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De beste zwembrillen voor triathlon en buitenzwemmen

The best swimming goggles for triathlon and outdoor swimming

, by Dennis Florussen, 4 min reading time


As a triathlete you are always looking for swimming goggles for the pool or in the open water. We are happy to give you some tips for the right swimming goggles.

As a triathlete you are always looking for swimming goggles for the pool or in open water.

That varies from person to person. What your swim buddy swears by could be the worst goggles ever for you. Of course, there are guidelines that you can pay attention to. In this blog we would like to give you some tips about the (open water) swimming goggles world.

Visibility.
Visibility is essential for good swimming goggles. You naturally want to have good visibility under water, but you also want to be able to see the buoy during a race. The most common type of swimming goggle glass is small and oval. These are perfect when all you need to do is look ahead and at that black line on the pool floor. These glasses have relatively many “blind spots”. These smaller glasses fit better in your eye sockets and are therefore better streamlined, but they are less comfortable. Ideal when you participate in competitive swimming or short triathlons in the pool, for example.

The Xceed swimming goggles from Aqua Sphere / Phelps are ideal for this.

But when you swim in open water you want to have as wide a view as possible, so you also want to extend your glasses as far as possible to the side. So that you can properly gauge that one buoy or flag to get to your final destination as quickly as possible. Glasses with larger lenses fit more closely to your forehead and cheekbones and are therefore more comfortable. For example, the Aqua Sphere Vista Pro.

Color of the lenses .
Swimming goggles are available in many colors and types of glasses, all with their specific purpose. It therefore depends entirely on where you swim and in what weather conditions which color lenses you choose.

If you are looking for glasses for an indoor (and relatively dark) swimming pool with not very bright light, the color of the glasses does not matter much. In this case you can opt for colored or mirrored glasses, but transparent glasses can also be worn.

On a cloudy or rainy day, it is better to choose glasses with clear, light blue or yellow lenses. If it's a clear and sunny day, or you're swimming in the morning and the sun comes up while you're in the water, mirrored lenses are the best choice. This glass dampens the brightness of the light and provides more rest for the eyes.

Swimming goggles with mirrored or tinted lenses ensure that your eyes are well protected against bright light. The light is filtered through the color or mirror, so you can continue to see undisturbed, both above and below water. Consider, for example, the Aqua Sphere Gold Lens.

Test whether the glasses are leak-free.
When you know what color lenses you need and you have found those glasses that look great with your wetsuit, you also want to know whether those swimming goggles are leak-proof.

Swimming goggles will only be leak-proof if the frame is airtight against your face. Because everyone has a different face shape, that one pair of glasses will suit you better than your swimming buddy. You can dry test swimming goggles to see if they have the right fit. Stick the glasses on your face, without using the strap, and press firmly. When the glasses stick to your face for a few seconds, you know they are the right choice for you.

Misted glasses.
Nothing is more annoying than condensed glasses, this happens to everyone over time. There are many “practical solutions” going around the swimming world here. Lubricate glasses with saliva, wash them with hand soap, clean only with a glasses cleaning cloth, etc.
All new swimming goggles have an anti-fog repellent layer on the inside. By cleaning the glasses, smearing them with saliva, etc., this layer will quickly decrease, causing your glasses to fog up more quickly.

And what applies to so many things, this certainly also applies to swimming goggles; maintenance is the preservation of your glasses. So we recommend spraying a little bit of anti-fog cleaner on the glasses when using them (new). This keeps the anti-fog layer intact as much as possible. Rinse with fresh water and do not touch the inside of your glasses with your hands.

The acid from your fingers will also damage the anti-condensation layer. You don't have to do this every swimming training session, but on a regular basis it is best for your goggles. Maintenance = maintaining your glasses.

Have fun swimming and #StayFit.

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The best swimming goggles for triathlon and outdoor swimming