ONE OPINION FOR NEWBIES WHO WISH TO START SWIMMING FOR CROSS TRAINING.
SELECTION-WISE, SHOPPING FOR GOGGLES TO WEAR IN THE WATER may be overwhelming, underwhelming, or confusing depending on whether you’re searching online, in big-box sport or specialty stores, respectively.
As is often the case, the internet offers numerous brands and models of products. Customer reviews are provided to help with purchases, but reading through them takes time. And unless the verified purchaser describes exactly your situation or issues, endorsements can be of little value.
On the other hand, high volume brick-and-mortar retailers seem to stock only a few popular brands, each with 1-2 models for adults and one for children. Small specialty stores carry niche brands with advanced features that are designed to give swimmers the edge in competition. Perhaps price is the best indicator of superior function?
This is the situation I encountered about a year ago. I trialed several different brands of unisex in-water protective eyewear, which appeared to be too big for the small width of my eyes and narrow face. Next, I tried the women’s (small) Zoggs Predator Flex goggles. They fit very comfortably. The rims are, like the name indicates, soft and flexible silicone and didn’t dig into the delicate peri-orbital tissues around my eyes. Without needing to pull the double strap too tightly, there is no seepage of water. Zoggs offers other models, but once I found one that worked well for me I stopped shopping, stuck with it, and bought a back-up*.
This is not a review of best goggles or a comparison of brands/models. I don't have the expertise to offer such high level assistance. Specifically, it recommends that those who are struggling to achieve a good fit for a small face try this model. The Predator Flex Classic comes with polarized lenses which may not be essential for indoor pool swimming, but the effect is calming and not bothersome to me.
The advice of swim experts will be required to address performance or other concerns. However, if you’re dipping your toe into the lap pool for the first time this winter, perhaps this one opinion will help shorten the time spent shopping for cross training equipment.
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*NOTE: The classic model was on sale when i purchased my pair of goggles, and may be discontinued in the future.
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