ultimately helping you to stay light, agile, and fast while swimming.

The outer fabric is also highly water resistant with the water simply sliding off from the tech suit as you swim, contributing to its glide effect.

The interior of the suit features advanced compression technology, consisting of carbon grid technology and something known as the Carbon Extreme cage. Together these design elements help to provide strong compression with a light feel while also connecting and activating critical muscle groups for improved body position and enhanced power output while swimming.

Furthermore, the Arena Carbon Glide features strategically lined internal taping helping to optimize your range of motion in the water while allowing for unparalleled freedom of movement and comfort while swimming.

Size And Fit: When it comes to the fit of the suit, the Arena Carbon Glide is easily one of the most comfortable tech suits out there. Getting the suit on is easy both for men and women and won’t take more than 10 minutes.

The men’s suit only comes in a standard waist variation while the women’s suit is available in both an open and closed back variation enabling you to choose to your preference.

Downsides: This suit really doesn’t have any faults in my opinion and is designed perfectly for what it’s meant to do. That said, if you are someone that likes a “snappy” suit then this might not be your best option. Coming off the walls and underwaters this suit doesn’t feature quite the snapback effect that some other suits have. Once again, the price is also quite high, but that is to be expected.

Final Word: All in all, the Arena Carbon Glide is a very solid tech suit with some great specifications and a really nice design. If you are someone that specializes in longer events and you value comfort with good performance then this tech suit is probably your best option.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, Events 200 And Over.
  • Fabric Composition: 65% Polyamide, 34% Elastane, 1% Carbon Fiber.
  • Compression: Carbon Extreme Cage; Carbon Grid Technology.
  • Taping: Internal Support Taping.
  • Panels: Single Panel.
  • Drag Reduction: Hydroglide Shell.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 10/10.

3. Arena Carbon Air 2 Tech Suit- Top Overall Pick.

The Arena Carbon Air has been around for a while, Arena has however recently upgraded the suit to deliver us with the all-new Carbon Air 2. Just for some perspective, the Arena Carbon Air 2 was released just a few months before the newest Arena suits came out, namely the Carbon Glide, and Carbon Core FX.

Arena Women's Powerskin Carbon Air2 Full Body Tech SuitArena Men's Powerskin Carbon Air2 Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The main reason that I’ve chosen the Arena Carbon Air 2 as the top overall tech suit for the majority of swimmers is due to the versatility of the suit. The Arena Carbon Air 2 is one of the best tech suits out there that makes a good fit for pretty much all events. This suit can be used for 50s, 100s, 200s, 400s, all the way to 1500s (And 1600s if you swim in yards).

The suit also makes a good fit for all of the strokes, although if your main stroke is breaststroke, I’d recommend tech suits like the TYR Venzo, Arena Carbon Core FX, Speedo LZR Pure Intent, or Mizuno Sonic GX V. That’s not to say this suit is bad for breaststroke, I just think that you’d get more of a benefit from those suits as breaststroke is generally a stroke that requires a ton of snapback when swimming.

Design And Performance: Unlike the original Carbon Air, the Arena Carbon Air 2 utilizes a single fabric design allowing for reduced drag and a streamlined tech suit by removing the side seams. The single fabric design also allows for decreased water absorption, increased comfort, and more ease in getting the suit on.

The fabric of the suit is quite thin and features a material composition of 65% Polyamide, 34% Elastane, and 1% Carbon Fiber, allowing for one of the lightest tech suits on the market. Additionally, the fabric has really good water-resistant properties effectively reducing your friction in the water.

The interior of the suit features strategically lined carbon bands which allow for comfortable and intelligent muscle compression by attaching to important stretch points allowing for optimal compression on overextended zones, enhanced core stability, and an increase in muscle activation, power, and blood circulation ensuring enhanced swimming performances.

The internal lining of the tech suit consists of 3 separate panels allowing for complete freedom of movement and better hip flexibility in all of the strokes. This is going to help you to execute each stroke and kick with a full range of motion, enabling you to generate maximal power and speed in the water.

Size And Fit: The Arena Carbon Air 2 features a really unique compressive design that doesn’t feel uncomfortable nor does it feel extremely tight. This is one of the big reasons why the suit can be used for such a wide array of events.

The suit is quite comfortable and can easily be worn for long periods of time. Getting it on also isn’t too much of a pain and shouldn’t take you too long. The Carbon Air 2 tech suit comes in a single waist variation for men and an open- and closed-back variation for women.

Downsides: The Arena Carbon Air 2 doesn’t have much that I disapprove of and in the general scheme of things is a really good tech suit. My only criticism is the fact that the thin fabric causes the suit to be slightly less buoyant than some of the other denser suits. The fabric can also be a bit see-through from time to time, however, this isn’t much to worry about as there are internal modest panels built-in.

Final Word: All in all, the Arena Carbon Air 2 is a great tech suit with some solid features and a nice overall construction. Personally, I really like this suit because of its lightweight and functional design. If you are looking for a versatile high-performance tech suit then this is a very solid option.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 65% Polyamide, 34% Elastane, 1% Carbon Fiber.
  • Compression: Carbon Bands, Intelligent Muscle Compression.
  • Taping: Internal Taping.
  • Panels: 3 Panel Internal Design, Single Outer Fabric Construction.
  • Drag Reduction: Hydrophobic Fabric.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range/ Mid Range.
  • Our Rating: 10/10.

4. Jaked JKeel Tech Suit- Top Mid-Range Pick.

If you are looking for a worthy tech suit coming in at an affordable mid-range price, then look no further than the Jaked Jkeel tech suit. This is an innovative tech suit with a solid construction as well as good performance-enhancing technology and features.

Jaked Women's Jkeel Closed Back Tech SuitJaked JKeel Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Jaked Jkeel is great for all strokes and events featuring both a compressive and flexibile design that will allow for optimal range of motion and good comfort no matter what event you are swimming. This suit can be used for sprinting as well as long distance swimming and everything in between.

Design And Performance: The Jaked Jkeel has a lot to offer considering its mid-range price point. Let’s firstly start by having a look at the exterior of the suit. The Jaked Jkeel features a fabric composition of 58% Polyamide, 32% Elastane, and 10% Polyester. Fabrics are put together using ultrasound welding processes along with the use of taped seams for increased mechanical capacity and reduced drag.

Additionally, the outside of the suit is coated in a double layer of fluorocarbon resin and treated using advanced plasma processes to create a durable layer of water-resistant film helping water molecules to effectively slide off from the surface of the tech suit, enabling you to swim with lower friction and increased speed.

Moving on to the interior of the suit, we’ll notice that this suit utilizes a 3D construction. This will enable you to swim with full range of motion and will further enhance the hydrodynamics of the suit helping to reduce drag in the water.

The ergonomic design of the suit combined with its high tenacity fibers ensures optimal and comfortable muscle compression allowing for increased muscle activation, power output, and blood circulation. The Flexstripe system also further improves the fit and comfort of the tech suit while the specially designed drawstring tunnel allows you to adjust the tightness of your suit without the risk of tearing the fabric, ensuring maximized durability.

Size And Fit: The Jaked Jkeel is available in a single waist variation for men and both an open- and closed-back variation for women. The tech suit has a very comfortable and snug fit that still provides optimal compression and flexibility ensuring you can use it on any stroke or event as we discussed earlier.

Downsides: For the most part, the Jaked Jkeel is a very impressive tech suit, especially considering it’s fair mid-range price point. Sure, some of the features might not be as advanced as some of the newer tech suits, but for the price I’m not worried about that at all.

There is, however, one major flaw to this tech suit that could potentially limit you depending largely on what meets you compete at and from which country you are. For those of you who swim in the United States, you won’t be able to use this tech suit at sanctioned high school meets as the logo is much larger than what the NFHS allows for, other than that you can use the suit at any other swimming meet.

If this, unfortunately, applies to you, then I recommend going with one of the other mid-range options in our tech suit review. I’d recommend the Arena R-Evo One while the Blueseventy Nero TX and Mizuno Sonic MX are also good options.

Final Word: Overall, the Jaked Jkeel is a superb tech suit providing impressive specifications, a well-rounded design, and great value for money. If you are on a bit of a budget or just not willing to spend a lot on one of the high-end tech suits then this would be my first pick.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 58% Polyamide, 32% Elastane, 10% Polyester.
  • Compression: High Tenacity Fibers.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: 3D Design.
  • Drag Reduction: Double Fluorocarbon Resin Coating, Taped Seams.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Mid Range.
  • Our Rating: 8/10.

5. Finis Fuse Tech Suit- Top Budget Pick.

The Finis Fuse is without a doubt one of the best budget tech suits currently available. This tech suit has the look and feel of a premium suit while coming in at a very affordable price. The Fuse is packed with some solid performance features and presents a well-built and comfortable design.FINIS Fuse Race John Neck to Knee Tech SuitFINIS Men's Fuse Solid Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Finis Fuse is an ideal tech suit for any swimming stroke and event thanks to its flexible compression technology and dual-panel construction. So whether you specialize in sprint-, middle-distance-, or long-distance swimming the Finis Fuse is sure to have you covered.

