Splash Digital Swim Bag Buyer's Guide: Caps and Goggles

Splash Digital Swim Bag Buyer's Guide: Caps and Goggles

By Jim Rusnak//Splash Editor-in-Chief  | Thursday, October 12, 2017

In the Fall 2017 issue of Splash Magazine, we ask a handful of National Team athletes – including Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, Haley Anderson and Becca Mann – about some of the essential items they pack in their swim bags.

Over the next month, we’ll feature some items from USA Swimming sponsors that you might want to consider for your own swim bag as your season gets underway.

Next to suits, goggles and caps are the next most-essential items in any swim bag. You might want to consider keeping at least two of each in your bag – one for practice and one for racing, or in case one breaks.

Here’s a look at some offerings from USA Swimming sponsors Arena and Speedo:



Arena Python Mirrored Goggles.Arena Python Mirror Goggle

Keep your eye on the prize with arena’s newest google, the Python. Available in a mirrored and non-mirrored lens for all your competition needs. 

The mirrored lens provides extra protection against UV rays while swimming outdoors cutting down on glare from the sun and in well-lit pools. 

Both the mirrored and non-mirrored lenses provide ultimate durability and clarity from the design of a protective polycarbonate hardened lens. 

The goggle’s sleek, snake-eye shaped lens provides the ultimate hydrodynamic performance while giving the swimmer an optimized wide, clearer vision of the competitive elements.



Speedo Fastskin Lite GogglesSpeedo Fastskin3 Elite Mirrored Goggle

Features a maximum comfort, a hydrodynamic profile and wide peripheral vision with lens head movement to make the Elite Goggle a key weapon in the armory of the serious swimmer.

Developed as part of the world's first Racing System, it works in harmony with Speedo’s Fastskin cap and suit.

The hydroscopic lens is a unique lens shape offering an increased field of vision.

Other features include: Speedo’s first true 3D goggle seal designed for real head and face contours; an accurate and comfortable fit; improved seal leak resistance; less need for high strap tension; IQ Fit goggle strap, a new fully integrated one-piece strap that eliminates dangling strap ends; easy to adjust using the tensioning scale so you will be able to set your preferred strap tension quickly; reduced bulk under cap offers; striking mirror lens to reduce brightness and glare; three interchangeable nose bridges for best fit.

Use the Fit Point Marker on the center of the nose bridge to align goggles and Fastskin3 Cap.

Fabric Content:// Lens: PC, Seal: TPR, Frame: PC, Strap: Silicone; latex free; FINA approved; anti-fog & UV Protection.



Speedo Vanquisher.Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggle


Get a precision fit with the sleek, low profile inner eye fit. The gasket rests snugly and securely in the eye socket. The widest panoramic lenses with cushioned silicone seals and four interchangeable nosepieces.

UV protection with Anti-Fog. 100% PVC free. Latex free. Mirrored lens helps reduce glare.

Excellent competitive and training goggle.




Speedo Speed Socket Goggle.Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 Mirrored Goggle


The iconic Speed Socket has evolved! Now part of the Fastskin family, this goggle retains that classic Speedo Socket fit, but now offers increased peripheral vision. The mirrored lens reduces glare and brightness, while double head strap ensures a secure fit.

Sleek, low-profile. Wide panoramic vision. Hypo-allergenic comfort seals. Latex free. Anti-fog lens with UV protection.





Arena 3D Ultra CapArena 3D Ultra Cap

Equipped with soft silicone seals and an adjustable dual strap for ultimate comfort and customized fit.

Made from the highest grade silicone, this race cap has multi-density zones which offer superior hydrodynamics. Tested and approved by athletes.

  • High grade 'multi-density' silicone for optimum compression and hydrodynamics. Maintains its shape throughout the race.
  • 3D molding technology. Wrinkle free for reduced friction.
  • Special neck cut, ideal for butterfly and breaststroke.
  • Color contrasting arena lettering to front.
  • Tested and approved by athletes.



Speedo Team USA Cap.Speedo USA Flag Silicone Cap

The cap of choice for Olympic champions. Contoured shape reduces drag.

Lightweight silicone provides durable performance and optimum fit. Latex-Free. Easy on and off design won't snag hair.




Speedo Aqua V Silicone Cap.Aqua V Silicone Cap

Zoned 3-D shape creates a hydrodynamic fit. Available in two sizes for optimum fit. Anatomical fit around base of head and over ears. Smooth, latex free silicone reduces drag.

Provides comfort and stability during competition. Logo size meets NCAA and high school regulations for competition.




Speedo Fastskin Cap.Fastskin Cap

Solid colored cap with back center graphic.

The world's first cap featuring the IQ Fit Profile, and designed using accurate head mapping data; creating optimum comfort, outstanding hydrodynamic performance, improved fit and ease of use. Reduces drag by 5.7% if used in conjunction with Fastskin3 Goggles.

Developed as part of the world's first Racing System, engineering cap, goggles and suit to work in harmony.

The first true 3D cap created by Speedo Aqualab and based on accurate global head scanning data.

Designed for real head and face contours.

Improved drag reduction, comfort, and fit accuracy.

Use the Fit Point Marker to easily align your cap and Fastskin3 goggles.

Striking iconic design is cohesive across suit, cap and goggles, making a statement to your opponents.

Fabric Content:// 100% Silicone.

If you have long hair we recommend you wear the Fastskin3 Hair Management System under your cap.

Also available in White (Style 7518024)

This product has been fully approved by FINA.



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