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Ski Goggles- Photochromic?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hello All!
I'm new, so just a brief introduction.
I've been skiing since I was 8 or so, but I only started going up more than once or twice a year last year (17 now), and have gotten in around 16 days this year so far I believe.
I live in Washington, and ski mainly at Snoqualmie and Crystal. I'm currently on 177 cm Vokl Unlimited AC 3 Motion (6'0" and 155lbs), they are pretty good on the groomed runs but a 72 mm waist isn't exactly ideal for powder and crud, haha. I've been lurking around for the past month or so and finally decided to make an account.

I was considering buying a new pair of goggles, and I don't think that carrying multiple lenses would be the ideal scenario, as I would be worried about them getting scratched or broken if I fell on them, and was interested in the idea of getting a photochromic lens, which seems like it could be very useful for changing light conditions.

I looked around a bit and some that looked like they could be pretty good to me were the Bolle Gravity Modulator Vermillion Blue:
http://www.bolle.com/products/gravity/pinstripe-modulator-vermillon-blue.aspx
And the variety of goggles from Zeal Optics:
http://www.zealoptics.com/goggles/

However, I'm pretty clueless on goggles (and generally everything else) so if you have experience with these goggles or type of goggles, I'd love to hear it.
Additionally, if another goggle that can change lenses or with one lens is better, don't hesitate to send me in that direction as well.

Thanks!
post #2 of 20

I have some Bolle photo chromatic lens goggles that I like, but I ski primarily in CO, NM and UT where we have more sunshine.  I have another pair of goggles for storm and flat light days. I used to live and ski in WA and MT and I know the light is consistently much flatter up there.  Considering where you normally ski I would not recommend Bolle PC lens if that is your only pair of goggles. They are not very good in low light conditions.

post #3 of 20

I have the same question, which I'm hoping to get answered this weekend. So far I've been skiing with a pair of these in fairly low-light conditions (late-afternoon/evening):

 

http://www.giro.com/us_en/snow/goggles/basis.html

 

They work fine, but I'm worried that once things get sunny, I'll need more tint.

 

So I got a pair of these and they're arriving in the mail today:

 

http://www.zealoptics.com/eclipse-1.html

 

I'm hoping that at night, they're just as light as my current Giros. If that's the case, then I should be good-to-go once the sun comes out. One-size-fits all solutions are hard to nail down, so we'll see what happens. I'll report back after this weekend since I'll probably be skiing at night again.

post #4 of 20

Uilleann should be around soon hopefully, he's the real expert on eyewear.  I have no doubt he can help you.

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help!
I was checking out some of Uilleann's posts, and it looks like he is really knowledgeable about lenses, hopefully he drops by.
post #6 of 20

Just received my Zeals... I have the feeling that 43% light transmission might be a bit too dark for night skiing. Oh well, I'm still gonna give it a shot.

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Nice, let me know how you like them once you get a chance to try them out.
If the change is as good as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTCTRmA955o
Than it should be a huge improvement from my current goggles
Skiing at night isn't much fun when every bump and ice patch is a surprise
post #8 of 20

I just picked up the Zeal Dominator SPPX - actually came in the mail this week.  I haven't used them yet, but they have to be better than the budget goggles I bought when I started last year.  In the 10 minutes I've had them on, I will say I wish I paid more attention to the reviews that indicated the pinching on the nose.  I'm hoping that will take care of itself after a few days on the slopes. 

 

I picked them up because I figure if I have to drive 2-3 hours to get to a mountain, I might as well ski all day.  Couple that with the fact weather in New England tends to change without notice, I thought it would be better to have 1 set of goggles rather than 2 (or more) sets of lenses.  I'm hoping to test them out soon!

post #9 of 20

LOL Skip, might wanna reconsider that 43% for night skiing.

 

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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by fuzinboston View Post

I just picked up the Zeal Dominator SPPX - actually came in the mail this week.  I haven't used them yet, but they have to be better than the budget goggles I bought when I started last year.  In the 10 minutes I've had them on, I will say I wish I paid more attention to the reviews that indicated the pinching on the nose.  I'm hoping that will take care of itself after a few days on the slopes. 

