ROKA's R1 Goggles Win Red Dot Award

ROKA’s R1 Goggles Win Red Dot Award

Courtesy of ROKA, winner of the Red Dot Award for Excellence in Product Design.

ROKA was founded by two former Stanford All-American swimmers who set out to make the fastest wetsuits on the planet.

After launching in 2013, ROKA’s products are used by numerous world-class athletes including ITU World Champions, IRONMAN® Champions and Olympic medalists.

But their vision has now moved into vision with their R1 Google.

Rob Canales, CEO and co-founder of ROKA with Kurt Spenser, said, “ROKA has been on a mission for two years to rethink goggle design and optimize the mechanics of sighting to improve speed and reduce energy expenditure. The R1 Google‘s RAPIDSIGHT™ technology addresses those critical issues and delivers a distinct competitive advantage. Offering an expanded field of view, it helps lead swimmers sight buoys faster and with less effort, and it allows followers to stay ‘on the feet’ of leading swimmers more easily.”

Canales and Spenser’s vision has led ROKA to receive its first Red Dot Award for Excellence in Product Design for its R1 Google – over 5,214 products from 57 nations.

Their innovations eventually led to RAPIDSIGHT, a technology that expands the field of vision so buoys and finishes can be sighted with less disruption to swim form and mechanics. The R1 Google also offers SPCTRM™, a lens tint collection optimized for environmental and light conditions. Its benefits cover the myriad conditions faced by open water swimmers and triathletes.

Light Vermilion: Great for low light; green backdrops; enhances orange and red buoys

















Dark Vermilion Mirror: Great for transition light; green backdrops; enhances orange and red buoys

















Light Amber: Great for low light / mist / fog / haze; enhances orange and red buoys

















Dark Amber Mirror: Great for transition light and direct sun; enhances orange and red buoys

















Light Grey: Great for transition light; urban backgrounds; natural color rendition

















Dark Grey Mirror: Great for direct sun; urban backgrounds; natural color rendition


















Clean Mirror: Great for morning light and indoor swimming; natural color rendition

















Jade Mirror: Great for direct sun, enhances yellow and orange buoys

















Cobalt: Great for ocean swims; enhances yellow and green buoys

















Stormtrooper Mirror: Direct sun; natural colors; the same as the Dark Grey Mirror

















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