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2016 Holiday gift guide: Swim gifts

Start your next event in style with some of these swim-specific goodies sure to thrill any triathlete this holiday.

Huub Archimedes 2

$950 Huub pulled out all the stops with the Archimedes 2 with the goal of creating a suit that would allow you to go fast without feeling like you had a wetsuit on. The Archimedes 2 is 25 per cent thinner on the sides, back and shoulders, using 1 mm Cholorprene foam and extremely flexible lining materials to provide lots of reach and that non-wetsuit feel so you’ll work less on each stroke. The suit also supports your pelvis and hips to improve your stroke efficiency. Thinner material around your calves enhances your kick and reduces cramping, while the specially designed materials around the biceps allow you to finish your stroke easily. The low neck line enhances the flexibility and doesn’t restrict your breathing.

Orca RS1 Dream Kona Aero

US$299 This trisuit is specially designed for long-distance racing in warmer water. The AeroSkin fabric panels reduce drag in the water and improve aerodynamics on the bike. The Oxygen fabric with coldblack technology is very breathable and will keep you cool and comfortable on the bike and especially during the run. The chamois varies in thickness from 2 to 5 mm and uses a stitch less construction for lots of cushioning when you need it on the bike and comfort while you’re running. The longer front zip allows you to open it right up for some extra air, too.

Blueseventy P74TX

$350 Blueseventy pioneered the swimskin and continues to lead the way when it comes to fast non-wetsuit suits. The P74TX was the first suit out of the water in Kona last year thanks to a combination of hydrophobic fabric, welded seams and streamlining compression. Four different fabrics are used in the suit to provide support, water resistance, compression and heat management for warm-water efforts. The innovative locking zipper means you don’t need a lanyard, either, further reducing drag.

Dare2Tri Neoprene swim shorts

$80 Perfect for swim training and open water swims, these neoprene swimshorts give you extra buoyancy to simulate the feeling of wearing a wetsuit. Perfect for training and working on your swim position.