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Zoggs predators are named because........? Absolutely no idea. I am not sure why they have called them predators or what image they think this conjures up for people that wear them however this particular type of goggle (name aside) is awesome for the pool or open water swimming.
I started my preparation for swimming the English channel as most people do in the pool about 18 months before you are due to take up the challenge. I went through several types of speedo goggles that were very good for pool work but were a bit hit and miss for the open water challenge. I also found that the
discolouration occurred quickly through the bleaching of the rubber etc. after about 20 or 30 pool visits.
So onto the predator goggles that I was told about whilst swimming in the river Ouse one Saturday at about 11 degrees. My fellow swimmer stated that the Zoggs predators were the best he had come across and he had never had an issue with his and he actually had several pairs because he rated them so much.
I had tried previous sets of Zoggs but always found them to be small for the eye socket and not very comfortable to wear. However I started on my channel swimming adventure with a certain saying which was "I don't know best" as I had never really swam seriously before. So I borrowed a pair from him and they fitted like a glove. They gave a slightly bigger perspective on what you could see and my peripheral vision became a clearer picture and stopped me having to move my head too much.
The goggles come in several tinted and mirrored varieties and I have only tried the mirrored which I found to be a bit too dark for my liking and also the clear which come with a blue and white surround. These clear goggles were my choice for the eventual swim of the English Channel and I did not have ot touch the goggles once during my 17hour and 15 minute swim to France.
I still have these goggles safely tucked up in a box along with all the other regalia from the swim and I never intend to use them again. They got me across with the minimum fuss and so I went out and bought another pair to use in the pool. Needless to say these are doing well and have eased mer back into training when I managed to stop for a couple of months. The familiarity and reliability they give me is second to none.
The goggles have one strap that is split into two at the back of the head, this is an advantage and helps to keep the goggles in the place that you set for them. Make sure these two straps are separated and not together to maximise the stability they give. The clear goggle did me well in sunlight as well as darkness as some of my swim went into night and the goggles remained as effective for both environments.
Around the £17 mark and easily accessible from Amazon or any other on line retailer. These are the goggles of choice for a this channel swimmer.
These are goggles to protect your eyes from the water and I used these for the first time a couple of months ago I bought them on Ebay for £6. Goggles are always trial and error when it comes to leakage.
These have a very flexible eye surround that moulds around the eye area, which stops the goggles leaking. I have always used Speedo in the past, but fancied a change and these goggles are cheaper.
Zoggs also make silicone swim hats that are also a little cheaper than Speedo.
You can buy zoggs from Amazon, Ebay or all leading sports shops.
Do wear goggles if you swim especially in a chlorinated swimming pool, as this will stop your eyes stinging.
One down side to wearing goggles is if your wear them for some time the make a mark around the eyes which as one gets older doesn't disappear straight away, so not best if you are off out afterwards and want to look your best.
Zoggs goggles come in various colours and there are quite a few different styles, so if you can try them on first, and make sure they are comfortable as not all goggles suit every eye shape.
I hope this is of help to you swimmers out there.
Thanks for looking!!!
I bought a pair of these a few months ago because I wanted a pair of goggles with better visability for open water swimming. I have now done a few miles in them and they are the best goggles I have ever had.
They have much larger curved lenses than normal goggles which are great for mass participation swims as it enable you to see other competitors on either side in your peripheral vision, something you cannot do with standard goggles that give you more of a tunnel view. They are also anti-fog which works exactly as it is supposed to.
The strap and the gaskets are made of silicone which gives a very comfortable fit around my head and perfect suction around the eyes. I have experienced no leakage at all whilst wearing them.
The strap has a very easy adjustment ring making it easy to tighten them without taking them off. They also have the added bonus of having UV protection.
I paid about £14 plus postage for these off the internet as my local JJB Sports did not stock them so they are a bit more expensive than normal Speedo goggles but in my opinion, well worth the money, especially if you swim often.
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Almost forgot to mention, they also look very cool.
The Zoggs Predator Wiro-frame Goggles incorporates ultra-soft silicone gaskets and a new integrated Bio-tech frame offering enhanced individualised fit comfort.