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mongoose said:how long do you find goggles generally last? I've had my last pair of goggles now for about 11 months and I use then at least 3 times a week in the gym pool. They are now finished and are leaking. Seems like a reasonable time but curious to hear others experiences
how long do you find goggles generally last? I've had my last pair of goggles now for about 11 months and I use then at least 3 times a week in the gym pool. They are now finished and are leaking. Seems like a reasonable time but curious to hear others experiences
Thanks for this thread. My Aquaspheres didn't give me the love yesterday at St Pete, so, now many options....Nootca seems an option as I have a very narrow and small face, so hard to really fit the goggles...
After trying all the brand names and high tech lens, TYR Special Ops is my choice. Polarized, great colors and most importantly they have a wide, soft seal around the eye. The smaller race googles always dig into my eye lids and are very uncomfortable after a long swim. While the TYR Special Ops provide exceptional comfort and good seal with the added bonus of polarized lens and awesome colors. I do use a google case as they are prone to breaking at the nose bridge. If you care for these googles, they will care for you. and they dont break the bank at $25.
I love this discussion. I'm partial to the Speedo Air Seal Tri Swim goggle.
They're hands down the most comfortable I've ever worn, and I swim with contact lenses so the fit is crucial. The only caveat is the annoying strap. It becomes very slippery when wet and it has a rather loose fastener so it tends to come undone at the slightest provocation. However, I just replace it with a cheap bungee strap and then it's good to go. I don't seem to find them on SwimOutlet anymore but they're available from Amazon.
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My goggle preference has come full circle recently.
In college I wore Speedo Vanquishers and Swedes. As my love for open water grew and my fear of something creeping up out of the corner of my eye never went away, I switched to Aquasphere Kaimans for a while. They more than live up to the hype, but they're just wrong for my face, and the solid bridge means no adjustments.
So now I'm back to Speedo Speed Sockets, the g-string of goggles. It could just be my face, but I find the low profile gives me more peripheral vision than wider lenses with big clunky gaskets.
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I'm all over the board with this topic. Growing up a competitive swimmer I have a soft spot for Swedes (Sporti Swedes are good too). I always have a pair in the bag if not two. For OW I think the variables of the race dictate which pairs I use. In a race when I don't think I have to worry about getting kicked or elbowed I go with either a blue pair of swedes or mirrored depending on light conditions. For the mass start races I like the ROKA Sports F2 blue for low light and the Nootca 207 for bright conditions. The TYR Special Ops Transitions are comfy and would be great in partly cloudy conditions or for long swim where the light conditions may change during the race.
Word of warning: If you are doing a lot of chlorine pool training you will go through a fair amount of straps. The bungee straps seem to be popular for the swedes but be careful as the stiff ends and quick toggle can easily rub against the shoulders when breathing if not perfectly positioned. Also, the more scratched your goggles are the more likely they will fog. I store my goggles in a soft sunglasses case to prolong life.
I have a pretty small face so that obviously effects fit. Zoggs Predator, Blue Seventy Nero, and Aquasphere Kayenne were all pretty comfy but distorted my vision. I think I tried 8 different pairs last year alone and returned half.