When it comes to goggles, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for performance – especially when there are plenty of comfortable swim goggles to choose from. Based on our own swimming experience, exhaustive product testing, and over 20 years of customer feedback, we’ve narrowed it down to this list of the top 5 most comfortable goggles available:
For No Goggle Marks: Barracuda B300
Being an avid swimmer no longer means that you have to sport red rings around your eyes post-workout. The Barracuda B300 (along with Barracuda’s other foam-back models – the Standard and Medalist) features patented “positive pressure seal” technology which utilizes ergonomically-designed foam gaskets, rather than powerful suction. Good bye, Raccoon Eyes. Hello, lunch-break swims!
For Smaller Faces: Aqua Sphere Kaiman Small Fit
These goggles are perfectly tailored for swimmers with narrow faces. The design, which is 30% smaller than the original Kaiman, doesn’t gap like larger goggles are prone to do. The Aqua Sphere Kaiman and Kaiman Small Fit are favorites of triathletes and open-water swimmers worldwide. The flexible frame is soft against the cheekbones, while the lenses fit close to the face for less drag.
For Larger Faces: Aqua Sphere Seal 2.0
Swimmers with larger faces are also plagued by ill-fitting goggles, just like the rest of us. If you find that your goggles are too narrow to seal comfortably or cut off your peripheral vision, give the the Aqua Sphere Seal 2.0s a try. Though large enough to accommodate a wider face shape, the Seal 2.0 is sleek and streamline enough to be worn for triathlon or other open-water swimming events. This is a brand new 2014 model.
For Ease of Use: Barracuda Bliss
If you’re a swimmer that eats, sleeps, and breathes simplicity, then you’ll love the painlessness of the Barracuda Bliss. Although they’re not adjustable at the nose bridge, the low-volume seals will keep goggle marks at bay by relying less on suction and more on ergonomic design. This model is new for 2014.
For Open Water: Speedo Air Seal Tri
A comfortable and close-fitting goggle can make or break a long distance swim. That’s why it’s so important to have a dependable pair, like the Speedo Air Seal Tri. These goggles unique air-filled gaskets provide a long lasting seal and a comfortable fit, allowing you to keep a close eye on your surroundings and the competition at all times.