Saturday, October 21, 2017

Swimming

Audioflood Waterproofed iPod Shuffle

I’m the first to admit, sometimes I find swim training tedious and well, a bit boring. But it’s a necessary evil if you want to be a triathlete; otherwise we’d just be one of those ‘lesser’ athletes that only run and cycle ;-)

So when the opportunity came up to test Audioflood’s waterproofed iPod Shuffle, I was more than happy to give it go. Perhaps it could bring a little more entertainment to those long-rep solo swim sets in the pool.

Swim Seal - mini review

If, like me, you suffer from irritation in the ears after a week of swimming (often referred to as ‘swimmers ear’), then Swim Seal may well be worth a look. Essentially, it is a liquid that you drop into the ear canal much the same as you would do for those drops designed to clear wax blockages.

Huub Archimedes

In the triathlon world, Huub seems to be the equivalent of an overnight sensation. In the space of just a couple of years they’ve gone from obscurity to one of the recognized leaders in triathlon wetsuits (they have a growing range of other kit too, but I think even they’d agree they are best known for their wetties). Their sponsorship strategy of working with the fastest swimmers in triathlon (at all distances), certainly hasn’t hurt, but then neither has their unique design.  

Zone3 Vanquish

The Zone3 brand was started at Loughborough University by elite triathlete, James Locke. Since 2008, it has developed a growing range of tri-related apparel including wetsuits and tri suits.

I was keen to try a Zone3 wetsuit as I had heard good things about them and I was looking for a new suit that would suit my particular style of swimming (good powerful upper body, but heavy and largely ineffective legs).  On paper, the Zone3 Vanquish seems to fit the bill – a super-flexible shoulder area, thicker ‘aerodrome’ impregnated neoprene on the legs, 3D forearm catch panels to help with pull etc.

Xterra Vector Pro X3

It's getting to that time of year again, when the longer days and milder temperatures tempting us out of the pool and back into open water.  And if you live in Britain, that means it's either time to dust off your wetsuit or look to purchase a new one.

While arguably the UK triathlon wetsuit market is dominated (or at least, appears to be) by Orca and 2XU, there are a number of other brands worth a look.  One of these is American-based Xterra.

It's a name that you're far more likely to see on the far side of the pond than in Europe; but they appear to have a focused drive into the European market for 2011 and beyond.