Gear Review: Aquaviz OTS Pro Core goggles

A larger goggle ideal for open water swims, especially for glasses wearers...


by Ben Hobson

These Aquaviz goggles arrived in the office in September last year just in time for a visit to a training camp in Switzerland and the chance to test them on some longer open water swims. That's not to say that these aren't great in the pool too, but on first appearance, the size of them immediately aligns them more with those looking for a sturdy, larger goggle suited to the disturbed conditions of the great outdoors rather than the relative calm of a local lane swim. 

To this effect they were great; they limpet onto the face with gusto and offer great coverage and field of vision, making sighting an easy task. They tread a precarious line between goggles and suba mask in their styling, but thankfully stay on the goggle side of the line in regard to function and weight thanks to the polycarbonate frame construction. 

However the major design feature to draw attention to is that the goggles feature a rubber seal that encompasses the whole eye area, rather than individual seals for each eye as per standard goggles. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, most based on personal preference rather than functionality. The only functional reason for this uni-seal is to cater for those who are visually challenged.

With each pair comes an additional clip in lens that fits inside the goggles and can be made to any prescription. The lenses also provide full UV protection and incorporate an anti-fog coating too so at £29.95, this makes the Aquaviz a very reasonable offering for glasses wearers. 

The fit is reassuringly firm and the straps are easily adjusted with release buttons on each arm. If struck hard enough, any goggle will shift on the face, but the impressive grip of these combined with some special design features that are meant to protect the eyes from knocks means you'll be hard pushed to find fault with them in relation to surviving a mass swim start. 

The Aquaviz OTS Pro Core should be any swimmers list if they're looking for a larger goggle, especially if you wear glasses. 


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