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Suggested ski goggles for eyeglasses wearer? What say you? Thanks...

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I taught all last season wearing a pair of Smith Knowledge Turbo Fan goggles. They're expensive and a little noisy but they do the job in pretty much all conditions as long as you have enough spare batteries and remember to switch the fan off when you're not using it.
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Good review on OTG goggles here: http://voices.yahoo.com/the-best-ski-goggles-those-wear-eyeglasses-5711152.html?cat=14

 

Smith Optics has been producing OTG goggles forever. They get high marks from everyone who uses them. I don't wear glasses when I ski but had some OTG's like, 40 years ago or so, just for getting rid of the fog on the lens. Go with the tried and true.

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Originally Posted by Adie View Post

I taught all last season wearing a pair of Smith Knowledge Turbo Fan goggles. They're expensive and a little noisy but they do the job in pretty much all conditions as long as you have enough spare batteries and remember to switch the fan off when you're not using it.

 

Another turbo fan user here, they do the job great in the sierras on wet powder days

 

 

get a load of AAA batteries from costco and keep em in the rig.

 

The cold kills em, so keep a few in your inside pocket and swap em out at lunch

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I use small black wire frame glasses and spray/polish the lenses with "Fog Buster" each morning and I can use pretty much any googles (and not need giant OTG goggles). I have no trouble with fogging - but do follow a discipline of putting down my goggles before going outside from the lodge and not lifting my goggles for 15-30 seconds after coming inside. Turbo is completely unnecessary for me, but if cold weather battery life is your issue then just switch to Lithium batteries as they have greatly expanded temperature capability (both cold and hot)!

 

I do NOT like Photochromatic lenses either and see them as a waste of money because they respond too slowly for fast changing sports like skiing. You're in the sun on the lift and they're darkened and then you're skiing along darkened on a sunny slope and when you hit the shadows at 40 mph they are too scary dark and won't even start to respond until you get to the bottom - where you'll be in the light again. They take minutes to respond and not the required seconds. Gradient tinted lenses would be a boon but must seem too old school to the manufacturers since they don't make them that way - with Gradient they are darker at the top and lighter at the bottom and you subconsciously tilt your head slightly based on how dark a tint you need. Maybe the goggle manufacturers would rather sell you 2 sets of goggles (light and dark) or stupid expensive Photochromatic.

 

I mostly use Smith Sensor Mirror on lighter days or Zeal Yellow on darker days, but sometimes mix it up with some others too. Pretty much anything fits over small frame glasses for me...

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Hi Gary.  Do a search of this sight using "skiing with glasses".  You'll find enough reading and great info to keep you busy for several hours.  In the end, the answer seems to be: "it depends".  OTG goggles work for some and not for others.  Lots of variables but mostly (IMO) a function of how warm you get while skiing, how stormy and/or cold the conditions are and how religious you're willing to be regarding following the techniques for minimizing fogging.  Me, I read everything and tried all the suggestions over a couple of seasons and finally gave up.  Switched to contacts (just) for skiing in stormy conditions.  I only wear goggles during storm conditions and now, using contacts and regular (good quality) goggles - finally - I can see.  (Well, at least as well as anyone else in blizzard/dumping snow conditions).

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