Swim Essentials

If you're looking to treat the triathlete in your life - or yourself - this Christmas, check out our pick of superlative swim essentials



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Blueseventy Sprint wetsuit

The Sprint has been specifically designed for those starting out in triathlon who want a comfortable suit that will perform well. It focuses on warmth, comfort and buoyancy, each of which is important for first-time open-water swimmers. It's available in a wide range of sizes. Voted best for value in Triathlete's World, June 2011.

Info: blueseventy.com
How much? £130

Aqua Sphere Kayenne

These goggles, favoured by 2011 Texas Ironman winner Catriona Morrison, have a huge field of vision, thanks in part to the diamond-shaped lens. If you're looking for a pair of goggles to take you from the pool to open water, they're a smart option.

Info: aquasphereswim.co.uk
How much: £18.99

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Swimovate Poolmate Pro

The Pool-Mate was launched in 2009 and was an instant hit. secret behind great swimming is great technique. The Pro version not only records your laps, speed, distance and efficiency in the water, it also downloads your PC, allowing detailed analysis of your progress.

Info: swimovate.com
How much? £129.99

Orca Swim Jammer Classic

25 swimming world records were broken at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, thanks in part to the new body-suit technology adopted by the majority of competitors. We're not suggesting you dress head to toe in Lycra, but what you wear in the pool will affect your aquadynamics. These swim shorts will let you slip through the water with ease.

Info: orca.com
How much? £39

Zoggs Jewel swimsuit

Zoggs Jewel Reef swimsuit

A great swimsuit will provide ample support without restricting movement. This offering from Zoggs did just that and was voted Triathlete's World best on test earlier this year. It's racy yet comfortable cut and supportive, quick-drying fabric impressed our tester and ensured quick times in the pool.

Info: zoggs.com 
How much? £39.99

You Tube swim technique videos

It's not easy honing your swim technique using diagrams from a book. Instead look to learn from the greatest swimmers and coaches of all time using the videos on You Tube. Take lessons from world-class freestyler Alexander Popov to Swim for Tri's head coach Dan Bullock and you should see rapid improvements.

Info: YouTube.com
How much? Free

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DEFOGit antifog cloths

Fog-free vision is useful when you're trying to aim for a distant buoy in a churning mass of flailing arms. With these handy wipes you can ensure clear vision whether you're in the swim or on the bike or run. The wipes are safe to use on all lenses and the anti-fog protection worked well even when we worked up a sweat.

Info: sunglassesforsport.com
How much? £5.95 

Speedo Aquabeat

When you're weary of the solitude and silence of ploughing up and down the pool, music can be a great motivator. This waterproof MP3 attaches to your goggle straps and is Mac and PC compatible. You're unlikely to need its 500 track capacity and nine hours of playing time unless you're training to swim the Channel - although we'd recommend you never listen to music in open water.

Info: speedoaquabeat.com 
How much? £75 

Zoggs Matrix

Zoggs Matrix Hand Paddles

Technique is key when it comes to faster swimming. These small paddles are ideal for working on stroke mechanics. They sit comfortably in the hand to ensure smooth and efficient movement to ensure you develop feel for the water. They're good value and will suit swim newbies as well as more experienced triathletes looking to fine-tune their strokes.

Info: zoggs.co.uk 
How much? £9.99

Speedo Aqua-V hat

If you're serious about your swim times, the smooth form of this multi-density silicone hat offers a five per cent reduction in drag compared to regular latex caps. Michael Phelps wears this hat, and it seems to work for him.

Info: speedo.co.uk 
How much? £13.99


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