Different goggles for open water swimming?

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  • #2683

    urs
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      Hey, do you all use different goggles for open water swims vs. the pool? Why (or why not)? I swim and race in Speedo Vanquishers but am now wondering if I should branch out.

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      Kim Degen
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        When I started swimming, I used the Speed Vanquishers too for the pool and OWS. However after a few open water swims, I started looking for a different pair of goggles that would allow me to have a better field of vision. I ended up switching to Aqua Sphere Vistas for OWS due to the increase visibility and leak resistant material. At times they do let a little water in but it’s usually because I didn’t make sure they were under my cap. I eventually just switched to using the vistas for pool swims as well…less gear to worry about.

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        Anthony Grey
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          I switched to a tinted pair of goggles for my open water swims because sun glare became an issue for me a lot of the time (most of my open water swims happen around sunrise or sunset) and that affected my sighting.

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          Michael H
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            Once I found a brand/model that fit and didn’t leak (in my case Aqua Sphere Kayennes), I use that same brand/model for pool or OW. However, I have one clear and one tinted pair to choose from, depending on conditions.

            Also, I always bring both pairs in case I need a back-up…ask me how I learned that lesson, haha!!

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              Kim Degen
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                So you said to ask…How did you learn that little lesson about back-ups? 🙂

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                  Michael H
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                    Haha!!

                    I brought one pair out to a training swim. Brand-new. Went to put them on my head (which is admittedly oversized, haha!!) and “SNAP!!” went the strap. Drat!!

                    Since I left the other pair at home (It would be silly to bring two pair…they take up so much room in the car) there I was, trying to tie two frayed ends of a silicone strap together so I could get in the water. D’oh!!

                    My “field expedient” repair worked, sort-of. The goggles were near impossible to adjust at that point, so I cranked them down to prevent leaks. Uncomfortable, but I got to swim.

                    Lesson learned!! Bring a back up!! 👍

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                  Thanks for all the good advice. And Michael, that is quite a story. I had a friend learn the same lesson…at a meet…but in his case he found himself in need of a backup suit!

                  Had a wonderful ocean swim this morning, + pod of dolphins. Isn’t California amazing!!!

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                  Sara Clifford Randolph
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                    I use Speedo Vanquishers to race and train. I use a new pair for raceday and then rotate those into my (way too many!) pairs of goggles at the bottom of my swim bag.

                    I prefer tinted although during early season or late season races – I’ve been a little nervous hoping for sunrise and some natural light for my dark goggles 🙂

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