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Maru MX2 Xtra

A striking design from the UK brand and one that divided opinion in the 220 office. Aesthetics aside, though, it was by far the best-fitting suit on test, with perfect coverage for the 34 tested. The only fiddly bit being the crossover straps at the back, which took a few minutes to adjust. Pleasingly, Maru […]

Maru MX2 Xtra
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Zoggs Jewel Reef Speedback

On first look at Zoggs’ offering we weren’t convinced; the pattern a little too garish for our muted palette. But at least it was a single-layer suit in the old-school style. In fact, we’d been so used to testing the double-layer suits that we felt quite exposed stepping poolside. But this is a traditional swim […]

Zoggs Jewel Reef Speedback
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Blueseventy Eclipse

We had high hopes for this one: a well-respected swim brand, a stylish design and a quality finish. Unfortunately, the sizing let it down. A 34 was almost big enough for two people to fit in to and, again, the double layer – which this time was used across almost the entire suit, even the […]

Blueseventy Eclipse
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Orca One Piece

First impressions? Buy the size up. The 10 made us feel like we were slowing being squeezed in a vice, rendering us almost hunchback in the water. Once in the 12… well it was still too tight, most noticeably across the shoulders. Like the Aqua Sphere the Orca has two layers on the front panel, […]

Orca One Piece
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Aqua Sphere Manaus

A simple yet striking design from the swimwear behemoths Aqua Sphere. Although we were a little worried that it would be too small – as there didn’t seem to be much give getting it on, it fitted like a second skin; testing a 34 (a UK10), the sizing was spot on. With the yellow flatlock-stitched […]

Aqua Sphere Manaus
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TYR Catalyst Brites

TYR produce a range of six paddle sizes for use by everyone from beginners to elite swimmers. The paddles tested here are medium sized, and, according to TYR, are suitable for ‘older secondary school males, senior national females, mid-level masters and triathletes’. The paddle design has two major features to aid technique. The first – […]

TYR Catalyst Brites
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Maru Training Fins

There’s little triathletes detest more than kicking drills in the swimming pool; legs that are heavy from cycling or tired from running are certainly not automatically conditioned for front-crawl kick. However, training fins like these ones from Maru can come to the rescue by helping to develop your ankle flexibility and build strength in the […]

Maru Training Fins
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Speedo Aquacoach

Swimovate, creators of the revolutionary wrist-mounted swimming computer, the Pool-Mate, has teamed up with Speedo to help develop its Aquacoach watch. The four-year agreement allows Speedo to use Swimovate’s lap-counting technology. Speedo’s Aquacoach isn’t just a lap counter, though. It also estimates calorific expenditure and compares up to 50 sessions stored in its memory. The […]

Speedo Aquacoach
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Sharkeye Tracker

If you want to get to the bottom of your swim limitations, or have aspirations of becoming a coach, then the Sharkeye could be for you. This standalone underwater camera lets you walk alongside a swimmer – pending approval from your pool – to capture their technique as well as being able to view the […]

Sharkeye Tracker
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Swimovate Pool-Mate

Using motion-sensors, the Pool-Mate records your entire swim session, storing information about how many lengths you’ve done (invaluable if you often lose count), your pace per 100m, stroke rate, calorie-burn and efficiency, without you needing to press any buttons during your swim. You only need to hit ‘Start’ at the beginning and ‘Stop’ at the […]

Swimovate Pool-Mate
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Sanyo Xacti WH1

Sanyo’s new waterproof digital camera/camcorder has been designed to appeal to surfers and skiers, and it’s easy to see why. It has the highest possible IEC waterproof rating – IPX8 – and works down to a depth of three metres. It also boasts a 30x optical zoom and records 1280×720 HD video at 30 frames […]

Sanyo Xacti WH1
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Orca Swim Classic swim suit

With the wetsuit market more than covered, Orca has transferred some of their knowledge to the pool and, judging from this suit, they’ve clearly done their homework. Their new swim range – the CL-R – features the latest in chlorine-resistant fabrics. The One Piece Classic is exactly that: simple but smart-looking with a funky design […]

Orca Swim Classic swim suit
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Maru Kaleidoscope Splish Back

This is Maru’s latest thin strap, aqua sport suit. And, as with the Tyr Hurricane, it hasn’t been designed for those who like subtle colour schemes. Its bright, funky kaleidoscope pattern might not be to everyone’s liking, but if you love your swimsuits loud, then this is definitely a suit to take a closer look […]

Maru Kaleidoscope Splish Back
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Aqua Sphere Purday Sport

You could be quite easily mistaken for a character from Baywatch wearing this eye-catching red number, but don’t let that put you off. This is a good suit at a competitive price, which looks the part and performs well in the water. However, it might be worth trying it for size before deciding if it’s […]

Aqua Sphere Purday Sport
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Tyr Hurricane Dimaxback

This suit is not for those swimmers who like to blend in by the poolside. Its bright-green Hurricane design is ‘lively’, and in its packaging you’ll be inclined to keep it there… but once on it might actually surprise you. It looks particularly good in sunny conditions. It’s aimed at the performance swimmer, with a […]

Tyr Hurricane Dimaxback
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Nike EWB1940

Nike has never been a major player when it comes to swimwear, so it’s hardly surprising that when it does take the plunge, it does so by bringing some swanky, new technology to the pool. Although Nike has had swimsuits on the market for some time now, this latest one features their Dow XLA fibre, […]

Nike EWB1940
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Tyr Tri-Colour H-Back

Tyr says this is one of its best-selling suits – and it’s not hard to see why. It has a simple yet elegant and stylish look, which always makes for a good start. The ‘H-Back’-style straps have been designed to come wider up the chest and over the shoulders, which translates to extra support and […]

Tyr Tri-Colour H-Back