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My 6 year old daughter started swimming lessons about 6 months ago, having no swimming skills whatsoever she really was 'thrown in at the deep end', and during the first few lessons she didn't really progress at all, mainly due to the fact that she was required to put her face in the water, something which she has never wanted to do before, and even panics when I wash her hair.
Anyway, I noticed that the other children were wearing goggles, so I thought it was a good idea to buy my daughter a pair. I chose these Zoggs Little Ripper ones basically because they stocked them at the swimming pool; I think I paid around £5 for them. And it was £5 well spent let me tell you!
These are designed for children aged 6 - 14 (but they also fit my 4 year old daughter whose face was too big for the smaller Zoggs goggles, so bear that it mind when buying goggles for children under 6 years old!) The part that goes over the eyes is a nice oval shape and has soft rubbery bits that sit against the face, so they are comfy but also nice and snug. A point to note here is that the rubbery bits that go around the eyes are very firmly attached to the plastic parts, and there is no way they can come off (I'm pointing this out because the smaller Zoggs goggles (that were too small anyway) I bought for my younger daughter were not as well made, and the rubbery pads kept coming off - which was very annoying, but could also cause a painful injury).
The band that goes around the head is made from a very stretchy soft rubbery type material, and it splits into two around the back of the head, which makes it very handy for accommodating a pony tail - this also helps to keep the goggles in position, because the pony tail sits in the middle of the two parts of the strap, and stops the goggles from slipping down. These straps are also very adjustable, so you can fit them to the exact size of your child's head, and they have quite a large adjustable range so I'm hoping they will last her a good few years as she grows. The straps have ridges along the adjustable part so this helps them stay at the size you require. The other nice thing about these goggles is that they are very easy for my daughter to get on and off herself while she's in the pool, the material that the strap is made of is stretchy enough for her to manage to pull it over her head without it snapping harshly into position and potentially hurting her!
The plastic in the 'goggle' section is clear (not tinted like some are) so if my daughter has them on all the time during her swimming lesson she has a good clear view of the pool both on top of the water and underneath (yes she now goes under water!) And there are also no hard or sharp edges, so there is no potential for scrapes or scratches when a child is using the goggles unaided.
I found that these goggles have been brilliant for my daughter. She can use them confidently herself and they are safe. They have also given her the extra boost of confidence that she needed to be able to swim comfortably in the water without any worries about water going in her eyes (however, she did say to me last night that sometimes she still closes her eyes even when she has the goggles on if she thinks she's going to get splashed "and she doesn't know why!"). But since she has been using the goggles, I haven't noticed any panic reactions in her movements, and her confidence in the water came on in leaps and bounds in just a few weeks. It actually left me flabbergasted how much she changed since she started wearing the goggles; she's like a completely different child.
Available in pink or blue and can be bought from Leisure Centres, but if you search for them on Google you will find them widely available on the internet priced between £4 and £9, depending on where you shop!
My girls aged three have been taking swimming lessons at our local pool for a year now. Last year they were in a toddler group and although they did learn some good swimming skills they never actually go under the water i guess it was to stop them getting a fright and being scared more like a gentle introduction.
This year the group has been a little more rough and they are made to go under hoops right at the bottom of the pool as well as putting their face in and out whilst swimming, both have had really sore red eyes after the lesson so i wanted to get a set of goggles to help them. Finding good goggles was a bit of a hassle we started off with cheap barbie goggles ,these let the water in so we switched to another set same happened again.
Eventually we bought a set of zoggs little ripper swimming goggles. I had to buy the goggles online from swimshop4u.co.uk at £4.50. Some pools stock the zoggs goggles ours had run out hence i bought them online. I have since seen the goggles cheaper at the likes of amazon.
Zoggs little ripper goggles come in a choice of two colours, blue and pink. We choose the pink of coarse.
The zoggs little rippers come in a clear plastic case with a clip on the front, it is really handy for storing the goggles in , saves them being scratched or broken.
There was no age recommended on the box but these fit my girls perfectly on the eyes but we did have to adjust the elastic strap at the back as far in as it would go. I have also seen boy in my son swim group with these goggles and that is a group of 10 year olds so i guess these will fit all children.
