The 6 Best Tech Suits for Breaststroke

Ah, breaststroke. My personal favorite stroke, and, by the looks of it, probably yours too. The motions of breaststroke are pretty unique to the stroke, requiring a large range of motion and other criteria that make finding a tech suit tailored to the stroke more difficult. Besides examining all the usual aspects of a tech suit like Lycra content and compression, the breaststroker has to figure out if that tech suit is good for their stroke specifically. In fact, some of the best tech suits for freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly simply don’t cut it in breaststroke.

With the right suit, you can drop tenths of a second from things like compression and material alone, which improve hydrodynamics. With comfort, unrestricted motion, and even things like psychological benefits factored in, these tenths can become entire seconds. For a finals swim at that all-important championship meet, the right suit can truly mean everything. After grinding and practicing long and hard, don’t let the suit hold you back from touching the wall first.

Thus, we’ve sifted through the tech suit market to find the best tech suits for breaststroke out there. As always, we take a look at every criteria available, including material, compression, design, mobility, and personal/professional testimonials. Our picks come from varying price points as well, so you can easily decide which tech suit is best for you (however, none are below ~$100 cheap – if you’re looking for a more budget option, check out this article instead).

The list of suits is the same for men and women (of course, in the jammer and kneeskin versions, respectively), but our detailed reviews/analysis is kept separate. Without further ado, here are our top 6 tech suits for breaststroke.

*In the table, on the men’s side L=low waist and H=high waist (usually 1.5-2″ higher). For women, O=open back and C=closed back.

Tech SuitMenWomen
Arena Powerskin ST 2.0SwimOutletSwimOutlet (O)
Arena Powerskin Carbon Air
*Carbon Air2 released in 2019
Carbon Air
SwimOutlet
Carbon Air2
SwimOutlet
Carbon Air
SwimOutlet (O)
Carbon Air2
SwimOutlet (O)
SwimOutlet (C)
TYR Avictor PreludeSwimOutlet (H)
SwimOutlet (L)
SwimOutlet (O)
SwimOutlet (C)
Speedo LZR Pure ValorSwimOutlet (H)
SwimOutlet (L)
SwimOutlet (O)
SwimOutlet (C)
TYR Venzo GenesisSwimOutlet (H)
SwimOutlet (L)
SwimOutlet (O)
SwimOutlet (C)
FINIS Rival 2.0SwimOutlet SwimOutlet (O)
SwimOutlet (C)

Men’s Tech Suits

1. Arena Powerskin ST 2.0

Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 Tech Suit

Pros
– inexpensive
– comfortable
– flexibility, range of motion

Cons
– material composition
– less compression
– sewn seams

The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 was featured in our top tech suits under $150, and it reappears as the budget pick in our breaststroke rankings. I’m a big fan of Arena’s tech suits for breaststroke myself, which is why Arena takes two spots in the top 5. Why? In my opinion, Arena tech suits offer excellent range of motion. Though the Powerskin ST 2.0 isn’t quite as high-end as many of Arena’s other suits, breaststroke kicking in one is very fluid and comfortable. I never feel restricted by the suit in any way. It’s a comfortable suit to race in, especially for younger swimmers, and won’t take hours to put on.

Stats-wise, the Powerskin ST 2.0 is not far off its more expensive relatives. Featuring a 29% Elastene (Lycra) and 71% Polyamide (Nylon) blend, the material composition is pretty solid for hydrodynamics, not to mention its chlorine-resistance and UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s durable as well, lasting several meet days without stretching out.

Now, the downsides. The most glaring issue to me was that the Powerskin ST 2.0 doesn’t offer as much compression compared to the other picks on this list. The fabric has a somewhat “papery” feel and isn’t quite as stretchy as I would’ve liked, which limits the amount of compression that it applies. Plus, the outer flatlock seams are obvious, making the Powerskin ST 2.0 look and feel less sleek compared to more pricey options.

