The Best Swim Goggles for Every Situation
A comfy seal with a fit around the outer eye, the Speedo MDR 2.4 Polarized goggle ($33; SpeedoUSA.com) is like the La-Z-Boy of eye protection. Elastomeric technology takes away the pressure that goggles usually cause around your eye (and give you that raccoon eye look). The wider lens also gives you better visibility if you're just getting used to being in the pool (and sharing a lanes!). (Try this Fun Swim Workout for a Full-Body Burn.)
For Indoor Pools
The clear lenses on TYR's Hydrolite goggles ($15; dickssportinggoods.com) give you the best sight for swimming inside, especially if you swim at night or the pool at your health club doesn't have windows. No more peering through funky green or blue tinted lenses! A gliding clip adjustment makes it easy to adjust the fit even while the goggles are on yor head, so you can crank out laps instead of fidgeting with straps.
For Outdoor Pools
The mirrored lenses on Aqua Sphere's Kayenne goggles ($40; aquasphereswim.com) give you 100 percent UV protection and max visibility in bright sunlight conditions by blocking the glare on the water. A longer lens design increases range of vision in the pool, while anti-fog treatment helps in humid conditions.
The Women's Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored $22; SpeedoUSA.com) is Speedo's bestseller and ideal for swimmers who like to go fast. The super sleek, low-profile fit keeps you streamlined in the water by fitting in the eye socket, while the cushioned silicone seals around each eye ensure the goggles won't budge on quick flip turns. (Up your speed with a 60-Minute Interval Swimming Workout.)
For Open Water
Ever heard of a waitlist for a pair of goggles? That's what happened when triathletes found out about the ROKA R1 ($35; rokasports.com), the first goggle using proprietary Rapid Sight technology, which completely opens up your field of vision, allowing you to see competitors more clearly in the water and see more upward, where the goggle would usually cut off your vision. This means no lifting your head out of the water to see, so you don't increase your drag. They also work well for the pool, so triathletes don't need to switch out their goggles during training. (Here's All You Need to Swim Confidently in the Ocean.)
If You Have A Small Head
Designed for smaller heads and petite face shapes, the FINIS Zone goggle ($14, finisinc.com) is perfect for people who typically feel like hats swallow them up. The one-piece frame is flexible, so you can position the silicone gaskets to fit snuggly within your eye sockets for a fully watertight seal.
For the Goggle-Hater
Wanna feel the freedom of going goggle-less with the protection and visibility of a high-quality lens? The ROKA X1 ($25; rokasports.com) has bigger cups that sit entirely outside of the eye sockets so you get zero-pressure. Extra soft silicone feels good against the skin and 10 different lens options let you pick the perfect tint for whatever conditions you'll be swimming in. (Not a swimmer? We've got eight reasons to start!)
All-Around Summer Fun
You don't need to be a pro swimmer for a good pair of goggles to make a difference. Easily adjustable straps on Zogg's BMT 3.0 Chromatic Swim Goggles ($25; dickssportinggoods.com) keep your goggles in place while you jump, float, and flip your way through a summer of vacations and pool parties. The comfortable goggles are technical enough to do laps in, but simple enough to be your go-to for just splish-splashin'. Contact-wearers, rejoice!