Swimming is one of the most popular ways of keeping fit and over the years pool equipment has really become fashionably trendy. If you spend a lot of time in the pool, then you know how important it is to wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes. However, many people find it hard to find a pair that fits well and are comfortable to wear. Below are a few tips and advice on the sort of swimming goggles available on the market today and how to choose the ones that fit well.
Swimming goggles protect your eyes
Goggles That Leave Ugly Marks around Eyes
If you find that you are left with ugly marks around your eyes when you take your goggles off, you should think about trying some with larger frames. There are a few on the market which are definitely worth looking at and include Speedo Rift Pro Goggles or even Speedo Rift Masks.
Goggles That Let Water in
This is a very annoying scenario that can put you off your stroke. If you have bushy eyebrows or have used face cream before wearing your goggles, both of these things have a tendency to break the seal around the goggles. You need to check the seals on any goggles you are thinking about buying to make sure they sit well on your face.
The seal has to sit snugly on your skin without any uncomfortable suction. A pair that is very popular and has a great silicone seal are Mariner Optical Goggles. You can adjust the nose bridge on these goggles which means they suit a great range of face shapes.
Prescription Lens Swimming Goggles
If you wear glasses, then consider getting some Aqua Sphere Eagle goggles which allow you to interchange prescription lenses. You can buy two single lenses with dioptre allowing you to match prescription lenses you might have to wear. The goggles are a little more expensive but if you wear glasses and love to swim, it’s the perfect option.
Stylish larger framed tinted goggles are great for open water swimming
Goggles that Steam Up
Goggles these days have an anti-fog coating on the lenses which prevents them from steaming up. However, over time the coasting does start to wear off which means you might need to re-coat them with a specialist anti-fog solution. If you cannot get hold of any straight away, make sure you don’t wipe the lenses or touch them until you have managed to freshen them up.
How Well Does The Strap Work?
If you find you constantly have to re-tighten the strap on your swimming goggles then you might want to consider buying a pair with a broader strap. Choose a split silicone strap and then wear the strap as high on the back of your head as possible so that it is in a horizontal line with the goggles’ lenses. One pair worth looking at is the Aqua Sphere Kaiman which has a strap that can easily be adjusted to suit your head shape.
What about Goggles for Open Water Swimming?
If you’re planning to swim in open water, then consider investing in a pair of tinted, polarized or mirrored goggles with a larger frame. The bigger frame offers panoramic vision which is useful in open waters. One pair that fits the bill perfectly are Aqua Sphere Vista or the Rift Pro Mirror Goggle, the latter pair boasts a Multi Density Bio Fuse Frame making them really comfortable to wear in open water.
It is worth taking a bit of time to find the right pair of swimming goggles that not only look good on, but do the job they were designed to do as well. There are some very trendy designs around these days so finding a good guide to styles and varieties of swimming goggles can help you decide how to go about choosing the right ones for you.
Author Bio: Written by Alan who suggests checking out Mailsports Goggles for a wide selection of goggles on the market.
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