It’s never too early to be thinking about stocking-stuffers for your athlete, and the Venom goggles have become one of our favorites here at TriEdge. I’m not kidding, as soon as word gets around that HEAD has sent a package of gear to test, I start getting volunteers for the Venom. (I say ‘volunteers’ but I really mean beggars.) In fact, the women from our triathlon team had their choice of goggles from HEAD and the Venom was the choice for each member.
With the race season drawing to a close, athletes are turning their attention to putting in some good solid hours of base training. Unfortunately, there’s nothing like base training to show you how hammered your gear has become over the season, and one of the worst victims is the beloved swim goggles.
While you may be familiar with the HEAD label on your skis or tennis racket, but the brand is not as visible in the U.S. for swimming. However, the experience they have being a swim super-power in Europe certainly shows with the details of the Venom.
Hydrodynamic styling and double silicone straps keep the goggles comfortably in place while swimming, and are easy to adjust. Our tester reported that the Anti Fog polymer treatment kept his goggles fog-free all season, in varied conditions and temperatures: “After a few months of owning a new pair of goggles, I’ve gotten used to the anti-fog wearing off , but the Venom stayed fog-free. I was very happy with them.”
He also added, “My favorite part was the fit, though. The gaskets are minimalistic compared to some other brands, but soft, and sealed very nicely without having to be crammed into my eye sockets. I also liked that they’re UV coated, since I do a lot of open water swims.”
The HEAD Venom goggles come in three colors, and are very difficult to keep in your possession, if you have friends that swim as well. I’ve been through a few pair myself because I lend them out and they are never returned. You know who you are.