Zoggs little ripper goggles have pink lenses that stick out they are call bug eyes and yes when on they do resemble a bugs eyes. There is clear silicon around the bug eyes this gives good grip and suction around the girls eyes without hurting them or leaving red marks after the use. Across the eyes is a small silicon rest for the nose this has the zogg name tag and is soft and flexible.
The elastic band that goes around the head is also pink with zoggs label on it, it is one band but at the back of the head it splits in two parts so it can rest comfortable at the top and bottom of the head giving more comfort and secures the goggles in place. The band can be adjusted to size at the back with a simple clip that rolls along the band.
These goggles are comfortable to wear, my girls like them. They have had no issues with them filling with water or leaving marks on their face. They can now enjoy going under the water and being able to see.
I feel the goggles were fairly cheap and have had them for six months now. I like the storage case they come in, its handy to keep them in the bottom of the swim bags and takes up no space at all. They are also hard wearing and durable. After six months the goggles still look new. I trust zoggs as a brand too we have many of the zoggs items and each have been value for money and lasted.
If you are looking for a good set of goggles for children i would highly recommend these.
I used to go swimming weekly with my family and the school I went to even had their own swimming pool for lessons and use at the weekend. I have always loved playing in water and so goggles was something that we needed, not just for me but for the rest of the family too. Zoggs Little Ripper Goggles are priced at £4.50 and are available in either pink or blue, both are attractive and both seemed to be of a very high quality.
The strap is adjustable around the head and over the nose to achieve maximum comfort, this does take some fiddling with to get it just right but once correctly fitted it is comfortable, the only thing I would like to say here is that after several uses the notches used to adjust the nose strap become loose and so this tends to slip needing readjusting between each use, however it never slipped when being worn and so this isn't too much of an inconvenience. The seal around the eyes was strong, but padded enough not to leave a mark or be too uncomfortable unlike some other goggles I have tried.
As for actual use the seal didn't seem to let in water which after all is the main point of having the goggles! However, they did fog up fairly regularly after resurfacing when swimming under water which meant having to take them off, clear them and then put them back on also the padding around the eyes weakened after a while which meant the seal often came off and needed to be attached back on which although not too difficult was fiddly and rather annoying. This didn't seem to affect the actual use of the goggles though as once the seal had been reattached they remained watertight.
Overall I would give these goggles 4 out of 5, despite having to fiddle around with the seal and the nose strap they were comfortable, didn't mark around the eyes and didn't let in water so not a bad pair of goggles
I bought these goggles for my niece and nephew in the summer. I took them swimming with me during their summer holidays. The goggles are made by Zoggs, an Australian company that started in Sydney in 1992.
I bought a pink pair and a blue pair. I got them from Simply Swim online. They were £4.50 a pair.
The Little Ripper goggles are designed with little people in mind, aged between 6 and 14. They have an adjustable strap across the bridge of the nose. This means the goggles should always fit securely over the eyes. The head strap is made from latex and is also adjustable by using a small buckle on the left side of it. The head strap splits in 2 round the back of the head which for some obscure reason my nephew thought was "cool"! The Zogg logo is on the head strap where the buckle is.
The lenses are described as "bug eye" shaped and are very well sealed and contoured so no water gets in the eyes, on the pink pair they are pink coloured and the blue are blue coloured. the lenses are "anti fog" which is great in a hot stuffy swimming pool. They also have the maximum UV protection which is another good thing if you are using them at the beach.
The Little Rippers were a great success with my niece and nephew. When I was little I never had any fear of the water. I would go under and open my eyes from day 1, but not all children like the water in their eyes. My niece and nephew, although absolutely love the water, hate it in their eyes. The chlorine really makes them sting. This is where a really good pair of child friendly goggles are a must. They can improve a child's confidence and in the case of my niece and nephew make the swimming pool somewhere to have fun.
The Little Rippers fitted well, let no water in the eyes and also looked cool. At just £4.50 a pair I think they were a good buy.
