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A new type of speed suit is coming made by Spydersee:
Nyman was part of Spyder's initial testing in a wind tunnel in San Diego last June. Usually, suits are studied with a skier in a tuck position, wind howling in their face. But that's hardly the routine pose when someone zooms down a bumpy slope at 75 mph.
Instead, Nyman tested the outfit from a modified position. The suit reduced wind drag by up to 3 percent, which could shed up to a second off a downhill time at Whistler in February, according to Spyder.
This suit is the result of Spyder taking a different approach to race wear. In years past, research centered on turning laminar flow into turbulent air, which creates a more streamlined and aerodynamic flow.
Spyder built a suit on that principle in 1995 called SpeedWyre. The outfit incorporated a "trip wire" into the surface, causing a reduction in aerodynamic drag and creating a more streamlined flow.
American Hilary Lindh wore that suit at the 1997 world championships in Sestriere, Italy, winning downhill by 0.06 of a second.
It's predominantly a shimmery blue color with white stars along one side, red and white stripes on the other.
To the touch, the suit is amazingly smooth.