In this post, we will be discussing the best swimming goggles, swimming goggles best, swimming goggles for kids, and swimming goggles kids specs. Selecting goggles can be hard. We offer our customers seven pages of goggles from which to choose, so there is no lack of options.
Having a variety of choices is great, but a wide selection can also be overwhelming. To help you navigate the waters (pun intended!), I have listed a few things to keep in mind as you shop for your next pair of goggles.
But first, a word on personal preference: above all, goggles are an individual preference. Whatever is right for you is right for you. Just like, whatever is right for me is right for me. Now, where it might get tricky is when whatever is right for me is wrong for you. So, trust yourself and your opinion.
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However, here are some key factors worth considering when shopping for your next pair of goggles:
Goggles come in all shapes and sizes. Generally, I like to classify goggles as “small” and “large.” These classifications reflect both socket size and lens size.
- Socket size indicates the size of the goggle lens. Some goggles are what I consider “small socket.” Some swimmers do not prefer small socket goggles (e.g., Swedish goggles) because they can be harsh on the orbital bone. On the other hand, “large socket” goggles, because they don’t fit into your eye socket, rely on some kind of suction device (e.g., foam, rubber, etc.). My personal preference is a “small socket” goggle because the “large socket” goggles can feel a bit bulky. But, I encourage you to try both small and large socket goggles before making a final decision.
- Lens size is the size of the lens through which the swimmer sees. A larger lens allows the swimmer to see more; larger lenses allow for a wide-angle view or even “natural” vision. By contrast, small lenses allow the swimmer to “put the blinders on” and, perhaps, focus on their race by limiting their field of vision.
The goggle’s profile is how far the goggle sticks out from the swimmer’s face. Goggle profile can be classified as “low” and “high.” Your goggle’s profile doesn’t just affect what the goggles look like, but can influence the functionality of the goggles. For instance, I have noticed that when I wear a high profile goggle (i.e., they stick out from my face), they are more likely to leak and/or fall off upon entry into the water during a start. However, remember, we aren’t always diving. Thus, you could chose different profiles for different purposes (i.e., race vs. training).
Assembly is the amount of assembly required to make the new goggles (as they arrive in their packaging) functional. Some goggles arrive in your mailbox (and in their packaging) 100% assembled and ready to wear. Other goggles may require threading the straps through the goggles. Others, yet, even require you to string your own nose piece (i.e., the middle piece between the lenses). Though some might be a little intimidated stringing their first nosepiece, easy-to-follow instructions make the assembly of the goggles manageable for almost every swimmer. However, younger swimmers may need some help from a parent, friend, or coach as they assemble their goggles.
Coco Chanel once said… Oh, who am I kidding? I have no idea what Coco Chanel ever said. I do know, however, that a lot can be said by wearing a pair of goggles. Goggles, though functional, are also accessories that can express who you are. Growing up I felt “fastest” in my mirrored Swedish goggles. It showed my competitors that I meant business.
My sister, on the other hand, felt her “fastest” when she wore goggles that donned reptile holograms. Either way, our goggles were a simple way to express our race personalities. And, I believe, influenced the way we raced. However, while style, to some degree, matters, sizing always trumps style.
So when browsing goggles for yourself or the swimmer in your life, I find it helps to ask a few questions:
- What is most comfortable?
- How much do I (or your swimmer) need to see to feel comfortable in practice or a race?
- Will I (or your swimmer) wear these goggles to race or to train?
- How much assembly can I (or your swimmer) tolerate?
- Am I (or your swimmer) bold or do I (or your swimmer) prefer a classic look?
The answers to these questions will help you in selecting the perfect goggles. At bottom I offer simple chart of aspects that were important to me of a small sample of goggles offered by SwimOutlet.com. This chart describes each pair of goggles according to my main criteria I’ve discussed above.
I hope that I have given everyone a better perspective from which to choose your next pair of goggles. For me as a professional swimmer, having my racing goggles completely secure when entering the water is a #1 priority, so my default is always to use a low-profile goggle. It is not absolute that everyone uses a low-profile goggle but in elite racing profile becomes much more important. Another option may be to have a higher-profile goggle for practice and a lower-profile goggle for meets. It is up to you!
I would like to end this guide with a few highlights from the list of goggles I tested. I am a long-time user of a low-profile goggles, but some of the pairs from above gave me an experience that was different from previous experiences. I have used large socket goggles (great view) that have high profiles (potential to leak during entry) but what was new for me was the large socket goggles (great view) that had a low profile (less likely to leak during entry), which gave me the best of both worlds. I think that adidas, FINIS, and Dolfin have provided something a little different that is worth a try. I also like using the Arena Cobra, although the field of view is slightly less because the socket and lens size are smaller. Overall the Arena Cobra is a very good goggle; plus they give you a nice case to carry the goggle in.
