TYR is one of the leading swimwear manufacturers on the planet. They produce training suits, drag suits, briefs, and of course, their apex suits—tech suits for men and women.
For a few years, the premium TYR racing suit was the Avictor. The TYR Avictor was a colorful, bright and comfortable racing suit that was hard to miss on the blocks.
Launched in 2018, the successor to the Avictor is the TYR Venzo Genesis.
Here’s a review of the suit, who is wearing it, what you need to know before buying, and where you can pick one up for yourself.
What’s new with the TYR Venzo:
Launched in 2018, the Venzo was designed and manufactured in the USA.
The suit, which comes in a kneeskin and a jammer, was produced with the feedback of Olympic-level swimmers.
Ryan Lochte, a TYR-sponsored swimmer, was part of the design and production process.
“I’ve been back and forth to their offices to the test the Venzo. When it was complete, I literally felt like a superhero moving through the water,” said Ryan Lochte.
TYR Venzo – How does it help you swim faster?
There are four key features of the suit that help you swim fast in comfort:
- Frictionless fiber construction. TYR went full space scientist on this suit, looking at drag on the suit at a microscopic level. In doing this, they were able to test and ultimately produce a fabric that creates less friction than its predecessor.
- Surface Lift Technology. A lot of buzzwords in there, but essentially what they are saying is that because the suit doesn’t absorb water—spitting it out like water at the bottom of a water slide—the suit doesn’t get water-logged and weigh you down.
- Endo Compression Cage. The suit is designed so that it is particularly supportive of target areas of your body, including your obliques, core, and quads.
- Seamless Exo Shell. Like most tech suits, the exterior of the swimsuit is seamless, maximizing every little opportunity to reduce drag and improve performance in the water.
The suit is constructed of 70% nylon and 30% spandex.
And of course, the suit is FINA-approved for wear in competition.
Who is wearing the TYR Venzo?
TYR has a big roster of Olympic-caliber swimmers, and they will all be rocking the Venzo at international meets this year.
Swimmers wearing the Venzo include Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Jacob Pebley, Matt Grevers, Leah Smith, and more.
Katie Ledecky had this to say about the suits: “I have never worn a suit that makes me feel more prepared, confident, and comfortable in the water.”
Is the TYR Venzo a good tech suit for breaststrokers?
Judging by the high-level swimmers who wear the TYR Venzo, the answer is a resounding yes.
Cody Miller, Olympic medley relay gold medalist and bronze medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke, feature the Venzo frequently on his YouTube channel. In one video, he wore the suit for the full duration of a practice. (Ah, the perks of being a pro swimmer sponsored by a swimwear company—no worries of running out of tech suits!)
Lilly King, one of Miller’s teammates at Indiana, signed with TYR in the summer of 2019, making her another world-class breaststroker who races with the TYR Venzo. King won the 100-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics and owns the world record in the race. She considers the Venzo the best kneeskin for faster swimming.
Molly Hannis, who went to Rio for the 200-meter breaststroke, also reps the TYR Venzo when she races. So does Ian Finnerty, another Indiana breaststroker and American record holder in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Where to Buy the TYR Venzo
The Venzo comes in both a kneeskin and a jammer. The kneeskins come in open and closed backs.
TYR Venzo Kneeskin Crystal (Closed Back)
TYR Venzo Kneeskin Onyx (Closed Back)
TYR Venzo Kneeskin Plasma (Open Back)
TYR Venzo Kneeskin Steel Blue (Open Back)
TYR Venzo Jammer Onyx
TYR Venzo Jammer Crystal
TYR Venzo Jammer Plasma