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2013-08-16 12:34 PM

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Anyone taking the "plunge" on these new swim pants from Xterra? They look interesting, but would like to see some feedback before I drop $125 on them to try out.

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2013-08-16 12:40 PM
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they look intriguing

one of the reviews commented about how they knocked 25-30 seconds of their 100m pace...either they are darn slow, or these pants make them like aquaman

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2013-08-16 12:44 PM
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Let me get this straight, for $125 I can replace the pull buoy my pool offers for free?

2013-08-16 12:45 PM
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Not directed solely at you but I have to ask why? I would even ask that to the Roka Sim shorts as well. To my non fish eye they both look like another crutch for a triathlete that would be even more potentially dependence forming in nature than a pull buoy. The cost of the pants/shorts would equate to one or two private lessons with a coach to help solve the issue at the source of the problem. Then again I'm a horrible swimmer so I'm not claiming to know a whole lot here
2013-08-16 12:56 PM
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Not directed solely at you but I have to ask why? I would even ask that to the Roka Sim shorts as well. To my non fish eye they both look like another crutch for a triathlete that would be even more potentially dependence forming in nature than a pull buoy. The cost of the pants/shorts would equate to one or two private lessons with a coach to help solve the issue at the source of the problem. Then again I'm a horrible swimmer so I'm not claiming to know a whole lot here
I don't necessarily have a reason to get them. I am actually a decent swimmer (many years of competitive swimming), even if I am not where I used to be with it. I actually hate the pull buoy for the most part, but enjoy the added speed of the wetsuit. That being said, my preference would be that all races would be non-wetsuit legal, as this would give me more of an advantage, but since that isn't the case, I just play by the rules. Anyway, I kind of doubt I would ever end up with these, honestly, but I wanted to see what everyone thinks of them.

To address these over the pull buoy, however, I will say that I intentionally do *not* kick when using a pull buoy. I would kick using these. Not quite targeting the same thing.

2013-08-16 12:58 PM
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To address these over the pull buoy, however, I will say that I intentionally do *not* kick when using a pull buoy. I would kick using these. Not quite targeting the same thing.



According to Xterra: "LAVA PANTS will change the way you train in the pool by replacing your pull buoy and drastically improving your training results."

Sounds like a solution looking for a problem. In other words, they'll probably sell a ton of these to triathletes.





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To address these over the pull buoy, however, I will say that I intentionally do *not* kick when using a pull buoy. I would kick using these. Not quite targeting the same thing.



According to Xterra: "LAVA PANTS will change the way you train in the pool by replacing your pull buoy and drastically improving your training results."

Sounds like a solution looking for a problem. In other words, they'll probably sell a ton of these to triathletes.

Fair enough, but my point was about how *I* would use them if I ever had them, not what Xterra was pushing. My mindset has always been upper body only on pull buoy sets, where as this, for me, would be a different effect. Beyond the points you've made, they are of questionable value if one already has a wetsuit to train with in open water.

Regardless of all this, I'd like to see real world feedback of anyone who has tried them.
2013-08-16 1:48 PM
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Originally posted by Goosedog Let me get this straight, for $125 I can replace the pull buoy my pool offers for free?

 

But wait, there's more!!

2013-08-17 10:30 PM
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2013-08-18 8:24 AM
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Those look like they would be awesome for going to the pool with my 3 yo. When I turn into a shivering mess while she goes down the slide for 1,476th one more time. I think a wetsuit is over kill in that situation, but these pants might be perfect.
2013-08-18 2:38 PM
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they look cool.  that's reason enough to plunk down the $125.

(says the guy who buys his jammers from swim outlet and goes for whatever crazy style is on sale.)



2013-08-19 6:37 AM
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I got an email over the weekend about some place doing a special of these for $99 - of course, I trashed the email - so I don't remember who it was from...
2013-08-19 8:30 AM
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Ok, I'll fess up. I bought them. Swam in the lake with them. LOVED THEM!! They run a tad small, so I'm exchanging them for a bigger size. For me they were awesome in that you get the "benefit" of the wetsuit without the constriction in the chest. My goal is always first and foremost to have a comfortable race experience in the water and if these help me achieve that, then goal accomplished. I will say that it was rather fun being at OWS practice with my teammates last week with the pants on- the comments and the discussions that happened. I even let one of the guys try them out and he loved them! I plan to wear them in my 70.3 that is coming up.
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