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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I'm trying to keep the costs down and be able to see while skiing. I want to go barebone with single lens polycarbonate. I don't think contacts are going to work for me so I'm looking into Prescription Ski Goggle Inserts.

 

EDIT: Luckily my vision isn't that bad (20/40) so I pretty much only wear glasses while driving. Being able to pick out my niece and nephew from a distance would be nice. :)

 

Has anyone had any experience with this?

 

This is one site I got information from: http://www.adseyewear.com/prescription-ski-goggles-universal-insert/

 

 

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And this site has more options beyond the universal one above.  http://www.sportsoptical.com/goggles.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you recommend a site to deal with? Or a dealer in Colorado?

 

TIA,

Karen


Edited by rx2ski - 1/13/15 at 10:51am
post #2 of 22

I ordered the first one you have pictured, it just didn't look like it was going to work with my goggles. Ended up with Smith Turbo fan goggles with their pivlock inserts. couldn't be happier (unless I had my vision back).

 

I don't think there is a really cheap way around prescription eyewear.

post #3 of 22
I have tried several variations and had difficulty with fogging. The depth perception was strange with a couple of them. I bit the bullet and bought the Smith Phenom with insert/fan. Best goggles I have had. No issues
Expensive but worth it.
post #4 of 22

I have used the bolle insert, which is the second to last item pictured going top to bottom.  My distance vision is pretty bad, -4 and -4.5.  they worked ok, but the optical clarity is not nearly as good as using my eyeglasses under my smith IO-X's.  My glasses do have a tendency to fog especially when skiing out west, so I'm considering a pair of the io-x turbo fans but haven't taken the plunge yet. 

 

one item with the bolle insert is this:  it is mounted a little ways from your face so it takes a little getting used to.  nonetheless, if interested, I've got a bolle insert and a couple pairs of bolle quasar goggles I believe with the red photochromatic lens.  if that suits your fancy send me a message. 

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

Sports Optical is in Denver so I'll need to check them out. :)

 

http://www.sportsoptical.com/goggles.htm

post #6 of 22

I use Smith IOX over my regular eyeglasses, never tried insert. Once in a while, if my face is warm, I get some fogging.  But as soon as there's a minimal amount of wind (including riding the lift) my glasses clear up.

post #7 of 22

In wet stormy conditions the only thing I've found that will keep glasses from fogging is fan goggles (Smiths). I haven't tried the inserts, but anything that goes inside your goggles or adds an additional layer, rather than completely replacing the lens, is going to fog IMO. If you don't want to use fan goggles you could buy a pair of glacier glasses, like these for example http://www.julbousa.com/mountain/ and have prescription lenses made for them. I had some of those a while back that worked pretty well, although not as storm proof as goggles. Obviously for models that come with different lenses buy the glasses with the cheapest lenses, since you'll be throwing out the non-prescription lenses. The Julbos  are cheaper than your average prescription frame. Notice they don't come in the extensive range of sizes that prescription frames do. Each model comes in one size I believe, and different models fit different size faces. The web site explains it well. They are other brands of course.

post #8 of 22

@Uilleann has had many discussions on this subject especially fogging

 

Usually the smith route has been the general advice 

 

Maybe Brian will weigh in on this one

post #9 of 22

Many years ago, before we all had contact lenses (the best solution if you can tolerate them), we got prescription goggles from SportRx.com, which we were pretty happy with.  Those were inserts, but I see they do have one style with the prescription right in the goggle lens instead, 

http://www.sportrx.com/catalog/product/view/id/3592/s/sportrx-xpf-120/category/2/

 

I don't know the pluses and minuses of that style.

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

 If you don't want to use fan goggles you could buy a pair of glacier glasses, like these for example http://www.julbousa.com/mountain/ and have prescription lenses made for them. I had some of those a while back that worked pretty well, although not as storm proof as goggles. 

 

I vastly prefer my Julbo Micropores (third row, second pair in oldgoat's link above) to goggles in anything short of a full on blizzard. That's just me. I had prescription transition lenses put in them and I can wear them in to lunch as well as on the brightest day.

 

As to goggles, the Smith Prophecy goggles with the last inserts (Smith Pivlock) pictured in the OP were recommended to me and solved a many year fogging curse. I have since gotten some Smith I/OX goggles (sans fan) because Level 9 had a killer deal on them and they just look cool. Same no-fog experience with them. BTW, you need to make sure that the goggles you are considering have the little insert latches in the nose piece, as not all Smith models do. For instance, the I/OXs do, but the original I/Os and the I/OSs do not. Smith's customer service line is very helpful.

post #11 of 22

If you're trying to keep costs down, get OTG goggles.  Smith makes some with fans, several without fans and Bolle also makes a couple.  There are different sizes depending on how wide your face is  The Smith IO/X isn't listed as OTG, but does work and it's a very nice goggle.  I have the Smith Knowledge and Prophesy.  The Knowledge was too large for my face but the Prophesy fits me nicely as does the IO/X.  Trying them on with your helmet, if you wear one, is a must.

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

I have Smith Prophecy and Virtue goggles. I'll have to check if any of the Smith-specific adapters work. Unfortunately, I haven't had luck with OTG.

post #13 of 22

If you already have the Prophecy goggles you are half way there, and the Smith inserts are your most cost effective solution. They work very well and, IME, do not fog in any but the most challenging conditions. I think that is partly due to the inserts being further from eyeballs than usual eyeglasses, so further from that prime source of water vapor. Likely will not find the inserts at your local ski shop; I ordered mine directly from Smith.

