Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Barracuda Swim Goggles

When I was in middle school, I competed (briefly) on a swim team.  I was always a decent swimmer, but having, again, not a speck of athletic talent, I was never really competitive.  However, I enjoy swimming and I know that I can get ready for a shorter triathlon by swimming a few times a week over the winter.  The one thing I didn't like in school was chlorine in my eyes when I swam.

With that in mind, I bought some Barracuda swim goggles.  They are a simple pair of standard goggles.  Now, usually, goggles don't fit me well because I have a hobbit-sized face (to go with my hobbit-sized body).  There are enough people in the family, though, that I knew that if I couldn't wear them somebody could.

I didn't need to worry, though - they are great.  No water leaking in around the eyes, no discomfort - they worked really well.  I didn't even have the tell-tale red marks around the eyes like swim goggles used to cause. 

I did find that my vision was a little blurry in them during the swim.  Now, I am extremely near-sighted, and cannot really do anything without my glasses or contact lenses.  So, I took my glasses off in the locker room and opened my goggles in the pool room.  And, yes, my vision was a little blurry during the swim, but I also have an astigmatism, so I thought that that might be the problem.  The astigmatism, strangely enough, resembled letters.  This was a new one, but the lighting wasn't terribly bright in the pool room, so I thought perhaps it was an optical illusion.

The letter-astigmatism didn't bother me one bit during the swim - the goggles worked beautifully, and I finished my swim without any problems.  And then I got back into the locker room and put my glasses on to put the goggles away.  I'll be darned if there weren't letters on the eye-pieces of those goggles!  "Protective Film - Remove Before Use" - yup, I did the WHOLE SWIM with the protective film in place!  That's how blind I am, people - I couldn't even see those letters without my glasses on.  And I am very grateful that there was no one else in the pool room that morning!

So, I highly recommend Barracuda if you are in the market for swim goggles.  Just take the protective film off before you use them!

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  1. TOTALLY sounds like something I would do! well, minus the swimming b/c I don't do that. :)

  2. i was a swimmer back in the day too. too funny that you didn't take the film off first though ;)

  3. Girl I must be as blind as you. That definitely sounds like something I would do too!

  4. Kim and Kim, it was funny!

    MM, I am sure you were a much more talented swimmer than I ever was! But I haven't lost as much as I thought I had!

    Susie, I am so blind it isn't even funny - I'm happy about the new lightweight lenses, though!

  5. LOL!! Don't worry, that sounds like something I'd do, too!!

  6. Oh my....that's pretty funny!

  7. Penny and Molly, I was REALLY glad that nobody saw me do it! And then I totally came here and told on myself, so I guess it wouldn't have mattered if someone had seen it!