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Swimming with the TYR Tracer goggles
Now I know this is totally unrelated to illustration... but I thought I'd share something different.
So I thought I'd share a review I did on Amazon this morning, when I thought I had time, and then "Wait ! Okay, I've written quite a bit for what was suppose to be a product review..." I must admit, I love swimming, and perhaps that's the reason for the lengthy review, but now I've written it, you might as well read it... lol."
TYR tracer review
This is going to be an honest and detailed review of the TYR Tracer swimming goggles.
An honest and detailed review of the TYR Tracer swimming goggles.
Firstly I've been a keen swimmer for over ten years, typically swimming between 3-6 times a week.
So I’d like to think that I can give a good review as a swimmer.
The most important thing to consider when buying swimming goggles is the fit, and some goggles fit some people. Try goggles on to see if they fit, and even then a simple press against the face to see if the goggles stick or should I say suck onto your face isn't 100%. I recommend trying some while swimming with someone else’s goggles if you can.
But normally a swimmer will have to buy a pair of goggles and see if they fit or leak... this can be an expensive exercise, and often down to luck more than anything.
So after many years buying and trying, I'm currently wearing the TYR tracer... a pair that attracted me because they looked similar to the Adidas goggles I'd used for a number of years, which were the best fit ever (for me) but the model ended production, and I needed a replacement.... and by chance, I found the TYR Tracer, which in fact are better than the old pair of adidas... Result !
Okay I love these, why...? because they're sleek looking without being showy, and a split strap, that's very easy to adjust, and stay adjusted. The fit is perfect for me, and I honestly have swam for over an hour without taking them off, with very little fog.... all goggles will fog. Tip to avoid foggy googles… I share this with other swimmers too. Put the goggles on your head when you're changing into your swim kit... this allows the goggle to warm up to your body temp, and avoid the condensation effect when you get into the water ).
I've never had a nose (BRIDGE) piece break or un-clip... and I think this might come down to how tight the goggles are strapped on.
Out of all the goggles I've worn over the years, I wear these the lightest... you don't need tight, just a good fit to avoid leaking. Often I think overly tight straps is the reason goggles leak.
If there's a fault with the TYR Tracer, it's one that I've only had once in about 9 pairs, and I know another swimmer to experience it too. That's the small square ring-like clip that holds-tight the strap next to the goggle lens. (See my photo closeup) It pinches the strap together to hold it in place. It has simply fallen off causing issues with the soft silicon gasket that fits to your eye socket (Face).
When packing the goggles away, the strap can stretch over the gasket and deform it, making the goggle leak all the time. This is because the gasket has folded back on itself, and no longer sits flat on your skin. The silicon deforms and stays like it... a trick is to place a peg or some pressure on the gasket and leave over night. It does work, and will mould the gasket back into a position that will even out with use.
is to always make sure you store them in a soft bag or case, and that the strap is always placed behind the goggles, not allowing the strap to wrap around to the front, and pushing against the silicon gasket.
I haven’t had to replace due to braking. I normally replace the TYR goggles when I find my vision through them dull. Depending on how often you use them, I found that time itself has an effect… for instance I was swimming a lot a few years back, and probably had about 150 swims over a 7 month period before replacing them. Then another time, I’ve replaced after about 50 swims over 4 months. Rubbing the lenses with a soft cloth or even your finger can clear up the vision, but at the cost of the anti fog coating, which will never be the same again. You can buy Anti-Fog spray, but I’ve never used it, and understand that you’ll have to re-apply it often ( Weekly ? ).
I always wash my goggles in clean tap water after each swim, (normally in the post swim shower) and pack in a soft mesh goggle bag, and never touch the inside of the goggle lens. If they’ve steamed up a lot, I simply dip them in the pool water to clear them.
The colour range is good, but limited in the UK, there seams to be a lot more options available in the US, but that’s trickled down over the last 3 years I’ve been wearing TYR Tracers.
Note, there is a “Junior” version that’s designed for children that my son’s use, and has worked well for them. I did try them on, but found them too small, and they’re clearly for kids or small faces. Each new pair of goggles come with 3 or so different sized nose bridges to fit your face, and are very easy to fit.
All in all, they’re the best goggles I’ve ever used, and intend to keep using them. I hope TYR never stop making them. And as for improvements… perhaps the different strap attachment seen on the TYR Tracer X works better… I might try them next.
I hope you’ve found my review helpful, and please remember, Fit is the most important thing.
Thanks for reading this, and I'd love to hear your experience with goggles.
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