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    How long do your goggles last?

    My goggles have been very good for nearly a year. But after I cleaned it the other day using mild soap water, and lightly scratched off the dirt on the silicone frame, it no longer sucks. I wonder if my cleaning somehow made it leak? I wish I didn't clean it--but I wouldn't think goggles should be so easily damaged by light cleaning. Is 1 year a reasonable lifespan for goggles?

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    The best I can get is 4 mo.and 3 is more common.
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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    ever since I made the switch to swedish goggles, or any of the other brands that are just hard plastic with a rubber band, they last a lifetime. it was the rubber that would get old and dry and eventually snap.

    I have over 10 pairs of lenses, but until recently never found a replacement band. now I have 5 replacement silicone bands.

    but since I cut the string and little blue tube off of all of them, my next problem will be finding a rubber band to replace the nose piece on all of them. good thing for me the malmsten goggles are less than $10 over here.

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    I've had my Swedes for 13 years and have only replaced the rubber bands with plain ol' sewing elastic. The elastic eventually wears out, but it is easy to replace. However, I have some Speedo Socket Rockets that work great, but really need to be cleaned. Since reading of your experience, I don't think I will even bother and just stick to my Swedes.

    Oh yeah, I'm looking into getting one of those Bungee straps for my goggles. I've heard of them on here, but a guy at the pool had a pair and they look really promising. Seems like it would last longer than sewing elastic.

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    I (ahem) am one who sticks my fingers in to defog the lenses so I'm lucky to get 4 months out of mine. I never clean them. I just let them dry out in between. And I have 1 pair that is just for competition that I keep my fingers out of.

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    I clean my goggles with soap and water after every swim. They're still going strong after about two years.
    Very important to at least rinse the chlorine off, as that's what degrades the plastic.
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    I put bungee straps on my swedes and use the strap they come with to replace the nose bridge when it snaps once a year. I have never thrown away a pair of swedes, they are indestructible.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    Quote Originally Posted by aquageek View Post
    I have never thrown away a pair of swedes, they are indestructible.
    although my nose piece has never snapped on me, the straps can wear out with repeated use (or being left in a car and subject to extreme hot/cold). the only reason i have ever had to replace swedes is because i lose them (happens from time to time, but hey, not like they break the bank account to replace).

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    The pair of sweeds I have right now I've had for 10 years, same nose piece (string and tube). Switched to a bungee about 5-6 years ago and I have the same one of those as well. Never even clean them either, just throw them in the swim bag whenever i get back to the lockers They work great, and there's nothing to wear out on em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimshark View Post
    I (ahem) am one who sticks my fingers in to defog the lenses so I'm lucky to get 4 months out of mine. I never clean them. I just let them dry out in between. And I have 1 pair that is just for competition that I keep my fingers out of.
    I learned this lesson some time ago. Instead of my fingers, I use my tongue. I pull my goggles down from my eyes to my mouth to clean them before sets. That seems to help improve longevity. Do not use your fingers, at least that's my advice.

    My swedes (Tyr socket rockets) get about 6 months with this approach. I just bought a new pair of non-swedes, so I will see how long they last. I am willing to invest $1/month for my goggles.

    I also see others writing that they have had their goggles for years, like 10 years. My question to them is, how clean are they?

    My pet peeve is when my goggles fog up or my view is not clear, like a smudged windshield. I like a clean field of view, so I upgrage to new goggles often. I also try and protect them when they are in my gear bag, so I put them in cases, because if I don't, they get scratched and end up degrading the clear vision.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    I just realized I mis-remembered the life of my goggles. I think I started using it in 8/2008, so it's about 1 year+9 months now, not as bad as I thought. But if I didn't clean it it may last some more months.

