It could be a bit tricky to pick the most suitable pair of goggles. There are many options to choose from, and many features to take into consideration. Nobody wants goggle rings nor water leaks, and nobody has to tolerate the pain that goggles can cause sometimes!
How to pick the right type?
Think about the purpose of your purchase. Are you buying your goggles for swimming practice, competition or recreational swimming?
– Practice goggles are usually comfortable. They are meant for regular use and are generally robust. Sometimes they aren’t fit for competitions because they cause drag.
– Competition goggles are less comfortable than practice goggles, and can even be painful. They fit very close to the eye socket and cause less drag.
– Recreational goggles can be very cheap but also a bit inferior in terms of quality. They can break easily and probably don’t have any anti-fog treatment; if they do, it will probably wear off after a short period of time. Unless you don’t intend to swim often, you should forget about them.
– Masks are usually very comfortable and have a wide viewing angle, but they are too heavy to wear during tough practice and competitions. They can be considered as recreational as well.
How to pick the right lens?
Think about where you’re going to swim. Will you be swimming indoors or outdoors? Will you want to block light or let light in?
– Mirror Lenses are mostly suitable if you swim outside during the day. They are perfect to protect your eyes from the sun as they reflect the light away from the eyes.
– Clear lenses are better for indoor swimming especially in poorly lit pools. They let the light get in and enhance visibility. They’re not recommended for outdoor swimming.
– Light colored lenses are good for all situations. They help brighten the pool around you if you’re swimming indoor, and reduce glare if it’s too bright.
– Dark colored lenses are meant to block the light, but not as efficiently as mirrored lenses. You can consider wearing them in well-lit indoor pools, or when it’s not too sunny outside.
Things to consider:
– Goggles have to be comfortable. If you’re going to wear them for several hours every week, you have to find a pair that doesn’t hurt.
– Your goggles have to fit you perfectly, so try them on! If they don’t fit, they will leak water; that’s why you have to make sure that their suction on your eyes is perfect. Or in the case of Swedish goggles, make sure the lens creates a seal around your eye socket.
– Try to get goggles that have adjustable nose bridges to fit the shape of your face.
– Check if the straps can be adjusted smoothly and that they don’t detach easily.
– Get goggles with anti-fog coating, or at least apply anti-fog spray on the lenses.
– Make sure you like how you look with the goggles. They have to fit your style too!
– Consider getting prescription goggles if you have short eyesight.
– Keep in mind that larger goggles are less efficient for diving and flip turns because they slide from your face more easily than smaller goggles.
– You might want to buy multiple pairs; a back-up plan will be useful in case the pair you’re using breaks.
We have been conducting a short survey, to find out which goggles are the post popular among swimmers. We’d love to know your feedback!
Meanwhile, Happy Shopping! 🙂by