Noth­ing puts the mis­ery into a 6am win­ter pool sesh like leaky, foggedup gog­gles that leave marks on your face all day. Avoid them like this:

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Eas­ily the most im­por­tant thing when buy­ing new gog­gles. De­cide whether you like them to sit in or around your eye socket, then choose a tint that works for you. Blue or clear work well in the pool, but leave the darker tints and po­larised lenses for open wa­ter.


Ajust­ing your gog­gles should be easy and faff-free. Of­ten you’ll have a sim­ple buckle ad­juster as shown here, al­though many will have some kind of but­ton mech­a­nism on each side. Make sure the strap will stay se­cure when ad­justed, you need them to stay put!


Snap­ping straps are a com­mon cause of gog­gle failure, so check yours have a de­cent one – and don’t do them up too tight. A split or dou­ble strap (as on th­ese) is more se­cure and also works bet­ter if you have long hair worn in a knot un­der your swim cap.


With­out a good seal, your gogs will fill up with wa­ter the first time you push off or tum­ble-turn. A good seal means when you first try the gog­gles, they should stay on your face with­out even us­ing the straps. They should also be com­fort­able and soft.


The bit that sits be­tween your eyes. Some gog­gles will have a fixed bridge, while oth­ers, like the MP Xceed, will come with a few sizes that can be swapped. The ben­e­fit of this is that you can get a re­ally good fit and there­fore more com­fort and a bet­ter seal.

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