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I don't tend to go swimming a lot, but when I do it is usually to take my nephew and while I am there I thought I might as well have a bit of a swim! I am one of those people that just hate getting things in my eyes, even when I'm taking a bath I have to have a towel next to me just in case I get too much water in my eyes. I know it sounds a bit silly but it something that seems to annoy me ever since I was young and got loads of soapy water in my eye. Therefore as I was going swimming I thought it was best to invest in some swimming goggles, so off I went in search for the right ones.
== Price ==
I purchased a pair of Speedo Speed Socket Swimming Goggles from the Amazon website for £15.45. The RRP is around £21; therefore I thought the price I paid was quite reasonable. These are sold at most major sport stores, and some online stores, one online store that also sells these is wiggle.co.uk which is currently selling these at £18.90 which is still lower than the RRP.
== Design ==
I purchased the black coloured ones, as they were the only one's available at the time. They come enclosed in a small case which has the logo printed on the top and has a blue finish. The case keeps the goggles safe and protected when not in use, and are a good size therefore they won't take up much room when storing them in handbags etc.
The goggles have tinted plastic lenses and an elastic rubber double strap that is fully adjustable and can easily be wrapped around the head. The goggles themselves look okay, they look like standard goggles really and are not meant to look all that attractive. They have the speedo logo printed all the way round the strap making them look designer. The goggles feel lightweight when holding and wearing them, so no complaints there.
== Experience ==
These goggles are very easy to put on, and have nice snug fit around the head and didn't feel that uncomfortable, however I think with any goggles it takes some getting use to wearing them as it can feel a little odd a first. I found that the goggles did tend to tug on my hair a bit when trying to adjust the size which was a little annoying, but once adjusted and fitted they seemed comfortable enough.
I found that these helped keep my eyes protected and prevent any water from getting into them, which was mainly due to the seal around the outer frame of the lens.
It also allowed me to see more clearly when swimming under the water due to the tinted plastic lenses. The lenses impressively have UV filter and anti steam properties, which is great as it meant the lenses didn't get foggy while swimming and instead stayed clear. I found these speedo goggles to be good quality ones as the rubber material made the adjusting very simple and allowed it to form a good grip on the head so it doesn't end up sliding down while swimming.
As the dual straps are fully adjustable they should be able fit all adult sizes, but not children. The lenses are oval shape and covered my eyes fully, while at the same time leaving a good amount of room around my eyes, making them feel comfortable. The oval lenses also allowed more of an open visual area meaning I had a good field of vision seeing both side view as well as front view. The lenses are nice a thick and are made from plastic so they are of course safe to wear and also very sturdy, so it would be hard for it to tear or rip easily. The goggles sat on top of my nose comfortably thanks to the cushioned area in between the lenses.
The only negative is that after a while the goggles would start to hurt my head a little, however I think this would occur with any type of goggles if worn for long periods of time. This didn't bother me too much as most of the time I only wear these for short swimming periods, as I am not a huge swimmer.
== Final Verdict ==
I would recommend these Speedo Goggles as they are lightweight, easy to put on and are comfortable for short to medium durations. The only negative is that after a long time wearing these they do start to hurt a little, but that can be said for most goggles really. The price is reasonable, and for the high standard of quality and for serving its purpose effectively I would be happy to pay up to £20 for these.
For the past couple of years I've been on a bit of a health kick and have increased the amount of exercise I do. I was really pleased to see a new health complex opening up just down the road from us with a big swimming pool about a year ago and I've been swimming there ever since. When I first started I bought a cheap pair of goggles which were rubbish, so I decided to invest in a better pair and opted for a pair of Speedo Speed Socket Goggles from Amazon which cost me just under £15.
The goggles come in a couple of different colour options although I just opted for black and I was pleased with them as soon as they arrived. The goggles come in a small blue case which keeps them safe. The elastic strap is doubled up, with a little black catch at one side which makes it adjustable and easy to fit. The goggles come with 3 different nose bridges so you can find the perfect fit which makes these goggles very secure and water tight.