Design And Performance: The Finis Fuse features a really solid design with some pretty innovative features and technology packed in considering the budget price. The first feature of the suit that I want to highlight is the flexible muscle compression. This is going to allow for enhanced blood circulation, better muscle activation, and more speed all while ensuring that you don’t feel restricted in any way.

The outer fabric of the suit is highly water-resistant featuring hydro-reflective properties, allowing the suit to cut down on drag and turbulence as you swim. The tech suit features a material composition of 71% Polyamide and 29% Elastane bonded together using welded seam technology and a dual panel construction which is further going to enhance your range of motion in the water, cut down on resistance, and ultimately increase the durability of the suit.

To bring everything together the Finis Fuse tech suit features premium-grade silicone watertight edges to completely seal water out of your suit and ensure that the tech suit stays firmly in place while you swim your way to a record-breaking performance or podium position.

Size And Fit: The Finis Fuse comes in only 1 variation both for men and women, namely a standard-waist jammer for men and an open back kneeskin for women. The tech suit is true to size and features a comfortable yet still compressive design.

Downsides: Although there are no clear cons to the suit considering its low price point, you should still keep in mind that the suit does definitely lack the high-end features and technology found in the new flagship tech suits. That’s not to say that the suit is bad- in fact not at all, it just means that you shouldn’t have the same performance expectations for the suit than you would have for one of the high-end tech suits.

Final Word: Overall, I really like the Finis Fuse tech suit. This tech suit is great for saving some bank while still getting some good performance enhancements in the water. Just for some perspective, the Finis Fuse comes in about 3-4 times cheaper than the newest flagship tech suits.

This suit is a good option for competitive swimmers looking for their first tech suit or for high school swimmers who don’t necessarily take the sport as seriously or have limitations on the tech suits that they are allowed to wear. It’s also a good option for anyone looking for a cheap and effective tech suit.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 71% Polyamide, 29% Elastane.
  • Compression: Flexible Compression, Optimal Compression Technology.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Dual-Panel Design.
  • Drag Reduction: Hydro-Reflective Technology.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Budget.
  • Our Rating: 7/10.

6. TYR Venzo Tech Suit.

If you are looking for a high-performance, high-compression sprinting tech suit then look no further than the TYR Venzo. TYR is one of the best and most well-known swimming brands out there and the Venzo is their latest and most innovative tech suit released to date.

TYR Women's Venzo Genesis Kneeskin Tech SuitTYR Men's Venzo Genesis High Waist Jammer Tech Suit

The TYR Venzo tech suit is definitely up there with the Speedo LZR Pure Intent and if it wasn’t for the slightly uncomfortable fit I may have even put it in the first position.

Strokes And Events: The TYR Venzo tech suit is one of the most compressive tech suits that I’ve ever worn. This makes it great for sprinters and shorter events since it will allow for a lot of power output and snap as you swim. The suit offers good range of motion in all of the strokes and won’t restrict you. I recommend using this tech suit for 50, 100, and 200 events with 400s/500s being the upper limit.

I should also probably mention that if you are a breaststroke swimmer the TYR Venzo is one of your best options due to the innovative internal taping and snapback effect that this suit has in the water, but more about this in just a bit.

Design And Performance: The TYR Venzo tech suit is absolutely packed with awesome features and technology and will allow for some seriously fast swimming. The tech suit features a higher nylon content than most tech suits with the material composition consisting of 70% Polyamide (nylon), and 30% Elastane. That said, this suit is definitely one of the most water-repellent suits that I’ve worn to date.

The fabric of the suit is also clearly very high-quality allowing for a very durable tech suit with compression and water-repellency that is going to last you quite some time before starting to degrade as all tech suits inevitably do.

When it comes to the construction of the tech suit, it is clear that TYR paid a lot of attention to detail in perfecting their tech suit’s design. The TYR Venzo features a frictionless fiber construction that was created by the TYR team through analyzing drag on a microscopic level to create an ultra-smooth fiber that will reduce your resistance in the water as much as possible.

The suit also cuts down on drag by utilizing a seamless Exo-Shell design aimed at streamlining your body position and increasing swimming speed even further.

Furthermore, the TYR Venzo features surface lift technology, stopping any water from permeating the fabric of your tech suit, ultimately allowing for a higher body position in the water which will once again cut down on drag but also help to enhance your swimming technique for better performances.

In terms of compression, the TYR Venzo lacks none. This tech suits is one of the most compressive tech suits available featuring a specially lined internal compression cage linking and supporting important muscle groups such as the core, obliques, and quadriceps while creating a snapback effect that increases distance per stroke and power output leading to faster swimming times.

Size And Fit: As I already mentioned a couple of times the TYR Venzo is a very compressive tech suit so whether or not you’re going to like this suit is going to depend on how much compression you want since it definitely isn’t always the most comfortable. Most sprinters love high compression making this a great suit for them.

Personally, I found the suit to be true to size. It was quite a pain to get it on the first few times but after that the suit came on in about 5-10 minutes and fitted much more comfortably.

The TYR Venzo comes in 2 variations both for men and women allowing you to choose to your liking. The men’s suit is available in a standard- and high waist variation and the women’s suit is available in an open- and closed back variation.

If you are a male swimmer and you would like some extra support around the core area as well as additional coverage for lower drag then I recommend the high-waist jammer. The fit may feel a bit strange in the beginning but you’ll soon get used to it.

As mentioned, sizing seems to be true to fit, but you can definitely consider sizing one up with this tech suit if you’d like some more comfort and flexibility.

Downsides: In terms of design, I have absolutely nothing to complain about, this tech suit ticks all of my boxes in terms of performance. My main criticism about this tech suit is the comfort, the high compression definitely isn’t the most comfortable and getting the suit on was no easy task either.

That said, if you want to go with this suit but don’t like an uncomfortable(ish) fit then you can just take it on and off between races if you really have to or size up as mentioned above.

Final Word: Overall, I think the TYR Venzo is hands down one of the best high-end tech suits for sprinters. The features and design is state of the art and the suit has some pretty cool patterns and colors to choose from.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All strokes, 50, 100, And 200 Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 70% Polyamide, 30% Elastane.
  • Compression: Endo Compression Cage.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Single Panel.
  • Drag Reduction: Frictionless Fiber Construction, Surface Lift Technology.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Compressive.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 10/10.

7. Mizuno Sonic GX V Tech Suit.

Mizuno tech suits have become some of the most popular and best performance tech suits on the market. The Mizuno Sonic GX V is a highly versatile tech suit featuring 2 variations, namely a sprinter suit and a multi-racer suit. It is packed with innovative features and technology while the price is also very reasonable for a top-end tech suit.Mizuno Women's GX-Sonic V Tech SuitMizuno Men's GX-Sonic V Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: As mentioned, the Mizuno Sonic GX V comes in 2 variations. This includes the ST (sprinter) variation and the MR (multi-racer) variation. This effectively allows the suit to be used for any swimming event depending on which variation you go with. The ST suit is a good option for 50s and 100s but can also be used for 200s. The MR on the other hand is best suited for events 200 and over as well as the IM events. Both suits are great for all of the strokes and won’t limit your range of motion.

Design And Performance: The Mizuno Sonic GX V packs a lot of superb features and technology allowing for some fast swimming performances in the pool. Mizuno suits are generally a bit more unique than some of the other tech suits in terms of construction and technology since they are designed mostly in Japan.

Let’s start with the exterior of the tech suit. The Mizuno Sonic GX V is fabricated using a special material known as Sonic Light Ribtex Fabric. This fabric features a composition of 65% Polyamide and 35% Elastane while the interior panels of the suit feature a composition of 66% Polyamide and 34% Elastane.

This fabric helps to maximize your performance in speed in the water and ensures that you maintain a good body line in the water. The Mizuno Sonic GX V is also one of the most water-repellent suits out there thanks to the highly water repellent coating that has been specially integrated with the fabric of the suit, ultimately lowering your drag and friction in the water.

Drag and resistance are further reduced with the suit featuring low-profile taped seams designed to cut down on the surface area of the tech suit.

One of the key features of the Mizuno Sonic GX V is the flat concept design. This technology helps to increase your hip elevation while swimming which effectively helps to optimize your body position for improved technique, faster swimming, and once again less drag.

On the interior of the suit you’ll find compressive inner panels designed to support and align your important muscle groups for increased power exertion and faster swimming helping to power you to that gold medal position. Keep in mind, compression will vary between the ST and MR variation of the suit.

The final feature of the Mizuno Sonic GX V is its Sonic Line X taping. This supports your kick cycle throughout the entire race, further enhancing the hip-lifting effect, and also allowing for some nice snapback coming off the walls and turns.

Size And Fit: The fit of your Mizuno suit is going to depend largely on which variation you choose. The ST variation is very compressive and takes quite a while to get on but still allows for a relatively comfortable fit once you’ve got it on. The MR variation on the other hand is less compressive and allows for more flexibility, generally making it more comfortable when wearing.

Men’s jammers come in only 1 waist variation, although I should mention that the waist has a slightly higher fit than most standard-waist tech suits. Women’s suits are also only available in 1 option, namely an open-back style.

