Originally Posted by PdxSnowman
Thinking about your helmet and goggles, what’s the most annoying thing about using them?
If i get a hair or thread in the goggle, I got to take the goggle off to clear that out. Yes that's as minor as it gets.
Tell us about a time where you had a problem with visibility? How do you deal with it?
When I had to wear glasses once. Then the glasses fogged up (the goggles are fine). I bought a $2 antifog wipe in the proshop and this completely solved the fogging on the glasses. I have lasik now, and eyecare is important, so I have traded away my glasses for eyedrops.
What other gear/items to you carry with you on the mountain?
helmet, camelpack backpack. Besides water, Backpack contains extra pair of goggles with the other lens for light transmission, eyedrops, sunscreen, liner gloves when gets really cold, extra thermal layer, fabric facemask, emergency flashlight,snacks (cliffbar) /candy. This sounds like a long list, but really majority of those are small items that all fit just in the small top section of the pack. The main usage of the pack is really just as a camelback waterbladder holder.
How do you use your gear (keep them on always, take them off, etc)?
All stays on except during lunch. Rarely need to go into it unless conditions change or being helpful to my less prepared ski buddies.
Do you feel your equipment ever fails? What does a failure mode look like?
When i was first starting and falling a lot, then the falls that knock off your goggles would introduce snow into the goggles. Then you get into fogging/visibility issues. Granted this was also 20years ago with 20year old technology.
If you are in shape so you don't overheat, don't fall and don't get snow into the goggle, then any modern mid-ranged priced goggle does not have fogging issues-provided you've spent the time to learn the basic information related to fogging and caring for your goggles.
What feature(s) do you want to improve for your headgear?
The phenom has all the features I need-the silicone band is something I don't have on my backup goggles, but that's an issue of me spending money to replace the backups. Why is the price to buy new/replacement lenses just about the same as buying a new set of goggles with the frame.
I suppose if I wanted to remove the need for backup goggles, I would try out either the smith i/o or the photochromic lenses, but again that requires me to spend money on technology that could fail (directed at the photochromic technology)
Gender (M/F): M
What activities do you do that involves wearing helmet/goggles/mask: ski. although
Experience (Green/Blue/Black/DoubleBlack/Badass): Double black, def not badass yet.
Days Per Year: 25
Average Runs Per Day: 20
Cost estimate for your goggles: smith phenoms with solx lens + a less expensive scott goggles that's cylindrical lens only. Look up what these cost.
Cost estimate for your helmet: giro seam
What is the average life of each?: less than 2years old. All basically have lenses that have not had any collisions with anything, or have been wiped/ruined, so I do not expect them to wear out.
Regions Frequented (Northeast/West Coast/Midwest/Europe/Other):