Today we received a delivery of the brand new FINIS tech suits. The "Fuse" tech suit is the latest FINA approved racing swimsuit to come out of the FINIS stroke labs in California. The suits claim to provide high-level performance at the low cost of around 50% of the standard market price.
The write-ups promise a high quality product at an affordable price and I must admit I was impressed on the first occasion of handling one of these new swimsuits. My initial reaction to the suits is that they do indeed appear to be of a very high quality and robust construction. They do feel like the kind of quality that you would expect from much higher priced suits and along with that the material, strategic lining and stretch properties mean that they're really comfy to wear. Each FINIS Fuse swimsuit comes neatly packaged in it's own box, with a miniature mesh carry bag featuring a colourful electric design.
The Fuse is designed to offer a versatile fit. With bonded seams and a durable yet flexible textile material, the Fuse has the most universal fit for all body types. An issue with some competitive swimming costumes is that they can be designed around a very specific body type. If your body type differs from the dimensions the suit is optimized for then many of the technologies built into the suit, such as compression, will no longer be effective. The compression is a good example, a tech suit designed for an athlete with a lot of muscle will not be effective when the suit is worn by a junior swimmer because of the difference in muscle tone. The junior swimmer simply doesn't fill out the dimensions of the suit properly. With the Fuse, this has been addressed and you'll find it provides a better fit for a larger variety of body types, from juniors to masters swimmers!
“I would say that the Fuse is a fun, fast, and affordable suit. It’s not like your normal racing suit; FINIS found a way to make it comfortable yet capable of getting the job done in the pool.”
– Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Pan American Games Champion, 50m Freestyle
FINIS already have a proven track record when it comes to competitive swimwear. They're responsible for such successful racing swimwear as the FINIS Hydrospeed 2, FINIS Vapor and FINIS Velo. All popular racing suits, and all brought new innovations with them.
The Fuse is made from handpicked Italian fabric with a unique UVA/UVB protection making it a good choice for swimming outdoors, which is not something we often get to do in the UK, but I understand that many competitive events in warmer climates like the USA and Australia are held in outdoor pools. The suit features hydro-reflective technology to repel water from the surface of the suit, keeping it lightweight and fast in the water. In addition to this, the swimsuit boasts durable features such as the woven fabric, meaning that the suit will last longer than your average racing suit. So not only is it cheaper than other comparable race suits, but it will also last longer!
When it comes to compression, the Fuse doesn't disappoint. The compression allows a full range of motion, it feels flexible and comfortable whilst still providing muscular support and aiding blood circulation to help your muscles work at maximum efficiency.
“When we set out to make this suit, we wanted something that provided elite-level results at a price that wouldn’t break the bank. I believe it is our responsibility to the swimming world to provide a suit that can help all athletes, from age-group and masters swimmers to Olympians and world champions. This suit helps every swimmer in the world reach whatever goals they set their minds to.”
– John Mix, CEO and Co-Founder, FINIS, Inc.