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Swedish Goggles Are Gentle to the Skin Around the Eyes

The Skinny on Swedish Goggles

My early morning trips to the gym usually involve me leaving some essential item at home, be it my sock or my goggles. We learn from our mistakes, right? Recently, I had to borrow my trainer's Swedish goggles, and they rocked.

Designed for speed, these goggles left no suction cup circles around my eyes when I finished my session. I have been looking for goggles that are kind to the delicate skin around my eyes and that also don't leak. Swedish goggles have no rubber or foam gasket to seal around the eyes and this gives them a low-drag profile, which is why racers like them. Less drag translates into faster times. The goggles are cheap, too — a pair generally costs around $4. The catch is you have to (or get to) assemble them. Think of it as a crafty fitness project, and this way you get to perfect the fit. Swedish goggles come with two eye pieces, plus string and a small blue tube to create a nose piece. A long piece of latex serves as the headband for a "secure racing fit." I was able to assemble mine in less than five minutes.

You can spend about $10 more for a pair with a metalized finish that reduces glare for open-water swims, and some have anti-fog coating. You can find them at or check your local swim store.


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