How to swim smart, fast and save energy during a swimrun race – Use a pull-cord!

In the early days of swimrun, very few used a pull-cord of any sort, whereas today this equipment has become standard in team swimrun racing. Its main purpose is to help pull the weaker swimmer during the swims but despite this great benefit, some teams still opt for racing without one. This is totally fine, but the options should be weighed carefully, because you might gain several benefits from using …

The next generation swimrun pull-buoy

We love seeing how swimrun equipment keep being developed. There’s no end to swimrunners curiosity to invent new stuff and push through the boundaries. Take for instance the now growing popularity of the “double” swimrun pull-buoy, that came as a reaction to the loss of buoyancy with the Head Aero wetsuit. The pull-buoy has been tampered with since the early days of swimrun racing and now its taking off in …

2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – PADDLES

Cruising through the open waters with the propulsion of swim paddles. That’s the signature move of a Swimrunner. There are as many levels of swimming fitness as there are different race course / training types. From flat-and-fast sprint Swimruns to demanding rough water stretches, as seen in the Hvar race this April. The transitions and trail running add additional demands to which “shovel” to use for racing, that go beyond …

Off-season Swimrun prices – save a buck while upgrading for 2018!

The easiest guide for beginners to buy swimrun equipment online Get the most basic decent swimrun outfit for less than 300 €  If you don’t mind what brand you buy you can get it even cheaper As more people are joining the #swimrunmovement, we’re also seeing an upsurge in available swimrun equipment. As we reported last year in our swimrun equipment test, the manufacturers now provide us with a wide range …

Why do we need a safety buoy in training?

The sea is calm and warm. No jelly fish floating around, the pair of swimrunners is competent and confident, the route stays close to the shore, no wild off-shore crossing, no strong current, the two friends jump into the water with serenity. However, they haven’t done everything they could to stay safe : they are not carrying a safety buoy. You may ask why would they need to bother with this …

Guides to Swimrun Equipment

*The links doesnt work but you can search for each article in the top corner /The WoS Team 1. The basic set-up Wetsuit How to buy the correct sized wetsuit Shoes What is the best shoe for swimrun?                 Goggles  Which type of goggles to use            2. Equipment to improve performance Paddles             Pull buoy Pull cord Swimrun calfs Neoprene …

Should you change your running shoes or not?

As researchers, the WoS Team every now and then stumble upon articles that could be of interest to the swimrun-community. Even though swimrun is a sport by itself, it’s too young for research to have picked up on it. In the mean time we’ll have to do with science coming from the running or the swimming domains. Below is some interesting research for you sci-nerds out there, on the topic of …

A closer look at Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR and Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium HR

It’s correct. Suunto doesn’t have a swimrun-mode. Yet. We hear it’s in the pipeline in a forthcoming update, but without an official release date. So, if you plan to use the Suunto for swimrunning and to include transitions, you’re left with the old trick of using any custom sports mode and push the lap-button when changing segment, which works great by the way. You’ll still get the overall speed GPS …

2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – SHOES

Besides the wetsuits shoes are the most important item in swimrunning. First of all they have to fit and to be comfortable for you. Furthermore it is interesting how the shoes work on different grounds – stone, forest trails and narrow paths – both dry and wet. As you’re going to swim with it (most of us will do so) it’s also a question of draining the water and performing …

Paddles in swimrun – How far can they be developed?

“To all whom it may concern:” Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop wrote already in 1876 and little did he know that his letter to the US Patent Office would come to affect swimming from that moment on, up until today. What Robert had invented was the heart-shaped swim paddle with accompanied swim fins. After years of field testing he felt confident that his hand-and-foot-plate invention would “help improve human locomotion in …