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Upfront disclosure:  The Rossignol guy who handles Wyoming just signed on to rep for this company and I'm a Rossi mountain rep for him at Jackson Hole, so this is a shameless plug.   Nevertheless, these Liquid Image goggles look pretty cool.

 

Anybody tried them yet?

 

 

Here's the company website for snowsport goggles: http://www.liquidimageco.com/products/snow/summit-series-hd-1080-white.php

 

What appeals to me personally about it is that it's MUCH less obtrusive than the other POV cameras.  Not only do they not stick up or out (and invite "it's a GoPro dude!" comments in the liftline), they also wouldn't wouldn't be an extended appendage that would hook on tree branches.  That HAS happened to me. redface.gif

 

I don't know how they compare from a practical standpoint as far as image quality, battery life, ease of operation, etc.  It would be great to get some feedback from anyone who's tried them.

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I forgot to add that another REALLY cool feature is that I wouldn't have to wear my XF#%X helmet to do videos.

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I forgot to add that another REALLY cool feature is that I wouldn't have to wear my XF#%X helmet to do videos.

I never tried one but it looks great.  The obvious advantage over a Contour or Go Pro is that you don't have to aim the goggle. Just look at the action and the camera does the rest.  The obvious disadvantages are the price and that you have to wear a winter goggle to make it work.  For example, you can't take it off your goggle strap (like the Contour) and mount it on your ski pole for an up the chairlift POV. 

 

So long as there are fairly priced replacement lenses readily available, the product seems great.  I'd hate to shell out $250-$399 and then be told no more replacement lenses are available once the model is a year old. The website does have replacement lenses at a reasonable price (I assume they are of a good quality).   Your friend should do well as a rep for the product.

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I have a pair and think they work really well.  I wanted to be able to take videos of my son skiing but didn't want to have a GoPro sticking off the top of my head.  Plus, with these I don't have to worry about whether the camera is angled properly.  The camera is certain to record whatever I'm looking at.

 

While the video is great the still image mode is less than I had hoped for.  I had a great picture taken with the goggles at Smugglers Notch....until I tried to upsize the image to use as a desktop.  The resolution isn't high enough, unfortunately.

 

Battery life: I can get about a half day with relatively constant use.  I have a second battery to take care of the afternoon.

 

Ease of use:  Very easy.  The buttons are on the right side and there is a light inside the goggle so you know what mode you're in and whether it's recording.  The light is high enough that I don't notice it when it's on unless I pull the goggles slightly down while looking up.

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I like the idea, I've been seeing the water models here in Italy since a couple of years now, the price of which is not exceedingly high.

To me there's only one "drawback" compared to a Go Pro or another equivalent model...

The summit series is specific to Air and Land and the water models..well, to waters

But if you're a SEAL oriented sport type of guy or at least an S and L, to attain the same "multirole" goals that a Go Pro offers, it means to have to buy both masks models...

Which then become as expensive as a "normal" camera...with double the "hassle" to take care of each specific model necessities (maintenance, spare parts etc).

anyhow, this is a bit of a moot point for me, even thought I'm interested in having such a device I don't have a Go Pro nor the LiquidImage goggles/mask...(and I like them both)

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Change Video file format,then no need for conversion for Win OS. 2 years ago w/ LI goggles.

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They seem very cool for the specific use of sport filming where wearing goggles is practical. As funky as the Go Pro looks some times my friends and I have used them to film/document everything from skydiving to skiing to off roading and have even used the time delayed photography mode for time lapse shoots of parties. You can do all off that with one Go Pro not so much with the goggles. 

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Interesting.  Although they don't look like they'd be very helmet compatible.

 

They do have a photo of guy wearing them with a helmet, but it looks a little awkward.

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...The camera is certain to record whatever I'm looking at...

Sounds like something that could get me in trouble...

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So when the goggles wear out, as in scratched lens or worn foam padding, I guess the camera becomes useless. I don't see it eating in to GoPro's market share anytime soon. There are lots of skiers and boarders who imo want to stand out as that GoPro guy. Besides, its kinda fun to see a GOPro guy and try to get in his movie or shout out movie director type stuff.
 

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So when the goggles wear out, as in scratched lens or worn foam padding, I guess the camera becomes useless. I don't see it eating in to GoPro's market share anytime soon. There are lots of skiers and boarders who imo want to stand out as that GoPro guy. Besides, its kinda fun to see a GOPro guy and try to get in his movie or shout out movie director type stuff.

 
Ha! I hadn't ever thought of trying to poach on GoPro Guy's vid. You are obviously more imaginative than I.

As to the lenses, they have lots of replacement lenses for sale.
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I like the idea, I've been seeing the water models here in Italy since a couple of years now, the price of which is not exceedingly high.

To me there's only one "drawback" compared to a Go Pro or another equivalent model...

The summit series is specific to Air and Land and the water models..well, to waters

 

 

Are the camera optics different, or is it just a question of mask design?  

 

The Freestyle goggle is a form factor that could be quite handy on land if all it takes is ripping off the silicone plastic and gluing on some open cell foam.

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Are the camera optics different, or is it just a question of mask design?  

 

The Freestyle goggle is a form factor that could be quite handy on land if all it takes is ripping off the silicone plastic and gluing on some open cell foam.

 

Whether the optics are different or not, I don't know, but this is the scuba series

http://www.liquidimageco.com/products/water/scuba-series-hd-wide.php (720p HD)

And this the summit

http://www.liquidimageco.com/products/snow/summit-series-hd-1080-white.php  (1080p HD)

 

The freestyle...I see your point but I don't really know if it's a viable alternative to the other two (how much hassle to get rid of the silicone plastic and glue foam in its place...) plus, the lenses solar filter might not be enough for a snowy environment...

 

 

Quality aside, the two mask types design greatly differs, given the two totally different environments those are called to operate into..

There's also a motorsports model, similar to the summit ones, only equipped with transparent lenses (coloured one are optionals) that'll be good for bad weather/night skiing...

 

Thanks Bob, you've given me one more item to lust for! :-D

 

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