The 8 Best Tech Suits Under $150 for Competitive Swimmers

Wearing the fastest, most hydrodynamic tech suits can make all the difference in shaving off the tenths of a second you need to set a new personal best, break that league or national record, or just to out-touch the person next to you. However, you may not be willing to shell out $150+ for a tech suit that lasts a few races. And you don’t need to! There is a suit out there can get you great times, while remaining at an excellent cost. Finding the optimal racing suit can be quite challenging, but this list should help steer you in the right direction. Here are our picks for the top 8 racing/tech suits (4 for men, 4 for women), factoring in price, material, speed, durability, and personal experience to find the ideal suit for you.

Men’s Tech SuitsCheck Price
Speedo AquabladeSwimOutlet
TYR Fusion 2SwimOutlet
Arena Powerskin ST 2.0SwimOutlet
TYR Tracer B-SeriesSwimOutlet
Women’s Tech Suits
Speedo Aquablade RecordbreakerSwimOutlet
TYR Fusion Aerofit 2
TYR Fusion Aerofit 2 – Kneeskin
SwimOutlet
SwimOutlet
Speedo Powerplus KneeskinSwimOutlet
Arena Powerskin ST 2.0SwimOutlet

Men’s Tech Suits

1. Speedo Aquablade

Speedo Aquablade Tech Suit

Pros
– inexpensive
– durable
– very comfortable

Cons
– 20% Lycra
– not skin-tight

Coming in at the lowest price point, the Aquablade suit won’t break the bank. It is a major step up from a practice suit, featuring vertical textures for hydrodynamic efficiency and an 80% Polyester, 20% Lycra composition (higher Lycra tends to mean better moisture wicking). The Aquablade suit is quite flexible (and will stretch over time), and is not as difficult to put on as the other tech suits on the list. It is ideal for younger competitive swimmers wearing it in their championship meets (in addition to practical benefits, it provides a major psychological boost!) or for older swimmers who want a durable, inexpensive option for dual meets and midseason competition.

Personally, this was my first “big boy” suit, but it remained a stalwart in my growing wardrobe. I’ve gotten hundreds of meets (and hundreds of personal bests) out of Aquablade suits over the years, and they’re a great choice, especially for the price.

2. TYR Fusion 2

TYR Fusion 2 Tech Suit

Pros
– inexpensive
– durable
– comfortable

Cons
– 21% Lycra
– not skin-tight

The Fusion 2 is quite comparable to the Speedo Aquablade in price and is made from 79% Polyester and 21% Lycra. It is reasonably durable and, like the Aquablade, not too difficult to put on. Once again, I would recommend it for younger swimmers who need a suit for their championship meet. Wearing a Fusion 2 can produce HUGE time drops just from the psychological factor, and accompanied with its hydrodynamics, it can really be a great tech suit choice. In deciding between the TYR Fusion 2 and Speedo Aquablade, it really boils down to personal preference between the two brands, but you can’t really go wrong with either.

While I personally stuck to the Aquablade, many of my swim friends sported a Fusion 2. Among the younger age group, the Fusion 2 (alongside the Aquablade) is a very popular choice for a tech suit, and understandably so, given its cheap price tag.

3. Arena Powerskin ST 2.0

Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 Tech Suit

Pros
– 29% Lycra
– skin-tight
– good for breaststroke

Cons
– none!

Arena makes excellent high-end racing suits and the Powerskin ST 2.0 is no exception. At under $100 (at the time of this writing), it’s a jaw-dropping steal for an Arena tech suit. The Powerskin ST 2.0 features a 29% Lycra ratio and is not as stretchy as other tech suits, but the material is thin, tight, and lightweight. The fit is fairly comfortable and there isn’t too much digging in to the skin. In my experience, the Powerskin ST 2.0 is more durable than other tech suits, lasting many swims with minimal wear. It’s perfect for heat swims or even finals, especially if you’re not looking to shell out $250+ for a premium suit.

I received this suit as my first tech suit birthday gift and wore this suit primarily for breaststroke events, as Arena suits tend to give me the best feel when swimming breaststroke. No matter what stroke you’re swimming, the Powerskin ST 2.0 is a phenomenal choice for a low-mid range tech suit.

4. TYR Tracer B-Series

TYR Tracer B-Series Tech Suit

Pros
– 30% Lycra
– skin-tight
– comfortable

Cons
– pricey

The TYR Tracer B-Series is the most expensive tech suit on our list, but its premium is justified. It brags a 70% Nylon, 30% Lycra composition making it lightweight and great at wicking moisture. The Tracer B-Series has an excellent fit; a little stretchy and tight to the body. It features no stitches, instead using micro-tape to weld material together, improving the hydrodynamic efficiency of the suit. This racing suit is perfect for swimmers with a fair bit of competitive experience and can provide the extra time drop to achieve that long-desired cut.

From dual meets to all-star meets, from high school conference meets to state championship meets, I see many swimmers racing with the Tracer B-Series. It’s the pinnacle mid-tier tech suit; better in material and fit than the cheaper options, and suitable for a wide variety of swimmers.

