BEST TRIATHLON SWIM goggles 2018: every triathlete needs these 3 PAIRS

BEST TRIATHLON SWIM goggles 2018: every triathlete needs these 3 PAIRS


– That was a doozy. That was 4400 meters in one
hour 28 minutes, speedy. With ROKA’s care package goggles and wetsuits and things to try out, I’ve been giving a few
more sets of goggles a go, and it really got me thinking,
how many sets of goggles is the perfect amount of
goggles that a triathlete needs? So today, once I get back
into the pain cavern, we’re gonna go through
three sets of goggles that I think you need,
and I’m gonna tell you about the one that you can
get that covers all of them if you’re on a budget.
(upbeat music) Alright, let’s talk about the dream team, oh disgusting, Pete, of goggles. So I think that triathletes need, ideally, three different goggles. Now, I know you’ve got
a lot of stuff to buy, you’ve got bikes and
helmets and cycling shoes and running shoes and all that stuff and race entries and coaching and the Triathlon Taren Team
Trainiac Training Platform, just saying, but relatively,
swimming is really cheap. That, how much is that, 15, 16 grand? Goggles, 19 bucks. Hell of a sport, and
the thing about goggles is when you start getting into
open water specific goggles, you can save yourself a ton of time. Those wheels cost about 4000 dollars. Might make you about a kilometer faster in the course of your bike,
saving you one to two minutes. Being able to actually see the buoys, see what’s out in open water,
and sight in a straight line? Same sort of thing, can save
you a minute to two minutes. 4000 dollars, 20 bucks, so as far as dollar per minute saved goes,
all of the bike aerodynamics and the running carbon
plated sole technologies pale in comparison to
the 20 dollar purchase that you can make to get
properly set up with goggles. Let’s start out with the
easiest set of goggles. You need a pool set of goggles. This is a cheap set of
goggles, ideally clear, so that you can see the clock, but nice and low profile,
we’re not talking about, hang on, we’re not talking
about these big suckers. I only own these, because I
use them for the marathon swim, and when you’ve got something
sucked onto your face for like nine hours, yeah,
you want it nice and cushy, but these, really overkill,
very high profile, absolutely not meant for the pool, and even in open water, these
have such a high profile that we’re talking about
drag from the water. I wouldn’t recommend
these, but in the pool, you want something inexpensive, because the chlorine is
gonna deteriorate it. You want something that is nice and cushy, has some silicon or just
a little bit of rubber like the Socket Rocket goggles, but you want ’em nice and low profile that sit somewhat inside your eye socket, so that when you dive in the water, these things aren’t gonna
get ripped right off, because the profile
doesn’t catch the water. These are the Finis Circuit goggles and I’m a big fan of these. They’re kind of similar to
the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0’s. Something like this is
like, the bread and butter that you’ll see a lot of swimmers using. So that’s the pool google,
now let’s get into open water. This is the Roka F1, this is the Roca X1, and what you’ll see with both
of these as a commonality is that they are both mirrored goggles, but these are clear and
these are amber tinted. I recommend having both. The clear goggles are
really good for open water when it’s a little bit overcast. The mirror takes a little bit
of the glare off the water. Even when it’s overcast,
you’re still gonna get a little bit of glare on the water, but the clear aspect of this is still gonna allow everything to pop. You’re gonna be able to see the buoys contrast nicely with the
shore, and you’re gonna be able to sight with things on shore really well. The amber tinted goggles are really good for when it’s very sunny
out, and when it’s sunny, you definitely need that
mirror to get rid of the glare, but the amber takes down
the brightness of it all, and I find that the amber
color allows the buoys to really, really pop off a
typically green shoreline, so you’re gonna be able to
spot everything really well. Now, as far as size goes in open water, these F1’s are what I would typically use. When Roca sent out these X1’s that are, they just seemed so big, I was like, “Really, how do you use these? These are gonna have so much drag.” I swam in them and my
swim times were actually the exact same swimming with
these as swimming with these, but with these Roka X1’s,
the amount of visibility that you have everywhere
is absolutely incredible and it’s still really nice and comfy, it sits nicely inside the eye socket without sitting outside the eye socket like these big mamajamas. And one quick tip for
these with open water, get yourself a little
bit of anti-fog spray and the night before, cover
it in about three layers. Let it dry overnight, waiting about one to two hours in between coats. If you do it the morning of,
it’s not really gonna settle in so the night before is
when you wanna do that. So cheap, clear goggles for the pool. Clear, mirrored goggles
for when it’s overcast. Clear, amber goggles for when it’s sunny. And personally, if it comes
to F1 versus X1, I’d go X1. I think that these are
a really nice balance between nice and big so that you can see a heck of a lot in open
water during the race, which is critical to make sure that, even if you’re just getting a little sight out of the corner of your eye,
a goggle isn’t’ in the way. But what happens if you’re like, “You know what, Taren, no, no, no, no, no, that extra 40 bucks to
get the extra two sets of goggles is too much.” What I would probably recommend
is something like this. This is the Finis Circuit goggle with a mirrored, slightly tinted finish, kind of provides the best of all worlds. It allows you to dive
really well in the pool, it’s not so dark in the pool
that you can’t see the clock, it’s a nice amount of tint without being too kind of one end of the
spectrum for sun or for overcast. And the adjustable straps
on the side, I really like. So if you only have to
get one pair of goggles, I’d get something like this. So there you go, Trainiacs. Live large, spend like you’re Lebron James and you just got into triathlon. Buy three sets of goggles
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