Tips on finding the best goggle?

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    Feb 08, 2014 9:22 AM GMT
    So, after 4 months of swimming 3x a week with my current goggles, they are once again beginning to leak / having difficulty holding a seal.

    Is this pretty much inevitable? Of course I don't expect goggles to last for ever, but I feel like I replace mine way too frequently.

    How long do your goggles usually last?

    I swim in a salt water pool (70% chemically treated water from Sydney harbour / 30% fresh water with added salt).
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 08, 2014 1:42 PM GMT
    They can last for years. Ive used my Black Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 goggles for like 3 years now.
  • Fable

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    Feb 08, 2014 1:49 PM GMT
    do you wash them after use? I know the salt water likes to fuck up my shit...
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 08, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    fable saiddo you wash them after use? I know the salt water likes to fuck up my shit...

    He's talking about swimming, not giving head!icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 08, 2014 5:32 PM GMT
    Easy.
    Just google goggle.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 08, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    I have these ones
  • stevendust

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    Feb 08, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    I lucked out with a great pair starting out. Just test them out and see what gives the best suction at the store before purchasing.
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    Feb 08, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    Just buy a few of the same pair when you find ones that fit because they constantly end/start new lines so often you can never again find the ones you liked. Don't buy more than you'll use before they deteriorate, of course. It doesn't end the problem but reduces the frequency of shopping them.

    I suspect a lot of the deterioration of my goggles is caused by the Florida heat because I keep a pair in a swim bag in the car trunk so I always have them handy. Frequent replacement is the price of convenience.
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    Feb 27, 2014 11:25 AM GMT
    Belated thanks for the replies, all.

    I've generally opted for the "buy multiple pairs at once" approach so far, but was beginning to wonder if maybe it's worth investing more in a single pair (assuming that more expensive goggles = better quality, which may well not be true!).
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    Brave_New_World saidBelated thanks for the replies, all.

    I've generally opted for the "buy multiple pairs at once" approach so far, but was beginning to wonder if maybe it's worth investing more in a single pair (assuming that more expensive goggles = better quality, which may well not be true!).

    You should get a MOTD nomination just for thanking people for their helpful replies. Most guys that wind up eliciting even long, detailed advice never post beyond their initial plea.
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    I was in a swim team in HS , and my mates and i always applied some vaseline on the goggles rubber part to avoid any cracking due the chemically treated pool water.
    Nowdays , all my swimming takes place in the coral sea , i still treat my goggles the same way and I fancy to alternate between the 2 pairs i own and have no problem at all with leaks .
  • LJay

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    Feb 27, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    O that kind!

    I was going to suggest a good brew for developing beer goggles.
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    Feb 27, 2014 6:26 PM GMT
    Brave_New_World saidBelated thanks for the replies, all.

    I've generally opted for the "buy multiple pairs at once" approach so far, but was beginning to wonder if maybe it's worth investing more in a single pair (assuming that more expensive goggles = better quality, which may well not be true!).


    I think generally the more money, the better the fit and comfort. But with regard to longevity, I'd suspect even that materials better for comfort and fit might be less durable than cheaper materials, like expensive tires meant to hug a road are not long-lived.
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    Feb 27, 2014 7:27 PM GMT
    Swedish googles don't have the rubber gasket so they tend to be the best goggle that doesn't fill with water and they are pretty cheap online. I will never buy another speedo or tyr goggle. All googles fog up though. Swedish googles - you have to put together yourself. Buy a couple
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    Feb 27, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    The vaseline process sounds like a winner to me.

    I was also going to suggest soaking them in fresh water when you get home. I had a plastic watch band on a watch I used for running break on me. It had white patches from dried sweat. Now I always soak my watch and chest strap in the bathroom sink.
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    Mar 02, 2014 11:54 AM GMT
    Vaseline sounds like a great idea for prolonging the life of the rubber gasket.

    And yes, perhaps the price = quality equation is indeed more complicated, per the tyre analogy. Sounds plausible that more expensive materials may be more about comfort than longevity.

    Definitely going to google swedish goggles, too! And of course they require self-assembly icon_lol.gif Wonder if IKEA stocks them..