TYR Nest Pro Nano Goggles
Anyone who competes in a triathlon or another race with open water swimming knows that one thing will absolutely happen: At some time in the swim, you're going to get kicked squarely in the face. Deal with it. There's not much you can do to prepare for the crowded watery onslaught (maybe gator wrestling?), but a quality pair of goggles that suctions firmly to your face like an angry giant squid helps.
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The TYR Nest Pro Nano did just that for us. We found the lack of leakage and the rock solid hold to be comforting, even if it does leave you with a wicked pair of raccoon eyes for a while afterward. They fit us perfectly, but we recommend first trying on a pair yourself. And — something that's important for a timed competition — the goggles are designed with "embedded anti-fog," so you shouldn't have to constantly stop and take them off during a race or a practice session. Plus, they come in a variety of colorways, from clear to black. Looks aside, make sure you get the satisfying suction sound that confirms a good fit. [$20; tyr.com]