Off label use of everyday items as swim gear
Given that OWS, particularly marathon swimming is still a pretty small community.....
such that there aren't always specific "gear" for our needs, I find it fascinating how creative we all are in figuring out how to make things work for us in ways that they might not have been originally designed to work.
For instance, I read a blog (so sorry, don't recall the name) about one person who uses refillable baby food pouches as the way to deliver semi-solid fuel on long pool swims.
I use a "please don't shoot me lime/yellow-green" rain jacket as a cape for my paddler to wear on their PFD that makes them more visible to me in the water.
And, puppy collars. I put puppy collars around my feed bottles, and attach them to a retractable dog leash. My "issue" is that the sizes available in the pet stores near me are now just enough too big to make the collar too loose on the bottle, and I worry that in a strong enough current, the bottle might become separated.
Then..... I found whelping collars. People who foster/rescue dogs probably already know about them. Basically, it's a set of small collars in a variety of colors so that the humans can keep the newborn puppies straight from one another.
On a per unit basis, getting collars this way is WAY more cost effective than what I've already done. And, you get a nice variety of colors, so you could indicate a color order in feeds if that's what floats your boat. I got this set for $12, and got 16 collars in the pack. versus the $5 for single collars in the pet store.
Now, each of the bottles in my stash can have its own collar that never is removed, and can even handle the dishwasher, since I won't have to trade from bottle to bottle.
(And, my color-oriented OCD is very satisfied!)
Are there other good ideas that people use?