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.
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Among the pieces of equipment essential to swimrun, the shoes are fundamental. It’s our contact with the ground, it is what we spend most time in, and it suffers the most shocks. It is therefore important to choose the ideal shoe for your training and your next race. The answer is actually quite simple: there is no ideal shoe. If you are seeking peremptory guru-style advice telling you what THE best shoe of the moment is, you can save time: stop reading this article, and go to magazines paid by brand x or y to brag about their product.
If you’re still reading, then let’s try to define a method to navigate the jungle of the running shoe market and the use of shoes in swimrun.
The first criterion: your stride
Your shoes have to suit your stride, your running technique. This is by far the most important point. For example if you land on the heel, then you should not believe that a minimalist shoe without cushioning will suit you. On the contrary: you will risk getting injured. It doesn’t help to look at what some champion or friend (the two are not mutually exclusive!) uses if your running technique is completely different from that of your hero. We can of course change our technique, but this is another debate and a longer-term approach issue we’ll address another time. So analyse your current technique (not the one you dream of) and eliminate the shoes that are incompatible with your stride. Another point which can sometimes be important: your weight. Not everybody weighs 40 kg… Take this into account when choosing your shoe. It should be noted that manufacturers are making progress on cushioning and stability, with for example the introduction of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) foam. In summary, comfort, movement efficiency and injury prevention are far more important than fashion. Use the type of shoes you need for classic running before moving on to the other criteria.
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Get the most basic swimrun outfit for less than 320 € (336 $)
A full set of swimrun equipment for no more than 345 € (363 $)
It can get cheaper if you don’t mind what brand you buy
We’ve now reached over 300 races in the world and more people are joining the #swimrun movement. A significant amount of people are crossing over from triathlon, but many ‘pure’ swimmers and runners have also taken a liking to the sport.
Last year almost 10.000 people participated in a swimrun event and for 2017 we expect this number to increase significantly. In general, swimmers know their gear from the pool, as do the runners from the trail, triathlon people know both. But as a swimrun beginner, there are a couple of things specifically related to swimrun gear that you need to know about, and what to spend your money on.