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A good while a go I was entering my name in a lot of online competitions and signing up to receive freebies that different companies were giving away and anything that was free I was applying for. These armbands from Speedo were one such item.
The armbands are suitable for children aged between 2 and 12 years of age which I find really a large gap to fit between and perhaps would explain their slightly larger than most appearance. The armbands are the classic bright orange colour which stand out a mile and good for little swimmer being noticed in the swimming pool. The usually retail for around the £7.99 pence region but I have had a look on line and you can pick up a few bargains but of course mine being a freebie they were a super bargain!
The armbands are inflatable and this is very easily done by blowing air (By mouth you can't use a pump on these types of things) into the large blue valve on the side of the arm band. As with most inflatable items you need to squeeze the value slightly in order for it to take in more air and generally be more affective. Once the armbands are fully inflated the valve can then be capped and pushed securely in on itself to create a smooth finish on the outside of the arm band. The value is then easily pulled out when the bands need deflating by way of a small tag they have included on the value and then the air is released by pushing the armband whilst holding in the valve. In fact I think the armbands take longer to deflate than they do to inflate!
The arm bands have a ton of information written all over them that looks a bit bombarding really. There is information under a large WARNING in English but then the rest of the writing is actually in different languages so it may look like its covered in things to read by there is only one small section that applies.
So I can say that the PVC material orange type of arm bands only took five minutes to inflate and they were good to go in to the pool, or so I thought! I had blown them up without Jacks arms being in them and realised that there was no way they were going to fit on whilst fully inflated! Silly Mummy! So I had to deflate them slightly and then slide them up Jacks arms and then inflate them to the right size whilst on his arms. Jack is a big boy for his age but these arm bands just seemed to look massive on him and he couldn't seem to straighten his arms at all when we first used them. Now he is four they fit a bit better and appear more comfortable but last year they certainly didn't look right and more often than not we chose not to wear them and us just to hold Jack.
He does wear them more now as he is getting a bit bigger but I would say that their larger size meaning that they are suitable for a wider age range makes them less comfortable than a more defined age range would be. They are however extremely hard wearing and durable and I expect them to last a good while to come. They work well in the water and keep Jack afloat just how they should do but of course I am always within arms reach whilst he is still learning to swim as they are not going to entirely keep his face out of the water at all times.
All in all for a freebie I can't complain too much. I think if I were looking for a pair of armband to buy for a smaller child, I opt definitely opt for ones that are smaller and thus making them more comfortable and generally better fitting. For that reason I feel that a score of 4 out of 5 stars is in order for these Speedo armbands and a recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.