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Background: Grew up as a swimmer, spent 17 years competitively swimming at the age group to small college level. Been doing triathlons off and on since 1984.
Current goggles: Tyr Tracer, and have used swedish and speedo in various models in the past.
First impressions: Nice looking goggles, although I was a bit skeptical as there is no foam, but a shaped extension of the material holding the lens to form the edge/seal. Also, the nose piece is not adjustable, which was an initial concern as I have a fairly narrow bridge and the different width nose pieces was one of the reasons that I chose the Tyr brand that I currently swim with. I was extremely impressed with the strap adjustment. The strap itself is ridged, with a small rod that fits into the ridge to hold the strap in place. To adjust, you simply press on a handy button and slide the strap in or out. Once I got them adjusted, I had no problems with the strap tightening or loosening. Additionally, the end of the strap is notched to fit into a holder on the strap, so there are no ends flapping around loose.
Fit: Very comfortable. There is no foam, rather the vinyl is extended and curled, resulting in a good seal and a surprising comfortable fit. I had no leakage problems with either of the goggles, even when pushing hard off of a wall. Both models fit me rather well, I would say that the smaller version felt more like a swedish goggle would feel, and the large was hardly noticeable. I put in around 30k, mostly pool and a couple of OWS, Although I was concerned about the nose fit, neither one was a problem in that area. Fogging in both models was negligible, and clarity was excellent. As with the other poster, I was not able to get out and test them in a sunny OWS environment.
Performance: Excellent. Negligible leakage at any time, high visual clarity, no fogging issues. About the only thing that I noticed was in a shallow (~3 foot) pool, the edges of the tiles on the bottom appeared slightly double imaged. This did not appear in a deeper (~8 foot) pool, and obviously not present in OW. The goggles never slipped or moved once the straps were adjusted, and were extremely comfortable. You can loosen them quite a bit before they start any kind of leaking, so people that prefer a looser strap would find these comfortable as well as those that like tighter straps. The material used is also very heat resistant, as I forgot my swim bag in the car during a day when it got to 110 outside, and there was no warping/melting of the material.
Overall review: Highly recommended. I didn't find a single thing to dislike about these goggles, and I will be switching to these over the Tyr goggles that were my current pair.
Top notch coaching: Francois
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