The key to finding the perfect pair of swim goggles is finding that perfect balance between function and comfort. When you look for a pair of goggles, make sure they allow for an unobstructed view and provide an airtight, comfortable seal around your eyes. After all, swim goggles are at their best when you don't notice them.
Sable WaterOptics™ RS 101
For racers, the sleek Sable WaterOptics RS 101 goggles offer soft, ergonomic silicone gaskets that keep a tight seal without putting too much pressure on your eyes. The easily adjustable head strap provides a perfect fit for any head shape. Aspherical and flat lens technology enhance clarity and keep distortion to a minimum. Anti-fogging qualities round out solid goggles for racers.
Aqua Sphere Vista
Built for a wide visual range as well as comfort, the Aqua Sphere Vista swim mask utilizes a unique design. Eschewing two enclosures, the Vista mask encapsulates the swimmer's eyes in one airtight compartment. This allows the silicone seal to distribute pressure along a wider area, meaning a more comfortable seal for swimmers. The wider lenses provide a 180-degree field of vision, and the low profile reduces drag for swimmers looking to drop their times.
TYR Nest Pro
Inspired by the design of Beijing's main Olympic stadium, the TYR Nest Pro goggle ($20.00 as of 2009) utilizes a bird's nest design to enhance frame support and stability. Its soft TPR gaskets provide a comfortable, watertight seal and the wide peripheral lenses are resistant. Easy adjustments on the head strap allow swimmers to customize their fit on the fly and flat back straps further ensure a secure fit.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.