Things to consider when buying swim goggles:
1. Expert, competitive swimmers will have different concerns when buying
swim goggles than recreational swimmers. It is important to recognize your
swimming ability in order to purchase a correct pair of goggles. A common
misconception is that the more expensive the goggle, the better they are. This
is not necessarily true. Here are some things to consider when buying swim
- All swimmers should consider type of swimming activity, eye
socket fit, gaskets and comfort level, lens color, and facial fit.
- Eye Socket Fit
- A goggle that fits close to the eye socket with a low
profile and hydrodynamic lenses will not cause drag while
swimming. This is important for competitive swimmers.
Reducing drag during a race is thought to improve
- A wider facemask allows for more peripheral vision,
letting you see what is going on around you. Often important
in open water swimming, triathlons, and water fitness.
- Gaskets are the part of the goggle around the eye socket
that comes in contact with your face. If you are swimming
for long amounts of time, you will want a comfortable
gasket, often made of silicone and rubber, or foam. Silicone
or rubber gaskets are more durable than foam, and often more
expensive. If you train multiple times a week, opt for a
more durable gasket.
- Lenses Color
- Metallized goggles have a mirrored coating which reduces
brightness and glare. Important for outdoor swimming. A
smoke-colored lens is a great all-purpose option. It lowers
overall brightness without much color distortion. This is a
good option for those who swim outdoors and indoors. Blue
lenses are designed to reduce surface glare from water and
provide visibility in bright light. Opt for lighter blues if
you are an indoor swimmer, and darker blues for outdoors.
Clear lenses are good for indoor or low-light swimming, not
altering appearance of colors, offering clear vision.
2. What size goggles do I need?
- A good fitting leak-proof goggle will provide enough suction to
sit on your face without the use of a goggle strap. If they fall off
immediately, chances are they don't fit.
- Women-specific swim goggles are designed to fit a smaller face
and narrower eye widths. Youth-specific swim goggles are also
designed to fit smaller facial features.
- Most goggles are easy to adjust to fit the size of your head and
face. If you are not sure what size you need, look for a goggle with
an adjusting nose piece and adjustable straps.