    Perhaps the life of the goggles also has to do with the quality of the water you swim in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsofast View Post
    I clean my goggles with soap and water after every swim. They're still going strong after about two years.
    Very important to at least rinse the chlorine off, as that's what degrades the plastic.
    Ever since I began doing this -- [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=185508&postcount=18"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - To prevent your goggles from fogging up do you....[/ame] --with my training goggles, I've noticed a remarkable improvement. This method completely rehabbed a pair that I couldn't keep fogless and I've noticed no deterioration. I keep separate meet goggles from training goggles, so my meet goggles last forever. Pre-soapy-soaking, my goggles would last around a year; I think the two pairs I have rotating for workouts now will last much longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamueller View Post
    I also see others writing that they have had their goggles for years, like 10 years. My question to them is, how clean are they?
    Clear enough. It's not like they're frosted glass or anything. Probably closer to smudged sunglasses. I guess I question why you need ultra clear vision in a pool anyways. Is it to see detail of each tile of the big black T on the bottom or something? For fog, I just leave a few drops of water in each one, and shake my head when they fog up. They are still plenty clear to see the pace clock from across a 25m pool.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    Ever since I began doing this -- U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - To prevent your goggles from fogging up do you.... --with my training goggles, I've noticed a remarkable improvement. This method completely rehabbed a pair that I couldn't keep fogless and I've noticed no deterioration. I keep separate meet goggles from training goggles, so my meet goggles last forever. Pre-soapy-soaking, my goggles would last around a year; I think the two pairs I have rotating for workouts now will last much longer.
    I've been doing a variation of this since that post came out. Once a month I soak all my goggles in hottish water and dishwashing detergent. It makes a huge difference.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    Quote Originally Posted by bamueller View Post
    I learned this lesson some time ago. Instead of my fingers, I use my tongue. I pull my goggles down from my eyes to my mouth to clean them before sets. That seems to help improve longevity. Do not use your fingers, at least that's my advice.

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    I lick mine too. They still fog up. I need to try the soapy water next. Since I can never come up with birthday ideas, I just tell my parents to get my several pairs of goggles. So when I go through a pair and need a new one, I don't mind as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireRox21 View Post
    Oh yeah, I'm looking into getting one of those Bungee straps for my goggles.
    I got the tip for bungee straps on this board. I now use two pair of swedish goggles(the goggles are about 5 years old) with the new straps and they will probably live longer than me.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    I couldn't get a swedish goggle lense to cover my big eye lids. I use the Speedo Hyrdospex and they last about 4 months. The blue seventy goggles are pretty good too. They actually understand the plight of us big eyed swimmers!
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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    Quote Originally Posted by swimshark View Post
    I (ahem) am one who sticks my fingers in to defog the lenses so I'm lucky to get 4 months out of mine. I never clean them. I just let them dry out in between. And I have 1 pair that is just for competition that I keep my fingers out of.
    Same here. I use the ones with the foam gaskets and they degenerate after a while and start leaking. I probably only get 2 months out of them.
    I can't bring myself to throw out the old ones, though, so at any given time I've got about 20 pairs in the bottom of my swim bag
    It was quite capable in the water, perhaps a little on the slow side, but it wasn't impressed by my appearance.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    Ever since I began doing this -- U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - To prevent your goggles from fogging up do you.... --with my training goggles, I've noticed a remarkable improvement. This method completely rehabbed a pair that I couldn't keep fogless and I've noticed no deterioration. I keep separate meet goggles from training goggles, so my meet goggles last forever. Pre-soapy-soaking, my goggles would last around a year; I think the two pairs I have rotating for workouts now will last much longer.
    Would you recommend this for "anti-fog" goggles, as well? I'm afraid to use a dab of baby shampoo before a race (recommended by Ande), because it might damage the special "anti-fog" material. Will it? I called Tyr about my T-72's and all they would say to me is that the goggles don't fog (they do...) and not to use anything on them.

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    Re: How long do your goggles last?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhc View Post
    My goggles have been very good for nearly a year. But after I cleaned it the other day using mild soap water, and lightly scratched off the dirt on the silicone frame, it no longer sucks. I wonder if my cleaning somehow made it leak? I wish I didn't clean it--but I wouldn't think goggles should be so easily damaged by light cleaning. Is 1 year a reasonable lifespan for goggles?
    New goggle's quality is ridiculous. I purchased a few Speedo models which all broke shortly after having started using them.

    So for me now, I don't show up on a deck without a tube of crazy glue. Been a satisfied camper ever since.

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