Swedish goggles are not for everyone, but they are my personal favorite. This is my personal review. I know that Katie and Vicky both wear swedish goggles during practice and races, Vicky even wears them in open water races, but I can’t speak for their reasons without asking them about it first. -MARiA
- Swedish goggles are easy to fit to your face. If you use the goggle strap instead of the nosepiece, you can adjust them so they fit the width of your eyes perfectly!
- Swedish goggles can be repaired quickly. If the nosepiece breaks during practice, you can easily bite off a piece of the strap and string it through the nosepiece without wasting practice time.
- In my experience, swedish goggles don’t fall off during a start as often as other goggles. Note that I’m talking about a dive start from a block here, not a mass swim start!
- Swedish goggles are really inexpensive, probably the cheapest goggles out there, at less than $4/pair.
- Swedish goggles have lenses that come with a lot of options – they are available in regular and metallic colors for indoor and outdoor use.
- Swedish goggles don’t take up much space and they handle abuse well. Since they don’t have anything to protect the sockets, you can’t loose pieces of foam/plastic.
- Swedish goggles last forever, literally. All you need to do is replace the straps when they wear through. If that is too much of an inconvenience, you can buy bungee cord straps and use those instead, just be aware you’ll still have to replace the nosepiece from time to time.
- Swedish goggles are easy to find. They are so popular, that Speedo, Keifer & TYR all have their own versions available and some, like the TYR socket rocket, even have softer edges built in!
- When I’m wearing swedish goggles, I feel like I can see everything. Some goggles hinder my vision and even seem to mess with my depth perception, but not swedes!
- Swedish goggles can be adjusted as needed. You can tighten them before a race and loosen them afterward. If you use a strap for the nose piece, make sure you always have two pairs on race day in case the nosepiece breaks and you don’t have anytime to fix them!
- Swedish goggles take awhile to get used to. The first time I wore swedish goggles, they hurt my eyes so bad that I wasn’t sure if I could make it through practice with them on. However, I stuck with them and within a week (or two) my eyes toughened up and they’re all I train in. Nowadays, there are some more “friendly” versions of swedes available, with softer edges, that still fit directly in your eye socket. I prefer the original swedes, but I wear and enjoy both. I have learned that if I file the edges of original swedes just a bit, they don’t hurt at all.
- Swedish goggles don’t float for long. They may not be the best choice for a mass swim start because you’ll probably lose them if they fall off for some reason or other. I would still wear mine though because what they lack in flotation is more than made up with my range of vision.
- You have to assemble each pair of swedish goggles yourself, but it doesn’t take very long to do that, and you can get a great fit if you do it correctly.