Despite these considerations, I would highly recommend this suit for a strong competitive breaststroker who simply can’t justify dropping a couple hundred on a tech suit. The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 works wonders for its price and will offer a fast, comfortable swim with great range of motion, crucial elements to every breaststroker.

2. Arena Powerskin Carbon Air

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air Tech Suit

Pros
– flexibility, range of motion
– light
– fast material

Cons
– less compression

The second pick on our list is another Arena suit, the Powerskin Carbon Air. It offers pretty significant advantages over the ST 2.0. First, though, it’s major similarity: the Carbon Air, once again, is a very comfortable suit to race in. The mobility offered by the Carbon Air is impressive, so much so that Arena calls it “unparalleled.” And it really does feel that way – never do you work against the material when doing breaststroke kicks.

Now, let’s talk material. Arena is pretty unique in its Carbon series because of the usage of carbon fiber (hence the name). The Carbon Air, the newest in the Carbon line, features a fabric comprised of 65% Polyamide (Nylon), 34% Elastane (Lycra), and 1% Carbon Fiber. The mixture brags a 125 g/m2 surface density, making the suit very light and pliable. Check out the design demonstrated in the graphic below.

Arena Carbon Air2 fabric composition

Arena also brags about the suit’s compression, which allegedly “locks down” at a certain stretch threshold so support is applied where needed while still maintaining comfort. However, as with the ST 2.0, the Carbon Air does not seem to compress quite as much as other tech suits. This can be seen as a bit of a downside, but at the same time it helps avoid the too-tight feeling and circulation cutoff that can irritate swimmers. Still unconvinced? Maybe Connor Jaeger and Chad Le Clos will change your mind – the 2016 Rio Olympics medalists were among many that sported the Arena Carbon Air.

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air2

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air2 Tech Suit

Improvements
– one-piece construction
– removal of leg seam

Note that Arena recently released (2019) the brand new updated design of this suit, the Carbon Air2. For a price premium of about $100, the newer model features several improvements compared to the already outstanding original. The major difference is that the outer leg seam is gone. It’s now a one-piece construction which lends itself to improved hydrodynamics. If you’re looking to be on the cutting-edge of racing technology, consider the version 2, but both suits are excellent choices for breaststroke swimmers.

3. TYR Avictor Prelude

TYR Avictor Prelude Tech Suit

Pros
– good compression
– water repulsion
– flashy design!

Cons
– material isn’t the fastest

The TYR Avictor Prelude joins the Carbon Air and suits like the Speedo LZR Elite 2 at the ~$200 price range for the third pick on the list. Like Speedo, TYR makes every level of swim suit from practice usage to top-of-the-line tech suits worn by the best swimmers in the world. And the Avictor Prelude is definitely one of TYR’s very best. Aside from its eye-catching, flashy design, this tech suit has some interesting advantages that make it an option that must be considered.

First, though, a slight downside. The fabric is 70% Nylon and 30% Lycra Spandex, so statistically it’s not necessarily as “fast” as the previous two options. However, the TYR Avictor Prelude makes up for it from other major factors, namely compression and flexibility as well as water repulsion. The compression on the Avictor Prelude is excellent – in my opinion, definitely more than the Carbon Air and even more than the pricier Speedo LZR Pure Valor (see below). More importantly, it compresses in the right places and still offers you full flexibility. The breaststroke kick motion isn’t restricted whatsoever.

In terms of water repulsion, the TYR Avictor Prelude is insanely hydrophobic. Not only does it not let water enter, the suit itself stays very dry, wicking away water rather than absorbing it. TYR brags of its “Hydrosphere Technology,” which, behind their fancy language, means that the suit simply never gets saturated with water, reducing drag and weight. I definitely noticed the water repulsion with the Avictor Prelude more so than any other suit.

