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As a competitive open water swimmer, I have tried and searched for goggles that I am happy to use all year round, that are comfortable, provide good visibility and remain durable.
The Aqua Sphere Vista Swim Goggles were the final pair I settled on after previously using the Speedo Fastskin3 Elite Mirror and the Zoggs Predator Flex Polarized Ultra.
They have ultimately proved to be the best value by far which is why I am happy to provide a review of them.
The Vista features the best in Aqua Sphere technology, with a comfortable, leak resistant skirt and a contoured, stylized frame.
The Vista is low profile and virtually eliminates all of the drag experienced with other swimming masks.
With its one-touch buckle, you are ensured a comfortable, custom fit so you can focus on your swim not you gear.
Features/Benefits: Wraparound, 180-degree visibility.
Quick-Fit one-touch adjustments.
Comfortable, leak resistant Silicone skirt.
100% UVA & UVB protection.
Durable Polycarbonate lenses with anti-fog and scratch resistant coating.
Technical Specs/Technologies: Silicone Gaskets Polycarbonate Lens
My experience using them
Feel – these goggles are easily the most comfortable pair I’ve worn. Many lesser products use cheap rubber or latex but Aqua Sphere have ensured their goggles are made from smooth material that don’t cause unnecessary irritation.
With longer swims I would previously feel discomfort around the ears and bridge of my nose with these that isn’t present.
The Aqua Sphere goggles have a great flexible, strip of rubber that runs form one lens to another, to allow them to sit comfortably on my nose.
Aqua Sphere Vista Goggles are easy to Adjust – They have incorporated a design called the Quick-Fit Buckle to make it easier for you to tighten and loosen them. This is a push button catch mechanism on both sides, so if you want to take them off, you push down on the buttons and pull. To tighten pull the strap on each end until you have the desired tension fit.
A Large Visibility Area – Unlike other goggles, where you lose sight laterally and have to keep turning to to see left or right this pair has a very large visibility area allowing you to have good peripheral vision. This has been especially important in open water races where I have to keep oriented and stay aware of who is around me without having to turn and look.
No Water Leakage – It sounds stupid and obvious but all masks and goggles leak occasionally, but in my opinion the quality of the materials used makes it happen less with these than most, and that really also relates to the feel and comfort.
On the whole there are hundreds of different goggles and masks out there some obviously cheaper and some more expensive.
A lot comes down to personal preference and generally finding a product that fits a particular face/head structure is down to trial and error but for me having messed with other brands the Aqua Sphere has proved to be a game changer. They fit my structure, they’re durable and provide a level of comfort that I am happy with.
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