When using the goggles as I mentioned before they're fully adjustable this makes it very easy to get the perfect comfortable fit. The first time I went swimming the goggles stayed in place well and didn't let any water in at all. The goggles also didn't dig in at all and I think this is down to the adjustable strap; they really are a good fit.
After swimming in them for a while I was still impressed, I found that they did occasionally let a bit of water in but this was mainly down to me just not adjusting them properly. They do also tend to fog up a little bit despite them being anti- fog, this does take quite a while though and they do tend to clear after a quick wipe. The goggles stayed comfortable even over long periods of time whilst swimming and I have definitely been left impressed, especially with my previous bad experience with a cheaper brand. These goggles have stayed in good condition even though I've been using them a couple of times a weeks for a good few months now they're still look nearly perfect.
Overall, although they're a bit expensive, Speedo Speed Socket Goggles are definitely a good buy, I don't mind paying a bit more on a product that lasts. The goggles are brilliant quality and are everything I could want really, they're comfortable, easy to see through and keep water out. I'd definitely recommend these goggles to anybody looking to buy a pair, they're worth the extra money.
My children are very keen swimmers and compete at a high level. After my first purchase of these goggles, I have continued to buy them over the years.
The goggles don't leak and are very clearly seen through. The goggles are supposed to be more streamlined than others and are used by many of the top swimmers in Britain.
The downfalls of the goggles are that if you leave them in your bag with your wet costume for too long the rims can get mouldy and also without good care the lens can get scratched. However a mesh case is provided with every purchase which I think is very useful. Also, after a long period of time, a year or so, the clearness fade and the goggles can become very misty or steamy quickly whilst swimming.
The goggles are available in several different colours and are also available in a mirrored style. The standard version come a cost of around £15 and the mirrored lenses cost about £20. This is at the higher end of the goggles market but they are very good quality.
Speedo are the top swimming brand in the world in my mind, they supply swimming costumes and goggles to most of the worlds greatest swimmers. In recent years they have come up with a number of innovations to help professional swimmers chip milliseconds off of their personal bests. They offer slightly lower scale versions of these products on the high street nowadays and if you visit one of their stores, some of the equipment looks incredibly advanced and incredibly fashionable, this is one such item, designed to streamline your figure in the water, offer goggles which are visually stunning, don't leak, have a head strap which doesn't leave you looking ridiculous when you get out of the water and quality workmanship.
The Speedo Speed Socket swimming goggles are a low profile lens designed to make as little impact as possible in the water and reduce drag. They are smooth racing goggles, designed to allow you to glide through water quickly, they are even worn by one of the greatest swimmers of all time in Michael Phelps, obviously these goggles won't give you Phelps superhuman activity but they will help you streamline your swimming style.
The design of the goggles are excellent, really modern and futuristic, there is a double head strap which is excellent for providing a really secure fit during a race. There are also UV and anti-fog treatments in the lense, which I love as they really help me to actually see whilst swimming underwater. The UV is probably good under bright lights but the anti-fog facilty is excellent when things heat up while your swimming.
The whole vision issue is something which I think these goggles are an innovation for, they provide the ability to see what you are doing and don't take up half of your face like many goggles. Also I've had no leakage because the design of the goggles doesn't allow water to seap through. This is great as this is horrible when you buy a pair of goggles and immediately know they aren't the ones for you when they leak. I bought my pair from Speedo in Covent Garden for £17.99 but you can also buy them on Amazon for £17.75.
There is an adjustable nose bridge for those who can only streamline so much of their body, while the goggles are small and compact, the nose bridge does adjust to large noses, as I can readily testify!!
What makes these different from your average goggles, are the brand, which almost guarantees quality and reliability, the way they look, which add to the whole cool dynamic which has swept pools across the country over the last few years, they are small and ergonomically fashionable and look really funky.
Nowadays its not all floppy shorts and goggle marked cheekbones, there are Zog swimming accessories, fins, swimming socks (If you can take them in), water breaking hats and goggles which look more suited to clubs than swimming baths.
