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I have been swimming every morning for the last two years at my local pool, mainly because i feel good first thing after a swim and sets me up for the day ahead. I never used to wear swim goggles because i found them annoying and i could open my eyes under water without any problems that was until i got a nasty infection called pink eye. Pink eye is caused by the chlorine in the water being to strong, its had to be treated with eye drops and my doctor told me to wear swim goggles at all times to protect my eyes.
I have tried a few pairs of goggles but couldn't get a good fit, either too tight, one pair felt like my eye balls were being sucked out their sockets and the other let water in.
A quick trip to our local JJB store in town and i had bagged myself a set of speedo mariner goggles.
Speedo mariner goggles cost £4.99 from jjb, these can be bought from most pools even ebay uk and amazon sell them at this price.
I mostly always shop at jjb for our families swimming gear because they stock the best of brands and the sales staff seem pretty clued up.
Speedo mariner goggles come packed in a clear hard case, this is also handy for storing the goggles after each use and takes up no room in my swim bag as well as keeping the goggles safe.
I have the blue speedo mariner goggles. The goggles are a one size fits all for adults but the rubber strap that goes around the head has a part to adjust them to make bigger or smaller, its like a clasp that slides along. On the rubber strap the speedo logo can be seen.
The lens part of the goggles have rubber silicone seals around the edges, these feel soft and fit great around my eyes. My eyes stay dry during the swim and i can see clearly out of the lens whilst swimming, After use there are no awful red marks around my eyes like what happened previously with other goggles.
The lens are also shaded blue this helps manage the glare of the water in the swimming pool or outdoor pools.
I have been wearing the swim goggles every morning for the past 14 months. I do take care to rinse the goggles in clean water after every use and store them back in the case, they still look like new after all this time.
I like speedo as a brand and these goggles have been value for money and durable.
I highly recommend the speedo mariner goggles.
I learnt to swim in the 80s and have been a regular water baby ever since, but it wasn't until 2001 that I felt the need to invest in eyewear. I got into the habit of going swimming on Sunday mornings with the then boyfriend, and as one would naturally expect, talk turned to racing. I was sure I would win (he was a crap swimmer) but I didn't want any ludicrous excuses like "oh the goggles slow me down" so I decided that since he was sporting a pair, I'd have to get some of my own too, to level the playing field. I'd like to say I picked these for all the right reasons, but I didn't. I picked them because they were blue and looked pretty. The fact that they were quite cheap, and Speedo branded (and thus very cheap for Speedo) was just a bonus.
I don't always rinse a chlorine-ridden swimming costume after swimming, so I wanted goggles that were equally low maintenance. Or... goggles that could handle this level of abuse, even if on paper the required more care. I keep my Mariners in their clear plastic holder (more of a box than a case) and this has been great for me as I can just give them a token shake to scatter some of the remaining drops of water, and click them away until my next swim. The sturdy case keeps them safe and makes for easy transport - without it I'm sure the straps would have snagged by now. It also makes them easy to store as the box is a uniform shape so can be stacked with other things on a shelf, or fitted into a drawer.
I can swim easily without goggles, and regularly do when on holiday and floating around, but for proper lengths I find the Speedo Mariner goggles a great help. They fit superbly, forming a true vacuum around the eyes and keeping out virtually every drop of water. My eyes aren't especially sensitive, but like anyone's they don't like being unprotected underwater for long, and with the goggles I find I can swim for longer without them getting itchy or sore, as the water simply does not touch them.
The goggles some with an anti-fog coating on the lenses, but this seems to have disappeared over the last 10 years of use. You can buy sprays to recreate the effect, but I don't bother as I can still see clearly enough and don't expect to find anything nasty and alarming in the Aquatics Centre pool. You can certainly spot the end walls (at either 25m or 50m), the dividing bobbing ropes and other swimmers with no problems.
The goggles fit me well as they are adjustable, so even though I'm small, the adult size is still ok. The nose bridge is quite comfy, and though the eyes leave mild indents for a few moments after you take them off, they're no worse than my normal every day glasses. The eye parts have an extra rubber rim which helps create suction on your face and makes them more comfortable at the same time, without leaving big red rings where they have been resting - it's only the nose-side edge of each which sometimes leaves a trace on me, and it's more of a dent than a fiery red brandish.
The goggles mould to your face quickly and are much more flexible in this way than a normal pair of glasses. The straps are adjustable but I haven't changed mine since I first fitted them, and they've kept the tension nicely. The only thing I really don't like is when I want to adjust them once I've put them on, as the rubbery texture means they cling to hair (wet or dry) and rub it as if you're backcombing it, leaving you with a bit of a matted rat's nest at the back. Once in the water I rarely have to adjust these, though sometimes I will take them off for a few laps if I'm switching to head-out-of-the-water breast stroke. If I do this, I tend to loop them around my wrist for a few laps (rather than leave them at the end of the pool to be stolen - this is the grim north after all). Naturally this gets the inside of the eye bits wet, but if you give them a brisk shake, enough of the water dislodges to enable them to be put back on. The seal is never quite as tight when they're applied to wet faces, but it's still better than no goggles at all (and if you were really fussy, you could get out and towel dry your face before continuing).
