The Speedo Futura Biofuse Pro Goggle perfectly understands and meets the specific needs of the open-water swimmer, and what’s more they do it at an excellent price. Speedo claims that the Futura Biofuse Pro has been two years in the making, and who are we to argue?
There’s undoubtedly been exceptional attention to detail and the Futura has quickly become our goggle of choice. Focusing on the three key areas – comfort, vision and ease of use/adjustment – Speedo have tweaked and tested to impressive ends.
Comfort – check. The ‘Ultra Flex’ seal is noticeably softer and more flexible around the eye and against the cheek and, whilst providing the perfect non-leak fit, avoids unpleasant ‘suck’ and excessive vacuum. There’s also impressive flexibility through the nose bridge, and the ease of adjustment (more of which below) makes for a highly comfortable swim.
Turning then to vision: The Futura Biofuse Pro use polarised lenses which worked well throughout the day, including low-angle-sun, early morning lake swims, but what really impressed us was the field of vision they offered. Both peripheral vision and upper reach – for easier sighting – are catered for here; again marking these out as goggles specifically designed for the open-water swimmer. We did experience slight fogging – mostly waiting for starts in cold open-water – but this quickly cleared once underway.
Finally the question of ease of adjustment… Using what Speedo call ‘a cutting edge design, plus proprietary materials and construction methods’ adjustment, even on the fly, was utterly stress free. The double-strap ratchets tight easily with one hand and tension is released (again easily with one hand) via a ‘double push’ lock to the outside of the lens housing.
We started by mentioning an excellent price – the Speedo Futura Biofuse Pro Goggles are a Wiggle exclusive with an RRP of £30 and current list price of just £27.00. That’s a fraction of the £50 asking price of something like the Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor, probably the Futura Biofuse Pro’s closest competitor.
Further details and online purchase at Wiggle.co.uk