I recently had laser vision surgery and have been avoiding riding in the cold night air due to lack of glasses or goggles (in the day I wear sunglasses). BTW, it makes me quite mad that my medical insurance won't pay for the surgery claiming that it is "cosmetic" when in fact I did not have it for cosmetic reasons at all; I had it done to fix my peripheral vision, not to eliminate glasses which I obviously still need. Does anyone know how to get this surgery covered?
Anyway I had mentioned trying some swimming goggles for cycling in another thread and received this response.
All of the goggles there had gaskets which I found reduced visibility, although it wasn't as bad with smaller gaskets. I found out a popular type/brand of goggles among competitive swimmers are called swedish goggles ("Swedish" is actually the original brand name, but there are several makers of this type); They are gasketless and simply consist of two hard plastic cups tied across the bridge of the nose with a string and around the back of the head with an elastic band. One of the reasons they are popular is because the simple design allows for a custom fit, which apparently allows the gasketless design to perform very well at sealing out water, although they have a reputation for being uncomfortable. They are also cheap at around $3 per pair.
I was going to get some of clear swedish brand goggles, but I couldn't find any for sale locally and I was concerned the plastic tab on the side might reduce visibility:
Although there are several swedish goggles on the market which are constructed without the tab, the only model I was able to find that was available untinted/uncolored is the TYR Socket Rocket:
So I ordered a pair of Socket Rockets for about $7. They apparently aren't completely gasketless like the real swedes, but are rather made of soft silicone where they contact the face. I like this because I think it will be safer if I get smacked in the face. I'm also hoping it will be much more comfortable, because although many swimmers say you need to wear gasketed designs tighter, I think I will actually be able to wear them looser because I don't need to seal out water and I think the silicone will keep them from sliding around on my face.
Now you're probably wondering why I made this post if I haven't tried the goggles yet. Well I just thought others might like to see the preliminary research along with the subsequent reality. I'll post back once I receive them and have a chance to try them out.