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BlueSeventy Thermal helix wetsuit


On first appearance the Blueseventy Thermal Helix looks like any other wetsuit. However inside it has the added feature of an orange jersey lining, which is supposed to provide extra warmth without absorbing water. The suit felt slightly different against the skin due to this extra inner layer, but was very comfortable and flexible. It was true to size for my measurements and easy to do up with a bottom to top zip. I tried the suit out in 12 degree water in a lido, along with neoprene thermal gloves, boots and a hat. My position in the water felt good and there seemed to be plenty of room around the shoulders and my stroke did not feel restricted at all. It didn’t feel like I was wearing a different suit to my regular one but I definitely found the Thermal Helix kept me warmer – and crucially allowed me to stay in the water longer. I usually find low temperatures hard to deal with, partly due to a medical condition but also because I simply don’t like the cold. At over £500 the Thermal Helix is quite pricey, but I would say it is a good investment for anyone who wants to extend their open water swimming season to the colder months.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!