I have recently started to attend my local swimming baths in a bit to add some variety to my, as you might have gathered, rather intensive exercise regime. Since I started to wear contact lenses though my eyes seem to have become more sensitive and when going to the pool for the first time in ages recently I felt my eyes were much sorer than they used to be and they felt itchy and painful for days due to the chlorine I assume in the water. So I went out to purchase some goggles to protect me from this and the first brand I went to and the first item I came across was the Speedo Sockets and due to them being the only brand I knew in the store I paid £12 for the black pair.
After quite a few uses I now feel in a good position to evaluate them and all in all I must say they have been nothing put a positive experience. Speedo of course is the most known brand in the game and these are intended to be "racing" goggles but I use them as I said to stop too much water going in my eyes.
These goggles are quality and they feel it from the pack. You immediately feel the quality of the design and the compact and tight way in which they feel. They sit nicely on the head and have easily adjustable straps that are accurate, stay in place well and fit all head sizes. Ideal! Goggles I sued years ago were always tough to get on but these sit nicely on the head and are ease to tighten loosen and take off.
When on the head it feels very comfortable. The light nature of the elastic means it does not dig into the head but holds equally as firm and theres very little risk of these moving off if tightened right. Never have they flew off when I have dived in nor when I have been swimming or going way under water as I like to do.
The front of the goggles have good suction but not over doing it. They protect the eye well and are absolutely water tight as you would expect. They have fully performed the role I wanted them to by protecting my eyes well and water simply doesn't get in. They also don't steam too easily and the nose piece stays in place well and doesn't provide discomfort. The lenses are tough quality and the well made nature of the product mean water doesn't leak in the front either.
All round these have done the job for me, light comfortable and affordable goggles from the worlds number one swimming gear manufacturer.
I do a reasonable amount of swimming now to try and keep fit. But I've always found that my eyes sometimes tend to suffer because of the amount of chlorine that is in the local pool. On top of that I also wear contact lens which I like to be able to wear in the pool so that I can see my kids. Many years ago when I first got contact lens, I always saw those adverts on brochures of people wearing them whilst swimming. So imagine my shock the first time I jumped in the pool and went under water wearing them, eyes open, only to surface again with no contact lens in. OK, lesson learnt not to open your eyes under water when wearing contact lens, hence, I've always tended to wear goggles when I'm swimming, and these Speedo ones were my latest acquisition earlier in the year.
I paid £15.99 for a pair of these from Amazon, and for that price I got a blue tinted pair. Now as the name suggests (Speed), these are primarily designed for those who like to swim fast up and down the lanes in races, with something like a proven 32% less resistance through the water due to their hydrodynamic design. So if you are into racing swimming, these are the goggles for you. Unfortunately I don't fit into that racing category and hence, I tend to use them for leisure purposes with the family in the pool, and for that purpose these goggles are ideal.
Fit wise they are surprisingly good. I've had cheaper ones in the past that really didn't do the job and tended to leak. But these Speedo versions have a snug fit that seems to provide a really good seal against the face. The lens itself is polycarbonate and the goggles have a twin adjustable silicone strap around the back of your head to ensure that snug fit at all times. The ones I have have a blue tinted lens which still manages to provide crystal clear vision under the water. One point to note is that the bridge piece between the lens is not adjustable. They are meant to be one size fits all, and it is not an issue for me because they fit well, but I have a few friends who have found the lens a little to close set to be comfortable for any duration.
Long term use does not appear to be an issue either. I've found that they are quite comfortable for longer periods (30 minutes or more) without any discomfort, where I've had others that tended to dig into your eye sockets. I've dived in with this Speedo version and they've stayed firmly in place no problems.
In summary, even though the initial outlay is quite costly, these are a top range set of swimming googles and when I compare them to the cheaper versions that I've had, I can see that this extra cost is money well spent on a well designed pair of goggles. Hence, a 5 star recommendation from me.
As a triathlete and swimmer, buying goggles has become a regular occurrence for me as they can break or get lost very easily. I have always bought a couple of pairs in the past, one for training and a couple for racing in. I initially decided to buy these as they are designed for racing and look great, however I use them all of the time now.
