If youíre a serious swimmer, have sensitive eyes, or wear contact lenses, swim goggles are an essential piece of equipment in the water. We find out how to get a good, no-leak fit.
A key part of goggles is the seal around your eye socket, called the gasket:
Foam gaskets are comfortable and work well for the occasional swimmer, but they break down quickly and tend to come loose from the lens.
Silicone is more expensive but lasts longer and provides better suction. It is also hypoallergenic, and comes in a lot of fun colours.
Swedish goggles are used by many competitive swimmers and have no gaskets. Instead, they embed right into the eye socket, which minimizes water resistance, but they can be pretty uncomfortable.
To test for fit, press the goggles onto your eye sockets and lean over. If they seal properly, they should stick for a few seconds without the strap on. If they fall off, they’re not the right fit for your face.
- If you require glasses, you might consider looking at prescription swim goggles. They will be costly, but if you're a serious swimmer, it will be worth it.
If speed isn’t an issue, see the underwater world for fun with scuba-like masks and novelty kids’ goggles.
Always rinse your goggles after swimming in chlorine so that they last longer.
We invited some competitive swimmers to help us test these goggles:
- TYR (foam gasket): $9
- Nike Remorra II (silicone gasket): $18
- Speedo Hydrospex (one-piece frame with patented seal): $20
- Aqua Sphere Seal Mask (Silicone skirt seal): $36.95
Nike’s sleek fit and tight seal made the Remorra II the most popular choice.
Functionally speaking the Aqua Sphere’s were good in keeping the water out, but their bulkier size and appearance didn’t win them a gold medal.
The TYR just didn’t fit very well and leaked constantly.
OUR TOP PICK
The Nike Remorra II goggles were the winner in our swim goggle competition.