REVIEWS: Speedo's new ranges

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Head into the pool with Speedo's latest ranges.

January is fast approaching and with it comes those new year resolutions. Chances are your’s will contain at least one related to improving your wellbeing; whether it be diet or doing more exercise.

There’s a good reason gym owners love January more than most and it’s due to the influx of people taking out yearly memberships, only to unfortunately lose the bug. Swimming is different, though. It requires no expense, is outside, no one is staring you down and, here in the UAE, you can benefit from the great weather by doing it anytime you want.

It’s also a fantastic all-in-one exercise that works your aerobic fitness as well as building muscles from top to toe, plus it’s far more forgiving on your joints. A medium-paced half hour of freestyle swimming burns up to 255 calories.

To get you in the mood to take to the seas or the pool, Speedo have a fantastic range of men’s and women’s swimwear featuring vibrant colours and lightweight materials to help you glide through the water.

Price: Flip-flops – Dh90; Goggles – Dh250; Women’s swimsuits – Dh250-Dh295; Men’s shorts – Dh1,295-Dh1,395 Where to buy: All major sports retailers and speedo.com.

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This week’s sporting film, book, game and app essentials

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We take a look at the latest sporting releases across books, films, games and apps as well as some other classics that you should be looking to buy.

Do you already have these in your collection or want to add them?

Share with us your owns reviews by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

MUHAMMAD ALI: A MEMOIR

Price:
Dh50
Where to buy:
Amazon

‘The Greatest’ has probably had more books written about him than any other athlete, but British broadcaster Michael Parkinson offers a unique take on the tale of the boxing legend having forged a friendship in the 1970s.

OPTAJOE’S FOOTBALL YEARBOOK
Price: Dh85
Where to buy: Kinokuniya

Like football stats and trivia? Then this is simply a must-buy. OptaJoe is the go-to Twitter account for football nerds and this breaks down all the numbers in 2016, written with a wry sense of humour.

OptaJoe’s Football Yearbook.

OptaJoe’s Football Yearbook.

F1 OFFICIAL REVIEW
Price: Dh120
Where to buy: Amazon

Released in time for the festive season, relive the 2016 season which, as we now know, proves to be Nico Rosberg’s last in the sport as he and Lewis Hamilton engage in a tit-for-tat title battle throughout the year.

Nico Rosberg.

Nico Rosberg.

OJ: MADE IN AMERICA
Price: Dh180
Where to buy: Amazon

ESPN’s ‘30 for 30’ series never disappoints and this exhaustive look at the story of OJ and his rise from college and then NFL superstar to one of the most controversial figures in America is a cultural as well as a sporting study.

DON BRADMAN CRICKET 17
Price: Dh350
Where to buy: Amazon

Outside of retro gamers remembering ‘Brian Lara Cricket’, the sport is yet to have a defining video game. This is the latest attempt to corner the market with sharp graphics, great depth and a focus on batting technique.

PREMIER LEAGUE
Price: Free
Where to buy: Android

Not only is this an essential download for keeping abreast of all the latest news and scores from the English top flight but Fantasy Football players will find this invaluable in tweaking your team and researching data each week.

Premier League.

Premier League.

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Tried and Tested: PES2017

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One of three football games that millions of people around the world mark religiously in their calendar, this year’s PES 2017 release typically garnered great excitement.

Last year’s bulked out edition that threw in Arabian Gulf League clubs and an expanded AFC Champions League competition was a real treat and this year, the gameplay has taken it up a notch.

As with any release, the game takes a bit of getting used to but there is plenty to make sure you stick it out and the rewards you reap are well worth it.

First of all, we have to start with the new “Real Touch” technology which adds an entirely different dimension to the game.

Taking into consideration a player’s attributes and combining it with the game’s expanded and improved ball physics, the way each player in the game controls a pass varies with incredible realism.

At first it can feel a little stifled but once you master the movement of the ball and how best to react to it depending on player and circumstance, it is a pure joy.

The “Precise Pass” aspect has the greatest bearing on the new first-touch system. Making this game’s passing system a visual masterpiece and further adding depth to the incredible realism that PES boasts.

Enhanced animation, the ability to change shape, defensive and team instructions on a whim are all nice additions but it is the added realism that makes it stand out.

Highlighting this is the new “Adaptive AI” which reacts to your style of play as the match unfolds.

Able to respond to your lines of attack, touchline instructions and even your weaknesses, the computer has never been more of a potent threat.

It’s fair to say that the past few years has seen a huge resurgence in the PES series and, here, Konami has struck gold with its finest game in years.

We rate it: 9/10 – You will not regret buying this unless you value your free time…
Price: Vary according to store but from Dhs139
Where to Buy: All major video game retailers across the UAE

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