Zoomer Fulcrum
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Zoomer Fulcrum
Zoomer Fulcrum
Swim paddles help build muscles, and this one caused the least shoulder strain and didn’t hurt my wrists. The hard plastic means you probably won’t wear these out in a year even if you swim dozens of miles a week. It’s a well designed and durable product. $14. (800) 691-4065, www.swimoutlet.com (Eric Boyd / LAT)
Strokemakers
Strokemakers
These popular paddles come in seven sizes so you can start with a small one, then purchase a bigger one to build strength while minimizing injury. The Strokemakers’ material is similar to that of the Tyr Mentor paddles, but don’t hug your hands as effectively. $18. (800) 691-4065, %www.swimoutlet.com (Eric Boyd / LAT)
Speedo Aqua
Speedo Aqua
These neoprene gloves cut through the water easier than paddles - a good thing if you are nursing an arm or shoulder injury. They’re soft, comfortable and you can use them in public pools.% $17. (800) 691-4065, www.swimoutlet.com (Eric Boyd / LAT)
Tyr Mentor
Tyr Mentor
The contour fits your hands well and keeps the paddle snugly in place. They come in four dramatically different sizes, and that can cause shoulder strain as you switch to a bigger paddle. These PVC paddles don’t appear durable and may crack. $19. %(800) 691-4065,% www.swimoutlet.com (Eric Boyd / LAT)
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