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I had a friend with fused vertebrae that couldn't turn her head to breathe, and she swam with a snorkle, so it made sense in her case.
Train how you race and I don't know of any races that allow fins.
Harry: "I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this."
Loyd: "I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of shit, man."
Likewise, I'll put my fins (though I use Zoomers, not big fins) on for maybe a tough kick set to make it harder and/or get my legs to move faster. I try to focus on really moving my feet & kicking hard if I have them on though - not slacking & using them as a crutch. They're intended to reinforce the proper kicking - ankle flexibility & full-motion kicking from your hip not your knees.
I don't use them together & probably never will, the combination would put me so far from my "real" stroke that I'd probably do more damage than good. Like putting my fins & paddles together...no no no (makes my shoulders & glutes hurt just thinking about it...). I use one tool at a time in order to focus on whatever it's intended to improve, then work on reinforcing that improvement into my "normal" stroke without any toys.
The Techtoc thing looks like it would drive me absolutely batty, too much noise & something creating resistance around my waist...how is that helping to shorten your stroke count? And why are you trying to shorten your stroke count? Are you just trying to speed up turnover or are you trying to increase distance per stroke? I usually take around 14-16 strokes per 25 SCY & am knocking out 1:15 100s comfortably....if I ratchet that up too much I just get sloppy. Of course, YMMV, but quicker strokes are only better if they're more efficient. Just curious!
Like has been said otherwise though, bi-lateral breathing to balance out your stroke and enough variation to work the "benefits" of the tools into your stroke are where the real benefits come from. Creating the muscle memory so that with or without them your stroke feels the same is the end goal, this will translate into speed.
The snorkel and band really help me with streamlining, keeping my core engaged and increasing stroke rate.
The fins just help me feel what it would be like if I actually had any speed in the water (and more).
There is a purpose to the snorkel, but it's not to be used all the time.
Fins also help with body position, but again, don't use them all the time. They also give your legs a good workout. Get some fins that are meant for swimmers, to strengthen the kick etc, not just any fins will really do this.
I don't use fins too much, and I've never tried the techtoc, but swimming is one of those things that is so darn technical that I would strongly recommend getting some good on deck feedback. I would never have realized the effect of my oversighting if my coach hadn't pointed it out. And I've got other problems that we're working on!