Title: So far, so great
Content: The goggles are comfortable, they don't leak, they are high-quality, all for $12.99. I've tried more expensive goggles from Aqua Sphere (Vista model - returned when they fell apart) and Tyr (good goggles, but a bit small), and these are superior in many ways, especially for the money. I will continue to use them and if problems arise, I will edit my post to update it. But so far, there's no need to spend a ton of money on expensive goggles when these are available. Update: after 8 months, I haven't changed any of my thoughts on these googles. They are perfect for me. This fall, when I move to an indoor poor, I will get a pair with clear lenses, to account for the light in the pool, if they are too dark. I haven't read any of the negative comments here. One thing: swimming goggles just aren't going to be 100% comfortable, but you can get close. If they're noticeably uncomfortable, you've either got the wrong goggles or don't have your adjusted properly - or they're old and need replacing. Goggles fit around the most sensitive areas of the face, and if they don't have some pressure on them, they leak. But they shouldn't need a lot of pressure. What's more important is finding the right goggles for your face. I've tried a number of different types and brands; some fit, others sort-of fit, and still others don't fit at all. I don't think that comments about goggle-fit are any good in selecting a pair, because of the differences in people's heads and faces - you just have to try them on. There is a test you can use before you get in the water (it's quick, and if it determines the goggles don't fit, you can return them opened but unused): Open any packaging carefully, so you don't break or tear it, and save it. Before removing any protective cover on the lens and before using them in the water, place them on your face, and press lightly WITHOUT placing the strap around your head (let it flop on top of your head), but holding them in place with your hands. If they don't feel comfortable at this first step, try moving them around a bit (not much room to work with there, though), or adjusting the nose-piece, if that can be done, and again lightly press them on. If they're still uncomfortable, they're not for you. If they are comfortable, pressing them on again lightly. Experiment with the amount of pressure you use - when I press on my goggles for this fit-test, I listen for a small amount of air escaping from inside the goggles. Next, even more lightly, pull the goggles away from your face - you should feel slight suction on your skin. No suction means they will leak. Try this several times, with varying degrees of pressure on your face. If you get suction without discomfort, move to the next step. If suction only comes with discomfort, try some other goggles. If both eye-pieces slightly resist being pulled away from your face (you've got suction!), press them lightly again (again, experiment with degrees of pressure without discomfort) and let go of them (remember, no strap at the back of the head). If they immediately fall off your face, there's inadequate suction, and they will leak, either one eye-piece or both. If they stay for a few moments, then you probably have a good, leak-proof fit. (I'm not sure if using them will cause more flexibility and a better fit, but am not willing to chance it.) Finally, set the strap so that it is too loose for you, then gradually adjust it so that it pulls on the goggles gently. You simply want to maintain good suction as you swim, and you don't need to have the goggles jammed onto your face by the strap in order to do that. With good starting suction, you really only need enough tension on the strap to keep the goggles firmly in place - something that can be achieved by adjusting the location of the strap on your head, without even adjusting it's length. It's important to have the strap in a stable position, usually on the crown of your head. Finding the optimum place on your head with the minimum of tension on the strap will make for more comfortable wear - and probably longer life for the strap, which is often the first thing to go if the goggles start to deteriorate from use. The Aegend goggles fit me with all these tests, so I highly recommend them. Even if they only last a year, that will still save me money over the more expensive goggles which don't do as good a job.