Picture this: you’re having the race of your life. You’re cutting through the water with ease, pulling way ahead of the other swimmers, on-track to beat your best time. Suddenly, your swim goggles fill with water, or shift on your eyes as you go into a swift turn. You’re distracted (or blinded) and you lose what might have been your best race. Yikes!
How can you be sure this doesn’t happen to you? With trial and error, and a little research, you can be sure your swim goggles won’t be the reason you lose your next race. Consider these five factors before buying your next pair of swim goggles.
Since swim goggles are meant to help you see underwater, you’ll want to be sure the pair you choose have optimum visibility. Some swim goggles feature only an oval window on the front to enable swimmers to see directly in front of them. If you’re planning to use your swim goggles in open water or while racing, you may want to find a pair that won’t limit your peripheral vision. Some swim goggles, like our BornToSwim Racers, feature a window that extends to the sides of your eyes to offer more visibility.
All swimmers are different. Some of us may have eyes that fall close together, or wide apart on our face. We may have a very narrow bridge in our nose, while others have a little more width. Choose a pair of swim goggles that comes with a variety of nosepieces that you can easily switch out to adjust the width of the goggles to best fit your face. Our Freedom Mirror Goggles come with three nosepieces, while our Racers come with four nosepieces for a perfect, custom fit.
In most cases, swim goggles with a single strap are not going to be the most secure. A single strap allows for a greater chance the goggles will slide down off your face and head, to rest around your neck as you endure water resistance. Double straps can help to prevent slipping. The lower strap is typically positioned just above your ears, while the top strap is set as high as possible to keep the swim goggles in place.
Some swimmer prefer to swap out the elastic straps for a bungee strap for easier adjustability and a more custom fit.
Swim goggles come in a variety of sizes. Some feature small eyecups with a silicone seal, meant to fit right around your eye within the socket. This style is most preferred by competitive swimmers for their minimal size and tight seal to help keep the goggles in place and to prevent water from leaking in around the eye. Others are larger, fitting more like a mask, with the seal forming on your forehead and along your cheekbone. This style is used most by leisure swimmers or those exploring aquatic animals and plants.
Finally, consider the type of lens you need for your swim goggles. Mirrored or tinted lenses are beneficial to swimmers who will be outdoors and dealing with the sun and reflections on the water. If you know you will be swimming mainly indoors, this feature won’t be as important in your swim goggle purchase.
Some goggles also feature an anti-fog coating on the lense. Varying water, air, and body temperatures can cause frequent fogging on goggle lenses, so this additional feature can often come in handy. All BornToSwim goggles, from the Junior series to the Racer feature an anti-fog coating.
Head over to our Swim Goggles Collection and find your favorite pair today!