History of the Compy Swim Goggle developed in the 70’s

GH Sports Founder, Greg Hind, was awarded the patent for the Compy Goggle in 1975 (COMPY GOGGLE, US Patent No. D 237757) for a fourteen year term.  An “injection molded goggle,” it the largest selling product in HIND Performance’s accessory line and became known internationally for its unique patented design features.

It was described as a low profile, distortion-free goggle that provided a crisp, clear view.  It had no curvature, was unbreakable, had an ingenious hinge-buckle for easy adjustment or replacement of straps.

As described in the HIND 1978 catalog, “Compy gives greatest freedom of peripheral vision obtainable…less than 7% obstruction.  Extended nosepiece keeps them on, securely and comfortably.  Available in green, clear, smoke, burgundy, blue and amber.”

compy-frogSwim goggles existed in the 1920’s but the Compy Goggle gave the swimmer a considerably larger, as well as undistorted, field of vision. It was very unique within the swim goggle options.

The production or the distribution of the “Compy Goggle”  was taken over by WATER GEAR and sold under the product name to COMPETITION I #20600 until late 2018 when the company suddenly closed its doors.

[Jan 2019 Update]

Many of GH Sports customers have been calling frantic to purchase what stock we had remaining and to find an exact replacement for the iconic Compy Goggle.

What’s similar to the Compy Goggle?

Unfortunately, the Compy Goggle is no longer being produced by Water Gear or any other manufacturer. GH Sports staff understands this was a favorite goggle for many dedicated swimmers so we continue to reach out to companies to see if it will be replicated once again and have been looking for a similar goggle.

As we all know the Compy Goggle stood alone in the swim goggle market, but we have found the TYR Team Sprint Goggle to be a similar alternative to try. The former Compy and current Sprint goggles are similar as far as the nose piece, shape, and foam gaskets go. The fit will be a little different but it is as close as swimmers can get right now.

One Comment

Sara levine

I am so so so sad that this google is not being made any more! I used them as Hind goggles for over 40 years!


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