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I bought these armbands in the smallest size (age 1-6) for my two year old daughter. I remember armbands from my childhood being a nightmare of trying to drag up damp arms, and so I found the idea of being able to roll these on very appealing.
We have them in a neon pink, with a cute picture of a seal on them. The look is somewhat ruined by an awful lot of safety information written all over them in white; however, at least the instructions are always to hand this way!
The armbands inflate in the traditional way, except for the fact that they each have 2 chambers, and you are supposed to inflate them in order (they are labelled 1 and 2 so this is not difficult) If you over inflate the first chanber then it will be very difficult to inflate the second at all, so you do need to be careful with that. Personally, I have found it really difficult to inflate these the right amount. Too much and not only are they near impossible to 'roll' up your child's arm but they also turn their lower arm a funny shade of blue as they cut the circulation off! However, inflate them too little and they don't really do the job of supporting your child in the water.
If you have managed to inflate both chambers the corretc amount (and push in the little inflation tags which can be very fiddly) then you will find that these armbands roll on and off with ease (even wet arms) give your child an appropriate amount of buoyancy in the water and look bright and cheerful. But for me, they are just too much hassle. I don't want to spend time at the beginning of our swimming session inflating, deflating and re inflating chambers of armbands to get it right! It begins to make a fun outing into a chore. Plus our chemists sells normal armbands for 99p (these cost me £7) and so I will be trying those out instead.
Embarrassingly, at the age of 30, I cannot swim. I am sure there are plenty of others who are like me, but still, it's embarrassing! I currently go to swimming classes where they provide floating boards and 'woggles' (don't you just love that name) which are long pipes which you have resting under your arms to help you float.
I thought to myself I'd quite like to get some proper arm bands, so upon investigation, I decided to buy these Zoggs Roll Ups. Now they are actually for 6-12 year olds, but seen as my arms are quite skinny and I weigh the recommended amount for these armbands (up to 50kg), so I thought I'd give them a try. I quite liked the idea that they are roll up, which means you blow them up before putting them on, and then roll them up your arms, rather than putting them on whilst they are deflated and then having to twist your head down and blow them up. They come in different sizes (although not adult), so good for children of any age.
I bought them from sporting website www.wiggle.co.uk at a great price of £3.99 and postage was free. A guy at my work uses this website all the time to order cycling/swimming etc material from, and it's a great website to check out if you are into sports.
The armbands come in a cardboard box with an instruction leaflet, although it is fairly easy to figure out how to use them. They are a traditional bright orange colour, and have two chambers which you are supposed to blow up. These chambers are numbered 1 and 2 so you know which one to blow up first. (not really sure what the difference is if you blew them the wrong way around, but hey!). There are plenty of instructions and safety information printed on the armbands, so if you happened to throw the packaging away, it wouldn't be a problem.
You must not over inflate them (it does say this on the instructions) otherwise you would find it hard to roll them up. There is a little bit of a knack to pushing the nozzles in once you have inflated them, rather than pushing them vertically down, if you push them down at a bit of a side angle, you will be able to get them in properly.
They can be quite hard to roll up your arm at first, and it is much easier if you have someone to help you. However, after a few goes, you soon get the knack of it, and like I said, as long as you don't overinflate them, you should be okay.
The arm bands are made out of a very tough material, and with all the tugging and tweaking I have done whilst blowing them up and putting them on, they have not suffered any breaks or tears, and I have not noticed any loss of air at all.
Zoggs is a recognised brand in the swimwear world, and they make plenty of other swimming items including swimwear. I think this was a great purchase, and would definitely consider purchasing something else from Zoggs in future.