Swimming with Swans – Open Water 7 review

Swans UK asked us to try the latest edition to their range, the Open Water Seven and we received it just in time for our holiday to Rhodes.

I find it a very well designed and manufactured, comfortable goggle, easy to adjust and non-leaking. I’ve been using the mirrored lens, perfect for bright Greek sunlight. I’m looking forward to trying the polarised lens version for dull British skies.

I’ve always been a fan of Japanese goggles. They look and feel great. But this is the first kind I’ve used which offer peripheral vision.

The difference between the OW7 and other goggles with peripheral vision is that, instead of curved lenses, it has 7 faces or sides. For some people, curved lenses can distort vision, especially when turning to breathe, though I’m not familiar with this problem myself. Anyway, vision was great in bright sunlight and I loved wearing the OW7 on holiday.

I showed it to Rita from London during a lesson and she said, ‘Wow, disco goggles.’  Our 19 year old son took them straight out of the box when they arrived, said, “These are so cool!’ and proceeded immediately to make a Vine video of himself wearing them, turning his head slowly. He’ll definitely be borrowing them next time he goes for a swim.

Cheryl says the fit feels quite small and racy. She likes larger frames which sit above her eyebrows. She’s a loyal Aqua Sphere fan and it’s difficult to persuade her to try different brands. But I’m really enjoying the OW7 this summer.

Swans say:

The Open Water Seven lenses have seven faces so you get excellent peripheral vision without the distortion often experienced with curved lenses.

Available with polarised or mirrored lens.

Super soft nose bridge and 3D gaskets provide a comfortable fit making it ideal for longer swims

The thick, split silicone strap will help to ensure your goggles stay firmly in position. The clamp on the side of the goggle allows the strap to be adjusted easily and quickly, and it’s unique design means it locks into place one the goggles are on your head.

– Anti fog coating
– UV protection
– FINA Approved
– Soft Silicone
– Extra strong lens
– Free mesh drawstring pouch.

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