Triathlon Swim Equipment You Should or Shouldn’t Use

Triathlon Swim Equipment You Should or Shouldn’t Use


– This is a floaty pants day if there’s ever been a floaty pants day. (whimsical music) Strong man death grip stretchy. It’s what you want, nice and tight. Morning Trainiacs, holy crap on a cracker, am I tired after yesterday’s
three hour session. I actually texted Pat before it started and asked him if it was
a typo, it was so big. Then after it was done, I told him that our friendship was on shaky terms. Cuts that deep don’t heal that quickly. To which he replied, “Be
ready for the swim tomorrow.” There’s a good-looking man approaching over my left shoulder. – Talking about me? – I don’t see any other
good-looking men here. – True dat. – This is a floaty pants day if there’s ever been a floaty pants day. (triumphant music) (mellow pop music) Now for another Taren-sponsored public service announcement
about floaty pants. I’ve talked about this
before a couple of times, essentially it’s just pair
of shorts made in neoprene so it lets your legs
float up in the water. So these are the Roka SIM shorts. I think there’s like four
or five different versions, and of our training group, I’m the only person that wears
them, on days like today, where I smashed myself the day before, and I use this as a bit of a motivation to actually get to the pool because it’s a lot
easier to swim in these. I also don’t recommend
swimming in these a lot, but then, I go over to the
Full Throttle Endurance team, which is the most decorated triathlon team in the United States, and
they’re all wearing floaty pants and they’re all doing
it during time trials, really measured sets, which is like big time no-no in our group. So I talk to the guys, and they said, basically the entire groups goes and buys themselves a pair of floaty pants and they train almost all the time in it because they want to
simulate as close as possible the body position that
they’re going to get when they go into a race
and they’re in a wetsuit. And I totally agree. A pair of floaty pants
is gonna get your legs up to the surface a lot more similar to how your body position will be when you’re wearing a wetsuit. The downside to it, it
actually makes your stroke a little less efficient
for just pure swimming, say in a pool. What I find is, if I’m
using floaty pants a lot, my stroke isn’t nearly as good because naturally, my legs tend to sink because they’ve been
relying on the floaty pants. And I tend to actually have
slower times in the pool. Here’s what the dude with
the triathlon team last year said about that, “You kinda
just have to look at it as, “do you want to be fast in a pool “or do you want to be
fast in a triathlon?” Touche, my friend. Is swimming fast in a
pool without floaty pants going to make you slower in a triathlon? No, not necessarily because
you might be developing just an all-round better stroke. But is wearing these in the pool going to make you slower in a triathlon? Probably not, so the way I look at it is floaty pants can help make
you faster in a triathlon but odds are, they’ll make
you slower in the pool. Not wearing floaty pants in the pool, will probably make you
a better pool swimmer and it could also make you
a better triathlon swimmer because you’re becoming a
better all-around swimmer. If you wanna wear floaty pants, wear yourself some floaty pants. Off to the office now,
where I know for a fact I got a very fun present
while I was gone to New York. Ooh-hoo, I haven’t had a piece of gear that I’ve been this jacked
up about in a few months. Maybe since last summer, it’s like whoo! So this is from HUUB, who
was nice enough last year to let me try out a wetsuit and they let my pal, Nicole Walker, try
out a wetsuit and a swim skin. So now coming into Ironman Campeche, probably not gonna be a wetsuit swim, it’s damn hot in Mexico, I was like, “Ah, I need two things.” Number one, my race kit
is like so crazy outdated that it’s actually a
hand-me-down from Coach Pat that I somehow cram myself into. He doesn’t even know how long ago that design of tri-suit was. And the shorts were actually the very first triathlon
shorts that I have so I needed a new tri-suit, and because I’m doing longer distances and there’s so much merit that, the research that’s gone
into creating aero tri-suits has been immensely beneficial, I wanted to test out that. Apparently it saves
somewhere around I think 30 to 60 seconds over the
course of the Half Ironman. I’m big on taking a minute. And then, because it’s
gonna be a non-wetsuit swim, typically what people use is a swims kin. So a swim skin is not buoyant. It’s a really thick,
stiff compression layer that typically go there and
then down past your tri-shorts. So I contacted HUUB again because A, I liked their wetsuit last year, B, Nicole loved their swim skin last year, and C, their aero-tri-suit
comes in Triathlon Taren Red. So that’s what we’ve got. So let’s have a little
look-see at what they sent. Ooh, a packing notice. HUUB, research, science, reality. Albacore swim skin in
black and red, size small ’cause I’m just a wee little thing. Look how tiny this is. That is how small a swim skin is. This is how big a tri-suit is. This goes over top of
that, so it tells you how tight this thing is gonna fit on me. That’s the albacore swim skin. It’s stretchy but it’s like
strong man death grip stretchy. It takes a lot of effort
to actually stretch it out. There’s no padding in this. There’s not a ton of structure. Basically the entire purpose of this is to squinch in your body during the swim and make yourself more
streamlined in the water, and apparently the surface area of this is actually designed
to be more hydrodynamic than even your skin. Let’s check out the the tri-suit. Ooh, this is the Dave Scott line. If you know of anything about Ironman, you know Dave Scott, six-time
Ironman Kona champion, probably the toughest motherfucker that has ever raced Ironman. DS tri-suit sleeved in black and red. Yes, ma’am. And how good looking is that. So a few things about
this that you’ll notice. One is that it’s got sleeves. Apparently sleeves are more
aerodynamic than no sleeves. I think that could be because as you get into that aero position, having that gap of your armpits, it’s another spot that
wind needs to curl around. Zip up in the front, nice
thin shammy underneath. The compression of the legs
is kinda similar to this, not nearly as stiff, and
then around the back, this here, that back strip, is all vented. Ooh, and I didn’t know about that, the pocket that we’ll put
gels in, got one on each side. It’s got a nice little flap over top so that my stuff doesn’t fall out. Signed by Dave Scott, right on my bum, so excited about this. I think I’m gonna try this on, hang on for a little moment. Okay, we’re back, arms are on tight, that’s what you want! (triumphant music) There we go, huh? Ooh, they’re up there. Huh, what do you think? It’s like they painted on
abs, ’cause those aren’t mine. I like it, first impressions,
these weren’t nearly as compression-focused as
I thought they might be, not nearly as much up here. It’s a little bit tight
getting it on the first time but once you’re in, it’s sorta like the suit just matches with your body. Under here, we’re gonna have
to see how that works out, it feels a little bit bunchy. The pockets up here, those
are a little bit high up. Let me go with that. Oh, the cuffs, those are very tight. Make sure that, I guess,
wind doesn’t get in there and then similar sort of thing. So while this is stretchy,
there is stretchy, that’s not very stretchy. Think how a lot of
people wear it, like so. Take this up. Think a lot of people go like this. Ooh, she’s tight. Holey moley, oh Nicole, you are gonna have to help me get into
this on race morning. (grunting) And I think then you shove
the tri-suit into it. Saw Conrad Stultz do it
at a race that I was at. That’s right, I saw
him on the race course. And he’d go like this, that, and then sneak this one. I wish that I was playing
this up for the camera but I’m not. Ooh, no way I’m getting
that zipper up by myself. Zipper strength, that
ain’t gettin’ done up. She’s tight, a real dicey
proposition combining that, this, which you might not
be able to get out of. That is the HUUB swim skin. These two things are what
I’m gonna be racing in in Ironman Campeche. Stay tuned for a more thorough review of how much I like it. And on that note, somebody
has come into the office to see me in a lot of lycra. Don’t come back here,
I’m in stretchy things!

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