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Best value swede
By Uber2112 from Los Angles on 3/25/2015
I have tried malmsten (speedo Swedish 2 pack), water gear, and sporti. Water gear was ok, not a good value for not having anti fog, malmstens were great until the anti-fog wears off, but that applies to the sporti as well. No goggle anti-fog lasts forever, so I feel much better paying a few bucks compared to about 5 times more for the speedo 2 pack. I ordered 5 sporti's a while back and will order more soon.
The main difference from the malmsten is the strap and nose holes, bigger on water gear, and even bigger on sporti, in fact the strap holes are a big oval. My only complaint is that the included strap does not snug to the hole so the lenses slide up and down the strap so you need to readjust each time. The water gear strap was a little wider so when I swapped straps that was solved.
I had some cheap Op goggles from megalo-mart that I was throwing away, but I saved the silicon straps because I could squeeze them into the sporti and they just happened to be the right size for me at the last knobby, something that cannot be done with other swedes, so this minor design flaw actually became useful. If you want to experiment with strap swapping, the sporti is a good bet.
I have the gold mirror, the amber, red, green, blue and a clear in "premium". Like another review stated, I actually prefer the standard as well, the premium is a little heavier, and for me does not seal as good as the non gasket type (if it ain't broke don't fix it I guess). If you prefer socket rockets to swedes, order the premium, otherwise I go for the standard. Premium isn't available in mirrored either.
I can backstroke on bright days with no problems with the gold mirror, and next time I am ordering one of each, along with some amber and red ones, as those are my favorite colors once the sun sets behind the trees/building etc and at night, amber especially, really good contrast!
I would say the anti fog is as good or a touch better than the speedo/malmsten. I have to sometimes touch the inside to clean pretty much every goggle I have ever owned, due to eyelash and eyelid contact leaving smudges. I put water in the goggle and ever so lightly circle a cotton swab or microfiber cloth and then drain the water and let dry. The anti fog will eventually wear off and anti-fog solution is never the same as the factory coatings. Shaving cream and baby shampoo only work until the goggles get wet, and I am always fussing with mine (OCD, not the fault of the goggles), so I am really glad these cost so little from swim outlet.
Goggles are pretty much a "consumable" especially in heavy chlorinated public, apt, hotel and gym pools, both the anti fog and the lenses themselves just won't last forever and vision gets compromised due to fog and surface scratches and pitting, so I just don't see the point in paying 5 to ten times more for a single pair of quality gasket type goggles, when they dont really last any longer, in fact they can die even faster and fail at the gasket, bridge or strap. With a swede there is no gasket, nosepieces are cheap to replace, and the supply of bungee straps you will build up with the sporti's (free bungee!) you will never be short of straps!
My local big sporting stores seemed to have stopped carrying the Swedish 2 packs, so I am probably going to be an annual restocker of sporti swedes from swim outlet, 5 pairs of sporti's for the same price as one Swedish 2 pack, which does not even come with any bungee straps and the speedo logo latex straps do deteriorate faster than the sporti latex straps, so the sporti is a killer value!
I should also mention that the sporti's come preassembled with a latex strap nosepiece, so you don't need to cut one off the strap or fuss with the string (the included string and bridge tube is much thinner than other swedes, so it may break sooner). I found that I like this better than the string bridge anyway, so I don't even use the string on my other swedes when it is time to build a fresh pair, which saves time and is adjustable unlike the string once you tie the knot. In the case of the water gear swedes, it improves comfort since the bridge tube on those is thicker and actually presses down on my nose. I never bother bringing the water gear to the pool anymore since switching to sporti's for my "copy" swedes.
I do still want to try the new malmsten jewels, and the red mirrored/amber 2 pack, mainly because they look really cool. But I am in no rush, my next order is for more sporti's! Plus the tiny holes on the malmstens are really a pain to work with.
I hope sporti introduces some more colors to the mirrored line, such as a red and blue mirror, and a lighter color mirrored line like the jewel that is not too dark for indoor/night, yet still has the anti glare and privacy benefits of the mirror. I would pay a buck more for that for sure. Jewels are still a bit on the pricey side. Sporti should definitely throw their version of the jewel into the mix sometime, and standard blue and red mirrors would be a nice addition to the mirrored line as well. I can hope at least.
My only other suggestion would be to change the nose strap to silicon (latex cracks after a while) and maybe a slightly wider latex (or silicon) straps so the lenses don't slide up and down, but for the price these cannot be beat, just as they are!
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