Pool Toy Reviews

  • Xterra Lava Pants Review

    4th June 2014

    Xterra’s Lava Pants swimming buoyancy shorts tested, rated and reviewed Xterra Lava Pants £99 xterrawetsuits.co.uk These buoyant neoprene swimming cut-offs from Xterra were easy to get on and stayed in place well thanks to the drawstring waistband. Some water did…

  • Zoggs Ultra Blue Fins Review

    23rd February 2014

    Zoggs Ultra Blue Fins tested, rated and reviewed Zoggs Ultra Blue Fins £20 zoggs.com Zoggs’ Ultra Blue Fins have a more rigid blade than the company’s regular all-silicone Bluefinz, which requires more power against the water to create propulsion, really…

  • Swimovate PoolMate HR Heart-Rate Monitor Review

    16th July 2013

    We put Swimovate’s waterproof PoolMate heart-rate monitor to the test Swimovate PoolMate HR £160 swimovate.com While we’ve successfully used heart-rate monitors in the pool before, functionality is usually limited by a stark warning to avoid pressing any buttons during the swim. No…

  • Finis Tempo Trainer Pro Review

    25th April 2013

    We review the Finis Tempo Trainer Pro Finis Tempo Trainer Pro £35.97 www.finisinc.com; www.swimshop.co.uk This tiny gadget can unlock the potential in your swimming. Simply set your desired pace, pop it under your swimming cap or goggle strap and it’ll…

  • Finis PT Paddles Review

    27th March 2013

    We review the Finis PT triathlon swimming paddles Finis PT Paddles £23.99 www.finisinc.com; www.swimshop.co.uk Unlike regular paddles, which create greater resistance against the water to increase strength, these Perfect Technique (PT) paddles from Finis have a smooth, potato-shaped surface to…

  • Huub Big Buoy Pullbuoy Review

    11th January 2013

    We reveal our verdict on the Huub Big Buoy pullbuoy Huub Big Buoy £19.99 www.huubdesign.com When we’re asked for advice on buying a pullbuoy, we usually shrug and say, “They’re all the same!” Not any more though – wetsuit manufacturers…

  • Garmin Swim Review

    3rd September 2012

    We review the Garmin Swim watch with length counter Garmin Swim Garmin Swim £129 www.garmin.co.uk Since we tested our first lap-counting swim watch a couple of years ago, these gadgets have grown in popularity. Like others, the Garmin Swim uses…

  • Zone3 Buoyancy Shorts Review

    22nd February 2012

    We review the Zone3 buoyancy shorts Zone3 Buoyancy Shorts Zone3 Neoprene Buoyancy Shorts £42.50 www.racezone3.co.uk Unique to this British wetsuit company, these smoothskin shorts use five-millimetre neoprene down the front and a three-millimetre thickness on the sides to increase buoyancy…

  • Complete Fitness Coaching Palm Paddles Review

    2nd November 2011

    We review the Complete Fitness Coaching Palm Paddles Complete Fitness Coaching Palm Paddles £20 www.completefitnesscoaching.co.uk Complete Fitness Coaching Palm Paddles It has taken a while to get used to using these new swim paddles and they’re so unlike any swim…

  • Zoggs 4 Stroke Fins Review

    21st June 2011

    We review the Zoggs 4 Stroke fins, which could improve your swimming technique Zoggs 4 Stroke Fins £17.99 www.zoggs.com A good set of fins can work wonders for your swimming. Not only do they help you develop a strong kick,…