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post #1 of 15
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i need a new helmet and goggles what is the best valued goggles. and what is the best value helmet i really dont want to spend more than 100 dollars per item. but just post what you thin what the best value is and ill consider it.

also i have a larger head and face then most people my helmet size is large

post #2 of 15

I tried on a gazillion helmets last year; bought the Salamon Ranger.  Great fit, adjustable without the tightening adjustment pressing against my head uncomfortably.   If a shop near you doesn't stock them (not too many places do, for some reason)  Christy Sports has the 10/11 version online for $70,  REI has them for $73. 

 

I'll be looking for goggles myself.

post #3 of 15

I bought the Giro G10 last year and skied all season with it -- my first time using a helmet. It is very comfortable and has a vent you can open or close depending on temperature. I also bought the Bluetooth Link headset for listening to tunes and being able to take occasional calls from my kids elsewhere on the mountain.

post #4 of 15

Giro G9 XL is going to be the largest helmet you can get on the normal market.  Comfortable and under $100.  Any Giro goggle will fit, I personally like the spherical series a lot.  

post #5 of 15

Really depends on the shape of your head, not necessarily the size.  I went to a shop and tried on every single helmet they had (a couple dozen) and ended up getting the Salomon Ranger Custom Air because it was the ONLY one that fit me well.  Awesome helmet, by the way.

 

As for goggles......depends how picky you are, and also if you want lenses for varying light conditions or one all-purpose lens.  You may want to consider buying slightly used.  I'd highly recommend the Smith I/O but it's above your budget, though you do get 2 lenses.  Oakley A-frame will be too small, something like an Oakley Crowbar or Splice would be more your size.  But again, budget may be an issue.  If you can spend a bit of extra, you won't be disappointed.  Better to spend more (the cost of a few pizzas extra) than settle for something half-@$$ed in my opinion (no offense, but I'm talking about the crappy goggles).

 

There are some great deals on slightly used goggles though that would fit your budget.  If you chose to go that route, grab the Smith I/O.  NOT the I/Os, those are the small version.

post #6 of 15
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i really like the giro g9 and oakley splice is that a good pair or will the goggle even fit

post #7 of 15

I have two pairs of Oakleys, one Crowbar with a black iridium lens and one Splice with a H.I. yellow lens. I have a large head as well and both fit extremely well. The goggles are a little more than you want to spend ($140 for the Crowbar and $150 for the Splice, although some lenses are cheaper), but they are worth every penny. I really fell in love with the H.I. yellow lens last season, the contrast it gives you in low light conditions is amazing.

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Originally Posted by cmcnulty View Post

I have two pairs of Oakleys, one Crowbar with a black iridium lens and one Splice with a H.I. yellow lens. I have a large head as well and both fit extremely well. The goggles are a little more than you want to spend ($140 for the Crowbar and $150 for the Splice, although some lenses are cheaper), but they are worth every penny. I really fell in love with the H.I. yellow lens last season, the contrast it gives you in low light conditions is amazing.


i can get bot for under 90 dollars

 

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Originally Posted by RaceDude View Post

Giro G9 XL is going to be the largest helmet you can get on the normal market.  Comfortable and under $100.  Any Giro goggle will fit, I personally like the spherical series a lot.  


I'm not that experienced at buying helmets and didn't know about all Giro helmets fitting all Giro goggles.  Good tip.  Makes sense. 

 

I found out as an infrequent helmet buyer that you have to be careful about mixing and matching with goggles.  Some don't fit well together.  If you buy separately, I would recommend that you get a helmet you really like first, then try on a bunch of goggles until you find one that fits snugly around your face and the shape of the helmet. 

 

You have a pretty strong budget, but FYI sometimes TJ Maxx and Marshalls have helmets in the Fall for about $30-40.  I bought a Leedom there in that price range a couple years ago.
 

 

post #10 of 15

Agreed.  It's harder to find a helmet that fits perfectly than goggles.  Goggles are definitely easier to find that work with a certain helmet, not vice versa. For example, Oakley A-Frames are rounded along the top with bumps that create a serious gap between my helmet so I have to sell my A-Frames. G9 is a popular helmet but it was garbage on my head.  Really depends on the person, you should seriously try to test them on in person before buying. Go to a local store if you have to, and then buy online for a great deal.  But take your chances if you order a helmet online and hope it fits, it's rolling the dice.

 

If you can get Oakely Crowbar or Splice for $90 (I'd go with the Splice) then that's a good deal BUT you will probably find that one lens will not work well in all conditions.  Pink Iridium or VR28 is probably the best all-around lens you can get if you don't want to go with two lenses.  But really bright or night time use is out of the question with one lens.  Otherwise get a low light lens like Hi-Yellow or Persimmon now and then a bright lens like Black Iridium or Fire Iridium later when you have some extra cash.

post #11 of 15

If you choose to order online - try both the helmet and goggles on if you can in a shop.  Put them on together to ensure that they fit well together (nothing worse than new goggles not fitting with your new helmet!). 

 

Oh and if there is one place where you should avoid pinching pennies its on your helmet - just my $0.02

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If you choose to order online - try both the helmet and goggles on if you can in a shop.  

 

I strongly suggest that if you try on helmets and goggles in a shop, buy helmets and goggles in that shop.  It's the right thing to do. 

post #13 of 15
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I strongly suggest that if you try on helmets and goggles in a shop, buy helmets and goggles in that shop.  It's the right thing to do. 

If you do insist on buying online after trying on in the store, make sure you get the goggles that leave a nice gap between them and the helmet. You will get a better deal online, and you will also have better ventilation and forehead-tanning capability.
 

 

post #14 of 15

I like my RED Hi-FI Subwoofer helmet, got it for 59.99 off SAC

post #15 of 15
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i ended up getting the giro chapter fits very nicely. my friends setup is the chapter and splice and we have the same helmet size and both large noses it feels good when i have both on. and i ski on the east coast i usually go to bellayre mountain were i have my season pass. it closes at 4 so i wont really need goggles for night skiing.

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