2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Swim Accessories

Photo: John David Becker

Aqua Sphere ErgoFlex Handpaddles

$20, Aquasphereswim.com
The draw: Feel for the water

These flexible hand paddles provide a more natural grip on the water than hard, flat paddles. As a result, the stroke and strength benefits transition more directly to a normal stroke after removing the paddles. The rubber frame flexes to help maintain feel for the water while the interconnected “bones” provide structure. The paddles come in small and regular sizes.