One - their website is JUST HORRIBLE>>>>>>>>
Who are these marketing consultants and web site designers that just make INSANE animations and BS - I just want a clear coherent picture of the unit so I can see the whole device...
"The Powerbreather has the advantage that swimming can be learned on a methodically simplified basis / Fear free swimming for beginners (no more swallowing water)"
What????? Lots of mixed messages in that one - apprehension in the new swimmers..... Oh christ? where does the hand holding nanny state for the pant wetters end?
Who dreams this neurotic BS up?
If you don't want to inhale water, then don't open your gob under water - it's pretty simple and most people "get it" pretty damed quick - like not standing on nails, leaning on hot stoves or closing the car door on your fingers. Or are we supposed to call in the "Swimming and Water Related Accidental Inhalation Rescue and Trauma Unit?" (or the SWRAIRTU for short)
I call BS on this too:
"The Powerbreather eliminates orthopedic muscle imbalances.
The Powerbreather ensures balanced muscle development on the left and right side of the body."
Most olympic swimmers inhale on EACH stroke, so they get a balanced development - the stupid swimming coaches that teach only a one sided inhalation are just that.
Fashionable? What? "OH look at me! I am a fashionable trend setter...."
So what ever the technical merits of it actually ARE????? I think it's a better version of a flat water snorkel, but other than that, the stupid marketing helps release my inner cynic.
3rd May, 2012 @ 6:24 p.m. (California Time)
I have a damaged disc in my neck which makes turning me head really painful when doing breathstroke. This has largely prevented me from swimming long distances. The power breather would be perfect for me. It looks awesome. I will buy one as soon as its available.
3rd May, 2012 @ 7:45 p.m. (California Time)
I never had a problem with a regular snorkel unless the tube was the significantly the wrong diameter
3rd May, 2012 @ 11:34 p.m. (California Time)
Wonder how well it would work when snorkeling in the surf.
Need a product tester?
4th May, 2012 @ 4:48 a.m. (California Time)
Advancements aren't such a bad thing....give it a try before you condemn it.
4th May, 2012 @ 8:02 a.m. (California Time)
Looks great - nice idea, nice improvement on the traditional snorkle. If you are worried about inhalation of water, maybe an extension can be fitted at the back of the head.
I think I'd enjoy swimming with it.
Yep, I'd gladly give it a try.
4th May, 2012 @ 8:17 a.m. (California Time)
Hello? Have these folks never seen the Finis snorkel, which is essentially the same thing (though perhaps slightly less stupid looking)?
The Finis (they sell them on Amazon) has been around for years; it's positioned in the middle of your face (less drag that way) with a valve at the mouthpiece to expel air and the intake tube extending above the back of your head, thus eliminating the need to turn your head (while swimming the crawl or other belly-down positions, obviously). So @Hamish, go to Amazon (or just Google) "Finis snorkel" and try one of those out. This seems like a far more complexificated version of the same thing, with no real value add.
4th May, 2012 @ 9:55 a.m. (California Time)
I didn't get the price of the Powerbreather. Get a comfortable, good fitting snorkel. Your problem is solved and probably a lot cheaper.
4th May, 2012 @ 10:32 a.m. (California Time)
"Oh christ? where does the hand holding nanny state for the pant wetters end?"
This is a consumer product that you can, if you choose, buy for money. Where does the "nanny state" come into the discussion? And exactly who are "the pants wetters?"
4th May, 2012 @ 12:55 p.m. (California Time)
DITTO web page comment, are they totaly freaking nutz!
10 turds out of 10 for navigation menu.
10 turds out of 10 for clarity.
10 turds out of 10 for content.
Pefect score of 30 turds.
THIS is what the gadget has going for it per thier web page: "With the Powerbreather, air is inhaled through the upper section behind the head which is equipped with a check valve and is fully exhaled through a check valve located in the mouthpiece."
So How good is the check valve at keeping water out while letting air in, could be great , but I'll never know thanks to their absolutely inane web page. ("Global ... Communications" pfft, yeah right, As for where / how you can by one, would have been nice to have THAT on their web page) You want to ask? Here is their contact information from their web page, was pretty hard for me to catch, good luck with talking to them, might help if you can speak German, or maybe not:
Global Business & Communications B. V. Amsterdam
60322 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 95524190
F +49 69 95524192
M +49 171 2844253
4th May, 2012 @ 2:59 p.m. (California Time)
Shhh Ralph. Leave it be. This is what happens when you listen to Rush for hours on end and then watch Fox for hours on end.
4th May, 2012 @ 3:29 p.m. (California Time)
MK23666 is right Ralph and that's just the beginning, Stiffy actually used to be worse. As for the powerbreather, it looks like a brilliant idea for people who swim a lot for excersize.
4th May, 2012 @ 9:49 p.m. (California Time)
Sounds good as I have neck problems. If it makes sure I can't breath in water it is cool. I agree about the web page. It is artistic, but it sucks.
4th May, 2012 @ 10:34 p.m. (California Time)
I'd love to have one of these, and one for hubby. I'm a weak swimmer with weak lungs, he can barely swim at all and is nervous in the water. But we live a few hours from the Pacific in Mexico and love to snorkel in the few sheltered areas where it is possible with our limited abilities. The amazing variety of fish, and the way you can almost touch them, it's magical.
We even got a 2-person sit-on-top kayak and snorkel vests so we could go a little further afield. But when we went on our first holiday with it, we discovered that launching it from the isolated beaches we love to stay at is nerve-wracking. If you don't get beyond the surf before lulls in the waves end, and have to get over a 4 or 5 foot wave, you are likely going for a tumble. And life-vests, snorkel masks, and all, that's still pretty scary for us. What if you hit a rock hidden under the surf? What if you get hit by the kayak itself? Plus, our new high-quality snorkels leaked slowly and constantly, purging them was a pain in the butt, and their water-stop inlets were less than impressive. Hubby inhaled water more than once, i give him great credit for not giving up on the endeavour. I don't know if we have bum snorkels, but it really eroded my confidence in snorkels in general. It didn't seem like you could have any confidence at all in waves over a foot or so that you weren't going to suddenly suck in water instead of air.
If these Powerbreathers work as advertised, it would be a load of worry off my mind and make time in the ocean so much more enjoyable. No matter how nerdy it may look, launching the kayak with these snorkels on would really reassure me neither one of us is going to inhale water, and that whatever happens, we'll have the air we need to get back to shore. Same goes for snorkeling in less than perfect conditions.
5th May, 2012 @ 12:16 p.m. (California Time)
Hey, i wonder how hard it would be to make a model that incorporates a full face mask, since it already wraps around your head and has a fair bit of bulk.
5th May, 2012 @ 1:33 p.m. (California Time)
Is anyone who actually swims, in competition, going to sacrifice training protocol to wear this?
It seems to allow breathing at any given time.
A ludicrous idea, if you are actually competitively swimming, which would be the target audience.
An idea that should never have been developed. I hope my competition uses it in training, regularly.
24th May, 2012 @ 3:26 p.m. (California Time)
Look nice, but I guess I first give a try to the Loop Snorkel.. :) So far I use frontal snorkel and the annoying thing is when water gets in while I'm taking a breath. Maybe I'll buy one of these if the Loop thing doesn't work.
Considered that the video was posted 2 years ago I wonder where the idea for powerbreath came from.. :)
17th January, 2013 @ 4:54 a.m. (California Time)