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Finis Pull Buoy

The classic versatile swimming tool.

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The Finis Foam Pull Buoy is a classic tool for developing your swimming technique. Placed between your legs as high as they will go, Pull Buoys were traditionally seen as for strength development too. Since the buoyancy allows you to turn off your leg kick the upper body can be isolated.

These days we use pull buoys for slightly different stroke technique reasons. Whilst you have to be careful not to become reliant on them, they are an extremely valuable tool which every swimmer should have in their kit bag.

Swim Smooth's Opinion:

How many people do you know in your master's swim session who reach out for a pull buoy every time the going gets a little tough? I bet they're mostly the guys who do this? Have you ever asked them why? Many will tell you that they are using the pull buoy to isolate their arms to work on their swimming strength.

A Pull Buoy is held between your legs as high as it will go. This allows you to turn off your leg kick and isolate your upper body.

But swimming isn't limited by your strength, it's limited by your technique. Otherwise that 12 year old skinny kid who flys along in the next lane must be a whole lot stronger than she looks! Swimmers who love to reach for their pull buoys are using it to mask the fact that their body position is poor or they have poor kicking technique. This is why it is normally guys with lean legs who are the first to grab their "life buoy" - it helps keep their butt and legs up and immediately remedies their body position issues.

So, with that in mind, why would we recommend you buy one?! Well there are some great reasons to use a pull buoy during your technique work:

Rotation Development. The tendency when swimming with a pull buoy is to become very flat in the water with limited body rotation. By focusing on body roll whilst using a pull buoy we encourage elements of stroke technique which develop good body rotation - like an engaged core and good alignment.

Snaking Hips. The isolation of the upper body highlights any core control issues a swimmer may have in their technique. It's very common to see a swimmer snake down the lane when using a pull buoy. By encouraging the swimmer to stretch through the core we encourage body roll and remove snaking from the stroke.

Sculling and Doggy Paddle Drills

An important focus when using a pull buoy is to think about your initial catch at the front of the stroke immediately after hand entry. To do this we ask our swimmers to perform a 50m swim with the first 15m performing our Scull #1 drill from the Swim Smooth DVD Boxset - then going straight into 35m of normal freestyle focusing on the catch. The pull buoy comes into it's own here as it isolates this aspect of stroke technique. The pull buoy can also be used in exactly the same way with the doggy paddle drill.

Drills performed with a pull buoy help you improve your catch and feel for the water. As you scull or perform doggy paddle, keep your elbows higher than your wrists and your wrists higher than your fingertips, as though you are leaning over a Swiss Ball or large barrel following its contour.

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All products supplied by Swim Smooth are hand picked from quality suppliers or developed in-house. We're so confident in the benefits each offers to swimmers and coaches we are able to give our full money-back guarantee.

If you are not entirely satisfied with your Finis Pull Buoy then return it to us and we will refund you. Simple as that.

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GB £9 / US $14 / AUS $19 / Euro €12 / CAN $18

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Overview: Finis Pull Buoy

Description: The Classic Stroke Development Tool.

For: All levels of swimmer working on their stroke.

Our Comment: Used in the right way a Pull Buoy is a great tool to assist your swimming development.

GB £9 / US $14 / AUS $19 / Euro €12 / CAN $18

About our Multi Buy Deals

Why do we stock so much Finis kit? Simply because they make some great products which we have grown to love over the years, so much so that we use very few training tools from anyone else within our Swim Smooth squads in Perth. We particularly love their paddles which are very innovative and cleverly designed.

Swim Smooth were recently invited by Finis to visit their home base in California and found an impressive young company packed with talented people. We were impressed to find that nearly every employee was a super-quick competitive swimmer in their own right, which explains why they produce such excellent products:

In short, these guys are the real deal, producing great kit that really helps swimmers improve their swimming.

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Important Notice: Shipping To The USA

We are shipping orders from the UK to the United States as normal but have been informed by the Royal Mail of some new security measures that have been introduced by United States Homeland Security to all mail entering the United States. These measures may mean a small delay to your parcel arriving over the February period. Full details can be seen here.

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We ship all our products from the UK because the UK postal system offers fast and great value shipping to the rest of the world.

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UK: 2-5 days ¹
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¹ Typical delivery times which we work very hard to achieve for you. Delays are rare but we must allow 28 days before a claim is made against the suspected loss of a parcel.

Over the last decade we've shipped tens of thousands of packages to our customers in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. You can order from us safe in the knowledge that we have never left a single order unfullfilled anwhere in the world. We operate an extremely fast service and in the unlikely event we cannot send your parcel out on the next working day, we will inform you immediately by email.

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Exports of HUUB Swimskins and Wetsuits to countries outside the European Union are exempt from UK VAT (sales tax) of 20%.

If you live in North America, South America, Asia, Australasia, India or Africa take advantage of this large saving by selected the EU Export option in the pull-down.

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Swim Smooth's Free Wetsuit Exchange Policy

Choosing the right size of any wetsuit is critical for comfort and performance, and that's true of HUUB wetsuits too.

For that reason Swim Smooth offer free exchange shipping on all HUUB suits. Try on your new suit when you receive it and if you would like to exchange it for another size, return it to us and we'll send out a replacement with free shipping. *

For our full guide on sizing and fitting your HUUB wetsuit: see here

Concerned about sizing or selecting your HUUB? We're friendly and here to help! Reach us on:

Call within the UK on: 01745 860680
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Unfortunately once any wetsuit has been swum in (in the pool or open water) it is no longer new and cannot be exchanged.

* This offer applies to a first exchange only, multiple exchanges will incur shipping charges.

