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Speedo are the name to follow for standard kit when it comes to swimming, I have bought several pairs of these goggles during my training for the English channel and they have always been easy to fit and once on they dont leak or mist up.
The easy to use adjustment straps to both sides of the goggles are simple and once set to the required length then they rarely move and as such you can be confident that you will be able to just chuck them in your bag and pull them out when needed. Although for adults I have also used them on my 10 year old daughter when she forgot hers and they worked a treat.
However please read the instructions, goggles are not meant to squeeze the life out of your eyeballs and the straps are there to just keep them in the right place not stop the circulation in your head. Follow the guidelines given and i can honestly say that I have one pair of these for over 18 months and they are looking tired but still very useful. The down side is that if you use them in open water like a lake or river then you need to clean them well or they will start their own garden in the rubber joints.
I enjoy swimming, though the gym I've recently started attending doesn't have a pool, I still try to find time to visit the local leisure centre for a quick splash. I think everyone should swim regularly, as not only is it supposedly an excellent form of exercise - training every muscle group in the body - but it's a fun and natural activity which has been practised (voluntarily and obligatorily) since the beginning of man... All this talk is making me wonder why we bother to wear (and I'm bothering to review) goggles like these 'Speedo Pacific Storm', but anyway... for those of you with sensitive eyes to chlorine and the array of other chemical compounds they're bound to be pumping into the baths, here's a cheap way to keep itchy-less and clear-sighted under the waves.
They call it 'soft frame technology' and that refers (apparently) to the silicon rubber adjustable band which runs round the back of your head and connects to the two lens' at the front, which are separated via a bridge of plastic. The rubber band (100% water-resistant - and crucially maintaining the same flexible/ductile properties when wet and dry) sits without irritation to your hair and skin. It provides enough friction to grip sufficiently without the need for a tight set-up, though the silicon can become entangled in hair of significant length - making the goggles difficult to remove. A slit in the back of the band allows them to grip a greater surface area of head, though in reality all this does is increase the likelihood of the product entangling.
The adjustable rubber section on the side allows for on-the-go changes - and once you know how the little adjuster works it becomes second-nature - and this allows for variations of up to around 30-50mm.
The two lens of the product are attached to the strap sturdily, and the transition between soft silicon rubber and denser plastic is not noticed when wearing the goggles, but is signified by a slight alteration in colour. It's worth noting that due to the flexibility of the materials manufacture, these goggles can be purchased in a range of lens / strap colour combinations - and they are a one-size-fits-all product (for adults).
The lens offer UV protection which increases the clarity of sight when viewing under the surface in sufficient light. I think the clarity you receive when wearing these is fantastic, and I can't see how spending any more money could improve this - for around £8-10 you can get these Pacific Storms.
There are two types (colours) of lens on offer which perform different actions:
- BLUE: Reduces glare from water to increase visibility in brighter light (indoors / outdoors).
- GREY: Reduces light transmission to eyes lowering overall brightness without much colour distortion.
- CLEAR: Offers a true view of the world without any colour variation or UV protection.
I've used the blue ones and have found them to be excellent at portraying the watery world in great quality - I'm sure the others will be just as impressive.
Water doesn't seem to seep into the cavity of air between your eyes and the lens' at all. If hair is trapped between or they are not adjusted correctly then yes you will receive some moisture build-up. But if they are set-up correctly I see no weakness in this area of the product - and to be honest this is one of the main areas for concern with goggles... countless times I've had to fiddle around trying to get water out of my old pair (with wet hands which doesn't help)!
Overall, I see little fault with these goggles. They're comfortable (though not without the tangling annoyance which sometimes occurs), and they're clear and concise when looking through them. No water leaks either! What more could you want for such a moderate to low price - £8-10! GO out and get some, and get swimming - it's a great form of exercise after all.
"Speedo Pacific Storm Goggles. Goggles Swim. Pacific Storm Goggles from Speedo. Entry level SoftFrame goggle with TPR frame. A one piece frame offering great comfort, excellent vision and clarity with fast and easy adjustment for a perfect fit. Features •Patented soft frame technology •Ult ...."