Bad goggles

How to Choose a Good Pair of Goggles

Hey gang! I have a short article/ rant for you this week on how to choose a good pair of goggles. I met with a parent this week to talk about a student’s progress in my classes. He’s having troubles staying calm while he swims.

Why is this? Since it seems to be linked to whenever he puts his face in the water, it has to be because he’s lost his sight! This kid is getting scared and can’t concentrate on proper form because he can’t see a damn thing. So my suggestion to the parents were to purchase a pair of goggles for their son.

Anyways, a week goes by and the kid shows up to my class and I knew right away that there was going to be a problem. The parents had bought a pair of goggles for their child that were Spiderman themed. They had these giant rims that meant that the goggles couldn’t even sit properly on his face.

I spent about half of his lesson fixing and re tightening the strap at the back rather than practicing our swimming! Talk about a waste of time.

So today I want to give you some things to look for in a good pair of goggles so that you don’t have to waste time and money purchasing another pair of goggles when your first pair turns out to be a dud.

What to Look for in a Good Pair of Goggles:

  1. A thin band/ strap at the back

I’ve been swimming for years and I’ve had probably 30 pairs of goggles during that time. It gets extremely annoying buying a pair of goggles only to have the strap snap within six months. I don’t know the technical reason for this, but from experience, goggles that have thin bands rather than a large strap at the back last a lot longer. This large strap almost always has a very short life span where as the thin bands seem to last for years.

My first pair of racing swim goggles by Speedo lasted over 10 years. And they had thin bands that you would wrap around your head rather than a large strap.

The goggles that have this massive strap wrapped around your head suck. You will be lucky to have a pair last you more than a few years.

  1. A flexible nose piece

There are a lot of oversized goggles that you can buy for swimming these days that attach both of the lenses through a stiff nosepiece that cannot pivot.

Buying a pair of goggles that looks like these will cause you problems because it won’t sit nicely on every type of person’s face. If your head is a bit more round than the goggle was designed for, you will find that the fit is wrong and it won’t be comfortable for you. Worse than that, they will probably leak.

  1. Average size lenses

Forget buying a pair of scuba diving goggles. You don’t need a pair that large for recreational swimming. Just buy a pair of goggles that fit nicely in your eye sockets.

Buying huge goggles for recreational swimming look a bit overkill, are more expensive, and just plain unnecessary.

  1. Don’t get fancy rims on your goggles

Don’t buy goggles that have large rims and patterns on them. All that stuff will just cause the goggles to leak. These goggles are typically found at a local Dollar Store. And they will seem like a good deal.

But please, don’t buy them! They are a huge pain to use, they don’t last long, and they are just plain old inferior to a good pair of racing goggles.


That’s it!

And that’s it. Just a few key things I would look for in a good pair of goggles.

For your guy’s review check out a photo below of the pair of goggles that I currently use which are called the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0. You can also order them with your eye prescription so that you can see long distances.

Here is another pair of goggles that you can find out there that has a few of the characteristics that I don’t like in a pair of goggles.

Bad goggles

A fantastic pair of goggles that you can purchase for a very reasonable price can be found through here:

Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Swim Goggle, White/Navy

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