Looking for a new pair of googles? Speedo is one of the big names out there ‐ and a name that most people think of when considering purchasing goggles. The most popular of the Speedo goggles would be the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 swimming goggle. Go to just about any lap pool, and you are likely to see several pairs of these ‐ in one of the many various colors available. You will most likely still come across several of the original Vanquishers ‐ given their popularity. In this article, we review the budget priced Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 swim goggle, and help you determine if this goggle will meet your needs.
Lets start with the basics. The Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 swimming goggles are a budget swim goggle. They have all of the main features you would expect from a premium racing or training swim goggle. There is an anti-fog coating, silicone seal, adjustable strap with rear toggle, and interchangeable nose pieces. They also come in a range of tints, or even with a mirror finish on the lens.
Once you try the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 swim goggle in real life, I think the ’budget’ aspect of this goggle becomes apparent, unfortunately. This is surprising, given the popularity of the Vanquisher. I put this down to the Speedo brand name popularity, and the need for Speedo to offer more premium goggles that are an improvement on the Vanquisher (and also at a much higher cost…). So what lets the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 swimming goggles down? There are several issues. While they are a reasonably sleek design, they do protrude more than you would expect for a racing goggle. The silicone seal is on the firm side, not the beautiful supple silicone I expect from my swimming goggles. This results in you needing to tighten up the goggles more than some other options. The peripheral vision isn’t that good ‐ the vision is blocked on the right and left hand extremities. Furthermore, the nose piece is quite difficult to change ‐ although fine once you have them set up correctly. Can you tell I was not impressed with this goggle! I guess the reason I was not impressed is that there is real competition amongst goggle makers for quality budget goggles ‐ and there are better options out there, with better quality and a cheaper price.
I have a detailed best goggle review available, and this article suggests some alternative goggles that are an excellent choice for different needs. But here, I’ll at least mention what I see as a clear winner in budget racing/training swim goggles, and a swim goggle I would recommend over the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0. The TYR Tracer-X racing swim goggle. This is a similar style goggle to the vanquisher, but in my opinion, this goggle is far better than the Vanquisher in every aspect. They are a great swim goggle that should be far more popular than they are…
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