Does anyone else feel like goggles are an often overlooked piece of a triathlete’s gear? I feel like many triathletes just settle on a pair of goggles and just accept them without much thought.
It shouldn’t be like this! Yes, I know most triathletes dread the swim portion but wouldn’t it be a lot better if you could see properly?
No more hugging the feet of the person in front of you with hopes that they are going in the right direction. No more foggy goggles. No more zig-zags throughout the swim course.
Being a former D1 NCAA swimmer I tend to geek out about goggles a bit too much but in this case it is only going to benefit you all!
So without further ado here are the 5 best triathlon goggles.
These goggles had to be #1 in my opinion. I have tried nearly every pair of goggles out there and I still use the ROKA R1 goggles for every race. They are that good. There is a reason that most pro triathletes use these goggles as well.
Most goggles tailored towards open water swimming and triathlons are just made with larger lenses. In a pool with 100% clarity you want the most streamlined design so you don’t need a large lens. However, in open water swimming you are going to be dealing with murky water, choppy water and having to swim towards a brightly colored inflatable object far away. So most goggle makers just make the lens bigger but sacrifice streamlined design. Not ROKA.
Sure these goggles are a tad bigger than traditional goggles but the amount of vision you get is like swimming with a full face mask. Thanks to ROKA’s RAPIDSIGHT™ Technology they created small angles in the lenses that allow a much larger field of vision without sacrificing streamlined efficiency.
No need to lift your entire head out of the water with these goggles.
If you are looking for a comfortable pair of goggles with a massive field of vision then I would pick the Aqua Sphere Kayenne. I am a big fan of Aqua Sphere but they definitely took the “bigger is better” approach on these goggles.
If you aren’t the strongest swimmer I would highly recommend these. The field of vision is absurdly large on these goggles and the straps are super easy to adjust. Those are usually the two biggest things that stress poorer swimmers out during open water swims and they are addressed exceptionally with the Aqua Sphere Kayenne goggles.
I put these goggles in the top 5 because they offer one unique feature that many goggle companies get wrong. Polarization. The glare of the water during an open water swim can be debilitating and by polarizing goggles properly you eliminate all glare from the water.
These goggles are also very well made. TYR is a leader in swimming apparel and these goggles certainly hold up to their standards. These Special Ops 2.0 goggles may not have a big field of vision or any crazy technology in the lens but they work. And sometimes that’s all you need.
These are the goggles that I train in the pool with every single time. They are the goggles that legendary pro triathlete Tim O’Donnell wears in training and races. They are what Michael Phelps himself wore at the last Olympics. Is that enough proof?
No? How about being the most comfortable goggles I’ve ever worn in my life? I thought it was impossible to get that field of view from such a small design. I love these goggles with a passion. I’d rank them #1 but unfortunately they are designed with a pool in mind and not the greatest for the vast majority of triathletes out there.