I hope this was helpful. I will see you guys at the pool!
|Socket & Lens Size||Profile||Assembly||Style|
|Product||Small||Large||Low||High||No Assembly Required||Some Assembly Required||Classic||Bold|
|Arena Cobra Mirror Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Nike Swim Remora Mirrored Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Sporti Antifog S2 Metallic Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|TYR Velocity Metallized Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Dolfin Victor Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Engine Weapon Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|The Finals Eliminator Racing Metallized Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Zoggs Racespex Mirror S/XL Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|Adidas Hydrospeed Goggle||X||X||X||X|
|FINIS Lightning Goggle||X||X||X||X|
Whether you’re swimming laps in an indoor pool or practicing your strokes on the open water, goggles are essential for seeing underwater and protecting your eyes from irritants like chlorine and saltwater. But we’ve all felt what it’s like to swim in pairs that don’t work as well as they should. To find the best goggles, we consulted experts for the ones they trust.
Every one of them agreed that the most important factor is fit. “Everyone’s face has a slightly different shape so you may need to try out a bunch. Goggles should make a seal easily, even without the strap. They shouldn’t be so tight that they leave rings around your eyes” said Dave Samuelsohn, player coach of the Westchester Masters Swimming Association. With that in mind, we talked to swim instructors, coaches, and competitors to discover the best goggles that’ll help your freestyle, butterfly, or backstroke go, well, swimmingly.
Best overall swim goggles
Nearly everyone I spoke with mentioned these versatile goggles that fit most people’s faces. “It seems like just about everybody starts with a pair of Speedo Vanquisher goggles,” said Christine Frietchen, a board member of the Brooklyn Tri Club, when discussing goggles for triathlon training. Samuelsohn said he keeps a spare pair of women’s Vanquishers in his bag for teammates “because they seem to have a reasonably universal fit regardless of your face — male or female. They’re like type O-negative blood [the universal donor].” According to Julie Stupp, 2012 Olympic Trials finalist and the in-house product reviewer for SwimOutlet.com, these are the best-selling goggles on the market. “If you want to have one all-around goggle, go with the Vanquisher,” she said.
Best indoor swim goggles
Samuelsohn finds Barracuda goggles to be the most comfortable and he uses them for all his aquatic activities. The Fenix has a three-layer construction with more rigid plastic on the outer layer to hold the goggles’ shape, and softer rubber that feels good on the face and won’t leave you with “raccoon eyes” from too much suction around the eye sockets.
These goggles are the favorites among swimmers at Asphalt Green, according to Diana Pimer, an age group and masters coach with the Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics swim team. “The same model is also available in mirrored, so the swimmers can have a bunch of different pairs without having to make any adjustments or have any concerns. They can have indoor and outdoor goggles that fit their face in the exact same way,” she said. This pair is leakproof, one of the main features Pimer said swimmers look for in goggles, and the sleek lines will appeal to competitive swimmers as well as those just learning.
Best outdoor swim goggles
Popular among triathletes who compete primarily in open water, Aqua Sphere’s goggles offer a slim design and an easily adjustable buckle strap. Stupp said they have “a great fit and a nice wide scope of vision. In particular, I like the smoked lens to provide some darkening from the sun.”
Best transition-lens swim goggles
If you’re swimming in variable light conditions, transition or photochromic lenses automatically adjust from clear to smoky gray in sunlight. They won’t get as dark as solid tinted lenses so stick with those for sunny, midday swimming, but they’re ideal for early-morning swims when the sky gradually gets brighter.
Best racing swim goggles
Compared to standard goggles, racing goggles have larger, more rounded lenses for better peripheral vision, making it easier to glance at the competition without lifting your head out of the water. Radhames Crisotomo, associate director and equipment specialist at Imagine Swimming swim school and a swimmer himself, wears this pair, which he said are “perfect on the eyes of any swimmer.” The streamlined, low-profile design eliminates drag that can slow swimmers down — important if you’re looking to shave seconds off your time — and includes other features Crisotomo looks for in racing goggles like “wide frames for greater peripheral vision [and] soft gaskets to protect you from the wayward elbows of the swimmer next to you.”
MP Michael Phelps Xceed Goggle
A collaboration between goggle brand Aqua Sphere, Olympian Michael Phelps, and his coach Bob Bowman, this pair offers a water-tight seal
and a sturdy strap that ensures goggles won’t budge when you’re flip-turning at top speeds — Phelps’s dolphin-like finesse in the water not included.
Best swim goggles for kids
“Goggles are important for children when learning to swim because it encourages them to use correct form by keeping water out of their face,” said Stahley. “It could also excite young swimmers who were unable to open their eyes underwater, but with goggles can finally see.” She likes Finis goggles because their constructed from a durable, long-lasting plastic and are soft and comfortable on kids’ faces.
Finis also makes scented goggles for kids with scents like purple grape and green sour apple. “This feature is fun for kids, and can make a big difference for those who don’t normally like wearing goggles,” said Crisotomo. He said these are the most popular goggles at Imagine Swimming because they fit nearly every child and are leakproof.
Best swim-goggle accessory
If you find a pair of goggles that fit great on your eyes but the elastic strap is bulky or uncomfortably tight, both Samuelsohn and Stahley recommend buying a stretchy bungee strap as a replacement. Fabric-coated bungee cords are more durable than simple elastic straps that
can snap or break. “I have had [mine] for almost ten years and they are still on my goggles now,” said Stahley