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

If you already have the Prophecy goggles you are half way there, and the Smith inserts are your most cost effective solution. They work very well and, IME, do not fog in any but the most challenging conditions. I think that is partly due to the inserts being further from eyeballs than usual eyeglasses, so further from that prime source of water vapor. Likely will not find the inserts at your local ski shop; I ordered mine directly from Smith.

 

I don't have the model with the fan. I've found an optometrist in Denver that does sports goggles so maybe they have it.

post #15 of 22

Mine do not have the fan, and they have worked fine for me. I'd say get the inserts and try the goggles you have. Worse comes to worst, you find that you need the goggles with the fan later.

post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

If you already have the Prophecy goggles you are half way there, and the Smith inserts are your most cost effective solution. They work very well and, IME, do not fog in any but the most challenging conditions. I think that is partly due to the inserts being further from eyeballs than usual eyeglasses, so further from that prime source of water vapor. Likely will not find the inserts at your local ski shop; I ordered mine directly from Smith.

but the most challenging conditions are when not fogging matters the most. A lot depends on how aggressively you ski--if you work up a sweat you will fog. I got by with plain OTG goggles 90% of the time. the day that convinced me to get turbos was a storm day at Whistler with fairly heavy snow. After climbing Spanky's and working hard to make turns I was blind enough that I had to keep stopping. It's a vicious cycle--the only way to keep non fan goggles clear is to ski fast (actually it's the glasses that fog, not the goggles) but you can't ski fast if you can't see. the fans are worth it. wish I got them decades ago. (Since I had surgery to correct my double vision and since I've gotten old enough that my myopia has turned to mild presbyopia I no longer need glasses to ski or do anything but read fine print. What a blessing.) 

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

but the most challenging conditions are when not fogging matters the most. A lot depends on how aggressively you ski--if you work up a sweat you will fog. I got by with plain OTG goggles 90% of the time. the day that convinced me to get turbos was a storm day at Whistler with fairly heavy snow. After climbing Spanky's and working hard to make turns I was blind enough that I had to keep stopping. It's a vicious cycle--the only way to keep non fan goggles clear is to ski fast (actually it's the glasses that fog, not the goggles) but you can't ski fast if you can't see. the fans are worth it. wish I got them decades ago. (Since I had surgery to correct my double vision and since I've gotten old enough that my myopia has turned to mild presbyopia I no longer need glasses to ski or do anything but read fine print. What a blessing.) 


It's definitely ice to be able to switch the fan to High and immediately watch the fog disappear.

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

but the most challenging conditions are when not fogging matters the most. A lot depends on how aggressively you ski--if you work up a sweat you will fog. I got by with plain OTG goggles 90% of the time. the day that convinced me to get turbos was a storm day at Whistler with fairly heavy snow. After climbing Spanky's and working hard to make turns I was blind enough that I had to keep stopping. It's a vicious cycle--the only way to keep non fan goggles clear is to ski fast (actually it's the glasses that fog, not the goggles) but you can't ski fast if you can't see. the fans are worth it. wish I got them decades ago.

Excellent points. I actually had some fan goggles back in the late 80s and didn't like them much, but the battery pack is much lighter on current models. Maybe I should take another look. 

post #19 of 22

Try Eye Pieces of Vail in Vail, CO for your next Prescription Rx Goggle- It's a prescription insert that can be a bifocal too. They typically do a Smith I/OX Turbo goggle that has a small fan in it to prevent your lenses from fogging. They are on the website: www.eyepiecesofvail.com. You can actually just call the store at 800.245.1678 with your prescription and have them shipped the next day. They were one of the first optical companies to try the prescription goggle, and theirs are good looking and technical.

post #20 of 22

Call Eye Pieces of Vail: 800.245.1678. They actually worked with Smith originally to create the Rx goggle insert, and they make them on-site. There are two sizes of goggles to choose from with fans, the Smith IOX Turbo and the Smith Phenom. All you have to do is call with your prescription, and the opticians on staff will take care of you. Turnaround time is usually within 24 hours.

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post
 

 

I don't have the model with the fan. I've found an optometrist in Denver that does sports goggles so maybe they have it.

 

Call Eye Pieces of Vail: 800.245.1678. They actually worked with Smith originally to create the Rx goggle insert, and they make them on-site. There are two sizes of goggles to choose from with fans, the Smith IOX Turbo and the Smith Phenom. All you have to do is call with your prescription, and the opticians on staff will take care of you. Turnaround time is usually within 24 hours.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post
 

I'm trying to keep the costs down and be able to see while skiing. I want to go barebone with single lens polycarbonate. I don't think contacts are going to work for me so I'm looking into Prescription Ski Goggle Inserts.

 

EDIT: Luckily my vision isn't that bad (20/40) so I pretty much only wear glasses while driving. Being able to pick out my niece and nephew from a distance would be nice. :)

 

Has anyone had any experience with this?

 

This is one site I got information from: http://www.adseyewear.com/prescription-ski-goggles-universal-insert/

 

 

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 75

 

 

And this site has more options beyond the universal one above.  http://www.sportsoptical.com/goggles.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you recommend a site to deal with? Or a dealer in Colorado?

 

TIA,

Karen

I recommend trying Eye Pieces of Vail, Rx goggles are their specialty, and they're quick! 800.245.1678

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