**Update 11MAR09: I have now raced in this suit and published a review here.
I’ve been wanting to buy a new, fancier speedsuit in preparation for the Masters SCY Nationals up in Clovis this May. I’ve been using a TYR Aqua Shift Short John on and off since the SPMA SCM Championships in December and I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. Today I decided to take a shot at another TYR product and buy a Tracer Light. I wanted to try out a full body style and I already wear a TYR speedsuit so I’m hoping this should fit me in a similar fashion. Plus my buddy Tony over at the SCAQ blog is a big fan (read his full review here).
I have an interest in trying out the Speedo and BlueSeventy equivalents but I’m really not sure how I fit into their sizing schemes. Frankly that’s probably my biggest complaint when it comes to speedsuits is figuring out how big they really are. I’m a fairly big dude but I’m not that tall. I’m about 5’9″ and 220lbs and if you read the sizing explanations you can see my problem… according to most suit manufacturers at my weight I should be at least 6’9″ to enjoy their products. This wouldn’t be as big of a problem if I could try this stuff on, but basically the only place I can even get a speedo or a jammer around here is Big 5 or Sports Authority in SLO when swimwear is in season. I usually end up buying all my swim gear online from swimoutlet where I can’t try anything on or at swim meets where it’s usually left overs that aren’t in my size.
Anyways, I am very excited to get my new suit! Hopefully it 1) fits 2) is $318 worth of fast. All I can say is that I’m doing my part to stimulate the economy this month… 3 swim meets in 3 different towns all 200+ miles away, 4 nights in hotels, a speedsuit, and a parka… there should have been a competitive swimming tax credit built into the stimulus bill!
If you don’t feel the need to drop $300+ on a speedsuit you can always try your luck at TYR’s winatracer.com. I entered a while ago and I’m pretty sure I’m not going to win so I decided to just buy one since I want one. However now that I bought one I’m probably going to win one… If you enter the win a tracer contest you do get a 20% off coupon for orders over $75 at the TYR online store, unfortunately this doesn’t apply to Tracers which I think is kind of lame/comical. Fair warning, the contest closes on the 28th of February.