A Faster Freestyle

A Faster Freestyle

There are different swimming styles and strokes like breaststroke. This is the most popular swim stroke of all, where both arms execute half-circular movements at the same time under the water. The backstroke is faster than breaststroke but slower than butterfly and it is an excellent workout for the back. There is the butterfly stroke which is a very unique technique since it is performed with the face down in the water and the legs perform a dolphin kick while the arms move in a forward circle at the same time. Sidestroke is not used in swimming competitions. These are some techniques and strokes in swimming just to name a free, but the most useful swim stroke is the free style. It is the fastest and most efficient of the competitive swimming strokes. That is the reason why it is always used in swimming competitions.

Here are the winning steps and tips of free style stroke according to one study:

1. Position your body parallel to the bottom of the pool. You’ll be turning your arms and shoulders and twisting your body as you move your arms, but your head should remain centered until you need to breathe. This position will give you the balance you need to swim freestyle successfully.

2. Your elbow must come out of the water as this will prepare you to move the arm forward as far as you can. The arm that is not extended should hang at your side at the water, about perpendicular to the bottom of the pool, as you extend it backward.

3. Extend the arm as far as you can to maximize your speed and the distance you cover in the pool. Keep your fingers together to make a slight “cup” with your hand. Your other hand should rotate backward until it is parallel with your side.

4. To finish the stroke with the first arm, you’ll need to do the “catch,” which means you should curve your hand back inward toward your belly button, then out again by your hip as your hand “pulls” on the water and exits it. This will help you maximize your control over the water, which will help propel you forward. If you just move your arm back in a straight line, you won’t be able to “catch” the water as well. Then, fully extend your arm behind you so that your thumbs graze the side of your thighs below your suit-line.

5. Breathe every third stroke. Stroke with your right arm, your left arm, and then breathe when you stroke with your right arm again; then, stroke with your left arm, your right arm, and then breathe when you stroke with your left arm again. As you come up to breathe, place your ear on one shoulder with your cheek in the water, giving your mouth enough room to breathe comfortably.

Roman Ridgeline King single Dome Canvas Swag

When it comes to durability, those synthetics might not cut it. Sparks from a fire, strong winds with twigs whipping around, dropping it down a rock face. Canvas, though. I have canvas bags that are 50 years old I think.

The specs for this single dome canvas swag:

• 200 x 90 x 50cm• Zip off top cover and large sandfly proof mesh top section with entry on both sides

• Zip out canvas at head end.

• Sandfly proof mesh at head end.• Reflective webbing on hoop clips.

• Reflective loops on all four corners for easy peg down.

• Heavy duty 38mm straps with quick release buckles and carry handle.

• Accessories pocket sewn onto base for storage of hopps, pegs & ropes supplied with Swag.

This Killer Tent Weighs Almost Nothing and Fits In Your Nalgene Bottle

A lightweight tent is great, and we’re always trying to find the lightest, most compact solution when we’re hiking or motorbiking, right? This one fits inside a nalgene bottle.

From the manufacturer: “Ultralight Adventurists will appreciate the Specialist™ shelters: the interior space and comfort of a tent with a lower overall weight and more compact size than many bivis.

“They are the lightest fully enclosable shelters in their class. Seam sealed throughout, the Specialists™ offer superior waterproof properties while also maintaining impressive breathability to manage condensation effectively.”


Size Variation: Duo
Weight 29 oz (total) / 22.3 (oz shelter) 5.1 oz (poles) / 2.3 oz (pegs)/846g (total) / 633g shelter) 146g (poles) / 67g (pegs)
Volume 23 sq ft / 2.14m2 (floor area) – 8.2 sq ft / .76m2 (vestibule area)


Ultra-light weight
The Solo has one entrance and one vestibule. The Duo has two entrances and two vestibules
Pertex ® Endurance 20D nylon shell fabric that has a 1,000mm waterhead and a 7000MVTR (Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate)
15D waterproof nylon walls, vestibule & floor has a 1,200mm waterhead
Double stitched and bar tacked at all stress points for strength and endurance
Fully tape seam sealed and reflective guy lines
Includes 2 x 7075 alloy poles and 6 x hard anodized 7075 alloy pegs
Can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles and natural anchors for extra weight savings
Ultra-fine mesh panel doors
Internal storage pocket not offered on many lightweight shelters
Optional lightweight Tyvek® ground sheets