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Are racing suits supposed to be REALLY tight?

post #1 of 14
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I just tried on my Spyder GS suit which arrived today.  I'm 5'7" and 180ish, so by weight I might have been an "L," but I thought height was more important so I got "M"

 

I tried it on... length is great, but it is hella-tight. (i.e. getting my arms out was a bit of a chore)

 

 

I did some body-weight squats and such, and it feels fine... the compression actually feels like it would be good.

 

 

But I'm worried that it might tear around the crotch or something... are the suits designed to be tight, stretch, and NOT tear while the movements of skiing stretch it out?

post #2 of 14

Generally speaking, you don't want them too tight. From an aerodynamicist friend who worked with Spyder, it is common mistake to get too small a suit because the thinking is tighter is more aerodynamic. In fact, when you (over)stretch the suit, it increases the porosity of the suit and makes it slower. WC speed skiers often only use a suit once for races to have the optimum porosity, then they get relegated to training or passed down to lower members of the team. Fashion isn't the only reason you see Vonn and Mancuso in new suits nearly every week.

post #3 of 14

it is normal for it to feel too tight at first. It will give a little and become more usable. It is always a major chore getting it

on and off your shoulders.

John

post #4 of 14

I'm 6'2", 190lbs.  I normally wear L sized t-shirts.  I got a 2XL racing suit, and it still takes me a couple minutes to squeeze into it.

I hear that they stretch out a bit after a few uses.  I've probably only worn mine 4 times, and I am starting to see that happen.  It's still tight, but a little bit easier to get into.  The webbing between my thumbs and index fingers are still red after wearing it for a few hours, though.

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it is normal for it to feel too tight at first. It will give a little and become more usable. It is always a major chore getting it

on and off your shoulders.

John


Cool, thanks.  Yeah, the shoulders are where the suit really hugs tightly.

 

Thanks to other posters as well. 

 

I'm pretty darn stoked to try this suit out for the first time.

post #6 of 14

Can you get anything on under it? It was about 12 degrees F tonite at our race and I had three thin layers on top and one thin layer on the bottom. When I looked for suits, I remember trying on a L (I'm 5'10" and around 190 lbs.) and thinking "there's no way I can get anything under this'. I ended up with an XL which is plenty tight, but big enough to layer under.

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You are more determined than me to squeeze into a medium at that size with spyder you dshould try large
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Can you get anything on under it? It was about 12 degrees F tonite at our race and I had three thin layers on top and one thin layer on the bottom. When I looked for suits, I remember trying on a L (I'm 5'10" and around 190 lbs.) and thinking "there's no way I can get anything under this'. I ended up with an XL which is plenty tight, but big enough to layer under.



Yes, I had two layers on both top and bottom (Under Armour cold gear, and then a slightly looser thermal bottom & t-neck).

 

Getting my arms in and pulling the suit over my shoulders is what feels INCREDIBLY tight.  The neck thing doesn't really go up my neck; it just forms a flat collar with the top touching the base of my neck.  It is loose enough that I can still breathe OK.  The shoulder pads just about cover the vertical length of my deltoids, but definitely do not go all the way up the surface of the delts.

 

 

I actually tried the suit out at Nastar last night... it was ice cold (11 degrees), and I felt that through the suit and two base layers.... but the skiing was good (I felt comfortable; never felt restricted too much).

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You are more determined than me to squeeze into a medium at that size with spyder you dshould try large


Then are the mediums for tiny people (I'm already pretty small at 5'7")???

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You are more determined than me to squeeze into a medium at that size with spyder you dshould try large


Then are the mediums for tiny people (I'm already pretty small at 5'7")???


Pretty much in my experience!.  I am 170#, 5'8" and the Spyder large is a good fit. also lets me get a D30 top on under a non-padded suit for speed events.  Even the XL is not particularly over large, i have a GS suit in XL and apart from a few wrinkles in the legs works OK.  OTOH i have an older LG  training suit in M.  Given the length of teh zippers i guess the pre-start ritual would be impossible in the M.....

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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

You are more determined than me to squeeze into a medium at that size with spyder you dshould try large


Then are the mediums for tiny people (I'm already pretty small at 5'7")???


Pretty much in my experience!.  I am 170#, 5'8" and the Spyder large is a good fit. also lets me get a D30 top on under a non-padded suit for speed events.  Even the XL is not particularly over large, i have a GS suit in XL and apart from a few wrinkles in the legs works OK.  OTOH i have an older LG  training suit in M.  Given the length of teh zippers i guess the pre-start ritual would be impossible in the M.....



Thanks; this is good to know.  The place I ordered from (Altrec) apparently has a lifetime no-questions-asked return policy.  So I'm going to try the suit a few more times, and depending on how things go I may upgrade to a large.

post #12 of 14

I am 5'7", 175 lbs. and own 2 downhill suits (no padding), a Spyder and a Karbon. Both are a Large. I wouldn't even consider anything smaller, especially with GS pads. Go for the exchange.

 

Karl

post #13 of 14

6,2  200 lbs and I have XXL. Fit is great, I do find it odd that I would be a XXL , I mean get the sizing right? since when is someone 5,7 a L or XL in reg clothes?? Alwayds found that odd for race suits. 

post #14 of 14

I'm 6'3" 200 pounds. I wear a size medium Marker insulated vest and a size XXL race suit. Go figure.

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