How Much Did Michael Phelps’ Swimming Goggles Cost?

Published 12/22/2021, 10:43 AM EST
18 Sep 2000: Michael Phelps of the USA in action during the Mens 200m Butterfly Heats at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre on Day Three of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport (Getty)


Swimming equipment is a major part of a swimmer’s performance. Swim shorts, caps, and goggles become a catalyst for the swimmer to improve their speed. Without compromising on old-school hard work, the athletes try out the best equipment possible. Significantly, one major part of that is goggles. Michael Phelps once said goggles are the most important equipment to use underwater. Simply because they give splendid vision and prevent the eye irritation.

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Thus, the importance of goggles cannot be underestimated. Phelps uses the best goggles available to enhance his performance. So what does he use?

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What kind of goggles did Michael Phelps wear?

Back before he started his own brand in 2014, Phelps used the famous Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 Swim Goggles. Recent Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel used these goggles to help him win medals at the 2017 World Championships. The goggles have excellent peripheral vision and silicone straps that make them comfortable to wear. Adjustable nose-bridges and rubberised gasket that provides for a leak-proof kit. These goggles cost $31.99 right now.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

After that, Phelps ended his contract with Speedo and used his own brand MP Michael Phelps Xceed Goggles. He partnered with Aquasphere and launched his pair of swim goggles and other swimming equipment. He used these goggles during his final Olympic appearance at Rio 2016. They have an excellent field of vision which is important during a competition to check on the competitors. The price of the goggles is $30.00.

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What brand of goggles do Olympic swimmers use?

There are many famous brands that swimmers use. Swedish goggles, Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Swim Goggles, TYR Socket Rocket Goggles, Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 Swim Goggles, FINIS Smart Goggles, Speedo FastSkin Hyper Elite Goggles, Arena Cobra Ultra goggles, MP Michael Phelps Xceed Goggles, are some of the famous brands out in the market. These goggles help swimmers to focus on their performances while giving perfect stability.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 10: Michael Phelps prepares to swim ahead of the 2012 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on May 10, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ever since goggles were allowed to use in 1976, the swimmers have unequivocally been using them. As the water is treated with chlorine, goggles prevent the eyes from becoming red or irritated while letting swimmers see underwater. Importance of excellent goggles is key for the swimmer to avoid water entering the eyes while swimming at full speeds. There are different ways goggles are useful. Being tight will hurt the skin and so it should fit perfectly.

What brand does Michael Phelps use?

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When he became 15, Phelps signed a contract with Speedo that made him earn millions. He used the Speedo Speed Socket for a long time during his time with the company. Different bonuses were included with the contract; including, a $1 million bonus for winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. From the 2004 Athens Olympics to the 2012 London Olympics, he used Speedo’s signature goggles as he won a lot of medals with the famous swimming equipment company. After that, he switched his brand of goggles for his last appearance in the Olympics as he spoke about his brand.

“The XCEED goggles are the best goggles that I have ever worn–they are super comfortable, and the vision is insane. The ability to see so clearly with incredible peripheral vision allows me to see the wall and other swimmers underwater unlike ever before,” said Phelps.

OMAHA, NE – JULY 02: Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the final heat for the Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly during Day Seven of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 2, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Hence, these goggles helped him to win five gold medals and one silver medal at the Olympic Games. Thus, swimming goggles are an important part of a swimmer’s competition. Phelps used the best brand; a brand that he stayed with for a long time.

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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