Environment: Outdoor swimming during mid-day hours when the sun is high and when the sun is setting low on the horizon.
Polarized lenses offer improved color and depth perception by filtering out the sun's horizontal rays and eliminating glare reflected off the water’s surface. As a result, they improve your visibility by relaxing your eyes. Although every lens in our collection filters harmful UV rays, our polarized lenses offer more benefits in specific conditions, especially for intensive use and competition.
Polarized lenses eliminate the reflective glare from the sun, bringing you comfort by reducing the strain on your eyes. These lenses provide optimal clarity by making objects appear clearer and sharper.
Polarized swim goggles. What’s all the hype about? While these goggles sound "high-tech" for swimming, are they the right choice for you?
Aquasphere's premium swim optics offers a full assortment of performance-engineered lenses to enhance your visual comfort. Whether you're swimming indoors or when the sun is fully shining during your outdoor training, Aquasphere has the best lens options for any swimming condition.
Today, let's talk about the ideal conditions in which polarized goggles are worthy of being used, a comparative review of our two polarized lens options, and how they perform compared to tinted and mirrored swim goggles. For further details, check our swim goggle lens guide.
The Best Polarized Lenses For Outdoor Swimming With Sunny Weather
Partially sunny weather conditions are ideal for using polarized lenses. When swimming in these conditions, the reflection of light off of the surface of the water can become annoying. In these conditions, our Green polarized and Brown polarized lens options are an excellent choice.
The Best Polarized Lenses For Outdoor Swimming With Overcast Weather
The Aquasphere range was developed to provide triathletes and open water swimmers the best training and racing experience. While theoretically, any of our swim goggles and lenses can be used for open water swimming, some lenses are more effective at filtering light depending on the sun's brightness.
Polarized Lenses For Indoor Swimming
As a rule of thumb, polarized swim goggles are not designed for indoor use. Their role is to filter glare from reflective surfaces, so you may find yourself seeing less if you use them indoors. However, some indoor swimming pools may have powerful spotlights, especially the ones used for competitions. In this case, you may prefer a polarized lens for your swim goggles.
Tips From The Pros
When swimming outdoors in bright sunshine, like an outdoor pool or the ocean, triathlon and swimming champions have quite clear preferences, here is what they say about this topic:
“Polarized lenses are good for pretty much any condition: sunny or moody overcast days. I usually tend to grab the polarized and mirrored lenses for bright sunny days. In open water swimming, it’s important to have a lens that allows you to spot buoys and points of interest to stay on course, so these are great options to take in the open water.” - Timothy O’Donnell
“I love the FastLane goggles for both training and racing. They are a low-profile eye socket goggle that fits my face perfectly. I think the fit is the first measure for me, then I look at lens needs based on where I’ll be swimming. Another option, if you prefer a bigger field of vision, is the Vista Pro. The Vista Pro is great when training in open water, but for racing, I prefer a lower profile option. I also always carry two pairs in my race bag so that if anything happens, I have an extra pair ready to go. Always control what you can.” - Mirinda Carfrae
Our Polarized Swim Goggle Lenses Chart
Polarized lenses work by filtering glare from reflective surfaces and sharpening your vision when swimming outdoors. Discover, lens by lens, which might be the best choice for you.
Green Polarized Lenses
While protecting your eyes from glare, our Green Polarized lenses also increase sharpness and color contrast in partially sunny weather. They have the ability to cut the blue rays that fatigue the eyes on long outdoor swim sessions when the sun is high.
The Brown Polarized lenses filter light reflection on bright sunny days and make objects look sharper while offering naturally contrasted colors. They also work wonders when the sun is low on the horizon in the late afternoon.
Polarized Swim Goggles vs. Other Types of Lenses
Polarized goggles are amazingly effective for outdoor swimming in partly sunny weather. However, in other conditions, some other type of lenses may be a more suitable choice. Here is a comparative overview of polarized lenses versus mirrored and tinted swim goggles, so you can understand better when to use which one.
Polarized Swim Goggles vs. Mirrored Swim Goggles
Mirrored swim goggles are amazingly effective for outdoor swimming in bright sunny weather as they reflect away direct sunlight. Polarized lenses work better to reduce light reflection on the water surface, especially if the conditions are not too bright, like in partially sunny weather.
Polarized Swim Goggles vs. Tinted Swim Goggles
If you are looking for versatile swim goggles, the tinted swim goggles are an excellent choice for indoor pools and overcast days. They offer the first level of protection against glare while not filtering the light as much as polarized lenses on cloudy days or indoors.
If you are looking for versatile lenses for indoor and outdoor swimming, have a look at our Blue and Amber tinted lenses.
Picking The Best Polarized Swim Goggles: Frequently Asked Questions
How do polarized lenses work?
These lenses receive special treatment during their manufacturing process. As glare usually occurs when rays of light are reflected on horizontal surfaces such as the surface of a lake or the sea, a chemical is laminated internally on the lens to filter the rays of light. It darkens your vision and allows you to see details more effortlessly by eliminating the reflective light.
Are Mirrored goggles better?
Bright, sunny weather is the ideal condition for using mirrored lenses. Mirrored lenses darken your visibility, making it easier to see in harsh sunlight. Depending on the conditions, however, tinted or polarized lenses can be a better option.
Do polarized goggles fog less than other types of goggles?
No, all our swim goggles lenses have the same durable antifog treatment.
How do you clean polarized goggles?
As a rule of thumb, always rinse your swim goggles with warm, freshwater after every swim, especially if you were swimming in the ocean. Saltwater is harsh on polarized and mirrored lenses so cleaning after each swim is important.
Lay them flat to dry away from direct sunlight.
We recommend avoiding using any piece of cloth, even microfiber, to clean the lens as it could damage its anti-fog treatment. Instead, if you need to remove something, gently use the pad of your finger.