How to Buy Swim Goggles

How to Buy Swim Goggles
Finding goggles that fit correctly can be a daunting task to new and experienced swimmers alike. There are so many styles, tints and shapes. How can you be sure that the goggles you choose will actually fit you and won't leak or hurt when you get into the pool with them? There are a few things you can look for that will help you choose the right pair.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Narrow it Down

Step 1
Find a swim shop or sporting goods store with a large selection of swim goggles. You'll have a better chance of finding the right pair if you have a wide variety of brands, styles, shapes and sizes from which to choose.
Step 2
Decide which type of gasket you would like for your goggles, and choose several goggles of that type. Foam gaskets are comfortable and soft but wear out sooner; rubber gaskets last longer but are less comfortable; goggles without gaskets are usually reserved for racing, but some swimmers find them comfortable for everyday wear.
Step 3
Pick out shapes that mirror your face and eye shape. Some goggles have eye pieces that are large and round, others that are narrower and more almond shaped.
Step 4
Choose a tint. If you swim indoors or in the early morning, you probably do not want a dark tint. Choose a dark tint if you're swimming in the bright sun.

Try Them On

Step 1
Open up the packages. It's OK to do so when shopping for goggles. You do need to try them on.
Step 2
Do the suction test. Put a goggle up to your eye and press it against your eye socket. If you get suction, you have a seal and the goggle will not leak.
Step 3
Test out the nose piece. Make sure the nose piece will fit over the bridge of your nose comfortably. Check its adjustability to see if you can get it to fit for you.
Step 4
If the goggles pass the suction and nose bridge test, they should work for you. There's no need to put them all the way on your head with the strap. You can adjust your pair for comfort after you have purchased them.
 

Article Written By Tanya Wyr

Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

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