National Geographic Traveller (UK)

WILD SWIMMING

Open water swimming in rivers, lakes or the sea requires both know-how and essential kit — especially in winter. Words: Amelia Duggan

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1 DRYROBE ADVANCE LONG SLEEVE

Launched by UK surfer Gideon Bright in 2010, the cult-hit Dryrobe range o ers a cover under which to wriggle in and out of swimwear. With its insulating lining, fleecy pockets and windproof outer layer (available in 12 di erent colours) the longsleeve version is ideal for the colder months. £150. dryrobe.com

2 ZONE3 ASPECT ‘BREASTSTRO­KE’ WETSUIT

This high-performanc­e wetsuit has stretchy inner leg panels, as well as extended mobility across the chest to enable a range of strokes. Suitable for both openwater dips and competitiv­e swims, it o ers warmth, durability, visibility and streamline­d, glued seams to help you glide smoothly through the water. £159. zone3.com

3 RUCKRAFT

O on an intrepid, self-supported swim? Load up to 15kg of supplies and equipment into RuckRa›’s dry sack, strap it to the streamline­d inflatable then tow it behind you. It’s also great to simply load up with snacks, and to use as a buoyancy aid for longer swims. Its bright colour means added visibility. £164. abovebelow.sc/ruckra

4 FINISTERRE NIEUWLAND 2E YULEX SWIMSUIT

Catering to the UK’s everexpand­ing community of openwater swimmers, this

2mm swimsuit o ers more warmth than a normal one-piece. Being made from natural Yulex rubber means 80% less CO2 than traditiona­l neoprene swimsuits. £110. finistere.com

5 NUASAN ACTIVE BODY WIPES

If showering isn’t an option when you emerge from the water, opt for a wipe-down with these sweet-smelling, 100% biodegrada­ble wipes, made from plant fibres and packed with natural ingredient­s, including bamboo and peppermint.

Each pack contains 25 wipes, individual­ly wrapped so they don’t dry out. €15.95 (£13.70). nuasan.com

6 OOFOS OOLALA LIMITED SANDAL Designed with impact-absorbing foam and o ering contoured arch support, these aren’t your usual flip flops. The super-light materials used are all engineered to go easy on tired feet and joints. Whether used on pebbly beaches or at the lido, these functional sandals are an essential accessory for athletes on the move. £55. oofos.co.uk

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