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How do you carry spare goggle lenses on the mountain? Does anyone make a semi-hard case for lenses only?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

This might be a silly question but I just picked up my first pair of Goggles with interchangeable lenses, the Smith I/O.  I'd like to carry a spare lens with me for those variable light days that sometimes start out with flat light and end up sunny later in the day or vice-versa.  For now I'm just throwing the spare lens in a pocket on my pants but am a little worried about potentially damaging the lens (or my leg) if I were to fall on it the wrong way.  I'd imagine it takes quite a bit of force to break a goggle lens but the thought still crossed my mind.  I suppose scratches are more likely but I am using the microfiber bag at least.

 

I think it would be cool if someone out there make a curved hard case just for spare lenses, not for the goggles themselves.  That would make me feel a little better with some added protection for the lens.  Does such a thing exist?  I haven't been able to find anything by searching here or online.

post #2 of 18

I carry an entire extra pair of goggles in one of my pockets when light conditions are variable.  It's a tight squeeze, but I've never had a problem, as they're pretty flexible.  Just the lens itself (as you have) should be even more flexible.  So, if it's flat against your leg or torso, it should conform to you if landed on in a fall...bend, not break.

 

I guess if you landed on a hard surface with the lens on edge between you and that surface, it could break.  

How likely is that, though?  Make sure it's flat against your body and that the curve conforms to it, and I wouldn't think you would have anything to worry about.

post #3 of 18
Take a look at the Arcteryx Powderface Case. It is meant for goggles but could work for your intended purpose. I just bought a used one off *bay for $15 (including shipping) but have not received it yet. A little pricey at retail but that is the norm for Arcteryx.
post #4 of 18
Great topic. Been looking for something like this every since I got my I/O 3 seasons ago. Havent found anything yet at all.

Came across the arc'teryx as well but didnt want to pay the $30 for a lens holder. Might have to as it is the only option.

Others I have thought about:
Tailgate industries is a rider owned and operated company I came across in a magazine article. They have a low profile case similar to arc'teryx thay might work better. Havent seen one in person. Called the 49r low profile goggle case.

www.tlg8.com


Oakley has 2-3 Models of soft goggle cases and ballistic cases. They are significantly bigger then I am looking for, but they are curved which can help in storing in a pack.

Scott makes several products for bmx motorcycle sports. They have a product called a lens case which they say holds 8 lens. It looks pretty much like an old CD carrier from when I was in high school, maybe worth a try.
m.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/6/190/46742/ITEM/Scott-Lens-Case.aspx

Would love to see the solutions people have tried as this has always been a hastle for me.
post #5 of 18
post #6 of 18

I have the I/O goggles too.  I usually ski with a small pack, so I can either stick one lens in the front pocket of that, or keep the spare(s) in the case that the goggles came in and keep that in the main compartment.

post #7 of 18

I wear both the Smith Fuse and Stance.  I usually ski with either the blue sensor mirror or the red sensor mirror lens and carry a second pair of goggles with the other lens in my vest pocket.  No bothering to change lenses, just pull the new ones out of the bag and put the first pair away.

 

I chose the Fuse and Stance because they have flat lenses and fit in pockets easier, as opposed to the IO series, which have less flexible spherical lenses.

post #8 of 18

I keep the alternative IO lens in a clean white sock in the main compartment of my pack.

post #9 of 18

This is slightly off topic.. but I notice people are questioning the ease of breaking goggles, so figured I'd share a personal story.  I once had a pair of goggles shatter in my eyes.  I was skiing through some tight glades (pitch wasn't very steep) when I noticed a fairly small branch protruding into my line at about chest height.  I figured that I could just ski through it without much trouble.  However, the branch actually whipped back as I was skiing through it and hit me directly in the eyes, shattering the lens of my goggles. 

 

So in relation to the OT, I do think that, given an awkward fall at speed, it would be very possible to break a lens that were being kept in your pocket/unprotected compartment. 

post #10 of 18
How about a photochromatic goggle lens that changes density with sunlight?
post #11 of 18

I also gave up on the spare lens in favor of just getting a second (or several) pair of goggles.  The lenses are the expensive part, only a few dollars more to just get the whole thing.  I actually use my old gators to cover them in the boot bag, both boot gators and neck gators will suffice.  As for actual lenses, sounds like a sock would work fine.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

How about a photochromatic goggle lens that changes density with sunlight?

That works great, except if you or a buddy takes a beater in the pow and your goggles get full of snow.  Then it's nice to have a second pair on you.

