Gear: Swim spa reviews -- 'swimmer's treadmills'
Products reviewed: Endless Pools, SwimEx 500, Aquatic Fitness System AquaPro 19, H2X CrossTrainer
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Whole-pool workout( August 6, 2008 )
SwimEx 500: Fiberglass swim spa with a current, driven by a paddle wheel, that is the width of the pool, not a narrow stream. Pool is 18 feet by 7 1/2 feet, and 50 inches deep.
Likes: Smooth, consistent 6-foot-wide current allowed me to drift a bit from side to side during my pleasant 20-minute swim. Speed is easily adjusted by buttons at the edge of the pool. Nonslip bottom is fine for barefoot running in water. The 50-inch depth is also fine for running, although my hands came up out of the water a bit (an optional 1- or 2-foot-deep well box for runners is $3,200 or $3,700 more, respectively, and the 5-foot-deep 600-S model runs $41,250). Built-in bench seating on each side accommodates 10 to 12 as a spa. Built-in entrance steps with handrails.
Dislikes: Hydrotherapy jets are an option, not standard.
Price: $26,900. (800) 877-7946; www.swimex.com.