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Oakley Splice Goggles: Worth the pricetag?

post #1 of 10
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Ive been looking for a new pair of goggles, recently got some birthday money and I wanted a cool looking and high quality goggle. I sorta like that fire Iridium look that certain goggles have and then i found the Oakly Splice goggles, seen below. They cost $129. Is it worth it for that price?

 

 

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post #2 of 10

Lots of good googles out there.  If they fit and work for you they're good.

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Originally Posted by MattPomer View Post

Ive been looking for a new pair of goggles, recently got some birthday money and I wanted a cool looking and high quality goggle. I sorta like that fire Iridium look that certain goggles have and then i found the Oakly Splice goggles, seen below. They cost $129. Is it worth it for that price?

 

 

Lots of goggle factors to keep in mind -

-how do they fit (what size is your face).

-do they fit your helmet or will you get gaper gap (a space between top of goggles and helmet),

-what's weather like at your local hill - I ski Whistler a lot and used my high light lenses (such as fire iridium) either 2-3 times this season, with H.I. Yellow my usual due to the lousy visibility

 

Anyway, that price is very high. Departmentofgoods.com has 50% off on Splice (but not Fire lenses), and it this time of year if you look real hard, you should be able to find them at 50% off. There's I/O's's if you have a smaller face (I don't and they fit me fine) for $82.50 with the red sol-ex lens that's very cool looking.

post #4 of 10

Pretty much what he said above. When you're doing something as dangerous as skiing/snowboarding you really don't want to take any chances. It's worth paying a little bit more for something that's of better quality, even if you think it might be a bit of a 'rip off'. It would be better to get something that fits you appropriately rather than get something cheaper and find that it's slipping off your face/completely comes off on a big jump. Head to a store and get some fittings in, and then do some bargain hunting online. I got my Oakley Scalpels (okay they're not as good as the Splice...) from this place that does Oakley sunglasses, and then other commercial sorta stuff too like Ray Bans. They're this UK based company and I've always found their prices are either competitive or even cheaper than other online retailers. Let us know if you choose to go for it!

post #5 of 10

Blatant plug: I've got a pair of very lightly used Oakley Crowbars w/fire iridium lenses for sale.  $60 shipped.

post #6 of 10

Second blatant plug: Brand new Oakley Airbrakes, yours for $150. Retail $220. Still got the iridium lenses too.

 

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post #7 of 10

[que frustrated tirade]

Actually - how about NOT going in to your local store, wasting their time and resources knowing you're going to buy online anyway.  If you shop online for a product, you're doing so because it either is perceived as cheap or perhaps truly is.  The biggest ways you get cheap is to completely eliminate personal service, any ability to touch/feel a physical product, professional (usually local) back end support, and an ongoing relationship with your shop that will most likely take great care of you with other future needs well beyond the single item you may be looking at now.

 

If you shop online looking for a deal, understand why you are getting for that price, but understand more importantly what you are NOT getting.  Accept it, and please do not bother your local shops who are doing all they can to survive with an online window shop before you make your purchase. [/tirade]  :)

 

 

There.  I feel a little better now.  But seriously, there are plenty of places to purchase goods in good old fashioned brick and mortar stores, and some may offer the convenience of online sales.  But no good comes of using business A for 'research' and purposefully choosing internet vendor B to spend your money.  Business A won't be there for you next time if too many people take that approach.

 

To address the OP's question, as this was back in May when posted, I'm assuming you've made a choice by now.  The Oakely Fire Irridium lens shows a VLT of about 8% - which is quite dark, and might not be suitable for anything but direct, bright sun on the bluest of bluebird days.  It looks to have a warm cast to the base tint which affords a slight advantage over a grey base tint in variable light.

 

Ultimately, you'll want to try the goggles on in person, verify both fit and function between lenses, and make the choice that feels right for you.  In reality, goggles, and even more so goggle lenses are extremely inexpensive when compared against the rest of our downhill obsession's equipment.  Don't be afraid to purchase several lenses for your preferred frame style, and use what you feel is most comfortable for you!

 

Cheers!

 

Bri~

post #8 of 10

The Airbrakes are pretty sweet, Im a bigger fan of the Smith I/O series at that price level however. The ability to swap out the lenses so easily is a life saver

post #9 of 10

Got the Air Brakes last year and loved them. Iridium lens is nice on bluebird days but nothing touches high intensity yellow on overcast and variable days. Easy to switch lenses, and a great field of vision. I initially didn't want them because of the price and the look but I love them now.

post #10 of 10

i own splices and like them but not enamoured by them...thinking -

 

Smith IOX or Anon M1 maybe to replace them... 

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