Thus, if you prioritize great compression and water repulsion features for a breaststroke tech suit, the TYR Avictor Prelude may be the best option for your criteria. And if you want everyone on the pool deck to look at your suit, it might be for you, too.

4. Speedo LZR Pure Valor

Speedo LZR Pure Valor Tech Suit

Pros
– flexibility, range of motion
– comfortable
– very light

Cons
– less compression
– pricey

Our fourth pick on the list is the Speedo LZR Pure Valor, the 2019 evolution to the respected and extremely popular LZR Racer Elite 2. Speedo’s LZR series as a whole are regarded as some of the best tech suits in the industry and the Pure Valor and Pure Intent are the newest, top-of-the-line suits to join. A few years prior, I would have placed the Elite 2 on this breaststroke list; now, Speedo has improved even further upon it. So, what makes the LZR Pure Valor so great?

First of all, the LZR Pure Valor is 65% Nylon and 35% Spandex, the same as the Elite 2. The material is fast and very light. The main reason that the Pure Valor makes this list, however, is because of the flexibility and mobility that the suit offers. The compression is moderate – noticeably less than other tech suits at the same price point. You do feel it on your legs, but it is specifically designed not for maximum compression, but rather for maximum flexibility. This is, once again, critical for breaststroke kick – especially if you’re a 200 breaststroker. This also makes the Pure Valor one of the easiest suits to put on, which is always a plus. Likewise, the Pure Valor is a suit you can sit in for a long period of time in and not feel horribly uncomfortable. All in all the Pure Valor is a top-of-the-line racing suit that still manages to offer great comfort, flexibility, and range of motion.

Perhaps one of the biggest questions about this suit is choosing between the Pure Valor and Pure Intent, which is pretty similar to the old choice between the LZR Elite 2 and LZR X. The primary difference, as mentioned previously, is in the compression. The Pure Intent is tighter, more rigid, and offers quite a bit more compression than the Pure Valor, but may feel slightly more restrictive in the breaststroke kick. If you do prefer to feel your muscles tightly secured in place, the Pure Intent may be the choice for you. Personally, I prioritize the flexibility offered by the Pure Valor, which is also priced a fair amount cheaper.

If you’ve owned a LZR Racer Elite 2 in the past and enjoyed the racing experience, the Pure Valor is definitely a great option for you. Out of the box, it feels remarkably similar to wearing the first generation suit, but even better; Speedo has improved the leg and waistband finishes to not only improve comfort, but also to prevent any drop of water from entering the suit. Though Speedo just launched this suit in 2019, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pure Valor and Pure Intent dominating the tech suit scene for several years to come.

5. TYR Venzo Genesis

TYR Venzo Genesis Tech Suit

Pros
– great compression
– comfortable
– popular pick

Cons
– not the fastest material
– pricey

The penultimate choice for our breaststroke tech suit list is the 2019 released TYR Venzo Genesis. TYR has shot directly into the spotlights as a top tech suit maker, with many, many, Olympian-level swimmers turning to TYR suits in recent years. They’ve picked up two spots on our list, with the Venzo Genesis being the pricier, more advanced suit compared to the Avictor Prelude. It’s truly on another tier of tech suit, so if you’re in the market for one of the best suits out there, the Venzo Genesis could be well worth its price tag.

TYR went with an interesting choice for the material of the Venzo Genesis; it’s 70% Nylon and 30% Lycra, which matches the composition of the Avictor Prelude. It’s largely double-layered, with an interior lining and an exterior surface, which feels comfortable and supportive. TYR seems to have developed the fabric in such a way that they don’t “need” more Lycra to improve speed – the suit’s design offers the ideal skin-tight fit anyway, with great compression, higher than every suit on the list except perhaps tied with the FINIS Rival 2.0 (see below). Despite this, the Venzo Genesis is nonrestrictive and very comfortable to wear. Further, TYR has 3 design features that make the Venzo Genesis an advanced suit.

