Donít fix something if itís not broken. The tried and true saying perfectly describes the Engine Hand Paddles. Simple in design yet highly effective during use, these hand paddles will help you take your stroke to the next level.
Designed For Stroke Improvement
For anyone who has trained with paddles before, youíll notice that the Engine Hand Paddles are fairly standard in shape and size. The main part of the paddle consists of a rigid, slightly curved board that widens the surface area of the palm. The paddle is dotted with perforations to help water flow naturally through the training device. Because water can move through the paddle, it gives swimmers a greater feel of the water and allows them to seamlessly transition back and forth from regular lap swimming to swimming with training devices. They help enhance a swimmerís fine entry and catch. The pair is great for use in the freestyle and can be adapted to work with all other competitive strokes as well. By improving shoulder strength and lengthening the stroke, the hand paddles can help shed seconds off your split time. Pair the paddles, and the unbeatable upper body workout they provide, with swim fins to really push your stroke to break-neck speeds. Try out Engineís own Swim Training Fins. Their short blade design makes them an excellent choice for strength training and cardio workouts.
Fits Hands Comfortably
Just because the design of the hand paddles looks stiff, does not mean that this training gear isnít as comfortable as any other. The swim paddle features soft, ergonomic handholds, rather than traditional tubing. This allows swimmers to get a chafe-free, always-comfortable fit. The handholds have adjustable straps to ensure that the paddles fit any hand size. And the part of the paddle that lies flush with the palm is slightly curved to fit the natural arch of the hand. The Engine Hand Paddles are a great mix of other traditionally designed hand paddles. If you are familiar with other brands, think of them as a mix between the slightly more flexible Aqua Sphere ERGO Flex Hand Paddles and the rigid Hanís Paddles in Gripper Green.
The Engine Swim Paddles are currently only available in hot pink. This is a one-size-fits-all product, but is adjustable to fit most hand sizes with ease. And each paddle features the Engine Wingman logo.
The AquaGear Opinion
Testers really worked their upper body with these hand paddles strapped on. AquaGear swimmers noticed that the Engines added a great amount of power to each stroke. The hard-bottom devices were surprisingly ergonomic on the thumb and palm. The hand straps fit well and were easily adjusted. And while the paddles can be used to train every stroke, testers found that they really are best suited for a crawl/freestyle stroke.
The Bottom Line
To enhance and fine tune your upper body stroke actions, choose Engine Hand Paddles to increase shoulder strength, lengthen your stroke, and speed up your overall lap times.