The guys at Zoggs sent me a pair of Predator Flex goggles to review for the triathlon season. As the season is nearly over for me I thought I would let you in to my thoughts. My first impressions when they arrived I was impressed as they looked sleek. The smoked titanium lens looked the part and I hoped they would help on my open water races and swims.
I have tried other Zoggs glasses and found them to not fit as with other brands also, so I was really pleased to find this fitted my face comfortably and made a great seal around my face without having to be too tight. They are easy to adjust and sit well on the back of my head.
I used them in the pool a couple of times to make sure they didn’t leak and were comfortable and I was impressed that they did not fog and still we not too dark so were fine being used indoors.
My first outdoor swim in them was on a sunny sea swim in Exmouth. The coating helped with the glare and had great all-round vision. I wore them for a 20 minute swim with no leaking or fogging so I was pretty pleased for a first session.
Since this session I have used them on a mile sea swim race as well as several open water triathlons and I have been really pleased with their comfort and anti-fogging abilities.
At a price point of £30 was happy with their quality and build quality and felt happy that they could be used for indoor and outdoor sessions. These goggles have won many awards and won best in test in several reviews and I can see why.
So if you are looking for an all-round goggle that can be used regardless of the session then look no further.
The Bideford Tri is a Local club and Rotary Club run event where all profit goes to charity. It’s a great sprint tri that is very friendly but still challenging. Facilities are good with a large long stay car park and toilets within 100m of the finish line. Race start time depends on tide times so can vary.
The Swim is a straight 600m river swim with the tide from downstream back to transition, The water is not very clear and the tidal race can catch you out on the swim out to the first bouy from the shore.
Transition was easy to navigate and there was lots of support.The bike leg is well marshalled and easy to follow (i never did a pre drive and had no issues) Be warned though this is by no means a flat course! The 24km bike course weaves it’s way around the little villages around Bideford and has 1 enforced foot down junction, But with tough uphills there are some super fast downhills too. There is a good flat/downhillish last 500m to spin the legs out before transition too.
The run was perfect after the hills, The route takes you over the old bridge and out and back on the flat Tarka trail. Thre was a well place water station at the turn point too. The run was well supported in the final stages across the bridge and into the finish funnel.
This is a small race (Max 250) with a real friendly feel. This would be perfect fr both newbie triathletes to try there first Open Water race as well as the die hard racers to test yourself with a hilly bike course.
As with the title, this race would be a great race to do whilst down in sunny Devon on your hols due to being in August.
The organsers were super helpful and friendly and it had a great atmosphere!