"We make the best
swimming goggles in the world, and have for over 20 years.
Invented by Dr. John Runckel in 1979, Barracuda goggles continue
to be the brand of choice for serious swimmers.
Technically advanced materials combine with ingenious Positive
Pressure frame to provide the swimmer with a goggle completely
leak-free and comfortable. From the first Standard frame,
Barracuda has now grown to include many different types of
frames and seals. Barracuda's products have also expanded
to include a number of different types of headwear, accessories,
and hair and body care products.
We understand why you swim,
because we swim too. Our mission is to give our customer the most
comfortable aquatic environment possible. Swimming is important.
It's a great form of exercise and means something different to each
individual who participates. Thank you for choosing Barracuda
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-Positive Pressure Seal Goggles-
-Suction Seal Goggles-
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What Positive Pressure, means
to you is comfort. No suction, no pain, no marks. The
underlying frame of Barracuda Positive Pressure swim goggles fits
the bone structure of the eye socket. While facial anatomy can
vary, the eye socket is relatively the same. Barracuda's frames
match the contours and curvatures of the eye socket. In addition,
Barracuda uses an ultra-soft, closed-cell sponge to seal against the
skin. This material closes any gaps that remain between the frame
of the goggle and the face. By applying this patented technology,
Barracuda Positive Pressure goggles are able to seal out water without
With a suction seal
goggle, the goggle shape must allow the sponge or flange to be pushed into the
skin. The basic suction principle then takes over. Since a suction
goggle only matches the face partially, the facial tissue must be pulled to the
goggle to complete the seal. The facial tissue is attracted to the goggle
with negative pressure, suction. There is very little tissue to move near
the inner corner of the eye, so if the goggle doesn't match fairly closely with
the general eye socket shape at this point, it won't develop a suction.
This general shape of the eye socket has been described by some as round or
oval. If the area has a narrow, rather acute angle around the inner corner
of the eye it's described as oval. If the angle is broad it is generally
described as round. After checking this area of the goggle frame has to be
wide enough to cover the depression outside the outer corner. At this
point, a soft sponge or flange must at least be close to the skin all around the
periphery of the goggle. By compressing the sponge and pushing in on the
frame, air is pushed from beneath the goggle creating the necessary negative
pressure to keep the tissue pulled against the frame. This is why coaches
have told swimmers for years that for a goggle to work it has to stick to their
face with suction.
For a long lasting seal
the sponge must be pulled 1/8 inch or more into the tissue. Otherwise the
seal tends to break each time the swimmer takes a breath, because the shape of
the tissue changes. This long lasting seal also leaves red rings, and
occasional swelling around the eyes by limiting blood flow and lymphatic return
around the eyes. Even with suction goggles the shape of the frame
determines the fit.
We have searched the
world for the best fitting, most comfortable suction seal goggles, and offer
them as our Barracuda Suction Seal swim goggles. Nosebridge adjustments
are less precise on suction seal goggles and some, like the Electra, have a
fixed nosebridge. These are great goggles for convenience. Overall
frame size is more critical on suction seal goggles, because of the areas at the
inner and outer corners of the eyes. If a goggle is too large, it tends to
lose the suction seal at the outer area of the eye and temporal area, especially
while taking a breath. If the frame is too broad, or too "tall" it won't
fit into the inner corner of the eye closely enough to cause suction. Too
small a frame either won't seal at all, or impinges on the field of vision.
Goggles meant for small face sizes are often referred to as "juniors".
WIRE Construction is a patented
process in which a rubber "wire" is injected into a mold containing a
corded frame. Lighter and more flexible than conventional
hard-frame goggles, Wire frame goggles adapt to a wide range of face
shapes, providing improved comfort and a reliable seal.
Defogger, Hard Cases, Earplugs
Step Diotper: Pre-fabricated goggles made in spherical prescriptions
only. Same power in both eyes only. Available in -1.00 steps (i.e. -1.00,
-2.00, etc.) up to -8.00. (see
prescription information for how to determine the proper prescription)
Made of CR-39 optical plastic.
Custom Made Prescription: Custom made goggle made in your exact
prescription including astigmatism. Good for those with high astigmatism
(-1.00 or above), those with powers over -8.00, those who want to pick lens
material and color options, or those with different powers in each eye.
Price varies depending upon prescription and options.
e-mail for an exact quote. Include
what options you would like (i.e. polycarbonate, CR-39, mirror, etc.)
CR-39: Optically correct
plastic for best visual clarity. More scratch resistant than polycarbonate
Fog Resistant: Polycarbonate lens with fog resistant coating.