Vorgee is probably a brand you’ve never heard of. That’s because it is relatively new. Founded in Australia in 2005, the family owned firm sells a range of products including equipment such as pullbuoys, hand paddles and training fins as well as goggles.
Since launching in the UK around 18 months ago with a base in the slightly less than glamourous location of Walsall in the West Midlands, the company has been steadily trying to make inroads into the UK market: a market which is still largely dominated by Speedo and Zoggs and to a lesser extent Aquasphere (a brand that’s mainly popular with triathletes). However here it will focus mainly on its range of goggles – at least initially.
According to Wayne Diedericks, Vorgee’s National Account Manager, and formerly Retail Operations Manager, Speedo UK, the market is big enough for another competitor. “In Australia our goggles are proving especially popular with club swimmers, particularly the Missile racing goggles,” he says.
As part of a push into the UK market, Vorgee sent Goggleblog a sample of three of its latest products – the Missile, the Venom and the Voyager. Without doubt though it’s the Missile product which is the most interesting. Available in Silver Mirrored, Rainbow Mirrored, Tinted or Clear Lens versions, the Missile also comes in numerous colours which is great for those who like to have matching goggles and cap combos! We tested out a pair of Fluro Orange Rainbow Mirrored goggles which have a retail price of around £20. However, slightly cheaper (around £15) are the the clear lens models which are also available in numerous colours, including white, silver, pink, yellow, red, navy, green and black.
Different nose bridges
Looks wise, the Vorgee Missile are quite similar to the latest Zoggs’ Fusion Air and a little like the Speedo Speedsocket Mirror. The eye pieces are quite small which makes them good for racing but I found they start to hurt a little if you are swimming for more than hour or so (however my son wears them every night and doesn’t have any problems).
What’s great about them is that they come with four different sized nose bridges (I needed the extra large but Archie wears the medium) so they are as close to a made to measure goggle as you can get. I also like the fact that you tighten the goggles in the middle which I always think makes them a lot more even and more straightforward rather than trying to adjust each side in turn. The end result is that I haven’t had any problems with them leaking even after several weeks of testing. Another bonus is that Vorgee provide a hard, see-through plastic case so you can put them in your bag without damaging them.
Any disadvantages? Because the goggles feature a tight eye socket I found that peripheral vision is a little bit limited compared with a goggle like Speedo’s Fastskin Elite. But then the Elites are around £12-£15 more expensive. For club swimmers and for those who want a decent racing/training goggle available in a wide selection of styles then the Vorgee Missiles are definitely worth considering.