Selecting the Best Swim Goggles for you – Top 5 Tips
Posted on August 28 2016
Are you confused about the best-fit goggles for your face? Or are you still going through trial and error in the pursuit of your favourite goggles?
Well, there are an amazing selection of goggles available these days and depending on your purpose, you could be unknowingly selecting ill-fitting goggles. The “perfect fit goggles” are those that are lightweight, and hassle-free, and allow you to focus on racing, training and enjoying recreational swimming rather than leaks, fogging and annoying straps.
Here are the Top 5 things you need to know about Selecting Your Best Swim Goggles
“The Right Fit”
- Goggles should fit firmly around their eye sockets. The gasket, or cushioning between the goggle frame and the eye socket (the eye cup if you like), should have enough suction to remain securely on your face even before you place the straps around your head. If suction is not firm, you may need to adjust the interchangeable nose pieces up/down or swap for another goggle.
- Selecting the right size lens is important in preventing water leakages into the goggles. The right size is one that fits over the eye socket and underneath the eyebrow. If the lens is up over the eyebrow or has any gaps on the side, then the goggle is probably too big. Often open water swimmers generally prefer a larger lens to handle ocean conditions, recreational/training swimmers prefer a medium lens for comfort and visibility, and competition swimmers opt for smaller, lower profile lenses to aid streamlining in a race.
- As for colour in a lens, a clear lens aids vision in indoor pools or for Surf Life Saving children and beach visits, when you are concerned about scratches from the sand a clear lens is helpful.
- Coloured lenses are a personal preference but can sometimes improve indoor swimming visibility when there is lighting above the pool.
- Mirrored and UV protective lenses are ideal for outdoor swimming to prevent glare and reflection from the water. Another reason competition swimmers will choose mirrored goggles is for a perceived psychological advantage because the swimmer’s eyes are hidden from competitors. A good way to keep people guessing in a race!
- One piece straps are used mainly for ease and simplicity whereas 2 straps normally make a more secure fitting. Two-strap goggles should be separated around the head with the bottom strap at eye level and the upper strap a little higher. Straps should be adjusted so that they are tight enough to stay on, but not too tight as too cause a headache.
- Silicone-cushioned goggles are very popular as they are more comfortable for any long training sessions.
- Anti-fog Lenses are best because the anti-fog coating allows for temperature changes when hopping in and out of the water. After a couple of months of regular swimming you’ll find you may need to spray an anti-fog liquid into the lenses to bring them back to pristine anti-fog condition.
- Care for Goggles
Once finished swimming, due to high pool chlorine levels or salty beach water , its always a good idea to rinse your goggles in tap water to prevent early deterioration. Once the goggles have dried, place the goggles back into a hard case to prevent scratches. Having a swim kit bag, where goggles stay alongside kickboards, pull buoys, and other gear, makes for simple swim preparation for your next session. As for racing, from experience, we recommend having a spare set of goggles you’ve used prior to a race as a back up plan, just incase you misplace or break a pair on race day!