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Helmet goggle compatibility

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

In theory, they are interchangeable/universal, in practice, I'm having some fit issues. I purchased the Oakley crowbar two seasons ago. I like the fit and the versatility, especially like the yellow, low-light lens, which works great up here in fog country. I then purchased the K2 rival helmet. It's passive venting and super light weight are great. The issue is that no matter how tightly I snug my goggles, they tend to slide down my face. I think they are hitting the bottom of my helmet and the helmet is pushing them down. I have spent a season of adjusting and it just doesn't get good enough. I am looking to replace one or the other and probably the helmet since I have more invested in the goggle. Is there a resource for buyers online to research compatibility across products? Should I think of looking for one brand for both?

post #2 of 13
Take the goggles to a ski shop and try on helmets with the goggles. The same brand for both might help, but I had a pair of Smith goggles that did not play well with my Smith helmet. I'm switching to a Salomon helmet this season and a Salomon goggle, hopefully they will be compatible but if not I don't have to buy the goggles.
post #3 of 13

Compatibility isn't just between the goggle and the helmet, it's also with your head/face as well. You could likely put that same combination on some other people, and they would have zero problems. Meanwhile, the combo you find that works for you might be terrible for someone else. like mtcyclist said, your best bet is to take the goggles to a shop and try on helmets with them. It has to fit you first and foremost. 

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

I had planned to save some bucks online. I can see your point though and will check out a local shop.

post #5 of 13
I have easily lost $15 at least every time anyone in this family has tried to buy helmets or goggles online. It's now in the do-not-buy-online category and it only took a new attempt every three years for the last twenty to get there. Slow learner. They either smush your nose or there's some gap that will end up with frost bite come January. Not worth the aggravation.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I have easily lost $15 at least every time anyone in this family has tried to buy helmets or goggles online. It's now in the do-not-buy-online category and it only took a new attempt every three years for the last twenty to get there. Slow learner. They either smush your nose or there's some gap that will end up with frost bite come January. Not worth the aggravation.

 

The goggle gap is easily overcome with the use of a lightweight helmet liner, although it works best with a helmet that has an "adjustable dial" fitting system.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by MHarry18 View Post
 

In theory, they are interchangeable/universal 

 

After an exhaustive search, I wrote to Von Zipper asking exactly which helmets their "helmet compatible" Fishbowl goggles were actually compatible with. The advice from their customer service department was to "rock them with a beanie".

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately the current mismatch occurred through the local ski shop. That is why I was looking for a good starting point, like a chart for compatibility. I do now know something that doesn't work, so that is something.

post #9 of 13
Well, you have to bring what you own when you buy the other AND PUT THEM ON.
post #10 of 13

I don't think you are going to find a compatability chart that is worthwhile.

 

I've had great goggles that fit me well with a certain model helmet- the same goggles don't fit me well with a different model from the same manufacturer.  The goggles and both helmets are all made by the same manufacturer. 

 

There's no substitute for trying the actual goggle with the actual helmet on your actual head.

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

That is definitely the ideal situation. Unfortunately, most stores can't afford to inventory so many goggles, so you get limited in your choices.

post #12 of 13

Is this not the same issue with anything you wear and what you shop for?

How do you find a shirt that fits with your pants that fits with your jacket that fits with your body?  You have to try it on.  And not every store sells every single shirt or pants or jacket.

 

This is also the internet age, so you can mail order and return the items that you don't want, and usually just pay the return shipping fee

post #13 of 13

I got Smith Turbo goggles that fit over my glasses on a pro deal.   They smushed my nose with my helmet, so I went to the ski store and tried all their helmets including all their Smith helmets. The goggles smushed my nose with all of them.   I like the way they prevent fogging so much though, that I think I'll just live with it.  At least there is no gap.

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