Olympic Tried and True
The Speed Socket is one of the best competition goggles available. Don' t want to take AquaGear's word on it? Then how about that of an Olympic Gold medalist's?! Michael Phelps wore this exact pair in the 2004 Olympic Games. He relied on the Speed Sockets to propel him into first place time and time again. If you can't trust the most decorated Olympian of all time, then whom can you trust! These goggles are made for speed. Their low profile design gives swimmers an extra wide peripheral vision. The goggle is available with a mirrored lens option, which helps reduce brightness and glare. But if you're fitness routine regularly takes place in an outdoor pool, you might be better suited with a pair of Speedo Speed Socket Polarized Goggles. Designed exactly the same as the original, these ideal outdoor goggles have the added visual benefit of polarized lenses.
One of the best things about the Speed Socket is that its lenses are extremely durable. The polycarbonate material is virtually shatter resistant and protects eyes from harmful sunrays. The lenses help block up to 95% of UV light and are additionally coated with a thin anti-fog layer. To further ensure that your lenses stay as clear as possible, add a few drops of Speedo's own Anti-Fog solution to avoid the perpetually annoying problem.
Fits Like a Pro
In addition to the Speed Socket's design and performance, the competition goggle can be easily adjusted to fit just about any face shape. The goggle comes complete with 3 different sized high nose bridges to provide a custom fit. Speedo has equipped the goggle with hypoallergenic comfort fit seals to ensure that the delicate area around the eye stays as comfortable as possible on race day. And the silicone double length head strap also gives swimmers a chance to securely customize the competition goggle.
The AquaGear Opinion
AquaGear's fastest testers hopped into the pool to try out these competition goggles. Swimmers noted that the Speed Sockets fit smaller than other traditional goggles because of their competition-enhanced styling. In fact, some testers noted that it almost fit like a junior goggle. But, even with the snug fit, the goggles gave swimmers an extra wide field of vision. While the socket fit is small, the Speedo goggles might not do great on narrow faces. The seal did not form as strong of a suction when tried on narrower-framed faces. The Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Goggles, which are similar to the Speed Sockets but designed with cushioned gaskets for added comfort, might be better suited for smaller faces.
The Bottom Line
Stop wasting your time with lower-grade competition goggles and move onto an Olympic-quality pair. The Speedo Speed Socket Goggle is the perfect choice for race day!