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Kurt Dickson
January 4th, 2008, 05:35 PM
To all Hind Compy HATERS: Maybe somebody experienced in physics or evolutionary genetics could field this question. Exactly how significantly has the goggle evolved over the last 30 years (roughly when the compy was created from primordial slime)? I mean does the plastic of today have a different drag coefficient or has it been equipped with flagella or something? I've been wearing the same two compy (one clear, one smoke--one for when I'm happy and one for when I'm sad) for the last two years. It is my humble opinion, that the foam gaskets are much more comfortable and definitely not significantly less durable than silicone. I have replaced my smoke (sad) goggle elastic once with a 1 dollar silicone strap. The antifog of today's goggles is a joke and usually lasts only a few weeks and can be remedied with a single drop of antifog. I am certainly down with paying too much for something just because it's the best (see my bike), but I'm not sure where the technology is improved for the 10-15 dollars extra. The only advance I can tell has been more affordable correction lenses...so back off haters!

knelson
January 4th, 2008, 05:55 PM
Wow, I didn't realize you Compy wearers were such a fiesty lot! Have you formed a PAC to ensure the production of the Compy continues unabated? :)

I'm only kidding, of course. I've just always found it a little funny that people have such dedication to a product like this. You're certainly not the only Compy guy out there, Kurt, I've seen quite a few, so there's obviously something about that goggle people like.

My only gripes with those older type goggles is the foam eye gaskets, which I feel pack out and lose their effectiveness much more quickly than neoprene or whatever it is they use on the Vanquishers, etc. Also the latex strap, but as you said that is easily replaced with a silicone one when it wears out.

I agree any goggle advertised as "anti-fog" is a joke and should be completely ignored. I, for one, don't really think goggles fogging up is that much of a concern.

Kurt Dickson
January 4th, 2008, 06:05 PM
As a matter of fact, I have started a PAC for Hind Compy supporters. I plan on trying to combine it with some community activism--like automatic jail-time or possibly execution for those that don't use their turn signals or throw cigarette butts out of their car window.;)

Sam Perry
January 4th, 2008, 07:16 PM
As a matter of fact, I have started a PAC for Hind Compy supporters. I plan on trying to combine it with some community activism--like automatic jail-time or possibly execution for those that don't use their turn signals or throw cigarette butts out of their car window.;)

I'm in! Nothing beats the Compy. I bought 20 pairs last year just in case they quit producing. It's about the only thing I own that is a good value.

Ripple
January 4th, 2008, 08:43 PM
What brought this on? I have always just assumed that people buy the goggles that fit their face best and don't leak in the water. If that kind works for you, great.

3strokes
January 4th, 2008, 09:24 PM
As a matter of fact, I have started a PAC for Hind Compy supporters. I plan on trying to combine it with some community activism--like automatic jail-time or possibly execution for those that don't use their turn signals or throw cigarette butts out of their car window.;)


Count me in......................
Not so much for the Compy PAC thing but for the lining up against a wall and execution of those who don't use their turn signals (or leave them ON when going straight) or throw cigarette butts or coffee cups out of their car window or use the "must" exit lane to jump the queue in the slower moving lane or use the through-going lane to cut into the slow, congested exit lane or .................... the list is endless.

Mr. Furious
January 4th, 2008, 10:06 PM
:rant3: is all I have to say.

knelson
January 4th, 2008, 11:26 PM
What brought this on?

Mea culpa. I bashed Kurt for his endorsement of Hind Compies in the poll someone posted about "what goggles would you buy?" or whatever it is.

By the way, I'd like to add harsh penalties for drivers who insist on driving slow in the passing lane to the PAC agenda.

lpipe
March 5th, 2011, 01:09 AM
I hate to bring this up given the comments about Compy Hinds, but does anyone know if you can still buy them anywhere? I'm down to my last two pair. The Water Gear and Speedo Sprints just don't do it for me.

I've emailed Swim Outlet and Kiefer and they just say they don't carry them anymore.

After all these years, I think my face has grown to fit the goggles so I am hoping someone here knows where I can find them.

pwb
March 5th, 2011, 04:23 PM
Love the Compy's ... where do you buy them these days? This was my goggle of choice back in the day, but, I admit to being lazy ... having not seen them at swim shops, meets or easily online, I've migrated to a mixture of Speedo brands.

gobears
March 5th, 2011, 04:39 PM
+1

I loved my many pairs of smoke Compys. I didn't even know Hind was still producing them--don't ever see them at my swim store. I've since switched to Speedo Women's Vanquisher but would consider going back!

Adam Barley
March 6th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Apparently they're gone for good. I can't find them anywhere online anymore, and one of the last stores online that carried them said last summer that they were being discontinued. I have a little stockpile for myself...don't know what I'll do when they're gone!

jimb
November 11th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Water Gear is making them now using the same molds as Hind and with the signature green strap. You can get them several places online including Amazon.

Bill Sive
November 12th, 2012, 06:46 PM
I don't wear these, because they don't seem to work for me. You can find them here:

http://www.swimx.com/com1swimgog.html

I'll wear any type of goggles that work for me. I have a couple of pair (Cayman) that I purchased at Big Lots, and Wallgreens. They work, I paid $5.00 and they have lasted more than a year without defects.

Speedo has these new $90.00 goggles that feel real nice in the store. Too rich for me. I'll keep my current goggles thank you very much.

http://store.speedo.com/c/accessories/goggles

I use Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo as my anti-fog solution for my goggles. Works just fine.

orca1946
November 12th, 2012, 06:50 PM
WOW !!! Another super pac !! :D :bolt:

Water Rat
November 12th, 2012, 09:00 PM
I loved my compy's back in the day. When I returned to the pool a few years ago, I couldn't figure out where all the neoprene eye rubber went. I still can't tell the difference in all the goggles these days. They all look the same to me.

I find spit works great as anti-fog

I'd like to add no spitting on the sidewalk to the PAC.

ekw
November 13th, 2012, 10:35 AM
I had completely forgotten about Hind Compys! They were my first goggles. At some point I switched to the Speedo Sprints, which served me well throughout the rest of my swimming career. When I got back in the pool earlier this year, I discovered that the Sprints of today are not the same. I was pretty happy with the foam gasket Speedo GCGs but they seem to have been discontinued. Now I use Vanquishers, but maybe I should get some of these for old times sake.

pwb
November 13th, 2012, 11:32 AM
So, with this thread resurrected, I bought a few pairs of the Water Gear (Amazon.com: Water Gear Competition I Swim Goggles: Sports & Outdoors) goggles that claim to be based upon the old Hind mold. Even with shipping fees that are more than the cost of the goggles, they're cheap. Plus, I got a pair of red and a pair of orange ones to add a bit of a psychedelic vision to my workouts.