Downsides: There is really only one complaint that I have when it comes to the Mizuno Sonic GX V which is the fact that the suit doesn’t come with a nice carry pouch. The suit comes in a very plain cardboard box along with a few instructions but other than that you don’t receive anything extra. To me, this is an issue since Arena, TYR, and Speedo tech suits (as well as many other brands) all come with nice carry pouches for storing and protecting your suit.

Final Word: All in all, the Mizuno Sonic GX V is a very solid tech suit with some great and unique performance features as well as a cool design. I recommend this tech suit for any swimmer looking for a unique high-performance suit that covers all events and strokes. The pricing is also very reasonable for a tech suit in this class.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 65% Polyamide, 35% Elastane (Body), 66% Polyamide, 34% Elastane (Panels).
  • Compression: Compressive Interior Panels.
  • Taping: Sonic Line X Taping.
  • Panels: Interior Compression Panels.
  • Drag Reduction: Flat Concept Design, Taped Seams.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 10/10.

8. Speedo LZR Pure Valor Tech Suit.

The Speedo LZR Pure Valor is also one of Speedo’s most recent and innovative tech suits with it being released at the same time as the Speedo LZR Pure Intent. This suit, however, focuses on different swimming events and is more of a multi-racer tech suit whereas the LZR Pure Intent is a sprinting tech suit.Speedo Women's LZR Pure Valor Kneeskin Tech SuitSpeedo Men's LZR Pure Valor Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Speedo LZR Pure Valor features less compression and more range of motion making this tech suit ideal for middle distance, long-distance, and IM swimmers. The suit is optimal for all of the strokes with recommended events starting at the 200s and going all the way to the 1500/1600 events.

Design And Performance: The Speedo LZR Pure Valor features a fabric composition of 65% Poylamide and 35% Elastane. The fabric is quite dense but at the same time has a lightweight feel to it as well as good water-repellency ensuring that you stay light and agile while racing.

The tech suit features moderate compression panels allowing for just enough compression to enhance performance while ensuring that flexibility and range of motion in the water is maximized. The majority of muscle support in this tech suit comes from the inner leg seams that comfortably lock your large muscle groups together for increased power exertion and muscle activation.

In terms of drag reduction, the Speedo LZR Pure Valor cuts down on resistance by utilizing flat bonded seams that are designed to optimize your hydrodynamics and speed while racing. The suit also features a new and improved leg- and waist-band design ultimately reducing water ingress and increasing your buoyancy in the water.

Size And Fit: The Speedo LZR Pure Valor is easily one of the most comfortable fitting tech suits out there. The suit was also easy to get on and it didn’t take long at all. Similar to the Speedo LZR Pure Intent, the men’s jammer is also available in a standard- and high-waist variation while the women’s suit is available in an open- and closed-back variation.

Downsides: I have no complaints with the Speedo LZR Pure Valor tech suit. The suit does exactly what it’s designed to do. However, if you are looking for a compressive tech suit then this definitely wouldn’t be my first pick.

Final Word: Overall, the Speedo LZR Pure Valor is a great tech suit with some awesome and unique features loaded into its construction. Personally, I think this is a great tech suit for female swimmers since the design is so comfortable and easy to get on. This is also a great tech suit for any middle- or long-distance swimmer or anyone swimming a large set of events.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, Events 200 And Up.
  • Fabric Composition: 65% Polyamide, 35% Elastane.
  • Compression: Moderate Compression Technology.
  • Taping: Compressive Leg Seams.
  • Panels: Single.
  • Drag Reduction: Flat Bonded Seams.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 10/10.

9. Arena Carbon Core FX Tech Suit.

The Arena Carbon Core FX is another excellent tech suit and also one of Arena’s newest suits with it being released alongside the Arena Carbon Glide. Unlike the Carbon Glide, however, the Arena Carbon Core FX features a more compressive design with the suit being designed mainly for sprinters. The Arena Carbon Core FX also comes in at a pretty good price point considering it’s a flagship tech suit.

Arena Women's Powerskin Carbon Core FX Tech Suit

Arena Men's Powerskin Carbon Core FX Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Arena Carbon Core FX is designed ideally for sprinters, but will also make a good fit for middle-distance swimmers looking for a more compressive tech suit with some nice snapback to it. Recommend events to use the Arena Carbon Core FX for includes anything between 50 to 400. (500 yards also included).

I should also mention that the Arena Carbon Core FX is a good tech suit option for breaststroke swimmers and will also make a nice fit for all of the IM events.

Design And Performance: The Arena Carbon Core FX features an advanced Carbon Cage forming a horizontal and vertical grid of compression and support around critical muscle groups. This allows for strong and durable muscle-compression with a locked-in-effect ensuring faster blood circulation, increased oxygen uptake, and a tight streamline position with a nice snapback effect coming off the walls.

The Arena Carbon Core FX features both an exterior and interior taping system. The interior taping system allows for powerful muscle support and core stabilization ensuring higher power output while the external taping system features dual hamstring taping creating a hip-lifting effect, helping you to maintain an optimal body position that significantly reduces resistance and optimizes your technique and speed.

The suit is fabricated using 52% Polyamide, 47% Elastane, and 1% Carbon Fiber. This allows for a dense but lightweight and flexible tech suit that will ensure optimal range of motion and performance in the pool.

Size And Fit: The Arena Carbon Core FX features quite a compressive and tight fit but nothing uncomfortable. This suit will make a good fit if you race back to back events frequently and don’t want to take your suits off between events. Getting it on wasn’t too hard either.

The suit comes in an open- and closed-back variation for women and a standard-waist variation for men although I should note that the jammer felt a little bit lower around the hips than some other tech suits. Nothing major but just keep it in mind if you like a higher waist tech suit.

Downsides: The Arena Carbon Core FX is a really good tech suit for the most part, my only complaint is going to be the water-repellency. The Carbon Core FX tech suit seemed to soak in a little bit of water during my water-repellency test, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing since all tech suits will inevitably soak up some water when you’re in the pool but considering this is a top-end tech suit I expected a bit more from the water-repellency.

Final Word: All in all, the Arena Carbon Core FX is a great tech suit with a nice design and a good and snug fit. This tech suit will make a solid option for sprinters, middle-distance swimmers, as well as IM and breaststroke swimmers while the price is also very decent for a top range tech suit.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All strokes, Events Between 50 to 400.
  • Fabric Composition: 52% Polyamide, 47% Elastane, 1% Carbon Fiber.
  • Compression: Carbon Cage Technology.
  • Taping: Internal Taping, Dual Outer Hamstring Taping.
  • Panels: Single Panel.
  • Drag Reduction: Twin Taping Enhances Body Position.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10.

10. Finis Rival 2.0 Tech Suit.

The Finis Rival 2.0 is the latest and most advanced tech suit released by Finis. This tech suit packs some top-notch features and has a great overall design. The Finis Rival 2.0 tech suit makes for a great all-around suit while the design is definitely one of the most durable out there. If you like the Arena Carbon Air 2 but are looking for something a bit denser and more supportive, then the Finis Rival 2.0 is a great option.FINIS Women's Rival 2.0 Kneeskin Tech SuitFINIS Men's Rival 2.0 Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Finis Rival 2.0 is a great all-around tech suit ideal for any stroke and event. The suit features a compressive but comfortable design with great flexibility and range of motion ensuring it is ideal both for sprinting as well as long-distance swimming, IM, and everything in between.

Design And Performance: The Finis Rival 2.0 tech suit has an excellent design with some unique features packed in. The suit utilizes special technology called Shield-Tech to cut down on drag and resistance in the water. It’s an interesting concept as it allows the fabric to absorb a very small amount of water which then effectively creates a shield-like effect around you that reduces your resistance and friction in the water.

The fabric of the suit consists of 41% Poylamide, 44% Elastane, and 15% Polyester allowing for a compressive and comfortable suit that moves with your body resulting in optimized range of motion. The fabric on the suit also has a very premium feel to it and it’s clear that this suit will last a long time and retain its features very well, allowing for a durable suit that will save you money in the long run.

Range of motion in the suit is further optimized through the flexible hip panels. These are essentially single-layered panels on the inner tights that increases range of motion in all of the strokes while allowing for maximal power output on every stroke and kick.

Lastly is the hip-lift technology. The Finis Rival 2.0 features advanced internal seams on the back of the legs that increases muscle compression and locks the swimmer into a perfect body position. All of this combines to lock you into a perfect body position that optimizes your swimming technique, reduces drag, and increases your distance per stroke.

Size And Fit: The Finis Rival 2.0 definitely has a good amount of compression in the design but nothing uncomfortable which is how I like my tech suits to fit. The men’s suit is available in a standard waist variation which does have a slightly higher waist feel to it. The women’s suit comes in the standard open- and closed-back variation.

I should also mention that the first time around it was a bit hard to get this suit on but nothing unmanageable. After 1 or 2 wears this suit fits much more comfortably.

Downsides: I really don’t have much to criticize here either. The Finis Rival 2.0 ticks all of my boxes in terms of performance and design. My only complaint would be the fact that the women’s suit does seem a bit hard to get on according to some swimmers I have talked to. I’m a guy, so I wouldn’t know, the jammer wasn’t too hard to get on though.

