If you’re new to the aquatic sports world you may find yourself overwhelmed with the wide range of options that exists in the way of eyewear. From field of vision to overall construction, there’s a lot to consider. However, before getting into the nitty gritty details, it’s important to know what type of equipment you need.

That’s where we come in. As a brand dedicated to providing athletes of all levels with the products they need to stay active and safe in the water, we want to help you find the equipment that will work best during your next swim. So today, we’re starting with the basics: swim goggles vs. swim masks. What’s the difference? When should you be using each? How do you know what’s right for you?

If your curious about getting these answers (and much more), be sure to read on below.

Swim Goggles

Swim goggles, which come in a variety of sizes and styles, are designed to optimize vision underwater by creating a secure seal around the eye socket. While some are used for recreational swimming and aquatic play, lower profile goggles are engineered specifically for competition and training. A closer fit is ideal in these circumstances because they ensure a more hydrodynamic swim. Comparatively, active swim goggles tend to include soft, comfortable gaskets that enable frequent use.

When To Choose Swim Goggles:

Whether you’re swimming laps to workout or training for an IRONMAN, goggles are typically a better choice when preparing for regular physical activity. Durability, profile, fit, lens features and overall comfort are specs you will need to consider based on your frequency of training, as well as whether you will be indoors or outside.

Masks

Swim masks, which are also available in a variety of options, are typically designed for recreational use. With a wider peripheral range and comfortable, unibody construction, masks provide optimal support during open water exploration and casual lap swimming. Unlike goggles, which tend to create a secure fit around the eye socket, swim masks typically fit further around the outer eye. Most masks also include a leak resistant, silicone skirt to prevent water from inhibiting a swimmer’s vision.

When To Choose A Swim Mask:

If you’re gearing up for a day at the beach or swimming casual laps at the pool, a swim mask is certainly a great option. When selecting your swim mask be sure to look for key features like anti-fog and a soft gasket. All TYR masks also include state-of-the-art speed adjust technology to ensure easy on/off wear. Being mindful of these factors will ensure that you enjoy the most comfortable swim experience.

For more information about choosing the right goggle for you, be sure to check out our previous post here.