First, I tried Swedish goggles, which are at the top of this picture. I picked these because of the price point and the fact that they are fully customizable ... in theory. In practice, even after watching this YouTube video, I still ended up with two pairs of goggles that leaked all over the place. Every attempted flip turn ended with a face full of chlorinated water. I couldn't complete more than a pool length or two without stopping to
Next, I annexed a pair of goggles Tim acquired. Long story short, they didn't help. They were too big for my face and weren't easily adjustable.
So I bit the bullet and bought another set of goggles, which are at the bottom of this photo. This time, I did research on Amazon and Pinterest before deciding to purchase a set of Speedo Vanquishers, which were made for women. I went with this color combo just because it was the cheapest available. For $13, I got a set of goggles that made all the difference in the world. While these still fog up, they don't leak, protecting my contact lenses and allowing me to complete a flip turn without the goggles flying off my face. It's not perfect, but it makes a world of difference having the right gear.
Here are my tips for finding the perfect pair:
- Read the product descriptions closely. Are you looking for racing goggles, mask-style goggles or Swedish goggles?
- Check out the reviews. A lot of people have spent serious time sharing their thoughts on these products.
- Ask someone at the gym what they're using. Most people are more than happy to wax poetic about all their doodads and gadgets.
- Search on Pinterest for triathlon or swimming gear. There are some great users creating detailed boards about what they use.
Next on my list of triathlon gear to figure out: bike bags. Any thoughts?