Best Goggles For Triathlon 2013
6 of the best goggles for triathlon tested, rated and reviewed
1. Blueseventy Hydra-Vision
Blueseventy’s Hydra-vision goggles offer a largely unobstructed field of vision for open-water swimming and a fairly low profile so they don’t flick up during tumble turns in the pool. The gaskets were a little more rigid than others on test, but they remained comfy and completely fog-free. They were also easy to fit with a quick-adjust button hidden in the frame making them a great training and racing choice.
2. Aqua Sphere Kayenne Ladies
This scaled-down version of the ever-popular Kayenne really impressed us. The flexibility of the frame, quick-fit strap and soft gaskets made getting a comfortable fit a breeze. We were stunned by the clarity of the totally fog-free vision and were amazed by the field of vision on offer despite a fairly small frame. There’s also the men’s Kayenne Small Fit for those who are against glittery frames.
3. Maru Focus Mirror
These were the most traditional goggles on test. They sat quite tightly in the eye sockets and held firm once the old-school dual straps had been cajoled into place. Vision through the darkly tinted lenses was understandably narrow, but completely free from fog, making them a good pool training goggle at a good price, though not the best for open water despite the glare protection.
4. TYR Special Ops
The TYR Special Ops was the comfiest goggle on test, providing a perfect seal and really soft, cushioned gaskets, making them great for long swims. They seemed best suited to testers with wider faces and offered a really wide field of vision. The polarised lenses kept glare out, however fogging was an issue during all test swims and the simple strap was a little bit fiddly to adjust.
5. Speedo Rift Pro Mirror
The Rift Pro Mirrors feature a wide field of vision and a soft, comfy gasket that gave a leak-free seal. Adjustment was easy thanks to a quick-release button to reduce pinching on the fly. The goggles seemed to sit lower on the face than the others on test meaning the top of the frame could impede vision while sighting and despite anti-fog treatment, they quickly steamed up.
6. Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor
The Predator Flex Reactors have comfy gaskets that sit well outside the eye socket and provide a good seal. Easy-adjust straps kept them securely in place when swimming steadily, but head-down push-offs in the pool caused leaks. Visibility was fantastic once you’re used to the bright green trim and clarity through the light-reactive lenses was superb, making them the ultimate race-day goggles. Expensive though.
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