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I think so. Here's my reasoning:<br><br>
Regardless of the sport involved, your clothing and equipment can make a big difference in your speed. Not because of aerodynamics (or hydrodynamics in the pool), although obviously that plays a big role, but because of comfort. We all have that favorite pair of running shorts or those goggles that fit just right. Other shorts or goggles might work fine, but they're just not quite right - maybe they chafe, or tug around the side, or rub that bony spot just a bit.<br><br>
My point is (and no, I have no evidence as backup, I'm just spouting conjecture here) that when you use a piece of equipment that isn't quite perfect, some small part of your brain is focusing on that problem spot instead of focusing on your form or your performance. You may worry that your bike shorts are chafing and could be a problem on the run. Or that your socks are bunching up at the little toe and could cause a blister halfway through the run. All these little worries can cause you to slow down just a hair, as a portion of your focus shifts from racing to comfort.<br><br>
Nowhere will this be more apparent than in swimming. Water is so much more dense than air that even a tiny imperfection in your stroke can make a substantial difference in speed. Keeping that perfect stroke should consume all available brain power after the essential worries of sighting, swimming at the right speed, etc. If you're thinking about how uncomfortable your goggles are (or how foggy they are, or whatever), then you're *not* thinking about some part of your stroke. And you'll slow down. The only saving grace is that the swim is generally the shortest portion of a triathlon.<br><br>
So here's my unofficial list of Most Important Gear That Must Fit Right:<br><br>
o <b>Bike saddle</b> - If you can't keep your butt planted, you're losing massive time. Your speed on the bike is the biggest factor in your overall time.<br>
o <b>Helmet/glasses</b> - Every time you have to fiddle with your helmet or glasses, you'll slow down.<br>
o <b>Goggles</b> - To fiddle with these you must come to a complete stop, lucky for you the swim is the shortest part of the race.<br>
o <b>Bike shorts</b> - You should not have to sacrifice bike speed for fear of comfort issues on the run<br>
o <b>Socks</b> - For a short run no big deal, but for a long run you better not be worried about your feet.<br><br>
Most other things can be "put up with" without taking away much speed. Annoying running shorts, shirts, etc. Am I wrong?
 

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Getting close, which is why I have to throw all this stuff out there now. It's my year-end closeout! Wait 'till you see my "mystery body part" picture!!
 

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I'm in love with my new swim goggles. They are huge! Kinda like safety goggles that you wear in wood shop class. I will swim fast and true.
 

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I need to find a new pair....I'm thinking the Aquasphere Kaiman goggles for my next one. I got a seal mask for Christmas but it doesn't work with my non-existent bridge. Things won't seal properly so BrewDad took them back. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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I'm getting the prescription goggles from Speedo. Must be nice to be able to stare while swimming. Will make waiting for the start of the races more fun too. Would it be too weird if I wear them on the bike?
 

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My dh gave me the aquasphere kaiman goggles for christmas this year - took a while to get them adjusted so they wouldn't leak, but they are very comfortable. The only problem is they seem to screw up my depth perception ?? I crashed into the wall the first few laps in the pool - I'm still not sure I'm used to them. Anyone else have this problem with different goggles??
 

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Having tried loads of brands of Prescription goggles I would say that although the speedos are good they are not a patch on the Aquasphere Eagles with Prescription - The lens quality is much greater and therefore the clarity is much better in the Eagles than in the Speedos -- ALthough the speedos are a smaller fit so are better suited to some faces .<br><br>
I also like the wider angle of the eagles for open water<br><br>
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Aquasphere, love them. When they are dialed in (or should I say dialed on), zero leaking issues. Leaky goggles make me less fast as I would have to deal with adjusting midswim.<br><br>
I second the notion of having good running sox with a proven blister prevention plan. Makes any long run oh so enjoyable!
 

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I have a small face and head, so I have to use youth goggles or those designed for adults with smaller faces. So, I just use the Speedo Aquaspex (?), Jr. Do they make some with better peripheral vision for smaller faces? I'm happy with mine, though I messed up the first pair, which I loved, so I got new ones. The first ones were smoke, but these are blue (they were out of smoke), and the blue drives me nuts! I have tinted ones and non-tinted ones because I swim in different conditions.<br><br>
By the way, I'll have the same issue with the LIT hat -- I need a youth size!! All my running hats are youth hats, and they fit me great! So, I'll get one if I can get it in youth.
 

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I have a small face and head, so I have to use youth goggles or those designed for adults with smaller faces. So, I just use the Speedo Hydrospex (?), Jr. Do they make some with better peripheral vision for smaller faces? I'm happy with mine, though I messed up the first pair, which I loved, so I got new ones. The first ones were smoke, but these are blue (they were out of smoke), and the blue drives me nuts! I have tinted ones and non-tinted ones because I swim in different conditions.<br><br>
By the way, I'll have the same issue with the LIT hat -- I need a youth size!! All my running hats are youth hats, and they fit me great! So, I'll get one if I can get it in youth.
 

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For race goggles, there are two important variables:<br><br>
1) Will they stay on, even if bumped.<br>
2) Is the visibility good.<br><br>
I don't think the hydrodynamics makes much difference in open water swims where you are hopefully tucked in behind somebody else.<br><br>
The stay on part is obvious. Visibility is important so you can survey the feet surrounding you to select the best pair to follow and so when you pop your head up from the water to sight you can quickly see clearly.<br><br>
Victor
 
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