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See also: HUUB Sizing Chart

selecting your HUUB suit

Each HUUB wetsuit has been rigorously developed for a particular stroke style by expert swimming coaches Swim Smooth and heavily tested by real swimmers at their test centre in Perth, Western Australia. From a tailored buoyancy distribution to the unique X-O-Skeleton, bicep and calf releases, find the right suit for you and it will fit your individual stroke technique 'like a glove'!

Sinky Legged Swimmers

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Low lying legs in the water are a huge source of drag

Many triathletes without a swimming background suffer from low lying legs in the water creating a huge amount of drag. They also tend to cross-over the centre line in front of their head and drive their kick from the knee rather than the hip. Many good athletes suffer in this way and despite their power and strength on land find swimming a frustrating experience.

Experiences: You don't have a swimming background, find swimming with a pull buoy significantly easier and absolutely love swimming in a wetsuit!

Recommended suit: Archimedes 1/2 3:5, Aerious 1/2 3:5, Axena 3:5 or Aegis 3:5

The buoyancy distribution of these suit will be a revelation lifting your legs right up to the surface, significantly more than any other wetsuit on the planet. The X-O-Skeleton resists any cross-overs in your stroke and helps you swim much straighter in open water. The bicep and calf releases improve your pull and kicking technique for increased speed. These features add up to a stunning improvement in performance, finally giving you the rewards you deserve in the water.

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Arnie, Arnette, Bambino

Female Swimmer With Good Natural Buoyancy

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Women naturally have a better buoyancy profile than men and find achieving a good body position much easier.

Women are a different shape to men (you might have noticed!) and have a different buoyancy profile which needs a unique approach to wetsuit design. Not only is the distribution different but most women are more naturally buoyant overall than men and so require a less buoyant suit.

Experiences: You may find swimming in a wetsuit a little awkward or unbalanced, and may struggle to get a good fit as traditionally wetsuits have been designed for men.

Recommended suit: Atana 3:3 / Aura 3:3

Something special and unique just for you ladies, the HUUB approach to your unique needs is a thinner suit with less buoyancy. Easier to get on and off, and leaves you feeling balanced in the water when you swim, just like you do in the pool. As a bonus the thinner material is more flattering too, avoiding that chunky look of men's suits!

Please note: Although more rare than with men, some female swimmers do have sinky legs, if you do choose an Axena 3:5 or Aegis 3:5.

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Female Kicktastics, Overgliders and Bambinos.

Dominant Leg Kick Swimmers

You rely on your kick but in a conventional wetsuit are brought so high at the rear you start to kick air.

Those with some swimming background as a junior often have quite a dominant leg kick when swimming. Without a wetsuit this kick keeps their legs high in the water but in a conventional suit the buoyancy in the hips and legs is too great and the legs are lifted so high the swimmer starts to kick air. Worse, being overly high at the rear leaves the swimmer feeling unbalanced and uncomfortable in their suit.

Experiences: You dislike wetsuit swimming and often feel unbalanced and restricted in a conventional suit. When training in the pool you may be slower with a pull buoy although this isn't always the case if you kick more from the knee than hip.

Recommended suit: male: Archimedes 1/2 4:4 or Aerious 1 4:4, female: Atana / Aura

These 4:4 and 3:3 (on the Atana / Aura) wetsuits have a neutral buoyancy profile so that you maintain the same body position in the water that you do without wearing a suit. This allows you to use your kick just as you would in the pool without lifting you too high at the rear so you start to kick air and lose stability. Using the exact same construction and technology as the 3:5's you have the perfect suit to maximise your speed.

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Kicktastic

Long Over-Gliding Stroke Style

Despite working on their stroke efficiency, many Overglider's legs sit low in the water

Despite working hard on creating a long efficient stroke, swimmers with a long pause and glide have quite a low body position in the water. Whilst not as low as the classic leg-sinkers they will still benefit hugely from the getting their legs higher in the water.

Experiences: Although you enjoy swimming in a wetsuit you may find you don't perform as well in open water relative to your peers as you do in the pool. Waves and chop from other swimmers tends to stall you in the pause and glide in your stroke and may knock you off balance.

Recommended suit: Archimedes 1/2 3:5, Aerious 1/2 3:5 or Aegis 3:5

You already benfit from swimming in a wetsuit but choosing a 3:5 will take your efficiency to a different level entirely locking your legs high up to the surface with its amazing buoyancy profile. The X-O-Skeleton maintains your stroke alignment so you cut through the water cleanly and keeps you tracking arrow straight between the buoys round the course. The bicep and calf releases make swimming in your HUUB much more like pool swimming, your kick and arm stroke feel loose and relaxed: amazing!

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Overglider

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Every HUUB Suit was developed and tested with our elite athletes in Perth Australia for devastating speed.

Experienced Swimmer

Always near the front of the field, experienced swimmers have good stroke technique from their days as a junior swimmer. They already have a great body position in the water and although nobody's stroke is perfect they have only minor areas to tweak and improve.

Your experiences: Confident and capable, you are looking for a suit with the best materials and neutral buoyancy profile to transfer you pool speed across into open water.

Recommended suit: Archimedes 1/2 4:4 or Aerious 4:4

Fully featured HUUB suits employing a neutral buoyancy profile to maintain your horizontal body position without feeling unbalanced by shifting the buoyancy profile too much towards the rear. The X-O-Skeleton maintains your swimming posture and keeps your stroke perfectly aligned even if you fatigue during a race. The bicep and calf release system maintain the kick and catch technique you've refined over the years in the pool. The perfect suit to devastate the field!

Recommended for Swim Smooth Swim Types: Swinger, Smooth

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HUUB Wetsuits By Swimmer Type

See also: Swim Smooth's full guide to selecting your HUUB suit

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