Six Open-Water Goggles
The right mask or pair of goggles can mean the difference between a comfortable, confident and fast swim, and one that is none of those things
Posted: 3 May 2010
by Nicola Joyce
Speedo Rift Mask, £21
BEST FOR DULL CONDITIONS
If you want the protection and security of a full-on mask, Speedo's Rift is a good choice. Not one for shrinking violets, its bold styling and vivid amber lenses will make you stand out at a crowded race start.
The frame is strong and sturdy with a large but very soft seal that gives a great fit. The lenses have anti-fog and UV protection and the orange colour makes them great for any conditions, but particularly for grey days.
The tint will sharpen up your vision, making sighting easier on the dullest of days in the murkiest of water. The shape and size of the lens give brilliant peripheral vision and the mask is simple to adjust in a rush - you could even tighten it up while bobbing about at a swim start.
The strap is wide enough to prevent the mask from being easily knocked from your head and it comes with a breathable pouch that will protect it from scratches.
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