I just took my new goggles for a test swim in the open waters of Wrightsville Beach and I could not be happier with their performance. I don’t think I’ll be using my old racing goggles for open water swimming again. I’ll probably never use normal goggles in the pool either. The Aqua Sphere goggles made my swim much more enjoyable for two reasons, but before I tell you why, I’d like to say a little bit about open water swimming in general.
For those of you who have never done any serious open water swimming, understand that swimming in a pool is much easier because the water is clear and there are lane lines to keep you going straight. You also get a little mini-break every time you turn at the wall. Swimming in open water is a whole different ball game. The murky water and lack of visual cues makes it more difficult to swim straight to your target. Combine that with the added burden of not having a wall to push off of every 25 yards and the occasioinal cusious thought about what little critters might be swimming underneath you and this can add up to more than a little anxiety in the water. On the other hand, open water swimming is fun and kind of adverterous so I am always lured back in.
The Aqua Spheres are a one piece mask that is like a hybrid between racing goggles and a snorkeling mask. They solve the visibility problem by increasing the distance between your eye and the murky water so you don’t have to lift your head nearly as far out of the water to see where you are going. With racing goggles your eye balls are encapsulated in a murky pod of water. The second any part of your eye goes below sea level all you see is inky water that might as well go on forever down there and who know what what else could be swimming in it, right? All kidding aside, it not cool. With the Aqua Spheres there is no water between your eyes or on your eye brows so your field of view is increased drastically. The second reason why they are better and why I’ll probably use them in the pool from now on is because the larger pocket of air around your eyes makes you head more buoyant. Image having little pillow to rest your head on while you swim… It’s nice.
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