Swimsuit and trunks alongside swimming caps are the basic and essential equipment needed for swimming. Using swimming goggles is highly recommended for people who swim regularly since the chlorine in the water may end up affecting their eyes. Swimming goggles protect our eyes against chlorine and salt, as well as UVA rays in some newer models, but they also help us and provide us with more comfort, as they allow us to see underwater and protect our eyes from splashes.
We can try to classify them according to the main material they are made of, as practically all goggles are made of the same “polycarbonate" plastic, we will differentiate based on the material and the shape of the gasket.
- Foam rubber: these were the most popular a few years ago, but they caused many problems, both hygienic and technical.
- Neoprene: this material does not absorb water and causes less hygiene problems, but they continue to detach from the base over time.
- Silicone: we can divide them into two types, those that are made entirely of silicone, minus the lens, or those that only the seal is made of this material, for a few years they were the queen of the pool.
- Poly carbonate: also called Swedish goggles. They are comfortable once you get used to them and their small size means they fit better. These are currently the most used for competitive swimming.
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