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david.margrave
July 13th, 2007, 08:00 PM
I see that you can't get the old style of speedo goggles (big roundish lenses with foam pads, plastic noisepiece with adjustment notches, rubber strap). I'm kind of disappointed because that was the kind I always used, and my current pair are wearing out. I tried a couple new styles of goggles that I'm not completely happy with, like 'speedo vanquisher'. what exactly was wrong with the old style and why did they have to go and change it? they were cheap, comfortable, functional, and you could get replacement parts like new straps when the old one wore out.

3strokes
July 13th, 2007, 08:20 PM
I see that you can't get the old style of speedo goggles
........snip.......... they were cheap, comfortable, functional, and you could get replacement parts like new straps when the old one wore out.


And that's exactly the reason why they stopped making them. So You (or anyone) would have to buy new (more expensive, less reliable), more expensive ones.............. and more often.

david.margrave
July 13th, 2007, 10:29 PM
Actually I think the speedo vanquishers will be okay. Instead of an adjustable nosepiece, it has 4 different size nosepieces. I popped out the existing piece and moved to the next larger, and the fit is better.

Also I may check out those swedish goggles I've seen people wearing. The ones with no foam or rubber seal of any type, just plastic eyepieces, a piece of string for the nosepiece, and a strap. Pretty cheap and they seem servicable, I just wonder how well they work and if they leak at all.

ensignada
July 13th, 2007, 11:25 PM
I'm temporarily using some women's vanquishers. I had leaking issues until I adjusted the nose piece unevenly (maybe I'm unsymetrical) and it helped.

I'm not a big vanquisher or speedo fan - I loved my TYR T-72 Femmes which I crushed the other day.:cry:

Edward The Head
July 16th, 2007, 09:26 AM
I know what you mean. I've tried a number of different types, and none fit well at all. I ended up buying 4-5 pairs a couple of years ago, now I'm on my last pair I think. You can get them off the internet, or at least you used to be able to get them off the net as of last year.

david.margrave
July 16th, 2007, 12:19 PM
I seem to be building a collection of goggles. The aqua spheres are my latest and they seem promising, although I haven't found the right balance between adjustment and comfort to keep the water out all the time. The old speedos were definitely the best.

knelson
July 16th, 2007, 02:04 PM
And that's exactly the reason why they stopped making them. So You (or anyone) would have to buy new (more expensive, less reliable), more expensive ones.............. and more often.

I disagree. I think the new goggles are way better than the old ones. The silicone straps don't deteriorate like the old rubber ones did and the neoprene gasket is much better than the old foam, which tended to pack out after a few months use. At this point it seems like the lifespan of Vanquishers is limited by the lenses getting so scratched up that they fog up too easily.

David, if you don't like Vanquishers definitely give the Swedes a try. I personally don't like them, but lots of people swear by them.

osterber
July 17th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Also, try Canada. I love my Speedo Ultravision goggles. Everyone else hates them. But I love 'em. But they recently stopped making them in the US. But they are still being made in Canada.

-Rick

funkyfish
July 18th, 2007, 11:25 PM
I disagree. I think the new goggles are way better than the old ones. The silicone straps don't deteriorate like the old rubber ones did and the neoprene gasket is much better than the old foam, which tended to pack out after a few months use.

When I swam in high school, I used to use a silicone sealant around the foam part to try and get a few extra workouts out of them (I was cheap).
:banana:

Konrad
July 18th, 2007, 11:38 PM
I would try Swedish goggles if I were you. Remember not to give up on them if they feel uncomfortable. They will probably take around a week to get used to. I usually use Speedo Speed Sockets and they are great, but they cost about $25. I'm not sure if it's worth it.

ALM
July 18th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Also, try Canada. I love my Speedo Ultravision goggles. Everyone else hates them. But I love 'em. But they recently stopped making them in the US. But they are still being made in Canada.

Rick - If you're interested, I may have a couple of pairs of Ultravision goggles. They used to be the only style that would stay on when I dove off the blocks. I now wear Tyr Racetechs instead; they fit me better than the Ultravisions.

If you're interested, contact me at AnnaLea(at)usms(dot)org.

Anna Lea

Shaman
July 19th, 2007, 04:15 PM
http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1138.htm

Is that what you're talking about?

Susan
July 19th, 2007, 10:55 PM
Probably not. I think the "old style" refers to Speedo Super Pro which have a larger eyepiece that fits on the outside of the eye socket. They were great for comfort, but you couldn't dive with them. The pair I'm using are scratched and fog badly, but I won't give them up until the foam gasket deteriorates. If anyone knows where to find them, please post.

david.margrave
July 20th, 2007, 12:25 AM
these ones. i never had trouble with them falling off when starting from a block.

david.margrave
July 20th, 2007, 01:52 AM
I think I found them!

http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/2874.htm

http://www.swimtowin.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2010&category_id=154

swim4sanity
July 20th, 2007, 09:47 AM
Leader also makes a version of the old school Speedos and they sometimes have them at Walmart, believe it or not. I like them even better than the Speedo Sprint but use them sparingly as they are difficult to find. I have tried many new ones as well but to no avail.
http://www.zleader.com/michigan.htm These are my favorite

Susan
July 20th, 2007, 05:25 PM
Thanks David. I think you're right. I hope so because I sent for some. They must be old stock, but that's ok with me.