From the 2015 Buyer’s Guide, the gear to help you swim fast this year.
Arena Carioca Jammer (men’s swimsuit) $65
A great option for everyday training, these trunks give extra coverage but are a sleek fit. The Max-Life materials provide extra comfort but are also chlorine-proof and sunlight resistant and are designed to be extremely durable. What more would a triathlete want?
Blueseventy Core Shorts $100
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Many triathletes welcome the use of a pull buoy to save their legs for the bike and run, and while they are great for allowing a focus on stroke technique, triathletes also need to synch that with optimal lower body position and kick. Blueseventy’s new neoprene Core short simulates the hip buoyancy of a wetsuit and so combines the benefits of a pull buoy with a natural kick. Made from the same jersey-lined material as Blueseventy’s top-of-the-line Helix wetsuit so they’re both comfortable and easy to put on and off even midswim set. Strategically placed orange graphics allow an on-deck coach to provide input on hip rotation.
TYR CrossBlade Fins $42
TYR’s multipurpose intermediate CrossBlade Fins combine the best parts of both short and long blade fins. They are stiffer for greater acceleration off the wall. Whether you’re looking to boost tempo or build leg strength, these are a great option. Soft rubber at the foot and ankle is both comfortable and makes them easy to get on and off. The fins are colour-coded for sizing.
Kiwami Kaha Turtle Trunk Stars (men’s swimsuit) $59
The adjustable hip tie makes this a go-to for pool training. Made with chlorine-resistant fabric, athletes can be sure that is a pair they can rely on. To prolong the life of this pair, swimmers should give it a cold rinse after the workout is over.
Arena Nimesis Goggles $30
There’s nothing more frustrating than fumbling to adjust goggles that won’t stay put. Luckily, these ones have easily adjustable sides. The nose bridge will form to fit different faces and the soft silicone material means swimmers won’t have to deal with goggle-marks or redness when the workout’s all wrapped up. Made from liquid silicone they are sturdy and feature a wide sightline making them perfect for open water too.
Arena South Challenge Back (women’s swimsuit) $80
The back straps of this bathing suit are incredibly flexible. That means that swimmers won’t be limited in their movement no matter which stroke they’re using. The bold print is perfect for swimmers who aren’t afraid to stand out. Form meets function in the fun suit. Made from Max-Life fabric, this suit will outlast many.
Blueseventy Thermal Skull Cap $45
The top-ranked triathlete in the world, Gwen Jorgensen, has said that since she gets cold in non-wetsuit swims, she often races with a neoprene swim cap under her race cap. Upwards of 30 per cent of your body heat is lost through your head in the water. Blueseventy offers this 3 mm Yamamoto neoprene sleek cap, lined with a thin layer of wool to keep in the heat. A broad central stretch panel decorated with racy silver stripes increases visibility in dim conditions.
Kiwami Tri Maona (one piece women’s swimsuit) $109
Though it’s low-backed, the elastic in this suit is sure to keep this suit in place. This item is lined throughout with thin straps that won’t get in the way. Its colour scheme is far from boring without being over-the-top.