Final Word: Overall, the Finis Rival 2.0 is a very solid tech suit. This is definitely one of the most durable tech suits out there and is sure to last a long time. Also, when you combine the durability with the fact that this suit fits quite comfortably and can be used on a wide range of events it seems like a pretty solid tech suit for age groups swimmers that are looking for a great all-around and high-performance tech suit or for anyone that likes a tough and fast tech suit.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 41% Polyamide, 44% Elastane, 15% Polyester.
  • Compression: Shield Tech Proprietary Fabric.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Single.
  • Drag Reduction: Hip Lift Technology, Shield-Tech Technology.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Flexible Hip Panels.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10

11. TYR Avictor Tech Suit.

The TYR Avictor is a slightly older tech suit when compared to some of the other suits on our list. Nevertheless, it’s still without a doubt one of the best tech suits available. The Avictor presents some nice features and has a solid overall design, optimized for all of the swimming strokes and events.TYR Women's Avictor Kneeskin Tech SuitTYR Men's Avictor High Waist Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The TYR Avictor has a lightweight design with thin and compressive fabric much like the Arena Carbon Air 2. This makes the tech suit ideal for all of the swimming strokes and events, although I should mention that according to TYR this suit is designed to work in contrast with the new TYR Venzo, a sprinting tech suit, meaning that the TYR Avictor is ideal for longer distance events.

So just to clarify, the TYR Avictor can be used for all swimming events, but if you are a sprinter it is recommended to go with the TYR Venzo and if you swim longer events say 400s and up then the TYR Avictor is the better option between the two.

Design And Performance: The TYR Avictor features some pretty cool features and technology in its design helping you to swim as fast as possible to crush that gold-medal performance in the pool. The exterior fabric of the suit features a material composition of 70% Polyamide and 30% Elastane- this is the same as the TYR Venzo.

The exterior of the suit is completely seamless with most of the technology and taping located on the inside. This design element helps to cut down on drag by decreasing the surface area of the suit and improving its hydrodynamics.

Drag is further reduced by an innovative feature called Hydrosphere technology. This forces water to surround the suit creating a visible hydrospheric effect which lowers your resistance in the water helping you to swim as fast as possible. Additionally, proprietary fabric also helps to repel water effectively keeping the suit dry on the inside and keeping you light, agile, and fast.

In terms of range of motion, the TYR Avictor features Supersonic Flex Bonding seams allowing for maximized freedom of movement and flexibility in the water. TYR even claims that this technology will allow for a stretch of up to 360° ensuring 100% natural movement and maximal power output and efficiency with each stroke and kick.

Lastly, the TYR Avictor utilizes targeted compression panels allowing for optimal muscle support and activation while enhancing blood circulation and improving power output for maximized swimming performance.

Size And Fit: Similar to the TYR Venzo, the Avictor also has a very compressive fit. That said, the suit is definitely more comfortable to wear due to the thinner fabric and more flexible design which is also why it’s a good option for longer distance events as well as for sprinters looking for a more comfortable tech suit.

The TYR Avictor comes in a standard-waist variation for men which like most TYR tech suits has a slightly higher waist feel to it adding some additional core and lower back support. The women’s suit is also available in an open- and closed-back variation and generally the suit seems to be quite comfortable but going up a size or two may be recommended depending on the events you swim as the suit is still quite tight.

Downsides: For the most part the TYR Avictor is a great tech suit. It does, however, seem like the size chart isn’t that accurate for the female swimmers with many reporting the suit fitting too small, not being able to get it on, or even ripping it at worse. Personally, I did find the jammer a bit hard to get on but definitely nothing I couldn’t manage. Once it was on, it fit quite comfortably with a nice compressive fit to it.

For the women’s suit, I recommend maybe going a size or two up with this suit, but for the men’s jammer the suit does seem to be true to size and it’ll fit much better after being worn a few times.

Final Word: All in all, the TYR Avictor is a very solid tech suit with a great all-around design. The suit features a nice compressive fit with good comfort making it ideal both for sprinting and long-distance swimming but keep in mind it is recommended that you use the TYR Venzo if you are purely a sprinter. The Avictor tech suit also features some cool patterns and colors to choose from.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 70% Polyamide, 30% Elastane.
  • Compression: Targeted Compression.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Single.
  • Drag Reduction: Hydrosphere Technology.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Supersonic Flex Bonding,  360° Stretch.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 9/10.

12. Jaked JRush Tech Suit.

The JRush is one of Jaked’s most recent and advanced tech suits. The JRush is a feature-loaded tech suit with a great overall design, a fair price, and a very comfortable fit. This tech suit features a unique fabric weave, similar to the Arena suits, containing carbon fiber to reduce weight and enhance swimming performance.Jaked Women's J Rush Kneeskin Tech Suit Jaked Men's JRUSH Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Jaked JRush features a flexible design with stretchy fabric allowing for good comfort while compression on the suit is definitely noticeable, but nothing too high. The Jaked JRush is a good tech suit for all of the strokes and will provide good performance for any swimming event.

That said, the Jaked JRush wouldn’t be my first pick for sprinters. I think this suit is better suited to events like 200 freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke. It will also make a good fit for IM events, as well as 400s and up. If you want to use this tech suit for 100s you can definitely still do that, especially if you like a more comfortable tech suit.

Design And Performance: The Jaked JRush features a lightweight design with a fabric composition of 67% Polyamide, 32% Elastane, and 1% Carbon Fiber. The fabric is treated with a special water-repellent coating which helps to repel water molecules from the surface of the tech suit at a very efficient rate ensuring that you have maximal glide in the water.

The tech suit features a seam-free leg design with silicone bands keeping the suit securely set in place while the suit is constructed to reduce vibration in the water allowing for reduced drag and friction while you are racing ensuring faster swimming performances.

The interior of the suit features optimal muscle compression technology allowing for muscle support, increased blood circulation, and higher power output, helping you to power to the wall at the end of your race.

In terms of range of motion, the Jaked JRush allows for unrestricted movement in all directions thanks to its flexible construction.

Size And Fit: The Jaked JRush has a very comfortable fit and is easy to get on and off. The men’s suit is available in a standard waist variation while the women’s suit is available in both an open- and closed-back variation. The Jaked JRush will make a good option if you are looking for a good performance tech suit that you can wear for long periods at a time without having to take it on and off.

Downsides: Personally, I have nothing to criticize here. The Jaked JRush does what its built to do and that’s to deliver good performance and a comfortable and flexible fit. The compression on the suit, however, isn’t the highest so if you like a very compressive suit then this isn’t the tech suit for you.

Final Word: All in all, the Jaked JRush is definitely a very solid tech suit. I like the fact that it’s so versatile and can be used for a wide range of events. This is a good option for middle- and long-distance swimmers as well as IM swimmers. Also, the fact that you can comfortably wear it around for long periods of time makes it a good option for age group swimmers looking for a high-performance suit.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 67% Polyamide, 32% Elastane, 1% Carbon Fiber.
  • Compression: Moderate Compression, Optimal Compression Technology.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Singe Fabric.
  • Drag Reduction: Special Water-Repellent Treatment.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Flexible Construction.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 9/10.

13. Arena Carbon Flex VX Tech Suit.

The Arena Carbon Flex VX tech suit has been around for quite some time now. This tech suit is the predecessor to the new Arena Carbon Core FX in many ways but also has some key differences making it unique. This tech suit in particular has always been a popular option among breaststroke swimmers with Adam Peaty, the greatest breaststroker of all time, breaking the world record on multiple occasions while rocking this tech suit.

Arena Women's Powerskin Carbon Flex VX Kneeskin Tech SuitArena Men's Powerskin Carbon Flex VX Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Arena Carbon Flex VX is an excellent all-around tech suit making a good fit for pretty much all events and strokes. That said, there are a couple of events that this suit really stands out on, namely all the breaststroke, backstroke, IM, and middle- to long-distance freestyle events.

Design And Performance: The Arena Carbon Flex VX features a denser and more compressive fabrication consisting from 52% Polyamide, 47% Elastane, and 1% Carbon Fiber. That said, once the suit is on it still feels very lightweight, allowing you to stay agile and fast in the water.

The interior of the suit features a multi-panel design utilizing anchor points combined with high-strength taping to effectively create tension along the back of the tech suit. This creates a hip-lifting effect that will help you to maintain an efficient body position which is going to decrease drag and enhance your speed while racing.

The tech suit features V-Flex technology which removes the lower leg side seams, commonly found in tech suits, contributing to enhanced range of motion allowing for unrestricted movement on all of the strokes. It also further decreases resistance while swimming.

Furthermore, the Arena Carbon Flex VX features intelligent muscle compression allowing for a locked-in-effect that will optimize your hydrodynamics in the water, increase blood circulation, and ensure optimal muscle activation and support while you are racing helping you to power to the wall and claim those important qualifying times.

Lastly the suit features a premium waist band and leg grippers ensuring that the suit stays nicely in place while you are racing. The seams are also taped helping to optimize the hydrodynamics of the suit for lower drag in the pool.

