Friday, April 25, 2014

Training in a Tech Suit Doesn't Have to Bankrupt You

So the Viking recently decided that tech suits, even just the modern compression jammers, make such a difference in technique that it is worth it to train in tech when practicing race paces.  Crazy right?  Well, it at least could be crazy expensive.

I have had the Blueseventy Nero XII for a few years now and have used the heck out of it.  I have lent it to several swimmers and have raced in it myself and that thing has been beaten up beyond belief.  Amazingly it still has fantastic compression.  The problem is that these modern suits have no stitching.  They call it "welded" seams and they eventually come apart.  I decided before the Pro-Am in December that it was worth trying to repair it.  This video explains what I came up with.

Now I plan to do my own training in a tech suit.  Hopefully I can scrape together some cash to get a new suit to race in.  I really am interested in buying old tech suits if anyone has any they want to get rid of.  I know a lot of swimmers who buy a new one every season.  Let me know if you have any laying around!