Tone-y-Bands, The World’s Toughest Wrist Weights Selected by 32° North Rowing Team to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the World’s Toughest Row in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
We were delighted when Kurt Schwartz contacted us to learn more about Tone-y-Bands wrist weights. Kurt and his brother John, were preparing for the race of a lifetime. This two-man team is rowing the Bonnie Rey 3000 miles across the Atlantic in the World’s Toughest Row. The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is considered to be one of the world’s hardest endurance races. More people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with 40-foot waves, 35-knot winds and up to 100-degree heat.
In planning a trip like the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, every detail matters when selecting your equipment. Kurt was researching ankle weights as he needed weights to balance his oars. Balanced oars make rowing more efficient. He needed waterproof wrist weights that were durable and to be able to withstand 65 days of grueling saltwater conditions. He needed adjustable weights so that he could add or remove the weights an ounce at a time to find the perfect balance. His research led him to Tone-y-Bands. Tone-y-Bands are made of medical grade silicone and stainless steel and are designed to last. Normally Tone-y-Bands are used to enhance exercise, so, this is one use we never envisioned!
Kurt also liked Tone-y-Bands sleek design with the buckle clasp to fit snug to the oars versus bulky weights on the market today. Check out the placement of the weights on his oars in the pictures. Team Tone-y-Bands is cheering them on! 32° North is currently in 1st place in the Concept Pairs category and the 10th boat overall. You can track their progress here – they are the white boat: https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/race-tracker/.
We’ve been mesmerized by the competition and inspired by Kurt and John and the other row teams. They say there is nothing that can fully prepare you for rowing the Atlantic. The rowers are facing blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation in the world’s toughest rowing race. These row teams have already experienced issues with collecting solar power to run critical equipment such as their water makers, GPS, and satellite phones. Red dust from the Sahara known as ‘calima’ is causing overcast conditions and coating things with sand making it difficult to generate power. Now, with the red dust behind them, they’re also humbled by the beauty. They’ve seen amazing wildlife, a fin whale, pods of dolphins, and beautiful star filled skies.
Tone-y-Bands is honored to be part of the journey with 32° North as they make their way from the Canary Islands to Antigua. We support them and their friends and families. We wish them safe crossing. We will be cheering them on!
To read their updates as they cross the Atlantic, click here: http://www.howfarwouldyougo.org/far-gone-32o-north-daily-tracker/.
To learn more about Tone-y-Bands wrist weights, click here: http://www.toneybands.com