Month: February 2010

Ironman Aqua Sphere Powered Wetsuit – Pro Series Review

After using my old surfing wetsuit for a few years I felt it was time to invest in a proper open water swimming wetsuit, after a lot of deliberation, I finally  the Ironman Aqua Sphere Powered Wetsuit – Pro Series. A former Ironman champ uses it so it can’t be bad! Here some of the description from the Aquasphere site: Designed for the Pro triathlete offering maximum buoyancy, flexibility, and warmth. The wetsuit was ordered through wiggle, got a great deal and delivery only two 2 days at the most. I highly recommend wiggle, they have never let me down in the past and you even get a wee surprise with your order such as a wee pack of sweeties! A nice touch I thought. Before you order its best to get the measuring tape out and take exact measurement to ensure you pick the right size of suit, these wetsuits are designed to be tight, but don’t order one so tight that you cant breathe once you have it on! The Aquasphere wetsuit came in its own carrying case which was a bonus since the coating on the swimming wetsuits is quite fragile and could be liable to scratches if its not protected which being stored. Watch your fingernails when handling them too! Its the special coating these suits have to cover up the stitching and panel joins...

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How to buy a new Swimming Wetsuit

Last summer I decided to upgrade my old surfing wetsuit for a brand new swimming wetsuit. The old one cost me £50 and lasted 3 years but was beginning to be a little stretched and ended up with gallons of water sloshing around inisde! Well thats what it felt like. It was also a surfing wetsuit, not a triathlon wetsuit. Because I have never surfed, and only use wetsuits for open water swimmer I decided to go for the type of wetsuit which is geared specifically for open water swimming triathletes. The main difference between swimming and surfing wetsuits is the material used on the outer surface which is really smooth and very few joins to reduce the drag of the water as you swim along. Also the thickness of some of the panels is different. For a swimming wetsuit you need to have a lot of flexablility in the shoulders so the material here is thinner to avoid aches when swimming for long distances. Bouyancy is another consideration, different wet suit manufacturers use slightly different materials which alter the amount of “flotation” that the wetsuit gives, usually the thicker the panels, the more floaty it will be and the higher up in the water you’ll be. Remember the higher the better! Steps to deciding which wetsuit to buy… Pick a budget. Swimming wetsuit range from £70 all the...

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Blackberry 8900 Curve on Vodafone

New year, new start so why mot a new phone!? My old Sony Ericsson was ready to pack in with the charging contacts nearly worn through! A couple of friends had suggested blackberries before, but I had always avoided contract phones, until now. I spent hours searching reviews and deals until I made a choice. I was going to get a Blackberry 8900 curve! The only drawback is it doesn’t have 3G, but that doesn’t matter since I spend a lot of time in non 3g areas! Choosing this meant monthly contracts were about £10 cheaper. Next, I had to choose a contract. I was going to stay with tmobile, but it was too much hassle to keep my number on the same network! Mobiles.co.uk seemed to have good deals and they are owned by the carphone warehouse so aren’t going to rip you off. In the end I got a way better deal for the blackberry on vodafone. Most importantly I was able to transfer my number with zero hassle! More to follow...

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