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8 things to consider when Buying Swimming Goggles in Ireland

If you’re a swimmer and want to know the most important things about swimming goggles in Ireland then this guide will help you.

We’ve compiled our 8 most important factors to consider before you buy a set of swimming goggles.

Because we know how important getting the right swimming goggles in Ireland is, so we urge you not to underestimate their performance.

One size does not fit all.

Plus, if you’re a sea swimmer or pool swimmer, then maybe the same pair won’t work for both.

Read on to find out why.

Essential List to Buying Swimming Goggles in Ireland

1. Where are you swimming?

Swimming in open water (triathlon), as well as swimming in an indoor or outdoor pool?

You also need to consider a varied shade of lense colour because of this and how softly they fit around your eyes.

Indoors, unless there is a lot of light, you might not want to obtain particularly dark goggles.

On the other hand, if you're going outside, you might want to shield your eyes from the sun by wearing darker sunglasses with UV protection.

Polarized lenses are perhaps the best.

2. Lense Colour

There are 6 common lense colours to consider.

  • Clear — for low-light, overcast situations where maximum visibility is needed. Designed to be used indoors.
  • Lilac – created to give things the best contrast against a green or blue background. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Smoke – designed to impede light transmission and lessen overall brightness. It's best for swimming in the open air, and it's very nice in the sun.
  • Amber – intended to improve eyesight in low-light situations while reducing glare in high-light situations. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Blue – intended to let a reasonable amount of light into the eye while yet providing glare protection in bright settings. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Mirrored - a mirrored coating is added to tinted lenses to diminish brightness and glare. Designed to be used outside.3. 

3. Gasket Size

Gaskets are the silicone rim around the lense that keep the goggles stuck to your face and avoid water seeping in.

So pretty important!

Typically the smaller the better as you want the least amount of resistance in the water as possible, however don’t compromise too much comfort either.

If you don’t want a pair of small goggles or you’re looking for something with a large angle of visibility, why not true the more scuba diving look?

They might look a bit weird but hey, each to their own.

If you’re concentrated on speed, go for a smaller, slicker look.

4. Rubber, Silicone or Plastic Seals

These are the components that really come into contact with your skin surrounding your eyes, putting pressure on your eye sockets.

Rubber or silicone material is usually the best since it allows you to produce suction on your eyes while preventing water from entering.

Silicone is highly trendy these days, however it is a bit more pricey.

If you are not allergic, however, foam may work for you; nonetheless, keep in mind that foam is susceptible to deterioration.

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5. The Strap

Is it able to be adjusted to fit my head?

The straps are usually fine and can be adjusted easily.

A double strap is relatively common among adults. The strap should be a little larger for kids so that it is easier to detangle from their hair.

However, be wary of the strap's poor-quality material. You may determine by straining a section of the strap extremely tight and seeing if the colour changes to white. If that's the case, the strap isn't constructed of high-quality materials.

6. Will they Fog Up?

This can be infuriating for swimmers.

This is more difficult to test in the store, but even the worst goggles will fog up after a few seconds.

If your goggles start fogging up, spit into them or lick the insides with your tongue before putting them on your eyes.

Yes, you read that correctly: a spit or lick will suffice. Don't be scared.

However, this should not be done right away. A thin anti-fog coating on the inside of the lense of good goggles should not be disturbed. This coating should stay for a while, however it loses its anti-fog characteristics after a time.

7. How do they fit on your eyes?

We don’t all look the same and have the same facial features.

So they perfect goggles you saw on someone else may not be the ones for you.

Because you might have longer eye lashes that keep touching the goggles?
Also, if you’re a long distanced swimmer and won’t be taking them off for quite a while, make sure they goggles sit comfortably around your eyes and save your skin!

8. How do they fit on your nose?

For the same reasons as above, check this out before you buy.

Most goggles will have adjustable nose pieces, but some don’t.

So try them on.


We hope you enjoyed this guide on buying swimming goggles in Ireland.

If you’re looking for more content, check our out Guide to Sea Swimming here?

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