View Full Version : Goggles Leaking

November 15th, 2006, 12:07 PM
Man this is a problem....for starters... I have buggy eyes...that being they protrude a bit...enough that my eyes touch the lenses on regular goggles. After trying various options I found a goggle from TYR that looks like a smaller version of a scuba mask. Actually very comfortable, and not at all bulky/anti streamline (although they probably look pretty goofy) but leakage around the edges is problem. When I put them on the seal is great, they adhere to my face well, and you must pry up an edge to take them off. But during swim one or the other will allow water in, sometimes enough so that they are ineffective. I have tried to tighten them down, moved the straps to different positions on my head, to varying degrees of success, but still the water comes in....I can function this way, but does anyone have any ideas as to how the leakage can be minimualized? Or is this just the deal? Thanks in advance.

November 15th, 2006, 03:00 PM
geez kip that sounds like a lot of work for goggles that leak. once a leaky goggle, always a leaky goggle!

have you tried swedish goggles? they are the only ones that have not leaked for me.

November 15th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Kip, what a frustrating problem. I too love TYR goggles, they were meant for my face. Speedo goggles are leaky buckets on me. I see that Swedish goggles have been suggested. I think they may be too small for your eyes because the eye sockets are small, unless they make bigger ones.

When you put on your Tyr "goggle/mask" have you tried pressing in on eye plate until you hear a "pop?" That pop means you have a watertight seal. If it doesn't pop when you press it, you may or may not get a watertight seal.

I would think if all else fails, you could have an eye doctor make you up a pair or two. Many people do swim with prescription goggles; it's just that yours wouldn't be prescription.


November 15th, 2006, 06:00 PM
There MUST be a goggle that will work for you. There are so many available now. I may be fortunate that most goggles seem to work for me, but I think you should go to a good brick and mortar swim shop and try a bunch of 'em.

The swedish goggle is unforgiving because it is hard plastic against flesh. If your flesh doesn't fit it - it will leak unless you have very tight straps.

I found some Japanese goggles called Visio that are my current favorites. They have a single edge silicone seal and they never leak. I still like Speedo Vanquishers, which have a bent silicone seal and work very well.

I usually race with Speedo Speed Sockets, but they are shallow and will probably not work well with eyeballs that protrude more than average. The Speed Socket has a single edge silicone seal too. This type of seal seems to create the strongest suction cup effect.

I liked a Tyr goggle that is similar to Swedish in shape but with a molded seal and a one piece nosepiece. But the nose piece broke after just 3 months. I think this kind of goggle shape will cause you problems because they are small and will try to seal around your eyeballs.

November 15th, 2006, 10:49 PM
Leaky goggles are a way of life for swimmers. Certainly sounds like you've got a pair that leaks a lot more than others. I've been using sweedes for 8 years, but some of them aren't the driest either.

Tinker around with a few different brands/models. The leakiness tends to be a function of the strap tightness and the nosepiece length (which is my problem with the sweedes). Then stick with the ones that leak the least!

November 17th, 2006, 08:05 AM
I use large goggles for training. Some are what would be used for open water swimming. There is the acqua-sphere, there are extra large Hammerheads and even larger than normal Speedos and Arenas. No diving into water with these big ones though. I have tinted and clear ones. For competition if I am swimming short I will wear nothing. If something longer than a 100 I might try some swedes or the smaller models of any brand. You might look at the package and it will be written "training" or "competition". I started swimming way back when there weren't goggles so learned to enter practically on my belly. The chins meeting the chest enter is something I am gradually learning. I have trouble with that because all my goggles come off when I dive. I did the unthinkable and jumped feet first in a 800 freestyle race. Didn't make much of a difference in my time. Most of my training with the team and coach is done from a inside the pool start. I have lots of trouble with fogging. So I always wash my goggles in baby shampoo and use the speedo or anyother antifogging stuff. When I played tennis I spent tons of money with equipment and balls. So what is a little here and there for goggles. I have about five in use right now plus assorted others with some scrapes that I still use. Take care, I am off for a noon one hour session, in the sunshine, without the coach, with fins swim in a very empty pool. Heck, being Friday, I might even read a newspaper and get some tan at the side of the pool. One of the true wonders of the modern world: mobile (cell) phones, billy fanstone

November 19th, 2006, 12:16 PM
The first time I swam the 1650, my prescription goggles broke during the first 25 yards. My right eye piece completely filled with water. My eyes are terribly sensitive to chlorine, so I decided that removing my goggles entirely was out of the question. However, swimming with just one eye open completely killed my ability to perceive distances . . . which meant every flip turn was just a matter of chance. I was swimming so erratically that the person counting for me thought I was either sick or drunk!

I did finish the race (mostly because my coach was there watching) but I never bought that brand of goggle again.

November 19th, 2006, 12:44 PM
Leaky goggles are a way of life for swimmers ... Then stick with the ones that leak the least!

Not all swimmers ... I am fortunate to have found a style of competitive goggle that fits comfortably, doesn't leak, doesn't fog, doesn't give a rash, and doesn't leave marks. They don't even have to be tight for daily practice, just for racing dives. Your bone structure sounds quite different so the style I wear won't work but I hope there is one out there for you that you don't have to "settle for". See if there is a lost and found at the pool that you can "shop" from and try a few styles out :)

November 19th, 2006, 07:30 PM
If the goggles have an adjustable nose piece, you might have more success tweaking that than tightening the strap. It doesn't have to be much too wide or narrow to cause leaking, even if the seal is good when you put them on.

The Fortress
November 20th, 2006, 09:11 AM
Can someone please explain how to use those swedish goggles? I have a pair that my child foisted on me. I tried them when I had some goggle trouble and they leaked like crazy. But I see a lot of experienced swimmers with them. Right now, I just use the speed sockets for everything. I like the GCGs too, but the foam seems to degrade easily.

November 20th, 2006, 08:15 PM
I think there are only two reasons to use the swedish goggles:

- they are really cheap
- you like messing with your equipment a lot

One alternative to the GCG is the Vanquisher - same lens and goggle body but silicone seals instead of the two layers of foam. Lasts much longer.

November 20th, 2006, 10:27 PM
The Swedes work pretty well just dont let them snap against your face.; My goggle is the Barracuda Strandard. takes some adjusting but they are very coimfortable and water tight. No raccon marks.