The straps sit nicely on the back of your head and stay securely in place without ever threatening to ping off. At the same time, they don't dig in too much, and are neither uncomfortable nor liable to leave massive visible dints in the back of your head (obviously more of an issue for the follicle-y challenged gentleman than those of us with long flowing locks). There are two straps though I'm not sure why - perhaps to make it a little stronger, and provide a back-up in case one wears out suddenly? They feel and look well made, as you would expect from a brand like Speedo, and in my mind there's no point in trying to economise and buy a cheaper brand - either invest in the proper ones, or go without as soggy, inferior goggles are no better than having no goggles at all.
These goggles some in 3 designs, and the Speedo website lists all sorts of justification for the colour choices, for example:
"The blue coloured lens is designed to reduce glare from the water to provide great visibility in bright light, indoors and outdoors.
The smoke coloured lens reduces the light transmission to the eye lowering overall brightness without excessive colour distortion.
The lilac lens offers the best contrast for objects against a green or blue background, making them a good choice for outdoor use."
Mine are the blue ones, which seemed the most universal (suitable for indoor and outdoor use) but I'm not sure I've ever really acknowledged the glare on the water they talk about anyway, so I can't say I noticed a massive difference from using these. (Since it was the colour that attracted me in the first place, I'd probably have gone for these even if they weren't the ideal choice for my needs, as in all honesty I can't imagine there are massive differences between the colours in practice).
Though I don't use these every week, they have had many outings over the last decade, in pools and the sea, and don't seem to be any less effective than when brand new. Although the anti-fog coating has vanished, they haven't become scratched or any less water tight, and though the strap looks a tiny bit worn, it's not visibly thinner or on the verge of tearing.
I don't really like to dive with these on because sometimes the lenses end up pushed uncomfortably against your eye sockets from the force of the water, but since I'm diving into a pool not the deep, dark ocean, I don't really need my eyes open for every second anyway. When I have dived in them, although they become a bit painful they continue to keep out water which could be seen as the most important thing.
I'm not much of a racer but the comfortable yet effective fit means these goggles are not a distraction in the pool. I don't feel I swim faster in them, but nor do they slow me down. And as for those couple races I mentioned at the beginning? Those I won every time... On the Speedo website they give them 3/5 for speed and the same for comfort and vision, with another half point taken off for adjustment, though I would rate them higher in all areas as far as my needs and experience are concerned. On the site you can search for the best option for you from their extended range of eyewear, all modelled on slightly eery looking styrofoam heads...
I really like my goggles, and rarely travel without them now (along with sunglasses and regular glasses...things I don't wear all that often in the UK). They cost about £8 and are widely available. For that price and the security of the Speedo brand quality, I think they are excellent value for money, and mine have worked out as less than £1 a year which is a fantastic bargain, all things considered.
You can also get these with prescription lenses, though they naturally cost more. It's not something I investigated since my eyesight's not so poor I need them.
One of my main reasons for joining up to my local Esporta Gym about 2 years ago was the fact that it had a full 25 meter swimming pool, and I had been a very keen swimmer throughout my youth, and so I was looking forward to getting back into it.
After my first few swims though, I was struggling with sore, stinging bloodshot eyes, after each session, due to the chlorine in the water, and so I decided I needed to purchase some goggles.
I eventually purchased some Speedo Mariner goggles for £8, and they looked very similar to what I used to wear all those years ago when I was taking part in swimming gala's etc.
Speedo is probably the main brand associated with swimming accessories, and is considered to be a high quality, and fashionable brand, so I decided to order them.
***** The Speedo Mariner Goggles *****
The goggles themselves have a silvery - grey coloured rubber strap, with smoke grey lenses, but they are also available in blue and in lilac.
The soft rubber around the rim of the goggles sits comfortably on the face, and provides an excellent water tight seal. Some goggles have to be worn really tightly to get a good seal, which then leaves big red circles around the eyes and nose after lengthy use, but with this design, they can be fitted relatively loosely, so that there are no red marks after a prolonged swimming session.
The strap itself is designed as a double strap, which enables the user to position one strap at the top of the back part of the head, and the other strap slightly lower down towards the neck, which seems to share the penetration of the strap on the back of the head, making it a more comfortable fit.
Another benefit to this design is that if one of the straps around the back of the head snaps whilst swimming, the other strap will keep them in position.
The lenses are anti-fog lenses, which means that they have a coating applied to them to prevent them from fogging up during the swim. This works really well, and gives a very sharp and clear vision, especially under the water. Unfortunately this anti fog coating did wear off pretty quickly though which was dispapointing, but I got around this by applying an anti-fog spray to the lenses every few weeks, which did the trick.
Overall they are a good set of goggles, with my only niggle being that the anti fog coating didn't last more than a few weeks. In my own personal experience, you tend to get what you pay for when it comes to goggles, but a good set turns a frustrating swim, with steamed up lenses, and constant leaks leading to sore and red eyes, into a hassle free and enjoyable swim.
