It’s not easy to find the perfect pair of goggles. Wired magazine made this test to rate some of the goggles in the market today, and simplify the choice for you. Check it out!

Make a splash with performance eye-wear for the swimming pool — or the open water

 

How we tested
We enlisted the help of British swimmer — and eight-time world record holder — Mark Foster, to put the goggles through their paces at the Laboratory Spa & Health Club pool in Mill Hill, London. Foster rated their performance by assessing visibility, condensation and leakage in the water, as well as comfort and adjustability. We also tested the goggles for closeness of fit by chopping onions while wearing them, and timing how long it took for our tears to flow.

 

Speedo Fastskin Cubed Super Elite Mirror

Although reasonably easy to adjust (thanks to a one-piece strap with built-in tensioning markings), these goggles were painful to wear. Visibility is good, but leaks soon crept in. Our tester, Mark Foster, was unimpressed: “As an elite swimmer, I wouldn’t wear these,” he said.

Speedo FastskinCubed Super Elite Mirror

Wired: Sleek, hydrodynamic design
Tired: Very large
Score: 6
Cost: £55
speedo.co.uk

Specifications
Lens type
: Mirror/gold
Adjustable nose bridge: Yes
Anti-fog: Yes
UV protection: Yes

Additional details
Wide-angle vision, flexible frame

 

Arena Cobra Mirror
These goggles come as separate parts that must be assembled, which is very fiddly. However, they fitted well once they were made, and there are three different sizes to choose from. Visibility is clear, and there was no misting or leakage. If you have the patience to create the right fit, Foster thought they were a good choice.

Arena CobraMirrorWired: Versatile sizing
Tired: Arduous adjustment process
Score: 8
Cost: £27
solosports.co.uk

Specifications
Lens type: Mirror/red/yellow
Adjustable nose bridge: Yes
Anti-fog: Yes
UV protection: Yes

Additional details
Interchangeable nosepieces

 

Aqua Sphere Kayenne
Aqua Sphere’s goggles are comfy and easy to fit, shaping well to the face. Visibility is brilliant — helped by the clear frame — and there was no condensation. The moulded nosepiece isn’t adjustable, but it will suit most swimmers. Don’t be put off by the quirky looks — these are Mark Foster’s choice.

Aqua SphereKayenneWired: Visibility and fit
Tired: Fixed nosepiece
Score: 9
Cost: £20
aquasphereswim.com/uk

Specifications
Lens type: Clear/blue
Adjustable nose bridge: No
Anti-fog: Yes
UV protection: Yes

Additional details
One-touch buckle, 180-degree vision

 

Orca Profile
Despite being the easiest goggles to adjust, the bridge part across the nose is fixed — and it dug in slightly. Visibility in the water was good, and there was no condensation or leaks. Foster thought Orca’s goggles are basic but decent looking, and would benefit hugely from a better nosepiece — but at this price, it’s a pretty minor quibble.

Orca ProfileWired: Great value for money
Tired: Basic design; nosepiece discomfort
Score: 8
Cost: £13
orca.com

Specifications
Lens type: Clear
Adjustable nose bridge: No
Anti-fog: Yes
UV protection: Yes

Additional details
Quick-fit buckle

 

Zoggs Predator Flex Polarised
Again, the nosepiece here cannot be adjusted, but they fitted well and didn’t leak. Clear lenses would be preferable, but these are only slightly smoked (to reduce glare when swimming outdoors). Foster’s assessment: “Overall they’re an ideal training goggle, but they’re not suitable for a race.”

Zoggs Predator FlexPolarisedWired: Polarised anti-glare lenses
Tired Gaudy colours
Score: 7
Cost: £25
zoggs.com

Specifications
Lens type: Polarised/smoke
Adjustable nose bridge: No
Anti-fog: Yes
UV protection: Yes

Additional details
Wide-angle vision, flexible frame

More: How to pick the perfect goggles?

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2013/07/test/clear-eyed-reporting

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