Size And Fit: As already mentioned, the Arena Carbon Flex VX has a compressive and tight design, but once you’ve got it on it is actually quite comfortable to wear. The men’s jammer is available in a standard waist option while women’s suit is available in an open- and closed-back variation.

Sizing does seem to be true to fit but I’d recommend getting this suit in your standard Arena training suit size if you swim longer distance events.

Downsides: For the most part, there’s nothing to complain about here. This is a great tech suit and it does its job perfectly. I should, however, mention that this suit can definitely be a pain to get on, especially the first few times with even me struggling to get the jammer over my knees on the first try. This definitely isn’t anything major but just be aware that the suit is at its peak level after 2 or 3 wears.

Final Word: The Arena Carbon Flex VX is a tech suit that’s been around for a while now and it has definitely proven itself to be one of the best tech suits out there. If you are looking for a great high-performance tech suit coming in at a reasonable price then this is definitely a tech suit to consider.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 52% Polyamide, 47% Elastane, 1% Carbon Fiber.
  • Compression: Intelligent Muscle Compression.
  • Taping: Anchor Point And High Strength Taping Combination.
  • Panels: Multi-Panel Construction.
  • Drag Reduction: Taped Seams, Optimized Body Position.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, V-Flex Technology.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 9/10.

14. Dolfin Lightstrike Tech Suit.

Dolfin is a great swimming brand, designing a lot of high-quality swimming gear. Dolfin isn’t quite as popular as some of the other swimming brands such as Speedo, TYR, or Arena, but nonetheless is still a great option.Dolfin Women's Lightstrike Tech SuitDolfin Men's Lightstrike Jammer Tech Suit

The Lightstrike is Dolfin’s most advanced and innovative tech suit ever created. This suit is the combined result of years and years of research in biomechanics, drag reduction, fabric innovation, and muscle compression.  icon icon

The Lightstrike tech suit has some of the most unique features of any tech suit currently available. It utilizes the most compressive and elite fabrics to ever be approved by FINA and it is also the first-ever tech suit with variable muscle compression in its design.

Strokes And Events: The Dolfin Lightstrike is available in a ton of different tech suit options, allowing for different levels of compression, range of motion, and skin coverage. This makes the suit ideal for any swimming event and stroke as long as you choose the tech suit variation best tailored to your events and needs.

Design And Performance: The Dolfin Lightstrike features a unique fabric composition of 42% Polyamide, 27% Elastane, and 31% Poleyester, allowing for a dense tech suit with a lightweight and compressive fit.

The suit features an innovative combination of technology namely between its Stromlight Shell and Hyperlight Lining. This fabric design offers the highest strength to waist ration out of any previously approved FINA tech suit.

Furthermore, taping plays an important role in the Dolfin Lightstrike tech suit with the patent-pending tape around the torso area exclusively engineered to compress, control, and activate the core for enhanced swimming performance while the vibration control taping mimics human anatomy to reduce drag while further enhancing muscular compression and helping to control muscle groups for additional energy return.

One feature in particular that I really like is the variable muscle compression fabric. This allows swimmers to customize their control over major muscle groups to fit their desired range of motion requirements while seamlessly integrating with their race plan.

Size And Fit: The Dolfin Lightstrike is being marketed as the ultimate fitting tech suit with many different variations of the suit allowing you to choose the fit most ideal for you. This means that the suit can have a very compressive fit or a more flexible fit. The men’s suit is available in a standard- and high waist option while the women’s suit is available in an open- and closed-back option. There are also a ton of other variations to choose from.

Downsides: For the most part, I think the Dolfin Lightstrike is a really solid tech suit and offers a lot in terms of its features and design. I, however, do find the fact that there are so many variations of the same suit a bit annoying and frustrating since it can make picking the right tech suit for your needs a much more complicated process.

Final Word: If you are looking for a custom fit with great performance and a solid design, then the Dolfin Lightstrike is a great option. Although, a bit of a pain in choosing one of the many variations of the suit it certainly still does have its benefits.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 42% Polyamide, 27% Elastane, 31% Polyester.
  • Compression: Variable Compression Technology.
  • Taping: Patent Pending Tape, Vibration Control Taping.
  • Panels: Single.
  • Drag Reduction: Water-Repellent Fabric.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10.

15. Michael Phelps MP Xpresso Tech Suit.

The MP Xpresso was designed and built under the guidance of the legendary Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman. The MP Xpresso is also an older tech suit released just before the Rio Olympic Games where Phelps won 5 golds and 1 silver while wearing this tech suit. Despite it being a bit older it still packs some solid features and will definitely throw a punch in the direction of swimming performance.MP Michael Phelps Women's Xpresso Tech SuitMP Michael Phelps Xpresso Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: Similar to the Jaked JKeel, the MP Xpresso also has a flexible design, making it ideal for all strokes and events. The MP Xpresso does, however, offer more compression than the Jaked JKeel meaning that this suit isn’t a bad option for sprinters either, although if you are strictly a 50 sprinter then I’d recommend tech suits like the Speedo LZR Pure Intent, TYR Venzo, or the Arena Carbon Core FX.

Design And Performance: The Michael Phelps MP Xpresso tech suit features a great overall design with a flexible and lightweight feel to it. The tech suit is fabricated using 77% Polyamide and 23% Elastane. This is an interesting material make-up with most tech suits featuring much more Elastane in their design. The higher Polyamide content in the suit will, however, contribute to more comfort and flexibility.

The MP Xpresso tech suit doesn’t fail to deliver in terms of compression. The tech suit features Aqua-Core technology to enhance muscular compression and support with the compression panels strategically placed along the femoral artery to ensure maximized blood circulation to the legs and feet which plays a very important role in powering you through the water and onto the podium.

In terms of range of motion, the MP Xpresso features Exo-Foil 3D Fabric allowing for optimized freedom of movement by allowing the suit to flex naturally with your muscles as they move through the water to generate propulsion and speed.

Size And Fit: The MP Xpresso features a comfortable and compressive fit both for men and women. The tech suit seems to be slightly off when it comes to sizing, but is easy to get on hence you have ordered the right size. The MP Xpresso is available in a standard waist variation for men and an open- and closed-back variation for women.

I’d recommend maybe sizing up with this suit as it does seem to run a bit smaller than expected.

Downsides: The MP Xpresso is a great tech suit overall featuring good compression, flexibility, and water-repellency. My main complaint about this tech suit is going to be durability. While I was testing the suit it felt really good and performance was nice but I could definitely see it falling apart faster than other tech suits. That said, I wouldn’t let that discourage you from giving this suit a try if you think it makes a good fit for you, I’d just recommend keeping it for your bigger meets.

Final Word: Overall, I think the MP Xpresso is a solid tech suit. It’s definitely older than most of the other suits on this list and doesn’t feel quite as durable. That said, it has a comfortable fit and features some great performance features.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 77% Polyamide, 23% Elastane.
  • Compression: Aqua Core Technology.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: 3D Structure.
  • Drag Reduction: Hydrodynamic Fabric.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Exo Foil 3D Fabric Technology.
  • Price Range: Top Range.
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10.

16. Dolfin Titanium Tech Suit.

The Dolfin Titanium is a solid tech suit option featuring a price point between mid-range and top-range, allowing you to pick up a premium feeling tech suit at a slightly lower price. The Dolfin Titanium tech suit is a slightly older release, but nonetheless is still an excellent suit with a great overall construction.Dolfin Women's Titanium Kneeskin Tech SuitDolfin Men's Titanium Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Dolfin Titanium features a high-compression yet still flexible design with the tech suit having a similar feel to the new and popular Arena Carbon Air 2. The Dolfin Titanium makes a good option for all of the strokes and events ranging from short 50 sprints all the way to long-distance 1600 swims.

I should mention that I think this tech suit is best suited to strokes like butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. You can still definitely use if for breaststroke, but I believe you’ll have more success with a suit that offers a bit more snapback, some good options include the TYR Venzo, Speedo LZR Pure Intent, or Arena Carbon Core FX. Those tech suits are a bit more expensive though, so if the price is a considering factor for you then feel free to go with the Dolfin Titanium.

Design And Performance: The Dolfin Titanium has a nice design with some innovative features packed in. Firstly, the suit features a more advanced fabric composition than most other tech suits with the shell of the suit consisting of 56% Polyamide and 44% Elastane while the Liner of the suit features a composition of 65% Polyamide and 35% Elastane, allowing for a more comfortable interior fit.

The exterior of the suit features a superhydrophobic application, ultimately reducing drag and friction in the water and allowing you to swim as fast as possible. The suit also features a 3D profile design that enables maximum tensile strength across your body to provide uniform compression and support to your major muscle groups.

Muscle compression and support are further enhanced through selective compression wrapping that provides zoned control and compression helping to maximize your power output and streamline in the water. Booster Shield technology also works alongside the control welding to further enhance your energy return while reducing vibration in large muscle groups such as your chest, torso, thighs, and glutes.

Lastly, is the long-axis vertical control welding. This further enhances your streamline and body position in the water and provides complete control over your range of motion in the water ensuring that you can have maximal freedom of movement and dynamic motion when racing.

