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Subject: Xterra LAVA pants

Anybody used these or have an opinion on these?  I do not buy that simulating a wetsuit swim at every training session is a good thing but does this have any place as a swimming tool?  Seems like it would function somewhat like a pull buoy. 

From their website:

"Wetsuit-level buoyancy and a natural range of motion simulate a wetsuit swim at every training session, which over time improves stroke technique and pacing while building muscle memory."



2013-12-05 12:39 PM
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I have a pair and it has helped my swim tremendously. One way it's different from a pull buoy is you can kick.
2013-12-05 3:58 PM
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I suggest taking the money you'd on these and invest in learning how to swim better. Seriously. These may help in the short term, but you're doing yourself a huge disservice by buying yourself a huge crutch.
2013-12-06 12:24 PM
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Sorry these have helped me more in 3 months than the previous 1.5 years without. Best money I have spent on swimming.
2013-12-06 6:58 PM
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Originally posted by risslerp

Sorry these have helped me more in 3 months than the previous 1.5 years without. Best money I have spent on swimming.


Can you elaborate on how the Lava pants have improved your swimming? Thanks!
2013-12-08 2:17 PM
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They have helped me in letting me work on my pull without me worrying about my legs. Also over time my body has gotten use to being in a more horizontal position. Even when I don't use the lava pants my body remains in a more horizontal position. I have improved from a 2:10/100yd to 1:40/100yd within 3 months since using the Lava pants. The prior 1.5 years I was suck at 2:10. Since I started wearing them 3 other teammates are using them. In a nutshell they allow me to work on bettering my form.


2013-12-08 4:23 PM
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I'd save money and just buy a cheap pool buoy to work on your stroke. That will help get your body in a more horizontal position (so will kicking). I swim faster with a wetsuit too, I'm pretty sure most/if not everyone do. Living in FL there are very few swims that are wetsuit legal, I wouldn't want to become dependent on a crutch, which is what these seem.
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