With such a range of brands and features, choosing a pair of goggles is as hard as picking a new phone or a set of sneakers.
And while the cost is (usually) incomparable to the telephones or sneakers, most regular swimmers understand the huge frustration of a dodgy set of goggles, having to be adjusted and fiddled with at every other turn.
So before you dive in and decide on the most expensive or the very aesthetic pair, have a minute to browse our quick manual and find out what you truly want from your own goggles.
Choosing the right Pair of Swimming Goggles
There are three main aspects that you need to see when choosing the swimming goggles
- Goggles must fit in easily on your face
- They must easily fit on your face and don’t put extra pressure.
- Swimming goggles must have a clear or antifog lens
Constantly try your goggles before you purchase and if you are shopping online, assess whether the merchant will offer a full refund if they do not match.
The most common style of goggles is oval-shaped using a silicone gasket seal. If you try them, the seal must offer a split moment of suction — anything less and they will let in water, anything more and they are unnecessarily tight and using too much pressure.
Take care to check the goggles are not too wide either as they may leak water if they stretch too wide around the corners of the eyes.
Competition styles of goggles are a far sleeker layout to minimize drag through the water. They tend to be flexible so there is even more reason to find the ideal fit before you buy them.
Your goggles may seal perfectly around your eyes but a lack of comfort within the nose can be enormously irritating.
Many goggles have adjustable nosepieces but when yours is too tight or rubbing the bridge of your nose, try another set on.
The strap has little to do with the seal of your goggles but is imperative for keeping them in position. Goggles worn too tight will only add strain to the sensitive areas of the eye.
Many goggles now have broken straps which are better in holding them in place — look for a split strap if you are likely to be swimming fast or turning fast from the water.
Nearly all goggles now come with an anti-fog coating and UV protection. When they don’t, you should not be paying up to them.
Nearly all manufacturers will also create prescription goggles.
The last aspect to consider is the color of the lens. The six most common are described below:
- Clear — designed for low light, overcast conditions where maximum durability is required. Suited to indoor use.
- Lilac — designed for the best comparison for items against a green or blue background.
- Smoke — made to reduce the light transmission and lower the general brightness. Best suited to outdoor swimming — ideal in sunlight.
- Amber — made to improve vision in low levels and reduce glare in high light levels.
- Blue — made to permit a moderate degree of light to the eye but maintain protection from glare in bright conditions. Suited to indoor or outdoor use.