I bought my Powerbreather 3 years ago almost to the day and since then it has been an integral and essential part of my training. For this “anniversary” I would like to write a review, which I usually never do.
I am now in my 40s and am in the water an average of 3-5 days a week, sometimes more, swimming 2-4km per workout/day.
I don't want to and won't give up the Powerbreather anymore. As I wrote above, I'm excited every day. In contrast to a conventional front snorkel (I also had it once), the fresh air supply and the quality or usability/comfort during swimming training is much better. Speaking of quality: the Powerbreather has first-class workmanship, this also applies to the accessories (bag, mouthpiece, etc.), in my opinion it beats every classic front snorkel by far.
I use the Powerbreather as follows or I see the following advantages:
1. Technique training for beginners - In my opinion, the Powerbreather is incredibly helpful, especially for beginners, since they can basically learn about movement and water feeling and the elementary basics of freestyle technique (early vertical forearm, the catch, rotation , Kick etc.) work and can also experience and experience this. From my point of view, it is an incredible help to have your own experience and, in terms of motor skills, your own memory of how freestyle swimming feels or can feel if you develop sufficient propulsion with a good catch & kick. I call this the internal reference, which will help you later if you leave out the Powerbreather and breathe normally to work towards an effective & harmonious swimming style.
2. Advanced technique training - whether you want to try new or more difficult drills that you would probably never try because of imperfect breathing, or you simply want to focus on technical aspects or overall coordination when swimming, the Powerbreather is the tool of choice for this. All in all, my technique has improved considerably since I've been using the Powerbreather and it simply offers a lot of freedom and comfort to further refine your technique, since you can ignore the breathing problem (collapse of the water position) for the time being.
While my main focus is on freestyle, the same goes for butterfly strokes and, albeit probably less so, breaststroke.
3. Fitness training – since technical deficits do not have such a strong impact, the scope of training and the swimming distances can sometimes be significantly expanded, at least that was the case for me
4. Safety – I live in Munich, and since I have the Powerbreather, I often go to the beautiful lakes in the surrounding area or to the regatta course in Oberschleißheim to train. Overall, the Powerbreather offers me much more security, which certainly has something to do with the effect under point 3.
After 3 years of almost constant use, my Powerbreather was getting a bit old. I then simply sent it to AMEO for a general overhaul. Now it's like new and the whole thing took less than a week, including shipping and return. The AMEO service is also absolutely great and can be recommended without reservation.
At the same time, my old SpeedVents were exchanged for the new SpeedVents Easy. I got used to my old vents, which required much more breathing due to internal resistance, but the new Easy-Vents are an absolute dream. The breathing is sooooo smooth or harmonious, I feel no resistance at all when breathing. In my opinion, this is very helpful and pleasant, especially for beginners. Getting used to it is definitely much easier with the new SpeedVents Easy.
CONCLUSION: regardless of whether you are a beginner, an ambitious recreational athlete or a PRO (I have to guess here, since I am not one) - the Powerbreather is versatile equipment for improving your swimming technique, increasing the scope of your training or making your training more varied, and simply to have more fun to have in the water. In any case, I look forward to every training session when the Powerbreather is at the start. I can really only recommend him - great idea & product!