I will be stopping in the states in a few weeks so will have the opportunity to pick up some new kit at somewhere between half to a third of the price it would cost back home.
The amount of skiing I can do at the moment is restricted to a couple of weeks per year. But I’d really like a set of goggles that will cover the whole spectrum as I am sick of losing precious days and enjoyment to the weather. I think it is worth spending a little more now if it means they last a few years (as opposed to the cheap crap I’ve had before). And if I later add more lenses to what I have then that is fine as well.
Have been looking at the Oakley Flight Decks with the “Prizm” lenses. It seems there isn’t much difference in price between the replacement Prizm and their Standard lens, yet there is a big difference for the whole goggle. This makes me inclined to buy something like a Hi-Persimmon goggle with a Prizm Black Iridium replacement lens and the price adds up just slightly more than the Prizm by itself.
While I have been able to try these goggles on I haven’t been able to compare lenses as the local stock is limited.
I’d be interested to know what the crossover is like with the various lenses. Ie. Would the Prizm Black go low enough to pair with a Hi-Yellow/Persimmon? And if not, should I be looking at the Prizm-Jade as a better all-rounder?
I’m also intrigued by the Photochromic lens that Smith does, though I haven’t tried their goggles on and I prefer the style of the flight-deck. I do prefer the idea of photochromic as I think this would reduce the hassle of having to switch lens (even if switching is easy!)
Also what colour do the lenses ACTUALLY give off from the outside? It seems Oakley is being deliberately deceptive with their photography. Do the Prizms actually have a matt-white finish??? And is it possible to change the strap, if not now at a later date when they release more? Their plain black-or-white straps simply suck! I’d rather the retro styling they have on their other models.