Having bought a good number of Zoggs products we knew we could rely on their Zoggs Little Ripper Goggles to be a suitable and reliable product to buy for our child to wear for swimming. Having had a variety of swim googles in the past which have often been used and abused, these did hold up reasonably well.
When we bought our set of Zoggs Little Ripper Goggles they were reduced to £3.75 and they came simply packed in a clear plastic fronted pack so that we could pick the colour we wanted. When we bought our googles they were available in either pink or blue and both looked nice enough. We went for the blue shade complete with Zoggs branding, which we though would be most suitable.
Things that are good about these googles include the anti fog lenses which made for a better and clearer view when our child was wearing the swim googles. Our child also found that the fact that the nose bridge could be easily adjusted for fit was good, as at first the googles didn't sit right. Once adjusted at the nose bridge they sat much better when in use.
The seals on the frame of the Zoggs Little Ripper Goggles is good too, as its neither too hard or too soft. It has just the right amount of padding and flex to be able to adapt to the contours of a childs face comfortably. Once the head strap was adjusted too, this gave a much more comfortable fit than some other goggles we have bought in the past.
The over all function of the Zoggs Little Ripper Goggles that we had was good. They didn't seem to let in water and they remained nice and clear and didn't mist up too easily. Once our child became accustomed to using and wearing the goggles they were something that could be worn with no issues at all.
One thing that ought to be mentioned is that the goggles we had didn't come with a carry case, so we had to buy one to ensure that they lasted a bit longer. Another point to mention is that although these goggles are sized to fit a child up to the age of 14, I feel that they might be a bit too snug to fit a larger child and cannot see them fitting a child much over the age of 10/12.
Other than that these are a great little pair of swim goggles that work well and don't rub the face if fitted and adjusted correctly. The colour of the goggles is simple and not too over the top so as to distract a swimming child. The double head strap means that the goggles can be adjusted when in wear to achieve a more comfortable fit. All in all the Zoggs Little Ripper Goggles worked well when our child had them and so they get a 4 star rating.
Zoggs Little Ripper Junior Swimming Goggles
Little Miss swims twice a week and not only does she need goggles for her swimming lessons but she also likes to wear them in the shower in case of shampoo in here eyes!! We tend to go through quite a lot of swimming goggles and when she needed new ones, I found these when shopping in Sainsburys.
Who are they for?...
The goggles are described as junior and are suitable for ages 6-14
The goggles have a number of features which make them suitable for junior swimmers, including:
* Bug eye, UV protection lenses designed for junior faces
* Contoured lens shape
* Fully adjustable latex strap and nose bridge
If they work, then these should be ideal as some of the goggles she has had have let in water at the sides although this may be when the strap starts to stretch.
Product and Packaging...
The goggles were available instore in pink or blue, and naturally because pink is still a favoured colour, we chose the pink. They come nicely packaged in a plastic box with a piece of card in the back but not a lot of information and no instructions so I think we have to rely on common sense and former knowledge. Fortunately, the stiff plastic opens easily and there is no need for me to seek out scissors and cut my fingers in the process.
The goggles themselves are a nice deep pink and do indeed have bug eyes. They are slightly protruding and when we try them on Little Miss they are a nice snug fit with no gaps close to her eyes. The zoggs logo features on the nose bridge and the straps although the logos are very inconspicuous.
The straps are thicker than the straps on the last goggles we had and sit nicely over her ears without digging in or causing any pain or indentations on her skin. Both the nose bridge and the head strap adjust for a good fit and there are apparently sealed gaskets which stop water entering the goggles as well as the goggles having UV lenses, but this I have to take their word for.
Price and Availability...
I bought these in Sainsburys for £4.50 but a general search indicates that they are widely available at very different prices so it's worth shopping around.
These goggles have now served Little miss well for a couple of months. They seem to be very comfortable to wear, and do't let in water. One of the good things about them is that the straps are easy to adjust and as yet the plastic pull through bit at the side hasn't snapped when we adjust them so that's a real plus.
Reasonably priced and effective I would recommend these.
Thanks for reading.