swimrun pull buoys

Top 5 Swimrun Pull Buoys

A Swimrun pull buoy is the first bit of kit you are likely to get in addition to your core Swimrun setup (wetsuit & shoes). An excellent bit of kit when coupled with hand paddles to make swimming faster and easier while greatly reducing the drag effect of swimming in your shoes. Swimrun pull buoys are traditionally either strapped to your outer thigh while running or nestled into your lower back. Here are some of the best out there:

Ark Keel™

The Ark Keel is a seriously good bit of kit. Designed with the help of some of the best in the sport, it punches well above its weight for buoyancy and performance.

ark keel pull buoy


Another options which has performance at its heart, the SWIMRUNNERS™ Piraya pull buoy is well made and does the job. There is also the ‘SuperPiraya’ version which is as big as it gets while still being legal for races.

swimrunners™ piraya pull buoy


Orca are a well established Swimrun brand and the ORCA Swimrun Pull Buoy is a solid if not unremarkable pull buoy. One that won’t break the bank and good option for beginners.

orca pull buoy

HUUB Big Buoy 4

huub big buoy pull buoy

The HUUB Big Buoy is big! A highly rated pull buoy which provides massive buoyancy. Check with race organisers to see if its compliant.


Another one which looks like a Space Ship, Spanish based company Nu produce the popular NU Orza pull buoy at a reasonable price.

nu orza pull buoy

Fred Newton

Fred is the Editor and co-founder of swimrun.com. He has actively been involved with the sport of swimrun as an enthusiastic participant, race director, volunteer and journalist.

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