Pros: No fog, good lens
Cons: The strap adjustment/buckle placement makes it difficult to fit helmet strap
There is sooooooo much more to this story than skiing goggles.
A very long time ago(I want to say 17 years ago) my husband bought some goggles to ride dirtbike that had a fan in them. He paid 98.00 for them and I nearly had a stroke. Back then decent dirtbike goggles could be had for 20.00.
He argued that, with his glasses he was fogging up all the time and these goggles would pay for themselves in busted dirt bike parts and his busted body because he'd quite hitting the trees if he could see.
He was right!! He quit hitting trees. His injuries reduced and his bike wasn't beaten up so badly. After that, I made it a point to see to it that he had/has a functioning pair of Smith Turbo Fan Goggles before dirtbiking season starts, which he, now, uses to ski as well.
Fast forward to Stowe 2007:
I'd never experienced powder like this. I know its not a big deal to those of you who get 2 ft at a time, but 18 inches was amazing to this Michigan girl.
First of all, I made a mistake of getting moisture in my Smith Anthem goggles at the beginning of the day. I like the Anthems which have an amazing lens for flat light, they fit my face well, and I like the peripheral vision they offer, but don't fit my helmet well. The moisture was a big no no to begin with, then I fell and my goggles got more snow and moisture in them. Now, frozen and zero visibility, I left my ESA Group to go get goggles.
On my way in, my phone rang, it was my husband, asking me how much fun I was having. I told him I was on a mission to get new goggles, to which he said, "Get the turbo goggles! You will never regret it!"
I did, $180!!!:
It nearly killed me to pay retail, at a ski resort, no less, but I was desperate and my husband urged me to take the leap.
I will NEVER wear a pair of goggles that don't have a fan again!!
The battery life is surprisingly long, with one AAA battery, I can get through most of the ski season if I remember to turn off the fan after a ski day. That can be a problem because the fan is incredibly quiet and I forget that its on.
The only down side to these is the loss of peripheral vision(though its a minimal loss) that the Anthem offered.
I may play around with the lens because I'm not sure this lens is the best for the flat light we get in Michigan so often, but I know the fan keeps the moisture out and made the blind woman see!!!