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Triathlon Swimming Goggles Guide

by Alexandra Parren

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While swimming goggles may seem like a simple bit of triathlon equipment, there are a lot of things to look out for and they could make or break your race or swim competition. Sundried’s triathlon swimming goggle guide is here to help you select the right swim goggles for you, as well as giving advice on fitting, style, and lenses.

Fitting your swim goggles

The most essential part of choosing a pair of swim goggles is checking the fit. Everyone has a differently shaped face and so what works for some may not work for you. If the eye cups are large, they are more likely to fit a wider range of people. However, a lot of triathlon swim goggles feature a smaller, sleeker eye socket, which will need to be checked to make sure they fit your face.

Especially if you’re going to be racing in an open water swim, you need to make sure your vision is a good as possible, so making sure your goggles fit properly and do not leak is paramount. Check that your goggles have an adjustable nose bridge and if you’re not sure about the fit, opt for ones with larger eye cups.

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Swim Goggles Shape

Secondly, the shape of your goggles is also important as it can hugely affect their comfort on your face as well as your performance. If you’re a serious athlete for whom every second counts, your goggles can make a surprising impact on this as they can affect drag in the water. Put simply, the less bulky the goggles, the less drag you will experience and the more speed you will be able to achieve. If speed is your primary goal, look for goggles that sit within your eye socket and are streamlined in design. The Sundried Pacific goggles are the best ones for you in this instance. It is important to note, however, that this can impact comfort and these types of goggles may not be as comfortable as others.  

If your race features an open water swim with a mass start, you’re probably already aware that you need to expect to be bashed about by other swimmers. If your goggles have a bigger seal, they are less likely to become dislodged and this will mean a much better swim. In this case, the Sundried Legend goggles are best for you as they have a bulkier frame and more secure seal.

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Triathlon Swim Goggles Lenses

The lenses of your swim goggles are the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to performing well and achieving your goals whether you’re in the pool, lake, or sea. There are different types of lenses on the market, and Sundried have two on offer- polarised and mirror.

Polarised lenses are popular among products such as sunglasses and ski goggles as they reduce glare from the water and snow meaning visibility is greatly increased. If your triathlon features an open water swim in a sunny country, polarised lenses are the ones for you as they will reduce the glare of the sun on the surface of the water, meaning you are less likely to be blinded by the light and will be able to see better and focus on your swim performance.

Mirrored lenses work by dimming the light around you, meaning they’re perfect if you swim in an outdoor pool abroad somewhere sunny or if you practise a lot of backstroke. These lenses are not so good if you do a lot of swimming in indoor pools as your visibility will be reduced.

All of the Sundried swim goggles feature anti-fog technology and UV protection.

The Sundried swim goggles are coming soon.

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