POOL SWIM GOGGLES

A re­li­able set of goggles are a must to get you through all those hard yards of win­ter pool train­ing. Jack Sexty tests and rates 10…

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

The fash­ion in­dus­try has a Cost Per Wear for­mula, in which an item is judged by how much you wear it for its price. Ap­plied to tri, the pool gog­gle would surely come out on top, be­ing a cheap piece of kit you wear year-round and sub­ject to hun­dreds of hours in the pool. And yet it’s of­ten a throw­away pur­chase, snapped up in the pool’s re­cep­tion.

Even if pool gog­gle pur­chases are never go­ing to break the bank, buy­ing an un­suit­able pair can be frus­trat­ing and a waste of cash that can be spent on kit else­where. So it’s im­por­tant to check out a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent styles, many of which are rep­re­sented in the 10 pairs fea­tured in this test, and stick to the ones that work for you. Try on the goggles that take your fancy be­fore buy­ing them if pos­si­ble. Or, if you can bor­row a pair for a cou­ple of lengths, then even bet­ter.

Pool goggles dif­fer from open-wa­ter goggles in that they’re tra­di­tion­ally smaller, less mask-like and of­fer less pe­riph­eral vi­sion. But things are chang­ing with the former, where even com­pe­ti­tion goggles now of­fer greater vi­sion. This means stronger swim­mers can scout out their op­po­si­tion and less ex­pe­ri­enced swim­mers and those shar­ing public lanes can swim with more con­fi­dence thanks to wider, curved lenses. Plus, the up­dated shape can ac­tu­ally de­crease drag.

Key things we looked out for when test­ing the goggles here in­cluded the qual­ity of the seal, which in­cluded dive tests and fast turns dur­ing all-out sprint efforts, and also how the lenses re­sponded to dif­fer­ent light lev­els. We con­sulted sev­eral other swim­mers to try out the test pairs, with fac­tors such as build qual­ity, value, ease of ad­just­ment and anti-fog­ging all con­sid­ered.

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