**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.

2 Responses to “Just Bought a TYR Tracer Light!”

  1. Joel says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about your new TYR suit. As for sizing for speed suits it is a big mystery. As you know the USMS discussion board is filled with speed suit sizing posts. Even I have issues with sizing. I’m not big at all in fact at 5’8.5″ and about 143 pounds you’d think sizing would be a snap. But I’m shaped like a V with broad shoulders and no hips so sizing can be a gamble. It’s worse for dress shirts as I need a bigger collar size so my shirts are HUGE at my waist when I tuck them in. Good thing I’m unemployed now and can just wear t-shirts everyday!

  2. Rob D says:

    I’m really curious to see how this suit works for me, and at $300+ I’m hoping it fits me! I’m pretty sure I can’t take my Tracer to a tailor if it’s not quite right. Even though I’m not particularly small in the middle I have always been disproportionately broad in the shoulders so I have a hard time buying shirts and jackets that fit me right too. Luckily I am an “internet professional” which comes with a fairly loose dress code. At work I’m usually barefoot with shorts and a t-shirt on, and if I need to give a presentation I step it all the way up to jeans and a polo shirt…. I haven’t seen a tie in a few years now and I’m totally ok with that.

    I think I’m going to try out the new suit at CalTech. I have a 50 fly time that has been just barely out of reach so far this year that I need take care of.