The Speedo Mariner goggles are designed with both comfort and speed in mind. They also maintain a great seal, preventing water ingress even when diving into the water with the goggles in place.
It is also possible to buy these goggles with a prescription lens fitted into them for around £20 , which is not something that I have ever needed, but may be useful to others.
Thanks for reading
© L500589 2011
I'm a pretty regular swimmer, as a minimum I'm in the pool once a week and usually it is twice a week as I find it is good to break up and vary my exercise routine, also swimming works large groups of muscles and does not produce and impact pressure on your joints, for me that means less pressure on my knees.
I cannot swim without swimming goggles, well obviously I can just not for very long, as I need the protection from the irritation caused by the chemicals in the water combining with the chemicals that should not be there. Here I'm going off topic for a moment to rant about those people who do not shower before entering the pool and the worst offenders I'm afraid are women especially the dolly dry hair brigade who go swimming in full make up.
I have been using my set of Speedo Mariner Goggles for about four months now, my previous pair of goggles got so scratched that visibility was poor even in clear water, I really noticed how badly they were scratched when putting these on. They are a smoke tinted colour and the thing I really like about them is that they are not overly large and this means they form a very good fit on my face. The plastic lens area is flattened out however they are not the totally flat competitive style that I used to wear; there is a little depth to the lens so it is not on top of your eye socket.
They are very comfortable to wear with a smooth plastic eye socket which is flexible and moulded to my face very quickly, it leaked for the first couple of lengths the first time I wore them however they soon formed a tight seal and now no water gets in until I have taken them off part way through any swimming session, then I may get some water entering but again after a length or two and a slight adjustment they are fine.
Visibility is good with these goggles, both in the water and out, it is easy to sight both the lane rope and end wall while swimming front crawl and provided you spit in them before they get wet they do not fog, I find good old spit much better than any of the anti fog sprays you can buy and the same goes when I'm scuba diving in a full mask. They are supposed to be covered with anti fog spray on the lenses so they should not fog up but I find that they do need some extra help.
The back strap has a split in it to form two straps however there is a single point where the two segments join up so it is stronger and thicker rubber where the strap attaches to the lens however the split section at the back does make it easier to adjust the position of the rubber strap on your head and makes it more secure and comfortable, this also means that the strap does not have to be really tight to stay firmly in place, I have completed lengths doing all four of the recognised strokes with these goggles and they have always stayed in place. I have also dived in with them on a few times and again they stay in place comfortably, that naturally assumes you know how to do a racing dive in the first place.
You have a choice of lens colours and each one has different benefits, I have the smoke ones which reduce brightness, given that I use them in a gym swimming pool these are ideal as it is rather blue, there are also lilac coloured lenses that are good for outdoor swimming in the sea or lakes as they provide better visibility in such conditions while the blue lens is meant to reduce glare. To be honest I have had blue ones before and the difference is not that noticeable between the two, I have never come across the lilac ones.
I find these to be a good pair of general swimming goggles, they are comfortable and do not leave any marks on my face, they give good visibility and are pretty robust, and my last pair lasted a good couple of years. They retail for £7 which is very reasonable and you can also get them with prescription lens fitted and that boosts the price up to £18.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
I picked up my Speedo Mariner Goggles 5 and a half months ago from the gym which I had just joined in order to go swimming. I chose them because a) Speedo is a well known and respected brand; b) I think I used to have some when I was younger; and c) they were the cheapest there, costing just under 8 pounds. Since then I have been going swimming for an average of 3 times a week, so now the goggles have been thouroughly road tested (pool tested?) I figured it was about time to write a review.
The goggles come in a number of colours which have different lens attributes. The blue goggles, are designed to reduce glare and give good visibility in bright light (indoors and outdoors), the smokey coloured ones are designed to lower the light reaching the eye without too much colour distortion, and the lilac ones give good contrast against green or blue objects, and so are best for outdoor use. Now, I'll admit, I didn't realise this when buying the goggles, so I chose the lilac ones simply because I liked the colour! Seeing as I swim indoors, they were probably not the best ones to get, but I feel the differences can only be small, as I have never found anything off vision wise, and am in fact very pleased with the visibility. Perhaps it would just be a little better with another colour.
Speedo Mariner Googles are part of the Speedo Fitness Training Range, and are thus intended for regular swimming, but not for competitions.
The lenses have antifog coating and UV protection, and I have certainly never experienced them fogging up. The goggles have an adjustable nose bridge to fit different face shapes (although I have never had to use it) and a very comfortable strap for around the back of the head (I'm not sure of the material, but it's very soft and flexible). I have the strap as long as it can go without coming undone in order to fit around my head, but a couple of times I have clearly overstretched them as they have come undone mid swim. Thus if you think you have a big noggin, the strap might not fit, and you'd be better looking for something else. This is my only criticism though.
The Mariner Goggles come in a nice case, which I recommend keeping them in to protect them. After 5 and a half months my goggles are going strong - I find them reliable, comfortable, sturdy and a good fit around my eyes - they are yet to let any water in. I am extremely pleased with them. I feel that these goggles offer superb value for money, especially when you consider the range of features included, and the quality of the product itself. I do not hesitate in recommending them.