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Photochromic or magnetic goggles - what to choose?

post #1 of 11
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Hi all, I'm skiing in Europe and I'm looking for goggles that can handle every kind of weather, is not XXL size and fits over my helmet. I found some on websites, but it's hard to find a store in the Netherlands where I can try some. So I think I will order.


These are the ones I found:


Bolle Nova Modulator Citrus Gun: http://www.bolle-europe.eu/products/nova/Black-Modulator-Citrus-Gun

(read some threads about this one)


Salice 804 Free: http://salice.co.uk/product.php?style_id=804#main-image

(doubts about the S2 - S4 category, maybe S1 - S3 is better? Don't know the quality of this brand/lens?)


Uvex fx take off: http://www.uvex.nl/

(got Uvex now, love the contrast. Don't know if the magnetic thing is handy or not)


Scott Fix Light Sensitive Chrome: http://www.scott-sports.com/global/en/products/2241530001245

(don't know about the quality of the lens?) 


Very curious if you guys know something about fit, size, and most importantly, the lenses. Other affordable options are welcome too. Thank you in advance!

post #2 of 11
The bigger issue to me is do they really fit with the helmet, not just over it. I think the only way to know is to bring your helmet to the store and start trying on goggles. My daughter and I have both learned the hard way that not every goggle fits with every helmet, not even within brand. Gaper gap or crushed noses are the result.
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Thread Starter 

Completely agree. It's just hard to try a lot of brands here and I don't want to order from four different webshops. I'm curious what the "better" goggles are when you look at lenses (and size, because you can't really see on the pictures). But in the end, of course I will try before I buy (or return). Thank you for your advice.

post #4 of 11

Well, what helmet do you use?


I have Giro Omen, G10 and Fuse, Smith Variant (Brim and no brim)  and the Oakley A Frames, Crowbars, and Smith I/O (and I/Os fit all of them pretty well.


You ask about options so.....


Lenses - Like the Oakley lenses, but the Smith frames have better visibility.


Simple way to do it is get some I/O's and then you have two high quality lenses that can deal with differing light and are instantly changable.

post #5 of 11

I'm a huge fan of the Julbo Zebra lens goggles..  Any weather condition or any amount of sun light.  The lens really are exceptional in use both for light through them and the anti fog capabilities.    Helmets are easy in both the pairs I have and neither are a XL frame compared to a XL Scott or Smith frame.  The red and white pair in the article (Revolution model Julbo) are actually very useful and easy under my helmets.  


 more here:



post #6 of 11

Another huge fan of Julbo zebra lenses... esp in mixed light conditions.

(I have a new pair of Revolutions for sale at cost + s/h, BTW)


For consistently bright & sunny skies Julbo's Camel lens is even better.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

My helmet is the POC Pocito biggrin.gif

post #8 of 11

I have a huge head..7.5 us


And use a Petzl & Camp climbing helmets or Giro ski helmet.


The medium framed Julbo Revolution is still worth a look I think even with a kid's helmet.

Curious if they will fit myself.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

That Zebra lens looks really good! Hope I can fit these somewhere.


No one in favor of magnetic goggles? And what about the Scott or Salice lenses?

post #10 of 11

When you look at a goggle lens from the side, some appear curved from top to bottom=spherical, and some are straight top to bottom=non-spherical.


Spherical lenses are curved like an eye ball and offer less optical distortion and are more expensive to make and buy.


As far as goggle/helmet gap, if your helmet has some size adjustment and the fit has some room for an ultra light weight helmet liner, then gap problem solved.


Another solution is something like the RED Mutiny III snowboard helmet that has a sort of fabric head band that drops about a 1/2" below the helmets insulated liner making the helmet a universal goggle fit.

post #11 of 11

Have you looked at the Anon line at all?  Their M1 and up coming M2 got my attention in a big way at this past Outdoor Retailers show.  My only quibble is no Rx capability yet - which is big for our office.  But their build quality, lens optics and options, visibility, fit and comfort were all top shelf - and this coming from a heavy optical skeptic.  Their magnetic design was the biggest surprise.  If you're looking for an excellent quick change option, this one is hard to beat.  I actually prefer it over my trusty Smith Optics I/O series.  They would be a brand I would add to my research at any rate.  Not cheap, but then I've never been one to advocate scrimping and cheaping out on one's eyes.  ;)

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