First, TYR used something they call Surface Lift Technology, which provides the suit its hydrophobic properties. As I mentioned with the Avictor Prelude, TYR does a great job with water repulsion. Second, TYR implemented the Endo Compression Cage, which is the taping and textile design on the interior of the suit. This not only compresses the legs, but also adds compression to the abs. This compression is pretty unique to the suit and something that you’ll really notice (and be glad to have) when you wear the Venzo Genesis. Finally, the Venzo Genesis has a seamless exo-shell, which means no friction-inducing outside seams.

Overall, the TYR Venzo Genesis is an up and coming tech suit that I see pervading high-level competition in every stroke in the near future. Though highly compressive, range of motion is still pretty much a non-issue for breaststroke specifically. I would definitely recommend the Venzo Genesis to breaststrokers who will also consider wearing this suit in other events and are able to justify spending top dollar for a top tech suit.

6. FINIS Rival 2.0

FINIS Rival 2.0 Tech Suit

Pros
– fast material
– great compression

Cons
– pricey
– lesser-known suit

The final, and priciest, pick on the list is the FINIS Rival 2.0, another suit just launched in 2019 as an improvement upon a previous version (the FINIS Rival). Though FINIS isn’t quite as well-known in the tech suit market, they’ve made drastic advances recently, with much of its success owing to the FINIS Rival series. FINIS worked with many renowned swimmers and went through extensive research and testing sessions to create the Rival 2.0. It’s a unique tech suit that differs in many aspects to suits like the Speedo LZR Pure Valor and must be considered if you’re looking for a top-tier suit.

The FINIS Rival 2.0 is made from an interesting material composition: 44% Elastane, 41% Polyamide, and 15% Polyester. Notably, it features a higher Elastane (Lycra) percentage than Polyamide (Nylon), one of the only suits to do so in the entire industry. Also, it’s the only to incorporate Polyester, a durable, not as stretchy alternative to Lycra, and faster than Nylon. This, at face value, makes the material one of the fastest on any tech suit out there.

In addition, the FINIS Rival 2.0 offers great compression. Along with its interwoven fabric, FINIS implemented strategically-placed seams, particularly two running parallel down the back of the leg, that give a compressive fit. This compression is further improved by the double-layered back. Thus, you can really feel your muscles locked in place in the front and back of the legs. Despite the compression, FINIS kept breaststrokers in mind. The inner thighs are comprised of single-layered panels, which means that flexibility and range of motion aren’t compromised when doing breaststroke kick.

Thus, if you’re looking for that extra bit of compression to give you the best circulation and hydrodynamics, turn to the lesser-known, but very impressive, FINIS Rival 2.0.

Women’s Tech Suits

1. Arena Powerskin ST 2.0

Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 Tech Suit

Pros
– inexpensive
– comfortable
– flexibility, range of motion

Cons
– material composition
– less compression
– sewn seams

First up is our budget pick, the Arena Powerskin ST 2.0, which was a selection in our top tech suits under $150 rankings. It’s quite inexpensive for a high-quality kneeskin suit and races very fast for its price point. Arena is an excellent tech suit maker and in my experience is one of the best at offering unrestricted motion, especially whilst swimming breaststroke, and therefore earns two spots on the list (with the Powerskin ST 2.0 being the cheaper option).

The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 is comprised of 71% Polyamide (Nylon) and 29% Elastane (Lycra). This is a pretty decent, hydrodynamic material especially for the suit’s price. In addition, the fabric is chlorine resistant and offers UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s double-lined throughout and therefore quite durable, and you can get many meet days out of this suit. Unfortunately, what I don’t like about the material is its papery feel. It’s not as stretchy as some other tech suits, which limits the compression that it can apply. Furthermore, the Powerskin ST 2.0 does still use outside seams, which are slightly more friction-inducing than a seamless exterior.

