As a general rule, I dislike paddles. Finis’ potato chip impersonating Agility Paddles are the exception to my rule. The Agility Paddles are extremely simple. They’re made of a piece of plastic with no straps, just a thumb hole. The idea is that the shape of the paddle forces you to take an efficient stroke and if you get off line the paddle is going to come off your hand. I got my first pair of these about a month before they officially came out and really liked swimming with them. I’ve passed them around at the pool to let my teammates try them out and everyone else digs them too. Finis sent me an extra pair recently in the lead up to the Agility Paddle coming out in multiple sizes (the original is the new medium) and I passed them on to Sylvia who swims at Avila with me on Sundays and at 70+ years old is the only other non-wetsuiter most days. I actually gave her a couple different types of paddles to try out, but she didn’t like any of them except the Agility Paddles and is long term borrowing them until she buys a pair for herself.
The only thing I dislike about these paddles is that when you first get them the thumb hole may not be perfectly smooth and after a couple hundred yards you might notice that. With my first pair I took a nail file to a tiny pokey spot to smooth it out and have been much happier ever since.
The Agility paddles are available from Finisinc.com or anywhere else that sells FINIS products. If you buy from FINIS directly use the code robaquatics09 to save some money.
full bloggerly disclosure: the paddles reviewed were provided for free by FINIS