2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – SHOES

Besides the wetsuit, the shoes are the most important item in swimrunning. First of all they have to fit well and be comfortable. Furthermore, how they perform in different environments – 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 how they drain water, and performing in swimming. Still there’s no perfect swimrun shoe yet, as there’s no perfect running shoe. However, there are some important points to check for when buying a swimrun shoe, foremost weight and draining capacity. Maybe you‘ll miss the “classical” running shoe with more drop and stability, but they are all trail running shoes which are mostly neutral with less drop. In Swimrunning it‘s all about weight, draining capacity but also how much they will drag in the water. So, less is more when you have to swim with your shoe. Cushioning or stability isn’t as important since individual running sections in many races are no longer than 8 to 12k.

 

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2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – WETSUITS

Wetsuits are arguably the most important piece of equipment in swimrun training and racing. It should provide good buoyancy, keep you warm in the water but also be easy to run in on land and to ventilate or ‘cab down’ (fold down the upper part) in hot conditions. This is the major difference compared to regular triathlon or open water wetsuits, only used for swimming. A good swimrun wetsuit should align itself properly with the body but we all have different needs and are individually shaped in different ways, e.g., have different body types; mesomorphic, endomorphic or ectomorphic. It can therefor be challenging to find a good wetsuit with a proper fit.

Different body types require different type of fits

 

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2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – GOGGLES

There are many different types of goggles on the market why it can be a bit cumbersome to choose. You basically have to decide if you want to buy a comfortable pair with silicon, rubber or foam gasket, or a low-profile type that sits directly on your eye-socket. Also, if you’re going to use them for racing or only training.

There are pros and cons with all types.

 

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Results are on the way – International swimrun equipment test

This weekend, World of Swimrun (WoS), Swimrun France (SR-F) and Swimrun Germany (SR-G) teamed up in Marseille, France for the 1st ever international swimrun equipment test. During 4 days, the teams tested and debated some 70 swimrun equipment items from more than 40 manufacturers.

What a weekend!

The 1st ever swimrun equipment test was a huge success. Contrary to normal sunny conditions in the rugged and steep terrain of Calanque de Sormiou, Marseille, our test was conducted in rain, storm-winds, huge waves, strong currents and sun. We definitely got the chance to test the swimrun equipment in all types of conditions.

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