The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 is also a fairly comfortable suit as far as tech suits go and comes only in the open back option. The compression isn’t as intense as in elite racing suits but the suit still fits well across the entire body. The compression is notable in the legs, but not so much in the chest area. This is acceptable for breaststroke, though not ideal. The shoulder straps can feel a little tight, but they are relatively comfortable and provide good upper back support. Flexibility is maintained throughout.

Given the Powerskin ST 2.0’s unbeatable price, it can make a great championship meet choice for any age group swimmer. It won’t be impossible to get into (~10-15 min, still longer than a practice suit). The Arena Powerskin ST 2.0 works wonders for its price and will offer a fast, comfortable swim with great range of motion, crucial elements to every breaststroker.

2. Arena Powerskin Carbon Air

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air Tech Suit

Pros
– flexibility, range of motion
– light
– fast material
– easy to get on and off

Cons
– less compression

The second pick on our list is also the second Arena suit, the Arena Powerskin Carbon Air. The Carbon Air is a touch up in price compared to the ST 2.0, but also offers several important advantages that should be considered. First, though, it’s major similarity: the Carbon Air, once again, is a very comfortable suit to race in. The mobility offered by the Carbon Air is impressive, so much so that Arena calls it “unparalleled.” And it really does feel that way – never do you work against the material when swimming breaststroke.

The fabric is made from a 65% Polyamide (Nylon), 34% Elastane (Lycra), and 1% Carbon Fiber mix. Note the latter ingredient – the Carbon Air is one of few suits to incorporate carbon fiber in its material. It’s a very thin, lightweight fabric that gives the second-skin feel that many love on a swimsuit. The design is described in the graphic below.

What does this all mean to the swimmer? Well, the key takeaway for the Carbon Air is that Arena focused on comfort over compression. In fact, in my opinion the Carbon Air offers the best range of motion of almost every tech suit out there. The hips and legs can move freely and quickly, crucial to breaststroke swims. Arena removed the vertical compression bands found in previous suits to offer better mobility, and retained the horizontal bands which “lock down” at a critical stretch point to apply some compression on your muscles.

This enhanced flexiblity makes the Carbon Air easy to take on and off and a remarkably comfortable tech suit. The shoulder straps don’t dig in at all. One downside with the Carbon Air is the thin material, which is somewhat translucent on the front, as visible in the product image (though everything is covered by the “modesty” panels). If this and the lack of compression are small concerns, the Carbon Air can certainly be the perfect mid-range choice for you.

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air2

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air2 Tech Suit

Improvements
– seam improvements
– more comfort

In 2019, Arena just released the updated Carbon Air2, which comes at a ~$100 price premium but offers several improvements to the older generation. The main advancement is the seam reduction. The Carbon Air2 uses ONE technology – the fabric is one piece, so seams are reduced from before (specifically the seams running down the sides of the suit). Otherwise, the Carbon Air2’s updated design seems to be even more comfortable but still doesn’t offer great compression. It maintains the pros/cons of the prior generation and is still ideal for swimmers that prefer lightweight flexibility over intense compression.

3. TYR Avictor Prelude

TYR Avictor Prelude Tech Suit

Pros
– good compression
– water repulsion
– light

Cons
– not the fastest material
– can take time to get on

The TYR Avictor Prelude comes in at the ~$300 price point and is the first of two TYR picks on our list. TYR has become one of the top tech suit brands and the Avictor Prelude is representative of their success. The Avictor was, just a few years ago, one of the absolute best suits in the swim world. Due to the introduction of newer tech suits, its price has dropped affordably while still maintaining its spot as a very good suit, especially for breaststroke.

The TYR Avictor Prelude is comprised of 70% Nylon and 30% Lycra. Although not the fastest material statistically, TYR has worked wonders with this fabric. It feels very lightweight and a bit papery, but is still strong and durable. The seams are smooth, flush, and stretchy. In addition, TYR’s Hydrosphere Technology makes the suit extremely water repellent. The hydrophobic material avoids becoming saturated with water. Instead, water surrounds it, keeping the Avictor Prelude lightweight and low-friction.

