It's been years. I've looked and looked and looked, and looked
again, but I just can't find goggles that don't leak a lot.
Anybody got any ideas? I think I've tried every speedo type.
I can relate to this, Jose! I have spent YEARS trying to find a good
pair of goggles that don't leak. I have tried dozens of speedo brands,
all of the barracudas, and even a $60 pair of Swans. I have probably
spent several hundred dollars trying to find goggles that don't leak.
No luck. I did have one pair of tiny speedos that I could successfully
use if I pressed VERY tightly against my eyes, but this hurt, and I
came out with very big rings around my eyes. I almost gave up swimming
which I consider one of the best forms of exercise because ALL of my
My brother calls me this summer, and says he just got a new pair of
goggles that don't leak a bit, and are very comfortable. I didn't
really believe him, but he sends me a pair for my birthday (last
month). What a birthday present!
Here's what I got. A pair of goggles from Hammeker Schlemmer (sp?) that
look quite different, but are very comfortable, and don't even begin to
leak. The key is that they are quite a bit bigger than your average
speedo, but this allows them to create an unbelievably water-tight
seal around your face. They look almost like a small mask, but do
not cover the nose. I guess they are about the size of safety glasses
(the kind you would wear to do some welding), and they give amazing
field of vision under the water. When you put them on, you instantly
feel the suction that they create around your face, and if you try to
pull them off, you feel your face pulling back.
I hope I don't sound like a commercial, but these goggles have rejuvenated
my love for swimming. Swam a half-mile outdoors this morning (no problem
in texas). The one down side, is that they do tend to fog up a little
bit. I usually line the insides with saliva before a workout, and this
does the trick.
Bad news. Since these were a gift, I honestly do not know how much they
cost, but I'm sure Hammeker Schlemmer has a 1-800 number if you want to
find out. Let me know if you check them out.....
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>It's been years. I've looked and looked and looked, and looked
>again, but I just can't find goggles that don't leak a lot.
>Anybody got any ideas? I think I've tried every speedo type.
Redonodo Beach, CA
I also couldn't find a suitable pair that didn't leak and ended up
training in Backstroke since it was a little easier on the eyes. One day
by coincidence, I happen to see a pair of Eyeline goggles which were
bigger than anything else I had seen previously; on top of that they had
prescription lenses (I'm shortsighted). As usual, I bought a pair to try
them out and couldn't believe my luck - they not only fitted perfectly but
I could also easily recognise everyone in the pool to boot ! I immediately
got another identical pair and then always took along a spare set.
Later, I noticed some interesting phenomena which required closer
examination. The material which fitted around the eye sockets was made of
***; I found that this material gave me a better seal than the padded
foam which I recalled trying in many other goggles. Within a season
however, the *** became less pliant, the band lost its elasticity and
the goggles started to leak; when this happened, I just threw them away.
Other times when they leaked, I would make sure I didn't have any eyebrow
hair impinging under the *** but usually the strap had become loose and
tightening it up solved the problem. On occasions, I discovered that
the goggles provided no suction whatsoever - this was due to an overly oily
face which was solved by a quick soap rinse of the face and goggles.
This season, I replaced my goggles with the same brand and did they work -
NO !; Lucky for me, I hadn't thrown out my old pair. On closer scrutiny,
they were close but not identical. In order for the goggles to make a good
seal, the bridge band had to be long enough to fit over the bridge of the
nose, the eye pieces large enough to fit in the eye sockets and the
strap be double banded at the back for comfort.
After all this, I can now confidently go into a shop and providing I
haven't picked up a lot of grime on my face that would negate testing
goggles, I can surreptiously place a pair to my eyes and if they stay on
my face without support, are comfortable and I can discern the
grimacing features of the approaching shop attendant, I buy them !
Many people on our team use TYR Racetech goggles. They only cost about $8.
They have a *** seal which lasts pretty long and don't fog too much.
I put them on people of all sizes shapes and ages. It's worked for just
about everyone. Might be worth a try.
Davis Aquatic Masters
>I have no advice. I have tried everything I can find, including swedish,
>barracuda, and speedos, and I still can not find a goggle that does not
>hurt my nose where the nose piece crosses it.
They have silicone pieces that form a great seal so they don't leak
(but they come off the plastic part of the goggles real easily so you
have to be careful not to lose the silicone pieces) and the crosspiece
is long enough to surmount my schnozzola without leaving a trench.
The only problem I've had is that the strap gets sticky and brittle
after a short time, so I replaced it. The only other weird thing is
that the plastic thatforms the top, sides and bottom (but not the lens)
is red so I look slightly demonic (well, more demonic than usual) while
wearing them. Seems to keep the sharks away.
And they're pretty cheap - $11.
I'm another person who swears by Swedish goggles. The key to fitting them
is that you don't wear them with tight straps. If you do, you have a
pair of cookie-cutters on your face. Ideally you should be able to seal
the goggles to your eyes using a with the straps*** down on your face.
(And I've gone "strapless" for some time now. Just a pair of eyecups and
/''' Collin Forbes
>I'm another person who swears by Swedish goggles. The key to fitting them
>is that you don't wear them with tight straps. If you do, you have a
>pair of cookie-cutters on your face. Ideally you should be able to seal
>the goggles to your eyes using a with the straps*** down on your face.
>(And I've gone "strapless" for some time now. Just a pair of eyecups and
Alex "it's stuck on my face" Kim