View Full Version : swimming tethers

July 16th, 2007, 11:31 PM
http://www.swimriptide.com (http://www.swimriptide.com/)

Hey everyone--

I was wondering what your thoughts on this swim tether are? It looks a lot nicer--effective than the typical bungee cord systems you see in magazines, but I don't want to spend the extra money if you all can convince me it isn't worth the extra coinage.

thanks for your thoughts

July 17th, 2007, 09:44 AM
Do you have problems when you wear flippers? Like getting sores on your feet or rubbing problems? If so I would imagine that would happen with these as well. I really don't know if I would like being tether by the feet, I would think it could throw your positioning off.

My $0.02!


Rob Copeland
July 17th, 2007, 10:49 AM
I have no experience with the “Riptide”, but it seems that having the thing attached to your feet would affect your kick. I’m not sure if it was the just the model or the riptide, but the swimmer in the video had a poor kick.

From what I saw, I’d go with a Swim Belt for tethered swimming; saving $50 and being able to kick unencumbered.

July 17th, 2007, 01:54 PM

I agree with Rob. If you really are interested in a tether system, go with one that attaches to the waist, not the feet. Quite frankly, I tried a tether system and found I couldn't swim for very long at all. Once my fatigue set in (quickly), the slack would come into play and I'd be back at the wall. I tried it for several months, it proved to be too much for me. It was like swimming with a train attached going the other way. I just couldn't adjust to it; I always felt like I was going backwards. Just my 2cents worth.

July 24th, 2007, 03:33 PM
Hi. You might be able to find what you're looking for at swimoutlet.com. They have a pretty extensive selection of swim equipment.

August 10th, 2007, 09:46 PM
thanks everyone for your comments--i lost this post for a while--couldnt remember where I had posted it! haha...I think I will probably look into the waist tethers because like you said the feet attaching points are cumbersome--i've had the kind that attach with velcro around your ankles--with two lines, which was always getting in my way. I just want this system to use when I am away and using hotel pools, and over the summer at home when I can't get into a team practice schedule.