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swimchick001
July 14th, 2008, 11:25 AM
Please forgive me if this was previously posted, but I was hoping you could all recommend a good pair of goggles for swimming in VERY bright sunlight. While I absolutely *love* swimming outside (we only have the luxury of that in PA for only about 3 full months of they year... heavy sigh...), the bottom of the pool is also a stark white with blue stripes, so if I'm not swimming backstroke, I'm squinting underwater from the bright colors. It's so bad, I try to swim with my eyes closed when I can, just so I can give my eyes a break for a moment.

I recently purchased some Speedo goggles ("Vanquisher") that clearly say that they protect against UV rays, but even with the dark lenses, the squinting is killing me and I keep getting bad headaches.

So, fellow swimmers, are there any goggles that you like that really help with glare?

Thanks so much for your help - I greatly appreciate it!

knelson
July 14th, 2008, 11:33 AM
I recently purchased some Speedo goggles ("Vanquisher") that clearly say that they protect against UV rays, but even with the dark lenses, the squinting is killing me and I keep getting bad headaches.

Look for the Vanquisher Plus or any other kind of mirrored/metalized goggles. These make a huge difference for swimming in the sun.

scyfreestyler
July 14th, 2008, 12:10 PM
Look for the Vanquisher Plus or any other kind of mirrored/metalized goggles. These make a huge difference for swimming in the sun.

I'll second that advice. I swim outdoors all year, and mirrored is the way to go. Speedo Vanquisher Plus being my choice for the past few years.

Leonard Jansen
July 14th, 2008, 12:21 PM
Interesting.... Does anyone know of any mirrored goggles that have vision correction built into them - i.e. off the shelf and NOT custom goggles?

-LBJ

geochuck
July 14th, 2008, 12:23 PM
I used Nod and Shake, not made anymore that I know of. The lenses were always on an angle and glare was reflected a way. You could always go to an optomatrist and he could just make a round lense you could insert.

They were not streamlined but did me well.

The pair in this box are 45 years old and they still work fine.

3strokes
July 16th, 2008, 03:59 PM
............ are -first of all- goggles that fit and do not leak and then try to see if they make them with smoke or dark lenses.

And speaking of mirrored lenses, if they were really, fully mirrored (i.e., they reflect 100% of the light falling on them) you wouldn't be able to see at all (no light entering through the lenses to hit your eyes).

jdut
July 16th, 2008, 06:18 PM
for L- I could not find mirrored corrective lenses "off the shelf" when I looked fairly exhaustively last Spring when I found myself unable to ever wear contacts again. Seems like custom is the only way. Post eye surgery, I am back to mirrored swedes, which I have used in open water for many years, hooray!