Women’s Tech Suits

5. Speedo Aquablade Recordbreaker

Speedo Aquablade Recordbreaker Tech Suit

Pros
– inexpensive
– durable
– very comfortable

Cons
– 20% Lycra
– not skin-tight

Despite being at the lowest price level, the women’s Speedo Aquablade Recordbreaker tech suit embodies the same excellence as the men’s version for an equally good price. Composed of 80% Polyester/20% Lycra and featuring vertical stripes to channel water, the Aquablade provides major drag reduction compared to a normal training suit. It is tight yet flexible and doesn’t dig in, making for low put-on times and comfortable races. The Aquablade Recordbreaker is ideal for younger competitive swimmers wearing it in their championship meets (in addition to practical benefits, it provides a major psychological boost!) or for older swimmers who want a durable, inexpensive option for dual meets and midseason competition.

While I wore my Aquablade throughout my competitive swimming years, my sister frequently wore her Aquablade Recordbreaker. It was her championship meet racing suit of choice as a younger swimmer, and it remained a top pick for midseason meets.

6. TYR Fusion Aerofit 2

TYR Fusion Aerofit 2 Tech Suit

Pros
– inexpensive
– high front
– comfortable

Cons
– 21% Lycra
– not skin-tight
– durability varies

Kneeskin Version

With just a slightly higher price tag, the TYR Fusion Aerofit 2 is another great two-digit tech suit choice. Be careful when ordering – it comes in an additional version, the kneeskin version, which extends the legs to a full knee skin suit, as shown in the second image above. They both feature a 79% Polyester/21% Lycra composition to repel water. The “classic” Fusion Aerofit 2 is quite comparable to the Aquablade; coming in slightly higher in price but made up of slightly more Lycra. The front is higher compared to many other tech suits, which provides good coverage and helps keep the water out. The Fusion Aerofit 2 does stretch, but will usually last many lengthy meets before a new one is needed. Like the Aquablade, the Fusion Aerofit 2 is a phenomenal first “fast suit” choice.

The Fusion Aerofit 2 Kneeskin is one of the cheapest kneeskins a swimmer can get. However, it may not be as durable as the more expensive options, and if you do purchase one, definitely go a size down. If you are willing to shell out a few extra dollars for a kneeskin racing suit, I would go with the Speedo Powerplus Kneeskin (next on our list).

Overall, choosing between the Fusion Aerofit 2 and the Aquablade can best be described as the Android to the Apple. In my experience, the Aquablade is the more popular choice, but the swimmers that wear a Fusion Aerofit 2 swear by it.

7. Speedo Powerplus Kneeskin

Pros
– inexpensive kneeskin
– compression
– fairly tight

Cons
– 21% Lycra

With a fairly mid-range price, the Speedo Powerplus Kneeskin is one of the most popular kneeskins on the market. Kneeskins cover additional skin to further streamline the body, increasing hydrodynamic efficiency and ultimately dropping more time. In swimming, the first kneeskin is almost seen as a coming-of-age ritual; the day you’ve become a true swimmer. And the Powerplus Kneeskin is the perfect choice. With a 21% Lycra ratio, it’s fast and water-repellent. The suit fits well, and will stretch slightly over time, but has great durability. The compression technology aids in hydrodynamics and improves muscle support.

This was my sister’s first kneeskin tech suit and the top choice of many of her friends. You will likely see this from one of the youngest age groups all the way up to the oldest at major meets. It consistently produced fantastic drops in time at championship meets – all with a low price tag.

8. Arena Powerskin ST 2.0

Pros
– 29% Lycra
– skin-tight compression

Cons
– pricey

The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 is the priciest pick on our list, but the premium comes with good reason. The Lycra composition is bumped to 29%, offering better hydrophobic properties. The Powerskin ST 2.0 tends to be fairly difficult to put on, making it a good choice for more experienced swimmers. Yes, it may take 15+ minutes to put on, and yes, you may even need help! This is completely normal and actually beneficial. This difficulty results in better compression and hydrodynamics, ultimately producing faster times. I would recommend the Powerskin ST 2.0 tech suit not as the first racing suit but the second or third, when you are more acquainted with tight-fitting suits and participating in higher stakes meets.

At “Junior Olympics,” “All Stars,” and high school championship meets, this suit is everywhere. My sister has gotten several great championship swims from the kneeskin, and nowadays, it’s the go-to option for “suiting up.”

Conclusion

So… which tech suit is truly the best? It really comes down to personal preference and personal experience. Hopefully this list provides a few excellent options to begin your search. After finding the best on paper, try it on for a swim or two and see what kind of times you can get. If you need help with putting on a tech suit (it can be a struggle the first few times for sure!) check out this article for men and this one for women. Some of these tech suits may surprise you with the insane time drops that accompany them!

  1. My son just turned 12 and he wanted to get his first tech suit for his birthday. After reading your article I got him the TYR Tracer, and I can’t wait for it to arrive!
    -Anna

  2. daughter dropped 4 seconds with the speedo powerplus this weekends, very nice, great article!

    1. My daughter dropped 2 seconds as well! The Speedo Powerplus is working wonders. I didn’t realize kneeskin tech suits were that important!

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