Working on your swimming this winter? Triathletes love new gear and swim gear is on the most affordable end in our sport. Here are some great products you can rely on in the pool and for racing season.
Paddles are the best tool to strengthen your stroke, which is important in triathlon so you can save your legs for the bike and run. These paddles come in five sizes so you can gradually build up your stroke over the training season. The unique shape of these paddles is designed to evenly distribute pressure as your hand hits the water, another feature to reduce risk of shoulder injury. The holes in the durable and lightweight polypropylene paddle allow you to configure the straps in a way most comfortable to you.
For triathletes who head from the pool to work or school, the dry-off sport towel is the best option for a fast-drying, compact and lightweight towel that won’t take up much room in a bag. Though small in size (17 x 13 inches), the dry-off sport towel is extremely absorbent. Its synthetic material is designed to provide long-lasting softness regardless of usage and washing so you can rely on it to last through years of training and racing.
Tyr’s triathlon specific goggles are great in the pool and open water, making them a pair you can rely on over the winter training months and summer racing season. Their hypoallergenic DURAFIT technology silicone gaskets provide a wide peripheral range and are comfortable on the eye socket but water-tight. Our tester had no problem with water seeping in, even during the fastest dives and flip turns. The best feature of the goggles is the polarized lenses, which reduce glare and improves your vision regardless of indoor or outdoor light conditions (like dimly-lit pools or early morning race starts). The goggles come ready with a coat of Tyr’s long-lasting Anti-Fog Spray (also sold separately for $4). The goggles come in many colours.
Triathletes will love this bag year-round. The updated Big Mesh Mummy Backpack (20% larger than the previous model) is great as a sack for pool deck equipment or as a stand-alone backpack to bring to workouts or races. At 25 litres, you can fit a lot in this bag — shoes, clothes, even a wetsuit in the summer — and the barrel-lock drawstring keeps everything in. The bag has separate pockets on the front, unlike some basic mesh swimmer’s bags, designed for items like a water bottle and goggles. It has thick, adjustable shoulder straps for comfort when carrying. The mesh design helps contents dry after use.
All prices are in USD.