Compression on the Avictor Prelude is good across the body. Interior double paneled regions add compression for the core and chest. TYR managed to find a good mix between comfort and compression as well; the straps are not uncomfortable at all and movement is unrestricted. However, the Avictor Prelude’s design makes the suit one of the harder ones to get on, since it is tight and the fabric is smooth and difficult to grip. This is particularly critical for the closed back suit, which can be a challenge to even get over your hips. Still, the initial difficulty definitely pays off in the pool, as the closed back suit covers more of the body and increases compression to optimize speed.

Overall, if you’re looking for better compression from a mid-range tech suit and willing to handle a suit that’s a bit more difficult to put on, the TYR Avictor Prelude is a great option. It has maintained a prominent spot among breaststroke tech suits for a few years already and will likely continue its dominance for several more.

4. Speedo LZR Pure Valor

Speedo LZR Pure Valor Tech Suit

Pros
– flexibility, range of motion
– comfortable
– very light

Cons
– less compression
– pricey

The Speedo LZR Pure Valor is the first 2019 tech suit on the list (aside from the updated Arena Carbon Air2). It’s at the very top of the line in Speedo’s tech suit selections. Released with the Pure Intent, the Pure Valor is Speedo’s update of the LZR Racer Elite 2, one of the best and most popular breaststroke tech suits in past years. Somehow, Speedo managed to improve on an already excellent suit. Here’s how.

The Pure Valor is made of 65% Nylon and 35% Lycra. The fabric is lightweight and smooth on the exterior. The suit itself is comprised primarily of one layer, though it is notably double-layered in the chest and ab regions, which provide excellent core compression and stability. On the inner leg, an additional seam offers great flexibility and compression; other interior seams provide further compression in the hips. As a whole, the main idea for the Pure Valor is flexibility, range of motion, and comfort. It doesn’t offer maximum compression (though definitely not none at all), and rather focuses on elements that offer maximum flexibility. Swimming in the Pure Valor feels exceedingly fluid and effortless. The suit supports good body position well, leaving you high in the water.

Perhaps one of the biggest questions about this suit is choosing between the Pure Valor and Pure Intent, which is pretty similar to the old choice between the LZR Elite 2 and LZR X. As mentioned before, the primary difference is in the level of compression and flexibility. The Pure Intent is a maximum-compression suit that is more restrictive when it comes to range of motion. This, to me, is unfavorable because it can be particularly detrimental to the breaststroke motions. On the other hand, the Pure Valor sacrifices compression for the flexibility that breaststrokers seek. In addition, it’s slightly easier to put on and take off. Thus, I favored the Valor over the Intent in this list, which also saves you ~$50.

Speedo did an excellent job with the Pure Valor, filling that medium compression, high flexibility niche that sees insufficient attention in today’s top-of-the-line tech suit selection. This leaves the Speedo Pure Valor almost uncontested if you’re looking for the best range of motion at the highest price point.

5. TYR Venzo Genesis

TYR Venzo Genesis Tech Suit

Pros
– great compression
– hydrodynamic exterior
– popular pick, including by Olympians

Cons
– tighter straps
– takes time to get on
– pricey

Our penultimate pick is the TYR Venzo Genesis, which is brand new in 2019 and comes in with a steep price tag, clear of $500. It’s definitely a step up from the TYR Avictor Prelude in terms of price and performance. However, with the price comes the best tech suit TYR has crafted thus far and a phenomenal choice overall. Famous Olympians like Katie Ledecky and Simon Manuel and a host of international competitors have chosen TYR into 2020. Undoubtedly, they must trust the TYR Venzo Genesis for their own coming races. With its variety of benefits, you’ll soon understand why.