Size And Fit: The Dolfin Titanium tech suit features a comfortable fit with excellent muscle compression that felt both comfortable and flexible. The jammer only took me about 15 minutes to get on the first time whereafter it only took about 5-7 minutes tops. The men’s suit is available in a standard waist variation while the women’s suit is available in an open-back variation.

Downsides: I don’t have much to criticize here. The suit felt really good, compression was nice, and the fabric felt durable and lightweight. My main complaint, however, is that the logo on this suit is once again a bit large making the suit unusable for high-school swimmers (in the USA).

Final Word: All in all, the Dolfin Titanium is an excellent tech suit with some solid features, a great overall build, and a fair price. This tech suit is a bit older than the new Dolfin Lightstrike, but nonetheless it’s still a good option, especially considering the lower price.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 56% Polyamide, 44% Elastane (Shell), 65% Polyamide, 35% Elastane (Liner).
  • Compression: Selective Compression Wrapping.
  • Taping: Welded Seams.
  • Panels: 3D Profile.
  • Drag Reduction: Super Hydrophobic Application.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Long-Axis Vertical Control Welding.
  • Price Range: Mid Range.
  • Our Rating: 8/10.

17. Arena R-Evo One Tech Suit.

If the Jaked Jkeel mid-range tech suit didn’t sound quite right for you, then consider the Arena R-Evo One. This is another very solid mid-range tech suit option with a good design and some innovative features to come along. The best part? It’s not as expensive as the top-end tech suits and still provides good performance in the water.Arena Women's Powerskin R-Evo One Tech Suit Arena Men's Powerskin R-Evo One Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Arena R-Evo One features a flexible and compressive design while still allowing for good comfort in the water. This makes the tech suit ideal for pretty much all swimming events and strokes. This suit is a good option for sprinters as well as for middle- and long-distance swimmers featuring a great all-around design.

Design And Performance: The Arena R-Evo One features a well-built construction with a good amount of features to come along for the price point. The fabric of the suit has a higher Polyamide content contributing to increased flexibility and range of motion in the water while the suit has a nice lightweight feel to it. The material composition is as follows- 78% Polyamide and 22% Elastane.

The tech suit features a single fabric design with a single bonded seam at the back of the suit, eliminating the traditional side and upper body seams ensuring lower resistance while contributing to an increased range of motion while wearing.

For compression the Arena R-Evo One features a fine-thread, high-density weaved fabric resulting in advanced hydrodynamics, enhanced muscle compression, and lower drag in the water, allowing you to crush your PBs in the pool.

Furthermore, the fabric also has good water-repellency and the suit seems to have good durability considering its price range.

Size And Fit: The Arena R-Evo One features a compressive and comfortable fit. The suit wasn’t hard to get on although it did take a bit longer the first time around. The women’s suit is available in the standard open- and closed-back variation while the men’s suit is available in a single standard-waist option. I should also mention that there is a boy’s variation of the suit for younger swimmers that don’t quite fit into the men’s sizing.

Downsides: I don’t have any complaints when it comes to the Arena R-Evo One but it’s important to remember that mid-range suits don’t always last as long as the top-end suits and certain features may not feel quite as premium. That said, the Arena R-Evo One is still a great tech suit, especially considering its price.

Final Word: All in all, I really like the Arena R-Evo One. This is definitely one of the best mid-range tech suits out there and it’ll make a good fit for most swimmers. The Arena R-Evo One has a slightly lower price than the Jaked Jkeel that we discussed earlier and a good construction overall.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 78% Polyamide, 22% Elastane.
  • Compression: Fine-Thread High-Density Weave Fabric.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Single Panel.
  • Drag Reduction: Single Bonded Seam.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Mid Range.
  • Our Rating: 8/10.

18. Blueseventy Nero TX Tech Suit.

The Blueseventy Nero TX is one of the most popular mid-range tech suits out there. This tech suit has a great design offering an optimal blend between comfort, compression, and performance while also coming in at an affordable price point.Blueseventy Women's NERO TX Tech SuitBlueseventy Men's NERO TX Solid Jammer Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: Like most tech suits, the Blueseventy Nero TX features a compressive design while still allowing for good range of motion and flexibility in all of the strokes. This makes the Blueseventy Nero TX ideal for any swimming stroke and event, including sprinting, distance, and IM events.

Design And Performance: The Blueseventy Nero TX features a fabric composition of 65% Polyamide and 35% Elastane. The design is also ultra-lightweight with advanced ultrasonic welded seams on the inside for added muscle support while racing.

The Polyamide (nylon) fabric of the suit is treated with a warp filament to make the suit completely water-repellent ensuring lower drag in the water. The low-profile waistband also further contributes to reducing drag by sealing out water from your tech suit and ensuring optimal hydrodynamics.

Lastly, compression management technology combined with the extensively tested patterns and construction of the Blueseventy Nero TX tech suit ensures optimal muscle compression ultimately increasing muscle support and activation while allowing for a good fit and optimal performance in the pool.

Size And Fit: The Blueseventy Nero TX has a nice and compressive feel while the fit of the suit is true to size. The first time trying on this tech suit it took me a little while to get into it and initially it didn’t feel too great, but after a few swims the fit was much more comfortable and I could see myself using this tech suit for all sorts of events.

Downsides: For the most part, the Blueseventy Nero TX is a great tech suit, the fabric feels good, it has a compressive and comfortable fit and also a bunch of nice performance-enhancing features. My biggest complaint with this tech suit, however, is the durability. Although the tech suit is still a good option, I should mention that it felt less durable than other suits, this may be credited to the thinner fabric.

Final Word: Overall, the Blueseventy Nero TX is a great mid-range tech suit. If you are looking for a lightweight tech suit with a nice all-around design, good performance, and an affordable price, then you should definitely consider this tech suit.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 65% Polyamide, 35% Elastane.
  • Compression: Compression Management Technology.
  • Taping: Ultrasonic Bonded Seams.
  • Panels: Internal Core Stability Panels.
  • Drag Reduction: Water-Repellent Properties.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Mid Range.
  • Our Rating: 8/10.

19. Mizuno Sonic MX Tech Suit.

If you are a fan of Mizuno tech suits but looking for a good mid-range option, then consider the Mizuno Sonic MX. This tech suit is the perfect blend between a premium design and an affordable price with the suit incorporating much of the same technology and features as some of the newer Mizuno tech suits.Mizuno Women's MX-Sonic Tech SuitMizuno Men's MX-Sonic Tech Suit

Strokes And Events: The Mizuno Sonic MX features a much more compressive design than the Arena R-Evo One, although it still does have a flexible feel to it. Personally, I think this tech suit is better suited towards sprinting events in the range of 50s and 100s but it can definitely still make a nice fit for 200s and 400s as long as you don’t mind some extra compression.

Design And Performance: What I really like about the Mizuno Sonic MX is the fact that the suit is very identical to some of the newer flagship model Mizuno tech suits. The Sonic MX in particular is very similar to the Mizuno Sonic GX IV, which was the previous flagship tech suit released just before the new Mizuno Sonix GX V.

The Mizuno Sonic MX features the same Sonic Light Ribtex II fabric and has similar taping points throughout the suit, although I should mention that these are sewn and not bonded or taped such as in the high-end suits and thus don’t deliver quite the same effect. Also, the fabric is composed of 65% Polyamide and 35% Elastane, just for reference.

The exterior of the suit features a premium water-repellent coating ensuring that water easily slides off your tech suit, ultimately reducing friction and drag in the water. On the interior, you’ll find compressive panels helping to maximize blood circulation as well as activating and supporting important muscle groups for faster swimming.

Size And Fit: As mentioned the Mizuno Sonic MX has a nice and compressive design while still providing a comfortable fit once it’s on. The suit didn’t take long to get on and personally, I think that it’d make a good option if you need a tech suit that you can wear for long periods of time, despite the suit having higher compression.

Downsides: My only criticism with the Mizuno Sonic MX is the sewn seams, although in all fairness you can’t really complain about this considering all of the other premium features that this suit packs at a mid-range price. Anyway, these seams didn’t feel quite as durable and also didn’t quite provide that same snapback and hip-lifting sensation such as the Mizuno Sonic GX V.

Final Word: Overall, I think the Mizuno Sonic MX is easily one of the best mid-range tech suits out there. When it comes to the premium feel of the suit at this price point there really isn’t anything that compares to it. That said, the suit is priced a bit higher than the Arena R-Evo One and Jaked JKeel tech suits.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, 50, 100, 200 Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 65% Polyamide, 35% Elastane.
  • Compression: Compressive Inner Panels.
  • Taping: Internal.
  • Panels: Multi-Panel, Single Fabric.
  • Drag Reduction: Water-Repellent Fabric.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted.
  • Price Range: Mid Range.
  • Our Rating: 8/10.