I got these from JJB last year to replace an identical pair that broke as they were brilliant to race in. After I bought these my training goggles broke, so I decided to swim in these. At first I found the fit round the eyes slightly tight, but after a while they became more comfortable. The most ingenious feature of these goggles in the adjustable nose clip. They come with 3 different sized nose clips which can be changed around depending on the size of your nose and how the goggles sit round your eyes. I decided to use the middle size and I have fitted it upside down as it suits my nose shape more.
The goggles are sealed round your eyes by a piece of thin black rubber that follows the contours of your face well and provides a great seal. There are 2 straps that are highly adjustable and are very comfortable. My goggles have a black rim and strap and then have dark blue eye pieces. These look very good and they are made out of a strong plastic material that is very durable and doesn't seem to of been eroded by the chlorine in the pool. As the lenses are built into the main frame of the eye piece, there is no problem of the lens being pushed out when putting them on.
My goggles came with a small mesh pouch that the goggles can be stored in along with the spare nose pieces. This is a great addition as when you have wet goggles, they can be put in here and then in your bag and they will be dry when you next get them out. The mesh bag is black with a small tag on the side that has the Speedo logo on it.
I have always found the swimming products from Speedo to be of excellent quality in the past and these goggles have shown that there products are still well made. I paid about £18 for these goggles a year ago and for the price I am very pleased. I now have another spare pair of goggles that cost me £3.50 (highly discounted) which do not match the quality at all of these. If you are a club swimmer or just like to swim every now and then then these goggles will be perfect for you. They may be expensive, but they will last you for a long time. 5/5 as they are the best I have used.
As my kids and I go swimming quite a bit, and they have their own goggles, I decided I should invest and buy myself a decent pair - as the water irritated my kids eyes, it also irritated mine, so I had to do something about it. I wore goggles in the past when I was younger, but I remember them feeling uncomfortable at the time and that put me off them for a fair few years. Knowing this, when I bought a new pair, I paid a little bit more and got a decent pair of goggles that would be more comfortable for me.
I bought a Speedo brand pair, as this is a respected swimming brand, and my kids have the same brand and their goggles have worked well.
The goggles I have are black, with a grey-ish tinted lens in the eye covers. The goggles have a black silicone strap which is divided into two, so positioning the straps on the head is more secure and gives the goggles a better grip. The strap is adjustable, meaning I've been able to shorten it to fit more snugly.
The plastic eye parts of the goggles are very small which is better in terms of looks and a little more stylish than having giant eye areas! The eye parts have a rubbery seal around them to keep the water out, and once they are positioned correctly, I've had no leaking problems - if you don't get the seal right in position though there's more of a chance of leaks, so you have to get it right!
I've noticed that I can only wear the goggles for 1-2 hours at a time, as otherwise they become quite uncomfortable - they have to be tight to keep the water out but similarly this makes them hurt a bit. I have to wear these goggles with my swimming cap, as I find that otherwise the silicon strap, which is so good at gripping, actually pulls on my hair a bit too as I move. Another minor point is that they occasionally steam up whilst I'm swimming, but for me this isn't a major issue.
I paid £14.99 for these goggles in a sports shop, and although they have their minor negative points, overall I'm pleased with them. They do keep the water out of my eyes, which is the main thing, they're adjustable and as far as goggles go, they look nice too.
For anyone who likes to go swimming on a regular basis then a decent pair of swimming goggles is must buy.
I have been trying to iprove my fitness levels in recent months so have been trying to go swimming at least twice a week and bought myself some speedo goggles to stop my eyes getting sore and itchy from the chlorine.
Although not overly sensitive to it after about half an hour the chlorine makes my eyes itchy and red which takes quite awhile to dissapear so I have found the goggles to be a real help in stopping this which allows me to go swimming and then up town without looking like I haven't slept for a month.
I paid £14.99 for them t the sports shop which I didn't think was too bad. The reason I picked these one's was because I know nothing about swimming goggles and wanted a name that I knew and trusted and they looked and felt like they were well made when I played with them in the shop.
They have a double strap which makes them really secure on the head and the actual lens part is fantastic for keeping water out and making sure that they stay in well without slipping about.
