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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Does anybody use "OTG" goggles? do they work well without the glasses fogging up?I've seen a few on the internet but wanted to see what everyone thinks.

Review and recommend brands would be great!

Thank you!
post #2 of 19
Smith I/OX turbo fan
Please break out your wallet and hand it over
But for me they don't fog and handle my large glasses without smashing my nose


@Uilleann
May know other options
post #3 of 19

Smith offers some OTG goggle models that include small fan. 

 

In my case, I've been using the Smith "Prophecy Turbo Fan" goggles for a couple seasons.  They work well for me.  I mainly ski in the PNW & used to always have problems with fogging (on goggle lens & glasses) most days.  Switched to the Prophecy Turbos & fogging stopped being an issue for me.  The goggle fan is battery powered & uses a couple AAA batteries.  Regular batteries usually last me 3-5 ski days.  Battery life depends on how cold it is on the slopes, what setting you have the fan running at (low or high) and (naturally) how long you have the fan on.  I usually turn the fan on, at low, when I leave the car for the lifts & leave the fan on until I'm done for the day.  I switched to using lithium batteries last season because they last longer - about a couple weeks of skiing.  The lithium batteries work better in the cold.

 

I've been considering getting the Smith goggles that have both the turbo fan & their "ocular docking system" (OCS).  It seems a better setup.  But, my current glasses have a relatively compact form factor, which makes them an easy fit under the Prophecy goggles.  So, I'm not going to give the OCS setup a serious look until it's time for me to replace my glasses.

post #4 of 19

Dang, typos.  I meant "Ocular Docking System" (ODS).

post #5 of 19

Additional notes, based on my experiences:

 

If you ski with a helmet, take it with you & put it on when trying on goggles.  Not all helmet/goggle combos play well with each other.

 

Your eyeglass optics may influence your choice of goggle lenses.  In my case, I have polarized photochromic eyeglass lenses that also have a semi-reflective anti-glare coating.  Due to the photochromic effect of my glasses, I found lower transmissive goggle (ie: darker tint) lenses to be overkill most of the time.  After some trial&error, I settled on a plain 'ol RC36 goggle lens.

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the replies, wallet is no longer mine since i fell in love with skiing smile.gif
post #7 of 19

I use Scott OTGs exclusively, usually in an amber tint or sometimes grey. They have a more bubble shape so they're more stylish than the Smiths IMHO... I look online for deals- I got a couple pairs from an Ogden shop @ $28 a few seasons ago, this year the best I could do was about $49. They retail north of 100...I never bothered with the fan, although I heard it works well. I just get up a little speed, pull the googles off my face an inch to let air in, and it cleans up any fog on the glasses.  

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you Mr. Crab i've looked at the brand you recommended.Amazon has a pair for around 70$.The only thing that i'm inbetween on is getting the goggles with or without a fan. Also i'm unsure which type of lenses i should get being in the area i'm in. MD,PA area.

Thanks again for everyones insight!!smile.gif
post #9 of 19
I use Smith Prophesy without the fan. Smith IOx also works quite well although they don't list is as an OTG goggle. Changing lenses on the Prophesy is a major PIA. IOx is easy. I also have a Bolle X-6 with vermillion photochromic lens which is also good. I'm switching to a Salomon helmet this season and have a Salomon OTG goggle ordered to use with it.
post #10 of 19

Don't pay $70. Here's StartHaus, you can get other lens colors if you shop around. Just Lenses are available too. 

post #11 of 19

A) Do you night ski?    

 

B) Do you spring ski?

 

 

If A then you need a goggle with a clear, yellow, or *very* light amber lens, especially for the 4-6pm transition time.

 

If B then you can go slightly darker but not too much - you want to still use these in Jan. and Feb. when the clouds and storms are in.    

 

If both A&B,  go for yellow polarized or light amber or consider owning more than one lens. 


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Originally Posted by Horizon299 View Post

 Also i'm unsure which type of lenses i should get being in the area i'm in. MD,PA area.

 

 

 

Oh, and 

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Originally Posted by Horizon299 View Post

Does anybody use "OTG" goggles? do they work well without the glasses fogging up?
 

Make absolutely sure that the top vents are not blocked by the forehead lip of your helmet.    

Then make sure that the bottom vents are not anywhere near your nostrils so you do not get exhale icing around the lower/nose part.  

post #12 of 19

pick up a no-fog cloth for the glasses (not the goggles)  this is only like $2 to $3 and usually in every ski shop or REI

post #13 of 19

I had goggles with a fan many years ago when I was skiing at Mt. Hood.  The fan got wet and it corroded.  It worked fine when it worked.  Now I use goggles without a fan and apply no fog spray to my glasses--I prefer it to a cloth.  Some lenses on glasses do not handle a no fog compound very well.  It smears.  After having to use an old pair of glasses for skiing for several years, I made sure when getting new glasses that they would work with the no fog stuff.

post #14 of 19

I have 3 pairs of OTG goggles -- clear for night skiing, dark for dazzling sunshine (rare around here), and light persimmon for low and moderate light (which get used most off the time). They are made, respectively, by Smith, Giro and Scott. They all work fine. I bought them all on clearance for a combined price of about $60.

Your goggles won't fog under most conditions if you put them on and leave them on until you're ready to go indoors. If you take 'em off and let your glasses get chilled, they'll fog for sure when you enclose them under your goggles again. And of course, don't block the vents.

post #15 of 19

I'm also a fan of a quiver of goggles and shades.  Easier and faster to just swap goggles than changing the lens when conditions change or making the decision in the parking lot.  That, and I'm a sports and fashion eye gear hor. I've probably got close to 30 pairs of high end sunglasses from several different brands and models from Aviators to Vuarnets.

post #16 of 19

My wife fought the glasses in goggle problem for years.  We/she went thru several goggles including the turbo fan ones, nothing worked.  She solved the problem by wearing contacts when she skis and just a good pair of goggles.  This is the only time she wears contacts, especially bad up here as we ski in flat light probably 85 percent of time,  so needed goggles but the only way she could prevent fogging was gooing to contacts.

post #17 of 19
I've worn OTG goggles for years but the current style of goggles forced me back to contacts just in the last few years as the as the foam on my old goggles gave up their ghost. I haven't tried the IOx yet but am currently using IO. What I have found is the the more modern OTG goggles have no more cut out in the frame for the temples of the glasses. Shame really.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
 

This is the only time she wears contacts, especially bad up here as we ski in flat light probably 85 percent of time,  so needed goggles but the only way she could prevent fogging was gooing to contacts.

 

I use some of the better amber sun glasses for flat light when it isn't too cold or too wet.  But, prescription versions of those better flat light glasses an be quite expensive.  Sounds like contacts are the best solution.  Can she wear contacts under OTC sport glasses?  They don't fog up as much as goggles but suck if it is raining or snowing or really cold.

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

 

I use some of the better amber sun glasses for flat light when it isn't too cold or too wet.  But, prescription versions of those better flat light glasses an be quite expensive.  Sounds like contacts are the best solution.  Can she wear contacts under OTC sport glasses?  They don't fog up as much as goggles but suck if it is raining or snowing or really cold.

 

 

She could and did in Tahoe but up here sunglass days are very scarce, like maybe a few days in the spring.

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