Material, though, is an interesting factor on the TYR Venzo suit. TYR went with 70% Nylon and 30% Lycra, which is actually identical to the Avictor Prelude and definitely a higher ratio of Nylon than is common among other brands for their top-tier suit. However, TYR seems to have found a design that makes the fabric perfectly skin-tight, despite its composition. In fact, the Venzo Genesis offers the best compression on this list and out of nearly every tech suit I’ve seen. The fabric is fairly thick and durable and it’s double-layered throughout the front of the suit as well as the hips and quads, offering intense compression across the body, especially the core. Furthermore, the Venzo remains single-layered at the hamstrings, to prevent breaststroke kick from ever being restricted.

TYR incorporated its Endo Compression Cage, the taping and inner textile design, to keep your muscles locked in and to provide body position support. In addition, the Venzo Genesis has a “seamless exo-shell,” which simply means a completely smooth, hydrodynamic exterior. TYR chose the smoothest fibers at a microscopic level to compose this low-friction skeleton. The last piece of advanced tech TYR implemented is its Surface Lift Technology, which is the water repellent exterior that prevents water from permeating. The suit remains unsaturated and buoyant in the water.

In terms of downsides, the X-finity shoulder straps can feel a little tight, which might be a concern for longer meets. Also, the TYR Venzo Genesis can take upwards of half an hour to put on, due to its high level of compression. And of course, the price is a limiting factor. However, if you’re looking for a top-tier tech suit and like the idea of joining the ranks of Ledecky and other Olympiads, look no further than the TYR Venzo Genesis.

6. FINIS Rival 2.0

FINIS Rival 2.0 Tech Suit

Pros
– fast material
– great compression
– flexibility, range of motion
– water shield technology

Cons
– takes time to get on
– pricey
– lesser-known suit

Last but certainly not least is the FINIS Rival 2.0 (note that although our lists are normally in price order, the FINIS Rival 2.0 is actually a fair bit less expensive compared to the Venzo Genesis, which is flipped from the men’s pricing). The Rival 2.0 is the 2019 revision of the 1 year old FINIS Rival. Though FINIS and the Rival series are lesser-known in the tech suit market, they are definitely beginning to make a name for themselves as each suit proves its top-tier capabilities. FINIS actually worked with big names like Olivia Smoliga in hands-on fitting sessions to improve their product, and it shows.

Where TYR went with a high Nylon composition for the Venzo Genesis, FINIS chose a 44% Lycra, 41% Nylon, 15% Polyester composition for the Rival 2.0. This makes the material FAST, since Lycra and Polyester generally allow the fabric to be more compressive and tight-fitting. The material is thick and durable, and the suit is double-layered everywhere except on the inner thighs – much like the Venzo Genesis – to offer full range of motion for breaststroke. To further enhance flexibility, the fabric is multi-directional stretch, making it comfortable and unrestrictive to swim in. At the same time, compression is retained through well-placed interior seams, creating excellent core compression and stability.

One interesting thing to note about the FINIS Rival 2.0 is that the fabric actually retains a minute amount of water on the surface, rather than full water repellency. This was a conscious design choice by FINIS and they assert that their research has shown it to be faster when water glides on the surface like a shield instead of wicking away. In addition, water entry is never an issue with the suit.

My primary critique is probably the difficulty of putting on the suit, which, like the Venzo, can take up to half an hour. Getting it past the hips is an obstacle, and getting the straps on most likely will require a friend’s help. However, the FINIS Rival 2.0 is still comfortable to wear, and the thin shoulder straps don’t dig in. Therefore, turn to the Rival as your hidden gem, all-around tech suit choice.

Conclusion

Phew! That was a lot of information to digest. Hopefully, we’ve helped lead you closer to picking the best breaststroke tech suit for you. It’s hard to go wrong with any pick on the list, but of course, choose the one that best fits your needs. Always remember these tips for making your tech suit last, and check out SwimOutlet’s guide for caring for your suit. Go out there with your new suit and break some records!