Michael Phelps. The GOAT. The most decorated Olympian in history and one of the greatest athletes of all time.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Michael Phelps teamed up with Aqua Sphere and his coach Bob Bowman to create swim equipment to his liking. He sat down with the teams and figured out exactly what he needed in a product.
If it was good enough for the best, certainly it was actually the best right?
I wanted to find out so I went ahead and ordered a pair of his Xceed goggles to put them to the test. Also the fact that the incredible pro Ironman athlete Tim O’Donnell wears them didn’t hurt!
Michael Phelps Xceed Goggles
According to michaelphelps.com, “The MP XCEED competition swim goggle was designed specifically with Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman to provide maximum visibility in the pool. The patented curved lens technology and hydrodynamic low profile fit gives swimmers a competitive edge in perfect clarity. With an ultra comfortable fit and insane vision, the XCEED is a high performance swimming goggle that will allow you to keep an eye on the competition like never before.”
- Patented curved lens for expanded field of vision allows the swimmer to sight walls and the competition without altering head position
- Titanium Mirror coating to maximize light perception together with sun light protection
- Engineered with Exo-Core technology, which combines two materials for maximum performance
- Compressed Micro-Gasket made of ultra soft Softeril provides a leak resistant seal and a low profile design
- Semi-rigid exoskeleton maximizes the structural strength and stability of the goggle
- Hydrodynamic, low-profile head buckle for quick adjustments
- High-quality, low-profile Silicone strap with textured grip effect
- Anti-fog and Anti-scratch treated Polycarbonate lenses
- Ergonomic, easy to replace, interchangeable nose bridge for a customizable, comfortable fit
- Designed and manufactured in Italy
- FINA approved
The first thing you notice when taking these out of the box is the look. They are one sexy pair of goggles. They look like something out of Tron and less like something you would see in the pool. Regardless, I loved the look.
Out of the box the goggles were a little too tight on my nose. However, they provide you with a number of nose bridge options to swap out so you get the perfect fit. Once I found the one that best fit my big nose I had a realization.
These were the most comfortable goggles I’ve ever worn.
I’m being dead serious. I have swam competitively since I was 6 years old and, as you can imagine, I’ve gone through my fair share of goggles. I’ve tried cheap ones, expensive ones, Swedes and Speedos. None of them were as comfortable as these.
Most goggles take up a fairly large portion of your eye socket to provide comfort. This usually works but can lead to pain over a long period of time as it presses on your cheekbones.
Others, like Swedes, fit just around your eyeball and settle in the bottom of your eye socket. For those of us with high cheekbones this usually means a lot of pain.
The Xceed goggles settle right on the inside slope of your cheekbone which makes you forget you are even wearing goggles at all. Even after a 2 hour swim I didn’t have any pain.
The strap on the Xceed goggles is a thin flat strap which seems like a cross between the speedo vanquisher straps and the Swede straps. They are extremely comfortable but the locking mechanism doesn’t work very well.
Maybe I just didn’t know how to properly secure the straps but they often loosen up while I am swimming which I didn’t like.
Unmatched. I could just leave it at that one word but I will explain a little more.
The Xceed goggles are unmatched in their field of view test. You can practically see a complete 180 degrees which is actually bizarre at first. I’ve never had that large of a field of view before so it was actually a little dizzying for the first couple swims.
However, once you have that much vision in the water you can’t go back.
The only caveat to that is limited forward vision. Many triathlon specific goggles have larger than normal forward fields of vision so you can see the buoys without having to lift your head out of the water very far. Those goggles definitely top the Xceed goggles in that regard.
One last thing to note is the anti-fogging nature of the goggles. They are advertised with anti-fogging which it does live up to, but it doesn’t last long. It was only a couple workouts before that was gone and I had to go back to spitting in my goggles before each workout.
Not a game changer since I was used to it but I can see how some might not like that.
Honestly I think these Xceed goggles are my favorite goggles of all time. Yes, I am a Michael Phelps fanboy but I promise that didn’t come into play when reviewing these. They really are that good.
They are a bit pricey but I truly believe that they are worth every penny. For the mirrored version they run $40 and non-mirrored they are about $30.
You can find the Michael Phelps Xceed goggles here: https://amzn.to/2OQDAiA
Sources: all images courtesy of michaelphelps.com and swimswam.com