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ALL THE BEST EQUIPMENT FOR A BETTER SWIM


OPEN WATER KIT…


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We take a look at some of the latest products on the market for the open water swimmer…


GU BREW ▼ Cost per tube: £7.99


Electrolytes: Sodium, 320mg; Potassium, 55mg D'oh – last issue we had a round-up of electrolyte drinks, and carried an incorrect image and pricing for GU Electrolyte tablets. Let's try again. For those who wish to avoid artifi cial


sweeteners GU is a good choice, as it uses a plant leaf extract called Stevia to add sweetness and mask the salty fl avour – a great selling point at a time when ‘natural’ foods have never been more popular. But the taste is a thin, and although sodium content is high compared to competitor products it’s the most limited in terms of its electrolyte content.


LEG LUBE


PERFORMANCE SHAVE GEL ▶ $8.95 (available from US only) Leg Lube is 'created by athletes, for athletes'. In a swimming context, a body shaving product is more likely to be of interest to competitive pool swimmers rather than their open water counterparts. That said, for the particularly hirsute, pulling on and wearing a wetsuit can be uncomfortable, so Leg Lube might fi nd some takers among this group. This product is said to out-perform soap and shaving cream, 'reducing drag, nicks, in-grown hairs, razor-burn and dry skin', and can be used anywhere you shave – legs, face, arms, chest, head and back.


PALM PADDLE £20, from completefi tnesscoaching.co.uk


Watch top swimmers and you’ll see how nearly all ‘catch’ the water early, with their fi ngertips pointing to the bot om, their forearm vertical and the elbow ‘high’ (i.e. near the surface). Weaker swimmers, by contrast, tend to push down with straight arms or even present the palm of their hand to the on-coming water. Palm Paddles work by reducing the force you can apply to the water with your hand. This encourages you to quickly get your hand and arm into the most eff ective swimming position. Additionally, the Palm Paddle is only fi t ed with a single loop around the middle fi nger. This forces you to drive your hand through the water along the correct path to keep pressure


on the paddle and hence keep it in place. 62


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