Frustrated with foggy goggles interrupting your swim practices and races? Here’s a detailed look at the best antifog swim goggles for clear vision and fast swimming.
Your swim goggles are a critical part of your swim practices and racing.
But there’s probably nothing more frustrating than when they start fogging up.
Instead of focusing your energy and concentration on your workout or race, you are counting down the seconds to the next wall so that you can wipe away the fog and regain some vision.
Almost every pair of swimming goggles with their salt have some sort of anti-fog coating on the inside of the goggle lens.
How long the anti-fog lasts depend on a few things:
🔑 Tint of the lens. A darker goggle lens has the double-whammy effect of making your vision cloudy and dark when the anti-fog inevitably fades. This problem compounds in darker, indoor pools.
🔑 Not rubbing. Swimmers instinctively use their fingers as windshield wipers on the inside of the lens to remove water, sweat, and fog. I’m super guilty of this. Doing this might clear the fog in the moment, but it also wipes away that delicate layer of anti-fog.
🔑 Use of anti-fog sprays. There are lots of cheap anti-fog sprays on the market that are effective at extending the life of your goggle’s anti-fog protection. Other home-made remedies include spit (seriously).
While most swimming goggles have some measure of anti-fog protection, there are a couple of goggles that truly stand apart from the rest of the crowd.
Here’s a look at the top antifog goggles on the market, key features, price, and more.
Let’s dive right in.
Arena Cobra Ultra Swipe Anti Fog Swim Goggles
⭐ Best overall pick for top antifog swim goggles
Foggy goggles have been around as long as there have been swimming goggles, and with all of the tech and advancements in goggle construction, it’s shocking that it took this long for a swim brand to build a goggle that is truly anti-fog.
Meet the Arena Cobra Ultra Anti Fog Swim Goggles.
As impossible as a promise as it sounds, they are truly an anti-fog swim goggle. When your goggles start to fog, gently wipe the inside of the lens while the goggles are submerged and the film inside the lens is “activated” to remove fog.
That simple and that awesome.
The Arena Cobra Ultra Swipes are also one of the best racing swim goggles on the planet. They have a very low profile, dual silicone head straps for a custom fit, and a variety of colors and tints to choose from.
Only downside is the price—the Arena Cobra Ultra Swipes are at the high end of the spectrum when it comes to goggle pricing, retailing for around $65-70.
That said, if you want a truly anti-fog swim goggle, there is nothing else on the market remotely like them.
Speedo Swedish Swim Goggles
⭐Best anti-fog training swim goggles
Swedish goggles are a favorite among many swimming purists (including me) and there are a lot of great reasons why, from affordability to customization. Swedes, or Swedish goggles, provide the longest duration of clarity that I’ve ever experienced with a swim goggle.
Even after the anti-fog has completely evaporated, the mirrored version of this goggle still provides more clarity than more expensive and newer swim goggles.
These goggles aren’t for beginners, with a lens that is hard plastic and may leave your eye socket feeling a little sore after initial use. Also, they use latex straps, which degrade much faster than silicone straps.
But for me, and countless other swimmers who swear by these goggles, they are one of the best anti-fog swim goggles on the market.
Speedo sells these in a 2-pack (mirrored and a regular light blue tinted lens) and they retail for less than $20, making them an exceptional deal and a great way to see clearly for longer in the water.
Sporti Antifog Plus Swim Goggles
Sporti is a low-cost maker of swim gear. With a line-up of budget swimsuits for women, water ankle weights, mesh bags, and more, Sporti makes gear that is comparable to the big names with a smaller price tag.
Their lineup of swimming goggles has antifog in each goggles’ product name, but the antifog technology is similar to most other goggle makers, with a thin layer of protective coating that is applied to the inside of the lens.
Also shatter-resistant, and with straps that are made of durable silicone that won’t fade and break quickly, the Sport Antifog Plus Swim Goggles come in a wide variety of colors and color combinations.
The big benefit to the Sporti goggles is their price point, with a set of goggles costing just around $6-7 (check SwimOutlet for current pricing and deals).
Speedo Speed Socket 2.0
I really like the Speedo Speed Sockets, which are one of Speedo’s best-selling goggles. (Caeleb Dressel, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder swears by these goggles, too.)
While they aren’t as popular as the Speedo Vanquishers, they do provide longer-lasting antifog protection. Why this is, I am not sure, but after having these goggles on and off for years, as well as Vanquishers, I’ve noticed that when it comes to Speedo goggles and antifog, these ones simply last longer.
The Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 is a high-performance goggle that can be easily used both in competition and at swim practice. The newest version of the goggle has increased peripheral vision and hypo-allergenic gasket seals that sit comfortably on your face during those long swim practices.
Available in a variety of different colors and tints, featuring long-lasting silicone straps, an adjustable nose piece, and a very approachable price (around $25-30—check SwimOutlet for current pricing and special offers), the Speed Sockets are an excellent goggle for new swimmers and Olympic champions alike.
Aqua Sphere Kaiman Antifog Swim Goggles
Aqua Sphere makes a wide range of gear for competitive swimmers, lap swimmers, and triathletes.
While they do make some high-end swim gear for competitive swimmers under the MP Michael Phelps brand, they also make tons of other low-cost gear, including the Kaiman Antifog Goggles.
The Kaimans are a wide lens goggle that has a curved lens for excellent optic quality and full peripheral vision.
Available in three different colors, the Kaimans have thick and adjustable silicone straps for a custom fit on your head, a shatter-proof polycarbonate frame for the lens, and an antifog coating for very clear vision in any type of situation, whether you are open water swimming at the lake or at a dark indoor pool.
The Kaimans are not only built for superior vision in the water, but they are also priced very competitively, at around $20 per set (check SwimOutlet for current pricing and special offers).
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