LED Guides in These Goggles Keep Open Water Swimmers on Course

Swimming from one end of a pool to the other in a straight line is a lot easier than trying to stay on track when swimming in a lake or open water. But a new pair of swim goggles can keep track of what direction you’re heading and help keep you swimming in a straight line using a pair of subtle LEDs.

Source: LED Guides in These Goggles Keep Open Water Swimmers on Course

Don’t get your hopes up.  It’s on kickstarter, and the video is not actual footage.  The technology has been around for years now, why hasn’t any of the big names come out with something?

Having swam numerous open water events this past season, the first thing that sticks out for me is that the goggles only let you set one direction.  Nothing in the description says “waypoint”, an actual fixed point that you would navigate around.  Most open water triathlon swim courses have at least two buoys to navigate, so you’d have to stop your swim to reset/calibrate for every additional buoy.

Another experience that will render the goggles useless: getting them knocked off, or at least enough that you can’t see out of one goggle.  Happened to me for the first time this season.  Loosing a $20 pair of goggles isn’t a big deal, but ones that run $200?

My call: avoid, at least until the product matures.  Being able to sight in the water is very important, and you don’t need to see the buoy when you can follow the people in front of you.