How to Choose the Right Swimming Goggles

4 06 2012
Swimming goggles

Getting the right swim goggles is important for your comfort and performance.

It may seem that every swim goggle available on the market is pretty much the same thing, each person has different needs and a slightly different shaped face. This means each person will feel better using a different type of swimming goggle. Therefore, you need to know how to choose the right swimming goggles for your face type and your purposes. Without this knowledge, you may end up buying ones that don’t work well for you, causing you to have to buy another pair.

Goggle Usage

First, you need to consider what you will be using the swim goggles for. In general, you the different types of goggles are designed to serve considerably different purposes. While you can certainly use your practice goggles in a meet, you won’t have all the advantages competition goggles have. Practice goggles tend to provideĀ  a more comfortable fit because you will wear them for longer periods of time. Competition goggles are often low-profile and are designed for performance to reduce drag. If you aren’t planning to use them for practice or competition, any cheap pair of swim goggles will do.

Face Size

This may seem like an unusual consideration because swimming goggles are sometimes marketed as either adult or child, you need to consider the size of your face. If your face is thin and on the small side, you may still need to purchase swimming goggles that are marketed toward children and younger swimmers. A majority of adults will use adult-sized goggles, but this isn’t always the case. If you aren’t sure, try some on at the store but make sure you buy them from a reputable dealer in the end.

Indoors or Outdoors

The type of swim goggles you choose will depend greatly upon whether you will be doing a majority of your swimming indoors or out. If you are on a competition team, you may perform either indoors or outdoors. However, if you frequently compete in events, such as a triathlon, you will find you do a majority of your swimming outdoors. Some swim goggles offer UV protection, anti-fog and mirror lenses for help outdoors.

Choosing the best swimming goggles for your needs is extremely important. If your goggles don’t fit well or aren’t suited for the type of swimming you will be doing, you will find yourself uncomfortable and not performing well. Your goggles are an important part of your swim gear, protecting your eyes and allowing you to see where you are going.








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