As someone who can't function without glasses and is contact lens-phobic (not gonna stick anything in my eye on purpose!) I'm always interested in new ways to keep glasses from fogging up. I tend to overheat easily (so the insides of goggles get a bit steamy) so tricks like rubbing a dry bar of soap onto the lenses then polishing it off just don't work for long. So it was with great interest that I read about the Osbe Proton Senior. This helmet features an integral visor that can pivot up out of the way or down to cover your face from the cheeks up. Since it pivots, the visor does not actually contact your face to form a seal like a typical goggle. There is an "air dam" of foam rubber on the inside lower edge to minimize the gap, but still a small amount of air can circulate through the inside of the visor. This is necessary to continually clear away any buildup of humidity.
After trying one out for a few days skiing in pretty cold conditions (temps in the teens) at Whiteface Mountain I have to say I am very happy with this system! There are some definite advantages:
-Most important for me, no fogging of my glasses at all! Some people have said they need to breathe only through their mouthes with this since if they breathe through their nose it can cause some fogging, but I never had that problem. Once or twice on the chair if the wind was blowing from a certain angle it would happen a tiny bit, but there was never a problem while actually skiing.
-No pressure! Not pressing my glasses into my face, no glasses coming partly off when removing goggles. Also no pressure on the bridge of my nose so breathing was a little easier.
-Panoramic view: I had a greatly increased field of view since my face wasn't framed in by goggles.
-It's also a little more convenient to simply flip the visor up and not worry about goggles falling off the back of my helmet. At times I've also been concerned about the goggle strap breaking when stretched tightly over a helmet.
The only negative things I can report are:
-For the first chair of the day, my eyes will tear up a lot from the cold air circulating under the visor. At first I thought this was going to be a big problem, but I found it was just a brief period of adjustment -- once I took off on the first run, no more tearing for the rest of the rest of the day.
-Size: Maybe since this is European-designed the sizing seems to run small. I've always worn a large in bike and ski helmets (Bell, Giro etc.), but the sizing chart on the Osbe website indicated I should wear a medium (my head is about 23-1/2" around). I ordered a large anyway and it was definitely too tight, so I ended up with an XL, which fits fine.
-Looks: It does look noticeably different. It tended to start a lot of conversations on the chair, or at least draw comments. Some people have said they think it looks odd (I've read comments online; no one told me to my face!) . For me, I'm 55 and I couldn't care less at this point in my life if it looks a little dorky. To be able to see clearly at all times (and not worry about the battery in my OTG Turbo fan goggles dying) is all that matters. If I make someone smile, hey, what's bad about that?