Friday, March 02, 2012

Sticker Shock: Techsuits circa 2009 are cheaper than the "Speedo Fastskin3" swimsuit system of today

When considering the FASTSKIN3 Racing System, here are some keywords one should take note of: "Compression garment" - $535.00.

I believe both FINA and USA Swimming raised a fuss over the cost and the compression methods of the techsuits circa 2009 but where is all of that noise today? 

Below the Speedo system suits photo is the Tracer Light techsuit made by TYR - the cost of the Tracer Light is a summarily $215 cheaper than the new FASTSKIN3 Racing System. It has significantly more material, is more modest to wear, and it features a zipper rather than an open back with straps. Other techsuits such as the original blueseventy Nero Comp sold for $350.

Where is the fervor regarding kids being sold suits that they cannot afford today? Someone explain to me why this is good for swimming?

From the Globe and Mail:
The entire FASTSKIN3 Racing System [...] Its space-age design is certainly good news for athletes fighting to gain even a millisecond advantage over the competition. But for mere mortals who buy one of the super-elite systems, which retails for $535, the first wide-eyed moment of wonder will come when they take the suit out of its box and hold it up to their bodies. This is a compression garment like no other.


Anonymous said...

Check out Ellen Gandy's blog about the new suits as well -

"I'm coming into the trials in good form. A fortnight ago I won the 100m and the 200m fly at the New South Wales State Championships over in Australia. The standard at the NSW States is really high; because it is the last meet before the Olympic trials everyone is at their best. I beat Alicia Coutts and Alice Mills in the 100m, and they're going to be two of my big rivals in the Olympics, and my time in the 200m was the fastest in the world this year.

And I did it all in my old Speedo suit. All the talk on the circuit right now is about the new Speedo suits, which launched last December. Speedo say it is their fastest ever. People were trying them out in NSW and will be again at the trials. I've decided I'm not going to wear one in the trials. I've been thinking about it a lot and there is no way I would change any other aspect of my swimming, like my start or my turn, a week before an important competition. I just don't need that kind of distraction. Everyone expects me to wear the latest thing, but I love my old Speedo suit and I reckon that if you're comfortable in what you are wearing it doesn't really matter. I believe I can achieve whatever I'm in.

Choosing which suit to wear depends so much on the individual, on body shape and what you feel comfortable in. So some people absolutely love Speedo's new suit, and some people don't. I know one girl who wore it for one race, took it off and it ripped."

TedBaker said...

It's good for swimming because the new Speedo suits are not technical aids and athletes like Ellen Gandy can choose to wear their old suits without paying incurring a performance deficit.