Swimming goggles

Your guide to finding the right pair of goggles this summer.
 
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03.Features explained

In our trial, features such as anti-fog, what materials the eyecups are made of, and design, figure significantly in how watertight, fog-free, comfortable and easy to adjust a pair of goggles may be.

Anti-fog / no anti-fog lenses

The inner surface of anti-fog goggle lenses are coated with plastic additives during manufacturing to prevent condensation. If your goggles are not anti-fog or if their anti-fog coating has worn out, you can spray and smear the inside of the lenses with anti-fog solution, available at most sporting goods retailers.

Moulded or fixed frame / adjustable frame

Swimming goggles have either adjustable frames that consist of separate eyecups connected by adjustable and/or removable nosepieces, or moulded/fixed frames with non-adjustable nosepieces. In our trial, all seven goggles that had moulded or fixed frames made our top 10. Two of the goggles on trial, the Eyeline Conquest and Speedo Cyclone, come with individual nosepieces of three different sizes.

Silicone / non-silicone eyecups or gaskets

The eyecups or gaskets have the most contact with your face and determine how comfortable and watertight the goggles are. Most of the higher-priced models have silicone eyecups. Some eyecups – typically those made with silicone – can be shallower than conventional ones, as we discovered when a few of our trialists reported that their eyelashes batted uncomfortably against the inner lenses.

TPR and TPE

When you see TPR (thermoplastic rubber) or TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) on the goggles packaging, they simply refer to the synthetic material, which is a combination of plastic and rubber. Eyecups may also be made from polyvinylchloride (PVC), which is commonly found in the lower-priced goggles.

 

 

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Did you know?

  • Foam goggles were once popular because they were comfortable and inexpensive. However, they don’t remain leak-proof for long and their watertightness and comfort levels decrease as the foam misshapens and deteriorates quickly from chlorine and sunlight. Competition and advances in technology making more durable goggles have rendered the foam goggles defunct.
  • If you take good care of your goggles, they should last for years. Experts contacted by CHOICE say that rinsing out your goggles with tap water and storing them out of direct sunlight will prolong their effectiveness and lifespan.

 
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