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Which Goggles are good?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
So many times I have gone through goggles where you cannot see from the glare of the sun, or easily get scratched from small branches while tree skiing, or chunks of ice, or even just wiping snow that froze on your goggles off with a glove from going on a trail with snow guns on. I used to have these POC goggles that were horrendous with glare and the blue lens was terrible for both sunlight and shade. I switched to Zeals and the difference is pretty big with a photo chromatic layer and polarized lens. I'm not a critic of goggles, but these are by far the best I've used,and they do not scratch easily.
post #2 of 10

Two words: Smith Optics.

I've called them from the UK on several occasions and their knowledge and customer service is top notch. I've now purchase a pair of I/OX and they're amazing. Really sturdy, AMAZING vision, fit over my prescription glasses comfortably, and every week somebody is telling me how cool they are.


post #3 of 10

I can't speak highly enough of my Smith I/O.  The photochromatic lens is incredible, and it came with a bright light lens as well for the rare New England sunny day.  These were my first venture into good goggles, and I love them!

post #4 of 10

It sounds trite, but the best goggles are the ones that fit your face comfortably, fit reasonably with your helmet (assuming you wear one) and don't fog up on you.  That might entail a bit of trial and error, but starting with a good pair is the right way to go.  


The Smith I/O (medium/large), I/OS (for smaller faces) and the new I/OX (medium/large) have been getting great reviews and would be a good place to start.  Pick the one most likely to fit, then do some reading on the various lenses you can get with them (they come with two interchangeable lenses for differing conditions).  Take your helmet when you try on goggles as the fit between the two is important.


[edit]  http://snowboarding.transworld.net/1000169119/news/smith-launches-new-iox-and-iox-goggles/


Good luck.

Edited by sinbad7 - 1/24/13 at 2:05pm
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

I was comparing Smith and Zeal and both had seemingly positive reviews with each other. Personally I went with Zeal because I demoed their SPPX lens (Polarized and Photocromatic) and they fit perfectly, great vision, reduces glare, hardly scratches, doesn't fog, etc. Just what I need for skiing.

post #6 of 10

I would second the Smith Optics offering as a great place for most anyone to start their quest for their own personal goggle utopia.




After a visit to the OR show here in town this morning, I am happy to report that I am very pleasantly surprised by Anon's offering.  I had a great (and quite lengthy) chat with one of their reps about the line, and must say that side by side with the Smith I/O line...the Anons might just have a leg up on my old favorites.  There is the issue of non-Rx ability presently, though I was promised some direct discussion with their R&D guys to see if its feasible to make that a reality in the not too distant future.


I was highly skeptical of their magnet system, but after playing with a few myself, and learning some of the lengths they've gone to in their product testing and QA...I am again duly impressed.  Their lens line seems very comparable to Smith Optics as well, and the ease of change in their lens system definitely looks on the surface to beat Smith's - quite handily.  This is something I wouldn't have thought a year or two back.


I'm hoping to have a pair or two on the snow before the end of the season, and I'll certainly report any movement on Anon's part towards a solid Rx compatible system as well.  Color me surprised!  Give them a look - I think they're worth a glance...



post #7 of 10

My wife and I are very happy with our Smith Optics. We don't buy the spendy ones though. I have the Scope ($40) and she has the Transit ($40). Inevitably, they get scratched, sat on, lost, etc. after a couple seasons, so our investment is low. BTW, you never want a blue lens as it's the same color as light coming off the snow. Orange, copper, rose, bronze--something warm gives the greatest contrast.

post #8 of 10

O A K L E Y   But I also get them for free. :) 

post #9 of 10

I've developed a goggle quiver over the last few years, all Oakleys.

1 for pea-soup, foggy, flat light, 1 for plain-jane overcast, and 1 for bright bluebird.  That last one doesn't get a lot of use up here in N. Idaho, though.

They do the job, so I'm happy with 'em. 

post #10 of 10
I have smith I/O's and Oakley Crowbar. The main difference is that the smiths let more air flow in at speed, which I think is to help them to not fog up. For that reason I like the Oakleys... Both fit great with helmets, and both have interchangeable lenses for different conditions. Go with what fit better, for me it's Oakleys by a hair.
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