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sparx35
September 19th, 2003, 06:00 PM
it's not a new thing to me but after my 3000meter workout my goggles came off tonight and the imprint remains around my eyes and i look a ****,i try to keep the straps as loose as possible.Any suggestions would be appreciated so i don't continue to look like the face of the movie scream...

msgrupp
September 19th, 2003, 11:02 PM
you might need to try a different type of goggle. I switched from a Speedo with a plastic gasket around my eyes after a plastic surgeon commented that the skin around my eyes was starting to break down. Being female--this was disturbing. I switched to a Barracuda with a postitive pressure foam eye gasket. Result--no further breakdown of skin, very little leakage AND I can wear the goggles for as long as I want. They stay on virtually with the strap so I don't have to tighten it down to the point of getting a headache.

PS--the only way you can tell I've worn goggles is during the summer when the UV protection prevents the skin covered by the goggles from tanning! For all anyone knows--you could have been wearing sunglasses while tanning!

Shaky
September 20th, 2003, 12:04 AM
I had circles too until I bought the Barracudas. It took four months to get them adjusted properly so they didn't leak, but I no longer had circles.

Finally I got them to stop leaking, but by then the anti-fog coating had worn off from all the leaking water. So it took me another month or so to figure out a way to keep them from fogging. (My spit doesn't work.)

I enjoyed a couple of months of leak and fog free swimming. Then I took a week off, and when I came back they leaked again. Now I can't find the *#$#^$ wrench to adjust them.

After all that, I would still recommend them. BUT you must exercise great patience. Mine have come quite close to being destroyed on more than one occasion.

jdut
September 20th, 2003, 05:54 PM
Go to swedish goggles- a few days of pain (initially) for a lifetime of ring-free face! Economical, too.

Sabretooth Tiger
September 21st, 2003, 12:54 AM
Speedo GCG and GCG Plus (mirrored) work really well for me. The gaskets are great, no leakage and no irritation or "goggle eye."

carl

sparx35
September 21st, 2003, 04:45 AM
yea im using speedo's at the moment,i'll try to find some barracudas but i don't know where i'll get them in england

aquageek
September 21st, 2003, 11:01 AM
I'm a convert to TYR Racetch goggles. No rings and quite inexpensive ($9/pair).

Can someone explain the Baracude goggles? They are really expensive and all I ever hear is about their leaking. What's the allure?

Shaky
September 21st, 2003, 02:42 PM
The allure is that once you get them adjusted properly, they're quite comfortable, more comfortable than most goggles out there. There's no "getting used to the pain" as there is with other goggles.

You just have to maintain a zen-like calm until you finally get them adjusted and avoid smashing them against the pool deck. I think they charge so much for them not because they should cost any more than other goggles, but so that people using them will pause to think about how much they paid for them and won't destroy them.

msgrupp
September 21st, 2003, 03:00 PM
when you spent close to $30 for a pair--you tend to think twice before mistreating your Barracudas!

For those of you overseas=---do a google search for Barracuda goggles or try the following website(I am not a dealer or seller of these products!)
www.barracudausa.com (http://www.barracudausa.com)
I also see an address of www.skylinenw.com

In terms of US $--They were running as low as $21.00 for the Medalist (which is withPositive Pressure) to $73.50 for their Premier Optical Grade.

They are located in Oregon. In fact--it's hard to find them in most stores, except high end ones, as they can last for years and most stores want repeat customers.

The addresses above are "factory-direct". They also have a repair service for those of us dumb enough to use alcohol to clean the lens (and then have the lens glue come apart!). They can also refurbish a beloved pair OR provide (for $) replacement kits for the pads & straps that you can do yourself.

It does take a few sessions to get the fit "right"--the postive pressure pads adjust to your face--DON'T LEND THEM TO ANYONE!!!

sparx35
September 29th, 2003, 06:09 PM
great or so i thought,ultimate barracudas online for20$,thats only about 15 pounds(english money)but when shipping internationally the carriage cost is 35$ so i tried searching for uk sites to accomodate my newfound need for proper fitting snug barracudas with all the trimmings and guess what?SPEEDO.SPEEDO,SPEEDO,SPEEDOAND MORE *****SPEEDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!not any so far can i find,my eyes are getting dreery with all this searching and swimming with speedo goggles..any uk or even europe sites for barracudas would be gratefully accepted...or i'll have some overtime to do to pay for shipping which means less time swimming...thanx in advance

msgrupp
September 29th, 2003, 08:20 PM
do you have any friends in the US or traveling to the US who could purchase the desired pair and either bring them to you or ship to you? I know the shipping is expensive (ran me about $8) but $35+ is awful!
You might have to do a little research and find WHO sells them independently of the manufacturer. Not all swim shops, where you can just walk in, sell the Barracudas.

Shaky
September 29th, 2003, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by sparx35
... so i tried searching for uk sites to accomodate my newfound need for proper fitting snug barracudas with all the trimmings and guess what?SPEEDO.SPEEDO,SPEEDO,SPEEDOAND MORE *****SPEEDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not just the UK sites where you get that. Speedo and some of their dealers embed (hide) the word "Barracuda" in some of their web pages so that searching for "Barracuda" will show Speedo pages in the results. They're hoping that when you go looking for Barracudas, you'll find Speedo instead and end up buying Speedos. You follow the links, then you sit there wondering why the idiot search engine gave you pages that don't have anything to do with the product you want.

I had forgotten it until you mentioned that, but when I went looking for a good place to buy my Barracudas I encountered the same thing. It made me angry at Speedo. I'm getting angry now. I think I have an old pair of Speedos around here I can smash. (Just kidding.)

Try searching for Barracudas with "not Speedo" or "-Speedo" included in your search terms to keep Speedo pages out altogether. That may filter out some legitimate results, but it's worth a shot.

sparx35
October 2nd, 2003, 04:29 PM
still having the problem of getting some barracudas,tried hours of searching online.nothing,,.

Rob Copeland
October 2nd, 2003, 05:07 PM
sparx35

You may have already tried this, but have you contacted the folks at Barracuda directly to see if the have a UK distributor?

If they donít already have one, then you could pick up the franchise and have a lifetime supply of goggles!

sparx35
October 2nd, 2003, 05:17 PM
i already contacted barracuda they said i could get posted to me for 15$ but non traceable.ie .my own risk,
the goggles would probably end up on some big nosed frenchman!!!!
the franchise idea might work but i only wanted one pair i wasn't looking for more work,i work enough already......
live,work,to swim,swim and swim some more....