How to Try on Goggles

Author: Morgan Youngberry-Walsh   Date Posted:18 March 2019 

Pool, open water, mask, small fit, Swedish... there are so many different types of goggles available today!
Each of the available styles is built to maximise speed, comfort or field of vision, but they're also designed to fit a wide variety of face shapes. Leaking or ill-fitting goggles can be a major inconvenience to your training, so follow our guide to make sure your chosen goggles suit your face shape and won't leak. All of this testing should be done at home away from the pool, so you can exchange them if they don't suit you.
1. Fit the goggles to your face without using the head strap
You're testing the suction here, so don't pull the strap over your head just yet. Simply press the goggles to your face. They should give a light sensation of suction, and stay on your face for at least 3-4 seconds before popping off. If they won't form a seal or if they pop off straight away, adjust the nose piece (if applicable) or try a different pair.
Step 1, fit to face without using head strap
2. Pull faces!
Now you know they fit when your face is at rest, test them out! Frown, smile, pull silly faces, just generally use your facial muscles and make sure the goggles won't lose suction if you move your face while swimming. If they dig in uncomfortably or pop off your face, try a different pair.
Step 2 - Smile and frown to check fit
3. Put on the head strap and adjust
With the googles on your eyes, stretch the head strap back to sit straight across the back of your head. Use the buckles on the side to lengthen or shorten the head strap as necessary, so that it is firm but not uncomfortably tight. If your goggles feature a split strap, the two sections should sit a few centimetres apart at the back of your head for stability. If the outsides of the eye pieces start to dig in at this point, shorten the nose piece, or try a smaller framed style.
Step 3 - Fit head strap and adjust
4. Adjust/replace the nose piece
Many goggles feature adjustable or replaceable nose pieces, which pull the eye pieces closer or further away. If the goggles push painfully around the bridge of your nose, try lengthening the nose piece or a larger framed style. If you're losing suction from the inside of the eye pieces near your nose or the outsides of the eye pieces are digging in, try shortening the nose piece, or try a smaller framed style (marked Small Fit or Womens on our website).
Step 4 - Adjust/replace nose bridge
5. Check your field of vision.
If you're swimming in a pool, you generally only need to be able to see straight ahead, but for open water, you'll want to make sure you have sufficient peripheral vision for comfort and safety. Invest in tinted, mirrored or polarised lenses if you often swim outside, clear lenses if you swim only inside, and blue or yellow lenses for a bit of both.
Step 5 - Comparison of shape and style
You should now have a comfortable, well-fitted pair of goggles. Happy swimming!