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Racing suit and the rest room

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Inspired by the peeing the the woods thread in the general ski forum, how do you guys handle going to the bathroom while wearing your race suit? One day while trying to address an emergency No.2 condition I tried to get my suit off on my own, the struggle included wedging the back of the suit up against the hand dryer, the door latch, clothing hook...anything that had a slight chance of catching the suit and helping me peel it off of my back, nothing worked. Finally in an act of desperation I ran out of the restroom and asked a stranger in the hallway to help pull my suit off my back so that I could take care of the now critical situation, he cracked up but was most accomodating; a real life saver. Its even hard to take care of No.1 in these things, having to snake the equipment up and over the zipper is a real test in physiology and pain threshold levels. Not to mention I nearly tear the suit every time I do this. : I was thinking of having a tailor add in an additional relief zipper.:
post #2 of 14
You're kidding, right? Women have to take off their suits for every visit to the ladies room. They're not asking for help that I've ever seen. I know my daughter doesn't need help getting her suit on or off.
post #3 of 14
Plan ahead and if that fails...

a two piece slalom suit. My Schneider 2 piece suit had paid for itself in that regard.

Your suit will stretch over time and be easier to get off. Try not to pack too many bulky layers under it, or you'll hurt your back getting out of it.
post #4 of 14
Here's how I get my suit off:

Get one side down around the shoulder by pushing with the other hand. For clarity, let's assume you used your left hand to push the right shoulder down.
Then, put both arms behind your back. Pull on the right sleeve with your left hand.

Practice a bit at home. You'll get better at it, and it will stretch your suit out a bit.
post #5 of 14
And learn to tuck your sleeves into the suit prior to .....

Dangling drippy sleeves that have hit the floor .... :
post #6 of 14
My suggestion: don't put it on fully until you absolutely have to.

Keep it half done up, tie the arms around your waist and wear it like that (with jacket/whatever over top obviously) until you're up at the top, then you can slip your arms in and zip up once you're close to your start time. Makes it a lot easier overall.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor View Post
My suggestion: don't put it on fully until you absolutely have to.
+1

That's how you'll see many junior, FIS and elite racers wearing their suits when they aren't immediately getting into the starting gate. It's far mor comfortable, and allows for bio-breaks and such without the awkward lycra tango.
post #8 of 14
I'll agree with the last two, though you may want to put it on a little before you actually step into the starting gate.

Particularly apropos to that suggestion, but also to the original problem: wear something under the suit! A long underwear top, or even just a T shirt. I don't know what the OP was up to during his bathroom crisis, but sliding a tight suit off bare skin is not something you want to be trying to do in an emergency.
post #9 of 14
Agreed: wear a good base layer. Thin thermal layers - polypro, capilene, CoolMax, or the like - or the "Under Armor" style base layers work best.

But wearing abase layer is crucial, without a doubt.

As far as getting the thing on: don the full suit at least 20 to 25 racers before you go. That'll leave enough time to put on your race bib (easy if it's a stretch-tank style, less so if it's a cloth tie-around or a Tyvek-and-elastic model), get into your skis, stretch a bit, etc.
post #10 of 14
My new (to me) 2005 Italian team suit has two zippers up the front, one on either side. It's lots easier to do by yourself.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
You're kidding, right? Women have to take off their suits for every visit to the ladies room. They're not asking for help that I've ever seen. I know my daughter doesn't need help getting her suit on or off.
A comments like that is why guys leave the seat down and pee on it

I never had a huge problem getting my suit off when I "needed" to, but I couldn't agree more with the comment about pulling the zipper down and the equipment up and over. NOT fun. haha. It was always so GD cold in Upstate NY when I raced so I never did the tie the suit around the waist thing, but that is a good idea!
post #12 of 14
If you cannot get out of your suit by yourself, it's either too small or you have too much layers underneath. That or you're not flexible enough.

And nobody wears full suit under their jacket unless they REALLY have too, even leaving the front zipper open with the arms up is far more comfortable.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Of course I wear undergarments under my suit, but I can't get my suit on or off on my own. My suit is a descent XXL but I have a 32" waist but wear a 46" jacket. Big arms and shoulders are a problem with nearly everything, especially this skin tight getup. I wonder if a tailor can add a second zipper without messing up the suit.
post #14 of 14
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Of course I wear undergarments under my suit, but I can't get my suit on or off on my own. My suit is a descent XXL but I have a 32" waist but wear a 46" jacket. Big arms and shoulders are a problem with nearly everything, especially this skin tight getup. I wonder if a tailor can add a second zipper without messing up the suit.
I have had good luck with Phenix DH suits. The material is very stretchy and the front zipper is longer than other brands making both issues you mention doable for someone who is not of the skinny, acne age group that many of the brands seem to design for.

- Fossil
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