Picking the right goggles for you
Updated: Apr 10
One of the most important pieces of equipment needed for swimming is goggles. Whether you're in practice or racing goggles are needed to see where you are going and the people around you. There are many different brands, types, and models of goggles sold for different purposes. This is your basic guide to swimming goggles. Before you choose a pair of goggles there's a few things to consider...
When it comes to goggles there are a couple of things to consider. First what environment will you be swimming in. If your pool or location where you swim is inside you probably want clear or tinted goggles. If you swim outside or in a bright area mirrored goggles are probably the way to go. Clear goggles offer just a simple plastic layer between your eye and the water. Tinted goggles are like clear goggles but add a slight layer of color or shading to make your eye semi-visible from the outside. These goggles add a little bit of style and uniqueness to you're look in the pool. Mirrored goggles add a layer of metallic coloring to the lens that protect your eyes from bright light such as the sun. These are good for outdoor use or swimming under bright lights. Many swimmers wear mirrored googles just because of the intimidating look they produce when worn.
The two main situations in which you'll be wearing your googles is practice and racing. Many people have different googles for practice and racing while others use the same googles for both. Most practice googles are designed to be comfortable and provide a wide angle of vision. On the other side racing goggles are designed to have a low profile and to produce as little drag as possible. Racing googles often have less cushion to make the goggle fit closer to the wearer's face. This makes them slightly less comfortable but usually this isn't noticeable as a race is shorter in duration than a practice.
Many people will find that different goggles fit them differently because they have different shaped faces. Most goggles come with adjustable nose pieces so that they fit all eye widths and nose sizes. Making sure the goggle has a good seal with your face is crucial to keeping water out while you swim.
With these factors in mind here are some of the better goggles I recommend:
1. Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored
At around 20$ these are a great deal for a multipurpose goggles. They have a good amount of cushion and fit most people very well. The mirrored part of the google makes them a good summer training and outdoors goggle that can also double down for racing use. Usually you can find them on sale at: http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?Click=8844461&ProductCode=13161&utm_source=soaffiliate&utm_medium=textlink&utm_campaign=8844461
2. Speedo Speed Sockets
For an affordable racing goggle the speed sockets are a great option. You will see these being worn at almost every large competitive swim meet including the Olympics. They offer a low profile design and a strap that produces little to no drag. These can be found on sale at: http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?Click=8844461&ProductCode=8149537&utm_source=soaffiliate&utm_medium=textlink&utm_campaign=8844461
3. Arena Cobra Core Swipe
The Arena Cobra Core are a higher end goggle that has a few cool features. For those who wear their goggles under their cap, these goggles have plastic side pieces that connect to the strap under your cap so there is no strap exposed to the water. This reduces drag for optimal racing performance. The "swipe" model of these goggles includes a built in Anti-fog mechanism that makes it easy to keep your lenses clear without taking your goggles off. All of these features will cost you a little bit as the price of these range from 50$-70$. Decent pricing can be found at: http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?Click=8844461&ProductCode=8187463&utm_source=soaffiliate&utm_medium=textlink&utm_campaign=8844461
4. TYR Tracer X
The TYR Tracer X is a stylish racing goggles similar to the Speedo Speed Sockets but slightly fancier. These goggles come with a sculpted ultra low profile and a solid seal against water in high impact conditions such as diving. A place where you can find these on sale is: http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?Click=8844461&ProductCode=8198810&utm_source=soaffiliate&utm_medium=textlink&utm_campaign=8844461
5. Sporti Swedish Goggles
Swedish goggles are different from other goggles on this list as they have no padding around the eye pieces. Instead they use a large flat area of plastic to seal out water and fit comfortably. Many people prefer Swedish goggles for training and racing because of this.
In addition most Swedish goggles are very cheap at around 5$ a pair. A link to a good pair with a replaceable strap: http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?Click=8844461&ProductCode=26589&utm_source=soaffiliate&utm_medium=textlink&utm_campaign=8844461