20. Arena Powerskin 2.0 Tech Suit.

The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 is one of the most popular budget tech suits available and easily one of the best for its price range too. What’s more, is that the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 is one of the few tech suits allowed to be used by competitive swimmers under the age of 12 (applies mainly to the USA due to certain restrictions).Arena Women's Powerskin ST 2.0 Open Back Tech SuitArena Men's Powerskin ST 2.0 Solid Jammer Tech Suit

The Arena Powerskin 2.0 doesn’t quite have the same premium feel as the Finis Fuse budget tech suit we discussed earlier in the article, but considering it’s also a bit cheaper than that suit, it seems reasonable for what you get.

Strokes And Events: The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 tech suit isn’t designed with any strokes or events in mind since it’s built to be a cheap and effective all-around budget tech suit. This means that you can use the suit on any stroke and event. It’s also quite well suited to most strokes and events featuring a compressive, yet flexible design.

Design And Performance: The Arena Powerskin 2.0 features a simple and effective design aimed at improving swimming performance at a budget price. The tech suit features a fabrication of 71% Polyamide and 29% Elastane with an additional water-repellent coating to cut down on drag in the pool.

The tech suit has a lightweight feel to it while the ergonomic construction provides muscular compression and core support as well as enhancing body position and stability by creating a hip-lifting effect. The tech suit features flatlock sewn seams helping to bind fabrics together as well as contributing to additional muscle support helping you to swim as fast as possible.

Lastly, the flexible design of the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 allows for complete range of motion and freedom of movement in the water ensuring that you’re able to execute each stroke and kick with uttermost precision and power.

Size And Fit: Unlike most tech suits, the Arena Powerskin 2.0 is quite easy to get on, even more so after the first few wears. The suit fits very comfortably providing nice all around compression and good range of motion. What I like about this tech suit is the fact that I was able to wear it the entire day of racing without ever feeling like I have to take it off.

Downsides: With the super low and affordable price of this tech suit, it does inevitably come with a few flaws. Firstly is the fabrics of the suit, although still decent, the suit feels much more like a traditional swimsuit with its higher nylon content, meaning the performance enhancement isn’t going to be quite as much as one of the top-end or mid-range tech suits.

Secondly, is the durability. The Arena Powerskin 2.0 features a water-repellent coating while the design is also compressive. However, after a few meets, you can expect these features to start degrading and after that, the suit will rapidly start losing its performance feel with it starting to soak up water and stretch out.

Keep in mind, all tech suits inevitable degrade, stretch out, and lose their performance. This one just does it a bit quicker, but it does also have a lower price tag so if you’re looking for a nice tech suit to use for a few meets here and there or even in training then this is a pretty nice option.

Final Word: Overall, the Arena Powerskin 2.0 is a pretty decent tech suit for the price. I recommend this tech suit if you are looking for something with some decent features while coming in at a lower price point that isn’t going to break the bank. This tech suit is also a good introductory suit as well as a good option for younger age-group swimmers, older masters swimmers, or even high-school swimmers.

At the end of the day, no tech suit beats the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 when it comes to the price.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 71% Polyamide, 29% Elastane.
  • Compression: Ergonomic Construction.
  • Taping: Sewn Flatlock Seams.
  • Panels: Single.
  • Drag Reduction: Water-Resistant Coating.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, Flexible Design.
  • Price Range: Budget.
  • Our Rating: 6.5/10.

21. Speedo Powerplus Prime Tech Suit.

The Speedo Powerplus Prime is another good and popular budget tech suit option. This suit is a bit more expensive than the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 but does offer a slightly more advanced design. That said, they are still very similar and whichever suit you go with is going to be up to personal preference. This tech suit’s design also feels slightly more durable.

Speedo Women's Power Plus Prime Kneeskin Tech SuitSpeedo Men's Power Plus Prime Solid Jammer Tech Suit Swimsuit

Strokes And Events: The Speedo Powerplus Prime tech suit features decent muscle compression with a flexible design that won’t restrict your range of motion in the pool. The suit is ideal for all of the swimming strokes as well as all of the events. I should also mention, that if you are looking for a very cheap breaststroke tech suit, then this is a pretty solid option due to the fact that the suit has some snapback.

Design And Performance: The Speedo Powerplus Prime features a material composition of 71% Polyamide and 29% Elastane, same as the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0. The fabric has a compressive fit ensuring optimal muscle support as well as enhanced power output and blood circulation.

The design of the suit is lightweight while the fabric offers 2-way stretch technology allowing for optimal range of motion on every stroke and kick. The external fabric of the suit features strategically placed seams to provide a locked-in feel which further enhances muscle compression.

Furthermore, there are specially engineered back seams on the back of the suit designed to stabilize the gluteal-, quadricep-, and hamstring muscles providing a basic snapback effect after each start and turn. Drag is also reduced by utilizing a water-repellent coating on the fabric of the suit.

Lastly, the Speedo Powerplus Prime features taped leg openings to seal out water from your suit and provide a secure fit ensuring optimal hydrodynamics as well as a secure fit.

Size And Fit: The Speedo Powerplus Prime has a really nice and comfortable fit with decent muscle compression while still providing good range of motion in the water. The fit felt very similar to the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 but definitely a bit more compressive as well. Getting the suit on wasn’t hard either. The men’s suit is available in a standard waist variation while the women’s suit is available in an open-back kneeskin variation.

Downsides: Not much to complain about here. You get what you pay for. The suit has a decent build, although durability definitely isn’t on the premium side. Also, don’t expect any over the top features to come along.

Final Word: All in all, the Speedo Powerplus Prime is a solid budget tech suit featuring some good specifications, a well-built design, and most importantly a very affordable price. This is a good option if you are looking for a cheaper tech suit to use for your smaller meets or to use during training. The suit will also serve as a good introductory tech suit as well as a nice inexpensive option for youth, masters, and high-school swimmers.

Specifications:

  • Strokes And Events: All Strokes, All Events.
  • Fabric Composition: 71% Polyamide, 29% Elastane.
  • Compression: Fabric Construction.
  • Taping: Bonded, Back Seams.
  • Panels: Single.
  • Drag Reduction: Water-Repellent Coating, Taped Leg Opening.
  • Range Of Motion: Unrestricted, 2-Way Stretch Fabric.
  • Price Range: Budget.
  • Our Rating: 6.5/10.

Additional Tech Suit Resources.

How To Choose Your Tech Suit.

1. Strokes And Events.

The most important aspect of choosing your tech suit is to take into consideration your main strokes and events. Most tech suits don’t directly specify that they are designed for a specific stroke or event, but our article here clearly highlights that for you so that you can easily pick a tech suit ideal for your strokes and events.

For example, if your main stroke is 50 and 100 butterfly you probably want to go with a sprinting tech suit whereas if you swim longer events like 400s, 800s, and 1500s, then you want to go with a distance tech suit. On the other hand, if you swim a wide range of events and don’t really specialize in a specific stroke(s) or event(s), then you probably want to go with a good all-around tech suit. The same goes for IM swimmers.

As you would have noticed by now, this article covers all of the best tech suits for each event and stroke but just in case you need some more assistance in finding your perfect tech suit consider checking out these articles-

2. Performance Level.

When picking your tech suit you want to consider the level you compete at and your swimming experience level. If you are a serious competitive swimmer, then I recommend a high-end tech suit as this is most likely what your competitors will be using.

If you are still competitive but not too serious about going absolutely as fast as you possibly can or you just compete for the fun of it, then a nice mid-range tech suit is a pretty good option although you can still definitely go with a high-end suit if you wish to.

For most high-school and master swimmers I also recommend a decent mid-range tech suit, although at this level you can also consider going with a budget tech suit. For younger swimmers, say ages 12 and under you probably want to go with a budget tech suit, although you can definitely still consider a mid-range suit if your swimming federation allows it while the highly competitive youngsters may still consider opting for a top-end tech suit.

3. Fit And Compression.

Once you know the type of suit you want to get, you can start looking at the actual design of the suit. Do you like a highly compressive tech suit or do you prefer more comfort with moderate compression? Do you like an open- or closed-back tech suit (for the ladies)? And for the guys, do you prefer a standard-waist jammer or a high-waisted jammer.

4. Swimming Brand.

Picking a tech suit from a reputable brand is almost always going to ensure good performance and quality in the water. You may also prefer certain swimming brands over others based off which swimmers they sponsor and so on. Some of the most popular swimming brands among competitive swimmers include- Speedo, Arena, TYR, Finis, Jaked, and Mizuno while brands like Dolfin and Blueseventy are still good options.

For more information about swimming brands, you can consider reading my article on the best swimming brands for competitive swimmers.

5. Tech Suit Design.

Once you have decided what events your tech suit needs to cover, how you want it to fit, and which brand you want your tech suit to be, you can consider looking at the nitty gritty details. For most swimmers, the previous steps should be enough to determine which tech suit is ideal for you and I generally recommend just skipping this step. However, if you are a super nerdy swimmer like myself you might want to have a look at the following-

Fabrics: Most tech suits feature a fabric composition of Polyamide (a nylon based fabric) and Elastane (a plasticy Spandex like fabric). The higher the nylon content the more comfortable and flexible the suit and the higher the elastane, the more compressive and water-repellent the suit. Some suits also feature other fabrics like polyester and carbon fiber, these usually further enhance compression and textile strength.