I do find that after some time wearing them they can become a little uncomfortable as they are so tight on the eye and for me I would have liked them to have been just a tad larger so they didn't feel like they were pushing on my actual eyeball.
The nose bridge is also a little on the small side and doesn't sit nicely on my nose which although doesn't really affect the googles it is little annoying.
The pair that I have are black in colour and really look the part. I always feel like I should be a better swimming when wearing them. They are actually designed for "proper" swimmers and supposedly their shape means that they create less drag when swimming meaning that you should be able to get a faster time.
Other than finding them slightly uncomortable they work brilliantly in every other way. As I said they have never let in even a drop of water and they also don't fog up and remain clear the whole time which is a big plus as far as I'm concerned as I used to hate my old pair that I had to keep removing to wipe clear.
They are definately worth the money and muh better quality than cheaper pairs and I also can't imagine what else better a more expensive pair would have to recommend them over these.
If you are looking for a pair of swimming goggles then I can highly recommend the speedo speed socket ones and think that you will find them to be a good buy.
Swimming is something I've enjoyed since I was a kid. In more recent years I have gone through phases of swimming. Most recently about a year ago I decided to start swimming again, mainly because I needed to get fit and lose a little bit of weight. Plus our local council now offer free swimming to all residents so it wasn't going to cost me anything. A few years earlier when I had last got into swimming my local pool was always pretty quiet, just me and a few oldies plodding along. Because of this the water was always pretty calm and I never bothered with goggles, although I will admit I have always hated getting water in eyes.
This time round however things have been a little different. I assume it's as swimming is now free, but instead of a nice quiet pool it's often packed. Instead of getting a nice clear lane I often find myself weaving through old biddies in a frantic dash for clear water, very frustrating. This also creates the problem of choppy water, which splashes into my eyes and annoys me no end. So I decided it was time to finally invest in some goggles to counter this minor irritation.
I must admit I first bought a pair of cheap ones of eBay. Big mistake! What a waste of £2.50! They leaked, were uncomfortable and seemed to get more water in my eyes than when I took them off. So I decided to stop being so cheap and buy a decent pair. So I went for these, the Speedo Speed Socket Swimming Goggles. I am pleased to report these are the best goggles I've ever had and really do exactly what you would hope for.
I will mention some of the technical features of these. They are low profile racing goggles, the lens reduces drag, they have dual shot injection moulding, double head straps, UV filter, anti fog technology, polycarbonate lens and an elastomer seal. To you and me that means there pretty good!
The lens are very clear and never really seem to fog up which is very handy. I don't have to have them so tight that they cut off the blood to my brain and they still keep all the water out. When I first starting using them I found they were easy to adjust so they had a comfortable fit. After wearing them for a few minutes you forget they are there as they feel very comfortable. You could almost go off into town forgetting to take them off after leaving the pool fortunately this has never happened.
They come in a few different colours, dark blue, black and a kind of grey colour. They look pretty smart and although I don't think anyone looks good in goggles, I certainly don't think these make you look bad. These are quite expensive for goggles, I got mine for around £15 which seems to be a decent enough price. However as I found out with goggles you get what you pay for so it's worth spending a little bit more.
So I would have to say these are a very good pair of goggles. I've been using them for quite a while now and have never had any problems with them, so I would recommend them to anyone. If you are a serious swimmer these really are perfect for you.
I used to swim a lot as a young child, but for some reason, I stopped, only to begin enjoying swimming again a couple of years ago, the first thing I did investing in a good pair of swimming goggles, as I absolutely load getting water in my eyes, especially water with clorin in it... Speedo is a well known, trusted brand on the subject, and these swimming goggles from Speedo has been faithful and functioning for some years now, and seeing as they only costed me 12.00, I think it is a good purchase as well.
