The 2 Best Smart Swim Goggles on the Market

Olivier Poirier-Leroy,

November 18, 2021

Tech has come to swim goggles and it has come in a big way. Here’s a detailed look at the top smart swim goggles on the market right now.

Swimming goggles have come a long way over the past couple of years.

From their humble beginnings in the 1970s, the latest generation of swim goggles feature heads-up displays, activity tracking, comprehensive apps for detailed swim analysis, heart rate monitoring, and so on.

Instead of stopping to see your pace/splits on your favorite swimming smartwatch, or relying on the old-school pace clock, smart goggles give you real-time metrics and feedback on your performance in the water.

We are still in the early days of what’s possible with smart swim goggles, but the long game looks really promising.

Below is a breakdown of the top smart goggles on the market and in the pool, including a detailed breakdown of each, and a buyer’s guide for choosing the right smart goggles for you and your swimming.

Let’s dive right in.

FINIS Smart Swim Goggles

FINIS has always been at the tip of the spear when it comes to training equipment for competitive and recreational swimmers.

They pioneered the front-mounted swimmer’s snorkel. The FINIS Duo made listening to music while swimming a pleasure with their ingenious bone-conduction waterproof headphones.

So it’s no surprise that their entry into the smart swim goggle race would be unique and awesome.

The goggles themselves are similar to a Speedo Vanquisher. The gaskets are soft silicone that sits comfortably on the face, providing a leak-free swimming experience. Two head-straps allow for a custom fit, and five different nose bridges and a carry case are included.

Now let’s move on to the smart stuff.

The goggles have a separate heads-up display that is placed inside the left side of the left goggle lens.

The app is absolutely excellent. As mentioned earlier, all of the data in the world is unhelpful if you can’t sort it and analyze it in a meaningful way.

One of my favorite features of the app is that you can edit reps and sets.

For a mixed rep (say, doing 100m that 50m kick and 50m swim), you can edit it within the app to reflect what you did in the water. Simply kick on the little pen icon and plug in what you actually did, giving you a more accurate overview of your practice.

As someone who does a lot of mid-rep mixing, this is awesome and helps me better evaluate my training.

The way data is presented in the app is very appealing, too.

As you can see below, the way the metrics are presented are chlorinated eye candy.

There are two main things I like about the FINIS goggles compared to the FORM goggles:

⭐ Replaceable goggles.

The HUD unit can be removed from the goggles once your goggles have worn out or the anti-fog has completely disappeared, or you simply want to try a different tint of goggles.

While the HUD unit is only compatible with this specific FINIS goggle, there are two different lens tint and goggle color to choose from. Replacement goggles cost around $30.

⭐ The HUD is tucked away.

The heads-up display in the FINIS goggles is smaller compared to the FORM and it’s tucked off to the left. When you look straight ahead, or up at the wall, or down at the black line on the bottom of the pool, the metrics aren’t visible.

To look at the HUD, move your left eye to the left.  I like this approach because the time/splits/data don’t dominate your field of vision.

The smaller display isn’t for everyone, I get that, and it can become hard to see during extended swims when you don’t have time to stop and clear the fog from your goggle lens.

That said, the FINIS Smart Goggles provides an excellent alternative to the FORM goggles, particularly for swimmers who want the digital display to be a reference.

FINIS retails them for around $200, and they are available in either smoke or clear blue lenses.

Choosing the Best Smart Swim Goggles for You

Everyone has different goals in the pool, but smart goggles are designed to provide you the feedback and information to get the most from yourself in the water.

Here are the main things to keep an eye on when picking out the best smart swim goggles for you:

🏊 Goggle quality and construction.

Swim goggles should be comfortable, not leak, easy to adjust, and durable.

Most swim goggles nowadays are built primarily of silicone, which is a marked improvement over the latex goggles of old.

Look for smart goggles that have a soft gasket, which suction lightly to your face to prevent leaking, multiple nosepieces, dual straps, and a wide peripheral range of view.

🏊 Heads up display.

The benefit of smart swim goggles is that they allow you to see your training stats in real time.

The type of HUD with each goggle is different, with the FORM Smart Goggles providing the largest display.

The HUD takes up differing amounts of your field of vision, and in each case, takes some getting used to.

🏊 Tracking information.

Each goggle tracks the basics, including laps, time spent swimming, intervals, and so on.

Heart rate monitoring typically needs to be done with a separate device.

The information that your goggles track—and the accuracy with which they track it—is unique to your goals in the water.

🏊 App.

Now that you’ve done your workout, and your goggles have collected all of the metrics from your time in the water, it’s time to look at how you performed.

The data on your smart goggles is kinda useless if it cannot be presented simply and provide opportunities for improvement and motivation.

Ease of use, quick syncing, depth of data, and ease of tweaking and editing your workouts (changing parts of your workout from swim to kick, for instance) are all things to think about.

🏊 Cost.

These kinds of swimming goggles are not cheap, generally in the range of about $200.

The FINIS goggles provide the greatest return over the long term when you consider that replacing the goggles can be done without removing the HUD unit.

Replenishing the anti-fog coating inside the lens with a good anti-fog spray, rinsing the goggles after use with fresh water, and storing them properly between swim sessions will help extend the life of your goggles.

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