Taping: Most tech suits feature taping on the inside. Some tech suits have more advanced taping systems such as the TYR Venzo, Speedo LZR Pure Intent, and Arena Carbon Core FX while others have only a single bonded tape running through the back of the suit, such as the Arena Carbon Air 2 for example.

Taping usually allows for more snapback and increased muscle support in the water. This makes these suits more ideal for sprinters and breaststroke swimmers. You may also want to consider whether you prefer the taping to be on the outside of your suit or on the inside.

Seams: Tech suits feature a variety of seams ranging from bonded seams, welded seams, sewn seams, and taped seams. Sewn seams are usually found on your more lower class tech suits while high end tech suits feature taped seams. Mid range suits usually have welded or bonded seams but some high end suits may also feature these seam designs.

Waste-Band And Leg Grips: Premium tech suits usually feature nice silicone grips that help to completely seal water out of your tech suit while also securing the suit safely into position. Mid-range suits also usually offer these silicone grips. Keep in mind though that budget tech suits usually don’t and may just have a tighter fabric around your legs, this usually wears out after a couple of meets and just doesn’t provide the same feel. The benefit here is that these fabric leg grips are usually much more comfortable.

Benefits Of Wearing A Tech Suit- How They Help You Swim Faster.

Muscle Compression: Compression is one of the most important aspects of a tech suit, and all tech suits provide it in some way or another. Compression helps to connect and support your important muscle groups which will lead to higher power output and faster swimming. It also helps blood to circulate through muscle tissues at an increased rate helping to supply nutrients and oxygen to those muscles while removing toxins like lactic acid. allowing for improved performance in the pool.

Drag Reduction: Tech suits will help you to reduce your drag in the water in many ways, ultimately optimizing your swimming performance and ensuring that you swim as fast as possible to crush that PB of yours. 

All tech suits have water-repellent properties. Some suits utilize a coating while others have water-repellent fabrics and weaves. This will help to increase your buoyancy which will place you higher in the water. It will also reduce water friction by letting water simply slide from your suit.

Another way tech suits reduce drag is by creating a second-skin effect. This is done by removing external seams and utilizing thin and lightweight fabrics that don’t absorb water and keep you agile while racing.

Increased Stroke Rate And Stroke Length: A study 4 Chollet, D., Chavallard, F., Seifert, L. and Lemaitre, F., n.d. Do Fastskin Swimsuits Influence Coordination In Front Crawl Swimming And Glide?. [online] Iat.uni-leipzig.de. Available here. published by the Faculty of Sport Sciences at the University of Rouen in France looked at the effects of tech suits on factors such as buoyancy, passive torque, glide, and arm coordination. In total 15 elite French swimmers participated in the study.

The study found that tech suits had the effect of improving glide and reducing drag in the water. This created conditions where swimmers were able to exert a higher stroke rate and length, ultimately helping them to improve their performance and swim faster.

Lower Energy Cost While Swimming: The next point ties in both with the compression and drag reduction technology that tech suits offer. These 2 features effectively increase your power exertion and speed while reducing the resistance that the water places on your body. This creates conditions where less energy is required to swim fast, meaning that the extra energy can then be put back into swimming, resulting in even faster times in the pool.

Enhanced Body Position And Technique: Tech suits can help you to swim with a better body position and even better technique. This is due to their water-repellent properties that enhance your buoyancy in the pool meaning you’ll sit higher in the water. Some tech suits, also offer advanced taping systems that help to pull your hips up to the surface of the water resulting in a better body position and faster swimming.

If you’d like to know a bit more about how tech suits help to enhance your performance in the water, considering reading these articles-

Where Should You Purchase Your Tech Suit?

As you have probably noticed, I recommend purchasing your tech suit from SwimOutlet. They offer the lowest tech suit prices and have frequent sales enabling you to get a premium or mid-range tech suit at a very affordable and fair price. SwimOutlet also offers quick and convenient shipping to the US, UK, and all of Europe with most orders arriving at your doorsteps in only 2 or 3 days.

You may be worried about purchasing a tech suit online as you don’t actually get a chance to try the suit on unless you’ve previously owned that suit. Don’t worry about this though, SwimOutlet provides accurate size charts for all of their tech suits and their support staff is also always willing to help you. Additionally, you can also check out my tech suit size guide for further assistance if you need it.

You can check out some of the tech suits on SwimOutlet by clicking here or by using the buttons above.

Tech Suit Maintenance: 9 Tips To Take Care Of Your Tech Suit.

1. Save your tech suits for your big meets.

As you probably know, tech suits have a limited lifespan with some lasting longer than others. I recommend only wearing your tech suit for your big and important meets where you are trying to go for that record, gold medal, or important qualifying time.

For the smaller and less important meets you can swim with an old tech suit or a budget tech suit if you want to consider picking one up along with your flagship suit.

If you don’t have either, a standard training suit will do just fine as well. Remember the purpose of the smaller meets is just to practice your races and to have fun in the process so that you can know exactly what to do to swim as fast as possible when that big championship final comes.

2. Take your time when putting on and taking off your tech suit.

Sure, tech suits can be a bit uncomfortable and annoying to get on and off, but rather take your time with this process. When trying to get your tech suit on or off as fast as possible you make yourself vulnerable to tearing the fabrics. Rather take your time and slowly pull the fabric on (or off) bit by bit until you have fully fitted into your suit or taken it off.

3. Rinse your tech suit out with cold water.

This is one of the most important aspects of keeping your tech suit in mint condition for as long as possible. Chlorine in the pool can damage the fabric of your suit and cause it to stretch out by slowly degrading the fibers over time.

After you are done racing for the day, I always recommend you thoroughly rinse your suit out with some cold water to remove the majority of the chlorine and pool chemicals. Sure, tap water also has some chlorine but the concentration is much lower than that of pool water.

4. Don’t hang your tech suit up to dry.

Hanging your tech suit up to dry isn’t the best idea as it can result in the stretching of the fabrics of your suit, ultimately reducing both its lifespan and performance in the water. I recommend laying your suit down on a flat surface (preferably on a towel) and then allowing it a few hours to air dry.

5. Wear pants and shorts over them in between races.

If you don’t take your tech suit on and off between races, you probably want to wear some piece of clothing over them. This will prevent any unnecessary damage to your tech suit from sitting on rough surfaces or the suit accidentally getting caught on something sharp.

6. Go underneath the lane ropes after your race.

Although for the most part, the lane ropes are in pretty good condition at most pools, there is sometimes a broken piece of plastic that creates a sharp surface wear your tech suit could possibly get caught on and tear. I recommend dipping down underneath the lane ropes as you move to the side of the pool instead of swimming over them as many swimmers do.

7. Don’t leave your tech suit in direct sunlight.

Like chlorine, sunlight can also damage the fabrics of your suit and cause stretching. When drying your tech suit it is usually best not to leave it in direct sunlight. What I like to do, is to lay my suit out on a towel on my desk or bed and then give it a couple of hours to naturally air dry instead of leaving it outside in the sun.

8. When tying your drawstrings, cross them to prevent tearing.

Some tech suits have better-designed drawstring tunnels which will ensure that the fabric can’t easily tear, but for the most part, this is a pretty good tip to apply to maximize the durability of your tech suit. This also only really applies to the men’s jammer suits as the women’s suits don’t have drawstrings.

When tying the drawstring of your tech suit cross the drawstring so that if forms of X before you make your knot and tuck it away. Avoid pulling the drawstrings in different directions when tying them such as a Y shape for example. When you do this you place strain on the fabric that can result in a tear.

9. Do not put on your tech suit if you are not 100% dry.

Tech suits are already hard enough to get on as it is. Now imagine having to put on a wet suit or a dry suit while you are wet. This is going to require a lot of pulling and may result in the stretching of your tech suit. You see, when you are wet the suit is going to stick to your skin which will make it harder to get on.

Unnecessary stretching will reduce the lifespan and performance of your tech suit. Always make sure that you are completely dry before attempting to put on your tech suit. You may also opt to use baby powder to get moisture off your body and make your skin slicker which will help to get the suit on easier.

For 7 more tips to take care of your tech suit and increase its lifespan you can consider checking out my article on how to make your tech suit last longer. Or if you’d like to know how long you can expect your tech suit to last consider reading my article- how long do tech suits last?

Conclusion

Tech suits have many performance-enhancing features. They can help us swim faster by improving our physical capabilities, as well as enhancing the mental side of things. In my opinion, every serious competitive swimmer should be picking up a new tech suit at least once every season.

This will help you as a swimmer to stay up to date with the latest performance-enhancing swimming technology. Tech suits are constantly getting better and it’s important to make sure that you aren’t being placed at a disadvantage to your competition.

It is also important to remember that tech suits only help to enhance performance, they don’t create performance. So they aren’t magically going to make up for you skipping training or slacking down when you need to push harder in practice.

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Benjamin

I am Benjamin, a competitive swimmer with many years of experience in the sport of swimming. I am very passionate about competitive swimming and love sharing everything I have learned about the sport. I specialize in swimming butterfly and my favorite event is the 100m butterfly with the 50m and 200m fly closely following.

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