Types of Lenses
Not only is it important to browse the types of goggles, it’s equally important to consider the types of lenses. There are all sorts of different colors and functions. Mostly, you need to think about the light around you. Consider whether you want to block light or let light in. Here’s a list of the assortment of lenses you’ll come across on your goggle hunt:
“Metallic,” or mirrored, lenses are dark-tinted outdoor lenses best suited for either frequent use or competition. If you swim at noon practice every day, or have a big swim meet coming up, you might consider these goggles. Also, if you swim a lot of backstroke in an outdoor pool, metallic lenses may be the best choice. If you wear metallic lenses when it is dark out, or while swimming indoors, your visibility will be very limited. The dark tint combined with the mirrored lenses dims everything around you. Therefore, these lenses are not recommended for poorly-lit pools.
Clear & Light Colored Lenses
If you swim indoors or early in the morning, light-colored lenses work best. Clear lenses let the maximum amount of light through. This allows you to see more. Orange lenses cause everything around you to appear brighter, enhancing visibility in the water. Other light colors — such as pink, purple, and green — can also brighten up the pool around you, although not as well as orange lenses. Keep in mind that lighter lenses don’t work as well in bright places. If you swim outdoors during the day, you’ll be squinting in the bright light.
Dark Colored Lenses
If you want versatile goggles, black or blue lenses are a good pick. These lenses don’t block the sun as well as metallic lenses, nor do they make the water look lighter. But they are fine for cloudy days, a casual swim, and indoor pools that are well-lit.