I’ve grown up as a full-blown chlorinated pool swimmer with lifelong search for the perfect fitting goggles.
I swear, I must have tried like 50 different types and always found them inadequate.
Either they leaked or the suction was too much on the eyes until I found the holy grail, the Swedish goggles.
Ever since then, for the last 20 years, I’ve been an advocate for these tiny eggshell like contraptions.
Even in the outdoors during my open water swimming sessions.
They are the perfect invention, simple, affordable and they work extremely well.
However, there is one problem.
I need glasses to see well.
In the pool, it has worked perfectly fine, but outside in the wild, it can get a bit tough without a 20/20 vision.
And this brings me to my new gadget, the Aquaviz mask with prescription.
This is awesome, I can finally see the beautiful scenery around me when I swim in the Finnish lakes and seas.
That was my immediate reaction when I first put on my new prescription goggles from Aquaviz.
I no longer need to consider wearing contact lenses and do not have to expose my eyes to potential bacterial infection from the sometimes quite murky waters.
I know this sounds like a real corny advertising text, but it is totally true.
Let me tell you a bit about this new goggle gadget of mine.
The outside looks no different than any other ordinary swimming mask, but the secret lies within.
Instead of having a prescription glass be part of the goggles, the Aquaviz has it separated and exchangeable.
Inside the mask, there is a removable glass layer which can be attached to the inner part of the goggles.
Just snap it in at the nose bridge of the mask and voila, you now have full-blown prescription goggles.
This opens quite a lot of versatility to yours and your family’s swimming endeavors.
Everyone can now use the exact same mask with their own prescription attachment or without.
Of course, if you go for a swim together, then you will all have to have your own mask with your own prescription piece. :)
As I mentioned earlier, I am an avid supporter of the minimalist Swedish goggle design. So you can imagine when I first put on my new Aquaviz mask with its scuba diving mask contour, I had quite a strange feeling.
Since the goggle profile is so much larger than the one of Swedish goggles, it felt like I had an alpine ski mask strapped to my face.
After a few swims, it still feels a bit awkward at the start, but shortly into the swim, I don’t even notice it anymore.
Different types of swim masks are now widely popular among open water swimmers and triathletes, so if you are used to a mask already you probably won’t feel any different.
Even if you do have doubts about masks like me, don’t worry, after a while you get used to it and the ability to see clearly just trumps it all anyway :).
As you probably already know, selecting the appropriate goggles/mask for your swimming life is not always easy,
Aquaviz makes the choice quite simple.
There are varieties of color types available.
Mine is a black prototype, but I would have to recommend you stick with a clear mask type rather than a black one.
With a non-seethrough side your field of vision to the sides, top, and bottom is quite limited and when you, for example, swim on your back, you will really have to tilt your head to your chest to see who swims in your draft wake.
With a transparent material, it is much easier to see around you.
The strap is quite easy to put on and has a split at the back for a better hold on your head.
The strap is also adjustable from sides with just a push of a small button, so quite simple for anybody to master.
Yet another reason, I like it.
The rubber is quite comfortable on the skin on my face, so even after swimming for a few hours, the goggle ring imprint around my eyes is barely noticeable.
I can still come home without scaring my daughter that a bug-eyed monster has emerged from the depths of the deep dark waters.
Even though that is always fun to do.:)
Well, as with any goggle type there is always a risk of goggles being fogged up inside, however, the newest Aquaviz masks have some sort of a thin layer added to the mask inner glass which keeps the fogging to minimum.
This anti-fog layer should not be rubbed away, so you need to be incredibly careful about touching the inside glass of your mask.
I made a test and rubbed the anti-fog layer off (with ridiculously hard rubbing I might add), but the goggles still stay fairly fog-free.
Even on the worst day, I only get it fogged up around the edges, but not in the middle.
That said, you can always ask the guys at Aquaviz to send you a fog free wax that they send with their older mask versions.
To my amazement, the prescription is much more versatile than that of regular swimming masks.
The inner prescription piece does not have to be used only in a swimming mask, but also during your scuba diving and it can even be fitted inside a ski mask.
The company provides both scuba and ski masks into which you can just simply snap your prescription lenses and you are ready to embark on an unbelievable discovery of our earth's waters tranquil depths or have exactly the same experience as you'd with your GoPro camera whizzing down the piste.
I am an avid scuba diver, skier as well as a swimmer, so it is a huge money saver to not have to purchase specially made prescription masks for each of the sports that I love to do every year.
I love simple as you can see from my devotion to Swedish goggles and Aquaviz IS simple :).
At the order time, you will have to fill out a very simple form that will have information from your optometrist, so go get your eyes checked or dust off that old prescription from your last visit.
At the least, you will need your diopter measurements for both eyes and your pupil distance number.
There is also a possibility to get bifocal or varifocal lenses, so basically the inner lenses of the mask are just like regular glasses which makes it also much more useful.
There you have it, my new Aquaviz.
I'd just summarize it like this: simple, versatile and effective.
Just a few weekends ago, I went for a 4km swim around Seurasaari island in Helsinki.
I have never done it before, so I did not know what to expect, however, I was glad I brought my new mask.
Besides having an enjoyable swim, which was much warmer this time of the year here in Finland than expected, I was just amazed at how splendid the surroundings were.
So, thank you Aquaviz for making me enjoy swimming in a fully new stunning dimension.
I now "see the world clearly the way it should be" :).