 

I picked them up because I figure if I have to drive 2-3 hours to get to a mountain, I might as well ski all day.  Couple that with the fact weather in New England tends to change without notice, I thought it would be better to have 1 set of goggles rather than 2 (or more) sets of lenses.  I'm hoping to test them out soon!


I read the same reviews about mine and ignored them also, and mine turned out to slightly snug on the nose. Seems like it's mostly because of the way the foam seats on the frame and not the actual shape, though, so maybe it'll break in. However when I put my helmet on and make the goggles flush at the top, it's not an issue.

 



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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

LOL Skip, might wanna reconsider that 43% for night skiing.

 

SKIFAIL.jpg


 

imma try it, brah. Probably won't work but oh well, I have my lighter pair with me.

post #11 of 20

I've been using the Bolle X-9 with the vermillion PC lens for a couple of months now and have been very satisfied with them.  The last two Fridays I have skied during a snow storm and have not had any trouble with the low flat light.  It was snowing again today and I did some tree skiing and never had a problem.

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

I suppose I should consider other goggles without the photochromic lenses, the Smith I/O seems to be the most popular goggle with lenses that you can swap out, correct?

Has anyone had any experience buying these from Amazon? I have a giftcard there, but I am not sure if the goggles will come with any other lens than the one it shows in the options as it doesn't explicitly say this, but as .

It looks like if you get the black foundation with the red sensor mirror:

http://www.amazon.com/Smith-Optics-IO7-IO-I-Goggle/dp/B003PB9JN0

than the price will be $115 vs the $165 for other options. However, if this doesn't include the Ignitor Mirror lens, than I might as well buy it from somewhere else and get the 2 lenses.

post #13 of 20

I've been using the Zeal Detonators with PPX lenses for the last 2 seasons.  Definitely the best lenses I've ever used!  Excellent in virtually any situation.  A little overpriced but well made.

post #14 of 20

Smith I/O are probably the most widely preferred around here.  For me......best goggles I've ever tried.

post #15 of 20

I've got two seasons on my Zeal Dominator SPPX's. Skiing New England and out West (CO, UT). Best lenses I ever used and much more convenient than trying to swap every time the weather changes.

 

I don't ski at night so can't address how they'd be for that. But if I did ski at night that's a predictable, low-light condition and I'd just have a pair dedicated for that. For all daytime condiitons that I've hit the Zeals are the bomb, IMHO of course.

post #16 of 20

It's important to try goggles on because not all adult goggles will fit everyone.  I had a pair of Smith Knowledge OTG goggles that restricted my breathing because of how they were shaped over the nose.  The Bolles were less expensive and fit a lot better.


Edited by mtcyclist - 2/18/12 at 3:47pm
post #17 of 20

i have the gravity with the lens - i think its a superb goggle.  wrote a review here: http://www.epicski.com/products/bolle-gravity-with-modulator-lens

 

post #18 of 20
The Zeals are amazing - great field of vision, wonderful light, and quick to adapt to changing conditions. I took a day trip to NH to take part in the massive dumping we got in New England the last couple of days, and was amazed by how good the goggles were throughout the day.

After a few runs, I didn't even the pressure on the nose. What a phenomenal day on the slopes!
post #19 of 20

Hello everybody,

 

i'm new in this forum.

 

i always use a oakley but in the last few years i start using OUT-OF it's really nice for all condition and it's cheaper than oakley you can see the goggle here:

http://www.out-of.it/

 

Matteo
 

post #20 of 20

Oy!  I missed this thread back in February - sorry guys!  Not sure if I can add much here, or if anyone is still looking for lens / tint / photochromic info, but if you have specific questions I can help with, I'm back and ready.  :)
 

I think we're seeing the first measurable snow of the season here this week as well.  Here's to a great season this time around!

 

Bri~

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