What I can say with absolute certainty, is that in my case, these are one hundred percent water proof, not a single drop of water comes near my eyes while swimming, which all in all is the major point to a swimming goggle! I swim a lot in an in doors swimming pool, so the risk of them fogging was a factor, but these goggles do not fog, so another big plus in the book for them! The goggles can easily be adjusted to your eyes and head shape, seeing as the distance between our eyes vary, and we need to adjust to our need in order for the product to function up to its greatest potential... When I had adjusted my pair to fit me perfectly, I found this goggles to be great in every way, they`re comfortable to wear, they don`t let water in and they don`t fog! However, I will say that when I let a girlfriend of mine, with long hair, borrow them, she complained that the rubber band got tangled and stuck in her hair sometimes, which felt a bit uncomfortable, but she stressed that it wasn`t really a major problem t speak of... Each eye is protected with a rubber rim, that not only makes the goggle feel more comfortable, it creates a suction that doesn`t allow water to join the eyes...
To conclude, a great pair of trust worthy swimming goggles!
I do quite a bit of swimming and I much prefer to slap on some goggles if I am doing laps as it's so much easier to see, and it seems to be easier to breathe and swim in general too. Whether you are in the sea or a pool, goggles can help keep water out your eyes so you can keep them open without them hurting, enabling you to see much better.
I bought these goggles a while ago, along with my Speedo swimming hat. They are of great quality but they aren't perfect - perhaps I just don't like goggles. They fit round my head quite well but the rubber strap can really pull on my hair when I am positioning them, which is uncomfortable. The benefit of this is that it does grip to your head quite well.
The straps on either side can be adjusted reasonably easily to change the length of the goggles, so it should fit all adult heads. You'd be best off buying junior ones for a child though. The goggles I have are black with a clear lens. The lens is oval-shaped and a thin rubber strip, which looks as if it could break, connects them!
The lens itself protrudes the goggles a bit so when you are wearing them, you can look out to the side as well and your vision is not restricted. The lens itself is made of plastic, which is a lot safer than glass just in case they got smashed. The lens is reasonably thick and of good quality so I wouldn't expect it to break easily!
The goggles have the Speedo logo round the rubber strap in a lighter colour. They look pretty good and fit well - they are as small as possible whilst still being efficient for worthwhile use. There is a soft seal, which sits around each eye and prevents water from getting in. I have found this works very effectively and water has never leaked in if I am wearing them correctly. If they are a little high or low around your eyes, water may start to leak in. This can be quite annoying depending on the situation as you then have to take them off, get the water out and put them on again!
I can see very clearly through the goggles when swimming with my face down or getting splashed by water. My eyes themselves feel a lot better too rather than opening them under the water. However the goggles do hurt after a while around your eye due to the tight seal, but if it wasn't for this they wouldn't work! I'd recommend a pair of these for around £15 - doesn't seem very generous but they are a good pair of goggles and the quality is there. Mine have got no water marks on the lenses, which is pretty good too!
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I used to adore going swimming when I was younger but since having my daughter and getting caught up in my work I quickly lost track of my fondness of a chlorine public bath! When my daughter started toddler swimming lessons I discovered the love of water again and I myself started going once a week to do laps again and let off steam.
Which meant I needed to update my swimming gear. Somehow I didnt think fifteen year old goggles would be a good idea so I went into my local sport shop which is Lifestyle sports and had a look around. After settling on swimsuit and hat I turned my eyes to the goggles. The only range they had was Speedo so there was nothing really to compare the price too but one set of goggles cost me 15 euro which I didnt think was too bad because you can use them again and again. They can come in a range of colours and can be bought in kids sizes too. I picked black just to be neutral with my swimsuit.
Coincidentally these were the same make of goggles I used when I was younger so I have every confidence in the ability to keep my eyes chlorine free. I always had problems with my eyes stinging and becoming really blood shot when I didnt use goggles. I had tried cheap ones before and cheap snorkel sets and there is nothing worse than your eyes going through that pain!
I love how these goggles remain fog free and in pristine condition for so long. Its really easy to fit it to suit your own face because not only can the length be adjusted to fit your head but the nasal separator can be adjusted depending on the distance between your two eyes. I have a long distance between my eyes which makes it hard to fit glasses and sunglasses so this is a must for me. Its great that I can rely on these to be the perfect fit every time. Even when they are not in use I can lend them to my mother who can just adjust to suit her needs too.
