Tried & Tested: TYR: Practice Greatness in the Water with the Family

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As a parent, you always want you and your family to be the best. The beginning of the school year is always a good time for a fresh start when it comes to new activities and the gear needed to enjoy them. My daughter is an amazing swimmer and to encourage performance I always try to offer her the best equipment you can find in Dubai, and I’m always on the lookout for high end technology and quality materials for a reasonable price. 

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I had known about TYR swimming goggles for a long time, and when we got the chance to try a wider range of swimming products from GO Sport I was nothing but excited and curious. Named after TYR, the Norse god of warriors, this American brand is cultivating a culture of greatness that is often chosen by both athletes and water enthusiasts at entry level because of the great features and technology behind the products.

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The TYR WOMEN’S REVERSIBLE BRITES DIAMONDFIT SWIMSUIT is very comfortable and flexible. What I like most is the fact that it is reversible, giving you two swimming suits in one with two different colours. Featuring a medium neckline, sleek/flexible straps, a keyhole back and a moderate cut leg, this swimsuit fits on any body shape very well and it has also an impressive UV protection of UPF 50+. More than that, although it seems a bit thick because of the reversibility, it dries fast and I feel comfortable all the time.

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My daughter is 11 years old and it is always a challenge to find equipment and clothes that will fit her for a longer time. TYR GIRLS’ PHOENIX SPLICE DIAMONDFIT SWIMSUIT fits her perfectly as it is very flexible and has a similar cut and design to the women’s swimsuit. With UPF 50+ protection, it is chlorine proof and has an antimicrobial lining for odor protection and long lasting freshness. As we all know, kids like to enjoy the water forever, this swimsuit is conveniently designed to last through more than 300 hours of swimming, so it would be guaranteed for a full year’s use.

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Other basic pieces of equipment are the goggles and the swim caps, so you can keep your eyes and ears protected and your hair dry. My daughter liked the KID’S SWIMPLE goggles from TYR because the straps adjusted quickly and had a secure release button. The soft silicone fits well on her face, sealing her eyes with no fog effect and, of course, the colour is so joyful. From a parent’s perspective, I appreciate that the TYR kids goggles are tested and approved in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines. This confirms once again that special attention to health and safety is given for these products.

The MONSTER SWIM CAP is very funny looking. It fits well on the head, covering her hair and ears so that no water gets inside and the hair keeps completely dry, even it is long and gathered under the cap or if the swimming session is long. My cap is also wrinkle free silicone with minimum drag. It fits perfectly and keeps my hair dry and ears protected.

The BLACKHAWK goggles I used are transparent and mirrored, being designed for racing as they have a low profile with wide peripheral viewing. They are very comfortable, leaving no marks on my face, and are easily adjustable with five removable nose bridge size options.

NEST PRO goggles have an interesting grid-like effect frame, similar to the way a bird’s nest is intertwined for support. They have integrated anti-fog treatment and a double strap adjustment, and are useful for training, open water and triathlons.

Sometimes we use kickboards to build leg strength, and pull floats for my daughter to concentrate on arm stroke and technique. Both Adult and Junior kickboards are very light, don’t get soaked with water and are chlorine resistant. The pull float that my daughter uses is simple and ingenious for practicing correct techniques and discipline in swimming.

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I recommend TYR products for all families, as they are so appropriate for a range of needs and to encourage performance. TYR products offer excellent value for money, as they are comparable in quality to high end brands, yet do not come with such a hefty price tag. This swim gear is also good for all water enthusiasts, more advanced swimmers or athletes, and is designed to look good, fit well and stand the test of time. You can find the full range in selected GO Sport stores.


For more info please visit www.gosport-me.com


Words by: Dana Epure

Photos by: Jung Francisco and Ian Sebeldia

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