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

I also ski with a small pack and would have room for it in there.  My concern with that is pressure on the pack, and the lens, when I sit on a chairlift.  Basically I'm looking for 2 things.

 

1.  Storing the lens in a way to minimize the opportunity for scratches.  This basically means immobilizing it rather than allow it to slide around in a loose pocket or pack (albeit in a microfiber bag).

2.  Store it in such a way that if a nasty fall were to happen breakage would be a low possibility, as well as personal injury from a broken lens on my body somewhere.

 

I didn't get a hard case for the goggles so that's not an option, unless I buy one.  Thing is I really don't need a hard case for the complete goggle, but a small, curved hard case for just the lens would be perfect but I don't think such a thing exists.  Something that is just large enough for the lens to limit it's movement inside the case, reducing the likelihood for scratching.  This would allow me to throw the case in a pocket or my pack and still feel that it's protected.

post #14 of 18

Well, you could just put the extra lens in the pouch that came with the goggles and put them in the pocket

 

Me, I only wear goggles on the coldest days. Usually just wear sunglasses.

 

The way I always carried an extra pair of goggles, just in case, was around my neck, strap in front, lenses in the back.

post #15 of 18

I'd like to put up my $0.02 for what it's worth as I had the exact same concern as OP.  I first looked at Oakley's  universal soft case, but it being soft turned me away, I wanted something a little more substantial.  Ultimately I came across the 509 Hard Goggle case.  It's made for snowmobile goggles but who cares, it has a hard shell so it won't squash in your pack, a separate liner for lenses so you can stack a few, and it's shaped in a curved contour which is nice.  Glove-friendly zipper pulls and a less than $20 price tag.  I nearly bought this until I came across the Gheek goggle case over at REI.  This ingenious little thing is designed to fit over your goggles while they sit on your helmet.  I do not personally wear a helmet but the Gheek is padded, and has an attached microfiber cloth that you fold into the inside lens, protecting the fog-fighting layer from scratches from the strap and other things that might make their way into your goggles and rub it.  Right before I was about to buy I came across the aforementioned 49r from Tailgate Industries.  (FYI Tailgate Ind. also sells a "Gondom" case which looks like their answer to the Gheek case) I bought one of the 49r guys last week and I really like it.  It's made from recycled materials they say which is a plus for me.  There is a hard insert sewn into the case that's probably fashioned from a piece of 5-gallon bucket.  Sporting a cool design on the outside with their logo, the inside of my case has a bright green microfiber padded layer and a snug little half sock which you slide your goggles inside, then you pull the other half sock around the goggles/goggle strap and fasten it around the far side of the case.  A very neat, compact little package containing your goggles results.  I like the 49r over the Gheek because it has that hard insert which protects my goggles, and when I'm wearing my goggles, I'll slip in my two spare lenses so they can ride in my pack and have that hard shell protecting them from impacts.  I like the 49r over the 509 because it seems a lot smaller, and I don't have unlimited room in my pack, but I'm still thinking of picking up the 509 to use in transport while my goggs fly with my checked luggage.  The only negative of the 49r is they are only curved laterally, and my Oakley Canopy goggles (oversized frames and they still fit) have spherical lenses.  I can bend the 49r to fit my goggles, but that insert in the case is not spherically curved.

post #16 of 18

Smith makes a goggle case... maybe it's been mentioned above. I have a tupperware box. I don't ski with it unless I have a pack, i.e., touring, but I keep them at the hill, that's for sure.. Saved my rear a couple of times this year with gear that hadn't fully dried. 

post #17 of 18

Can't believe you are all having such goggle issues...  Come to Whitefish, pack the flat light goggles.  Done.  Most flat light goggle wearers are so darn happy to have sun, they're willing to let their pupils do the work of adjusting if it happens to peek out.

 

Accidentally wore my "sunny day" chromatic goggles today and there was fog, according to some guy from Minnesota anyway.  ("Fog?  You can see all the way down the trail", I said.)  My goggles were fine, a bit dark, but I wasn't crashing into things.  I can't imagine dragging goggles, along with my lunch, my camera, my phone, etc. all over the mountain on the off chance I picked the wrong set.  

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Caucasian Asian View Post

I wear both the Smith Fuse and Stance.  I usually ski with either the blue sensor mirror or the red sensor mirror lens and carry a second pair of goggles with the other lens in my vest pocket.  No bothering to change lenses, just pull the new ones out of the bag and put the first pair away.

This. Went through the change-on-the-slopes phase, not worth the hassle. Just carry an extra pair. In a pocket, or a pack or if you're old school, around your upper arm. Or spring for a pair of POC photochromics, which actually work. 

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