If you are into endurance swimming, you should really look into the over-sized goggle market. I am not talking about huge masks, but goggles that don’t sit inside your eye sockets. I have previously written about the Speedo Baja and how it is a great pair. I have now been swimming with the Barracuda Predator goggle for over a month, and it is also a great option.
Barracuda goggle frames are built to follow the bone contour around your eye socket. The company states that this design creates a “positive pressure that seals out water without suction.” I have worn many goggles and a good majority of them, especially the cheaper models, will suck your eyes out with the suction that they create. Swimmers should avoid this at all costs, especially for endurance events or extended training sessions in the pool. The Predator hits the mark with its design and promises when concerned with comfort. The Predator provides a soft and comfortable fit and feel when you first place them on your face just as as they do an hour later as you exit the pool. The goggles have also performed leak-free.
The Predator is built as a hybrid goggle/mask design. My understanding of this is that the goggles are larger that the standard designs and more importantly, it allows for a greater visual field. The goggles have a hard angle toward the outside of the lenses, which a majority of goggles do, which allows your peripheral vision to be more expansive. This is a critical aspect for any open water swims with all your fellow triathletes. I personally like the lenses of the Speedo Baja better because they don’t have the hard angle, but I have become accustomed to the Predator and any visual distortion at the angle is hardly noticeable.
The Predator is built with fog resistant coating. After a month of use they still are performing as new. It is so nice to be able to see my watch or pace clock on the wall without having to rapidly remove them from my eyes as I complete an interval. With my substandard eyesight, I am amazed at the clarity that the Predator offers.
The other aspects of the Predator seem to be pretty standard. The nose bridge is not adjustable, but uses multiplex material to stretch and conform to the standard face. If this type of nose bridge has been a problem for you in the past you may want to think twice before your purchase. The straps are standard and latex free.
The Bottom Line ~
I really like these goggles and believe that they would be worth your time and money to try them out. The goggles retail for around $18 which is a standard price for this class. World class triathletes wear these, so if that matters to you, take note.
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