In my injured state of being banned from running or cycling for 6 weeks the parcel from @AquaSphereUk really lifted my mood and frustration as they have sent me a pair of MP Xceed goggles to test. I’m a keen swimmer and aim to swim twice a week and with my injuries this has become 4 times. I try and do a mix of speed, interval and long swims and due to a decision to take on a few Triathlons and Aquathons this season I have upped my swim training.
I have never bought cheap goggles but would not normal go as far as the £24.99 that the MP Xceed goggles retail at but after trying them for a month and completely agree with the saying “you get what you pay for!”. Just getting them out of the packaging you noticed how low profile they are. I know from the blurb they have been developed with Michael Phelps’s input and are designed for the competitive swimmer.
The packaging is designed to be a storage box which I love because it keeps them safe with all my other stuff in my kit bag. Also in the box are three other sizes of nose bridges. This really allows for easy fitting and was easy to swap if needed. Lucky for me they fit first time with no need to change them (I did try the other bridges just to check though!)
When I put them on I noticed how easy they were to adjust as they had a central toggle adjustment on the strap. They were very comfy on the eyes and were tight but I didn’t feel like my eyes were bulging! Looking at them in the mirror I couldn’t believe how low profile they were. I knew they had been designed with hydrodynamic properties but I never thought they would be this low profile. The curved lenses made 180 degree vision easy, the boast of seeing the lanes either side clearly are very true.
So the real proof was in the swimming. I decided my first session would be a straight forward 2km swim. I decided to see how they fared without taking them off at all in the session. I noticed straight away the clarity under the water. I was amazed on how clear the vision was with these on. The gasket around the goggles are very soft and never let 1 bit of water in! Unlike the other goggles I wear they did not fog up at all through the session and never felt or needed removing.
Since this session I have done further sessions including a very tough pyramid sprint session and still find these goggles impeccable. The MP Xceed come in clear, mirror and titanium mirror lenses which would make them perfect for competitive swimmers as well as triathletes as the mirror and titanium options would be perfect for both high glare pools and outdoor swims.
So do you get what you pay for? With these goggles, no you get a bargain! These are great low profile, good fitting goggles that would suit a keen regular swimmer and/or Triathlete.