Swimming goggles are an essential component of your pool swim routine. They enable you to turn on time, see properly underwater, and shield your eyes from chloramines (aka red, itchy eyes).
The fact is that no two swimmers have the same faces or needs.
Some swimmers want to be mirrored, low-profile goggles, while others choose the newest technology. Still, others simply want swimming goggles that won’t fog up too much during those arduous morning swims.
Thankfully, the number of swim goggles available is roughly equal to the number of meters in the long session you have scheduled for this weekend.
This article will walk you through the greatest swimming goggles now available on the pool deck, including the best training goggles, the best racing goggles, goggles that don’t completely fog up, and much more.
Swedish Swimming goggles
Swedish goggles, also known as Swedes, are among the most popular among competitive swimmers.
One of its many advantages is its extensive customizability. They offer an excellent field of vision. These are some of the least expensive swimming goggles available. After you get used to the plastic eye sockets, they are comfortable. And in the water, they make you seem badass. The latex straps degrade more quickly than those on goggles with silicone straps, and they take some setup rather than being ready to use right out of the box like some other goggles. The Swedish goggle comes in a range of colors and tints, and Speedo sells a two-pack for about $20 that contains a pair of mirrored goggles and a pair of clear blue lenses.
The Speedo Vanquisher 2.0
When it comes to swimming gear, Speedo is one of the superpowers.
Several Olympians and world champions have been on their list over the years, including Michael Phelps (his first sponsor), Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Florent Manaudou, and many others.
Their most popular mid-range goggle is the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0, and after trying them on, you can see why. A very pleasant fit is ensured by the rubberized gasket. The silicone straps can hardly be damaged. Also, you receive a leak-proof fit thanks to the adjustable nose bridge.
Also, these Speedo goggles are prepared for use. It’s time to go when you put them over your head and adjust the strap.
The Vanquishers’ mirrored tint edition is incredibly dark, which is one of the two things I dislike about them. When the anti-fog starts to wear off, this becomes a problem, especially if you choose a dark lens and swim inside. The second problem is that it isn’t as excellent as it is for Swedes.
In spite of this, the Vanquishers are among the most well-liked swimming goggles in the pool due to their robustness, comfort, and the fact that I’ve never had a problem with water leakage while wearing them.
TYR Socket Rocket
Because they blend some of the greatest qualities of the Vanquisher and the Swedes, the TYR Socket Rocket goggles have earned a spot in my rotation of goggles.
They have a modern appearance that is similar to the Swedes. You can use the goggles “as is” with a piece of strap for the nose bridge, or you can use the adjustable nose piece with the provided string and silicone tube.
Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 Swimming Goggles
The Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 (whole review here) is one of the few true hybrid goggles on this list. Both training and competition suit it well.
Caeleb Dressel, a sprinting prodigy, has worn the Speed Socket 2.0 goggle in international competition, most notably at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, where he won seven gold medals. Before switching to his own line of goggles, Michael Phelps used to compete while wearing this pair. Although the goggle has a slim profile, it has better peripheral vision than the Vanquishers. I really like the silicone straps, different-sized nose bridges, and rubberized gasket that helps to suction your goggles to your face for a leak-proof fit that is shared by both the Speed Socket and the Vanquisher.
The Speed Sockets are tough goggles with a slim profile that are also excellent for race day. They are great for extended use in practice.
Speed Sockets are also very reasonably priced, costing half as much as their more expensive older sibling, the Speedo Fastskin Hyper Elite Goggles (especially when compared to some of the high-end racing goggles).
FINIS Smart Swimming goggles
The first generation of smart swimming goggles is the best example of how far swimming pool technology has advanced in recent years.
With its heads-up display that sits in the swim goggle’s corner and measures time, intervals, how much rest you’ve had, the number of laps, splits (per lap and repetition), and more, the FINIS Smart Goggle is a game-changer for swimmers.
The FINIS Smart Goggle is now the greatest model of this swim goggle available on the market for a few different reasons.
The HUD unit can be removed from your old goggles and placed into the new set, so when the goggles inevitably wear out, you only need to replace the goggles (FINIS sells them for $35) and not the entire set.
Compared to its main rival, the FORM Swim Goggles, which were the first smart goggles to hit the pool and require you to re-buy the entire set (at a cost of about $200), this is a significant advantage.
Furthermore—and this is a matter of taste—the HUD doesn’t take up the entire goggle lens. With the FINIS Smart Goggles, you only need to glance to the left with your left eye to see the digital display, as opposed to the FORM goggles, which always have a digital display on the goggle lens.
I prefer the “choose when to see the info” strategy because it allows me to concentrate more on my technique than on reading numbers.
With a price tag of about $235, the FINIS Smart Goggles are undoubtedly not for everyone, but for swimmers who train independently, want to track their swimming (the goggles’ app is excellent), or who want the extra motivation that comes from being able to see their pace, these swim goggles are an awesome long-term investment in your training.
The FINIS Smart Goggle comes with a carry case, charging cable, six different nose bridge options, and two different tints (blue and smoke).
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