Since the 1920s, Speedo have been developing swimwear for athletes. Their expert global research and development team, Aqualab (Speedo Global Research Centre), worked with world class athletes, coaches, sports scientists, global hydrodynamics experts, optical engineers and even psychologists to develop Fastskin3, the swimming world’s first complete Racing System to meet the specific demands of dedicated swimmers. Speedo’s Fastskin racing system is a complete FINA approved Cap, Goggle and Suit system, which they say is designed to work as one to streamline your body shape and cut through the water with maximum efficiency. After a number of years training and racing in pools and open water with different goggles, we were keen to try the Speedo Fastskin3 Elite Mirror Goggles.
Whilst we didn’t try out the cap, goggles and suit together, we’ve ended up wearing the Fastskin3 Elite Mirror Goggles as our goggles of choice for most of the summer giving us the chance to use them time and time again in the pool and open water.
Initial impressions were of a slick and stylish minimal streamlined pair of goggles with mirrored lenses. The goggles are not as bulky as many of the other goggles we’ve worn and have the look of a serious swimmer about them.
Available in one size, when we first tried them on the strap was a little tight for our head and took a bit of adjusting to get them to fit properly. However, after a few swims we managed to get the tension of the strap just right. The lenses are a very snug fit (using a 3D goggle seal designed with Speedo’s IQ fit for real head and face contours) and as a result have not let in water on any of our swims or come off yet if knocked accidently by a fellow swimmer. The goggles come with 3 interchangeable noses bridges for the best fit.
Along with a snug and comfortable fit, one of the most important features on any pair of goggles for us is the field of vision, especially for open water swimming. Speedo say that the hydroscopic lens of the Fastskin3 Elite Mirror Goggles is a unique lens shape, which offers an increased field of vision. We found that the Faskin3’s have great peripheral vision and compare well to other goggles we’ve tried when it comes to overall visibility and is one of the main reasons they’ve become our goggles of choice for our open water sessions this season.
Apart from the mirrored lenses picking up some scratches over a few months of use (which doesn’t seem to have affected the vision) the goggles seem to be pretty durable even after many a swim session and travelling in our kit bag.
The Fastskin3 Elite Mirror Goggles have an RRP of £40.00 and come in a choice of Black/Smoke and White/Gold colours. For further details visit Speedo.co.uk.