The strap that goes around the head is made out of rubber and if you dont wear a hat while swimming this can be a bit rough by pulling your hair when taking on and off but you get used to being careful. There are rubber rims around each eye that create a suction onto your eye socket when in place and this keeps all the water out. I have never had problems with these leaking or becoming foggy.
Highly recommended to any water lovers out there. Those of you not fans of chlorine!
One of my main reasons for joining up to my local Esporta Gym about 18 months 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 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.
Without much thought I bought the cheapest pair I could buy at my Esporta gym shop, which cost almost £10, but soon found out that they were pretty much useless, due to the fact that they leaked quite badly, and so my eyes were still suffering just as much, and also they steamed and fogged up after only a couple of lengths. I returned to the Esporta shop, but was horrified at the prices of the more expensive ranges of goggles, with the anti steam lenses, and fully adjustable nose pieces so decided to price them up elsewhere.
I eventually spotted some Speedo speed socket goggles online for £12, 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.
When they arrived, and I un-packed them I was instantly impressed!
***** The Speedo Speed Socket Goggles *****
The goggles themselves are a silvery - grey colour, but are also available in blue, black, and gold.
They are a low profile racing goggle, which are designed to reduce the drag while swimming.
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, then can be fitted relatively loosely, so that there are no red marks after a prolonged swimming session.
The strap itself (again silver in colour) 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 place.
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. On top of this the lenses also have UV protection built into them, which is useful for outdoor swimming.
Overall they are fantastic goggles. In my own personal experience, you tend to get what you pay for when it comes to goggles, and for the few extra pounds for a pair of these goggles, it 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 Speed socket 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.
The design is great, and they really look the part for swimmers of all capabilities, which can be proved by the fact that Michael Phelps wore these exact goggles in Athens 2004, and I think it is fair to say that he isn't a bad swimmer!!
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I love swimming, and in particular I like to be able to keep my eyes open under water when I am doing lengths. However, there is something in me that, even when the water does not sting my eyes, will not allow me to keep them open under water. It simply feels too unnatural, and I feel constantly aware of the strong chemicals that are used to treat the water in public pools. In the past I have owned many pairs of swimming goggles, but most of them have been poorly made and either leak water in or else suck to my face so tightly they make my eyes feel as though they are going to pop out. Being a very well known brand however, I thought that if I spent a bit more on these Speedo goggles I might be making a good investment for the future.
The unfussy appearance of the Speedo goggles belies their superiority. They are actually racing goggles, and designed for use by professional swimmers. With this in mind, they fit the contours of the face very closely, and this felt odd when I first tried them on. Because they are so small, too, they feel like a part of you that you have yet to get used to. One thing I liked about the goggles straight away was the double strap that wraps around the head. Being fashioned from silicon, the straps have a good grip, and I tend to position one of them high at the back of my head, and the other low. This means that the goggles do not push against my face too hard, and it feels a lot more secure and that they are less likely to fall off. Despite this however, the higher strap does have a tendency to creep down, although this does not happen often and only when I spend a lot of time in the water.
Visibility through the goggles is excellent. I did not realise when I purchased the goggles that you can select lens colour. Thus, my own goggles are tinted blue, but I would have preferred the clear lenses. Even so, underwater images are clear and sharp, and there is little distortion around the edges of the lenses, as is often the case with others. The pool I use has large windows through which a lot of sunlight enters and spills onto the surface of the pool. When emerging from under water on a very bright day, the light on the water hurts my eyes significantly less than it did with my previous goggles. There still remains some glare that can provide some discomfort, but overall the lenses are effective in protecting my eyes in this context, I feel. They are also equipped with UV protection.
I purchased my goggles online for £12, although they usually retail between £13 - £21. I would be reluctant to pay the upper end of this price range, but for the price I paid the goggles have always been reliable and reasonably comfortable. I have owned my goggles for around eight months, and when I don them I often stretch ad tug at them a lot. Despite this however, they have never snapped or sustained any damage, apart from a small amount of permanent stretching to the upper band on the right side. These are a great set of goggles, and you don't have to be an athlete to appreciate them.