Competition goggles are those that are distinctively designed for high level swim training sessions and races. Typically, a racing goggle will consist of a low profile frame, streamline lenses, and a securely-fitting head strap. Although competition goggles typically feature less cushioning around the gaskets, that doesn't necessarily mean that they are less comfortable to wear. New, innovative competition goggle designs have allowed race day goggles to reduce drag while remaining surprisingly comfortable on the face. Smaller-sized models, like junior goggles or women's goggles, are scaled down from their larger counterparts to offer a closer fit to those with smaller facial structures. If you're a swimmer feeling the pressure to come in first, then competition-styled goggles are the ideal choice for you.
The most distinct quality of all competition goggles is their low profile frame. Gaining speed in the water is all about minimizing drag and optimizing your streamline form. Competition goggles can reduce resistance created by the head and face and allow you to easily slice through the water. In addition to the face-contouring frames, race day goggles have lenses that are designed to sit within the eye sockets for a less obtrusive effect. Lenses are available in various colors, tints, and mirrored finishes to help competitive swimmers see clearly in any kind of weather or competition environment. Designed to be sleek, compact, and lightweight, competition goggles usually feature fewer 'frills' than their recreational peers.
While low profile frames and close fitting lenses ensure the goggle won't catch drag, competition goggles have to be fit with a quality head strap for ultimate, stay-put results. Made from strong, rip-resistant materials, such as Silicone, competition-grade head straps are less likely to snap, slip, or break than recreational rubber straps. This means that swimmers can rest assured that their goggles will remain securely fastened during rough open water starts, flip turns, and sprint-speed finishes.