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$140 Ski goggle

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey everybody first post here and was looking for some input on picking a goggle, I know there are a bunch of threads on them but most of them seem to be 2 or 3 years old. I'm looking for a goggle with good quality lenses that are interchangeable and preferably come with 2 lenses to start, I'm coming from plain old rose colored goggles so I don't really have a clue on what the best lenses out there currently are. I have a medium sized mans face and I don't currently own a helmet yet but I'm looking into the Giro Discord or a similarly styled helmet with a brim. Also I wear glasses but have contacts so an OTG goggle isn't necessary but it would be nice. I have done a little reasearch and here is what I narrowed I came up with so far for with my most preferred option at the top..

Spy Bravo:
Lens color: Yellow with Green spectra/ Bronze with light blue spectra

I really like the way that these goggles look and spy seems to have good quality lenses. From what I have been reading these two color options seem good to cover all my lighting conditions. My only concern is the lens mounting system looks like it could release the lenses in a yard sale type fall since there isn't really anything latching the lenses on, is this a problem with these goggles I would appreciate any feedback from people with spy googles with the "lock steady" type of latch.

Spy Doom:
Lens color: Happy Rose with Dark Blue Spectra/ Happy Bronze Green Spectra

The bravo's bigger brother supposedly better field of view and maybe I can fit my glasses in them. These are also available in Spy's "happy lens" does this really help improve your vision it seem's a little gimmicky so I'm not quite sure of it. These come with Rose base color lens which I know are good for sunny/ partly cloudy days from experience but is bronze really a good choice for flat light cloudy days? This also features Spy's lock steady lens change system which as previously stated I'm a little concerned about


Dragon APX2:
Lens color: Dark smoke/ yellow-blue ionized lens

These goggles look to have a sturdier latching system then the spy goggles and they are said to come with a scratch resistant coating which seems nice or is this just a marketing gimmick? The only concern for these goggles is the lens color offered doesn't seem that good for partly cloudy or low light conditions.

Smith I/O
Lens color: 1.Red Sol X/ Blue Sensor

                   2. Igniter/ Red Sensor
                   3. Gold Sol X/ Blue Sensor

The smith IO series is  the goggle I see talked about most on the older thread post and people seem to love the Sensor lenses on them. The lenses color options available seem to suit every condition. The only thing is I'm not to fond of the look of these goggles but if the lenses are more superior then the other ones out there then I can overlook their styling.

Other considerations:
Smith Vice, Spy Platoon, Zeal Fargo

So I'd love to hear your opinions about the current goggles that are out there and which one would be the best all around goggle. If anyone has used the lock steady system by spy I'd love to hear feedback as I really like these googles. If there are any other googles that I missed Let me know.

post #2 of 11

I spent quite a bit of time researching goggles last year and ended up with the Anon M2...  They are big aviator goggles, so if you don't like that look, then they aren't for you, but have the best lens changing system out there... You could consider those.

post #3 of 11
Check out the Smith I/OX. I've been in this goggle for a few years now and like it tremendously. It comes with two lenses ( I have green Sol-x and blue sensor) and is glasses compatible.
post #4 of 11

My *strong* advice would be to buy the helmet first, then find a goggle that fits you when you are wearing the helmet.   There are two reasons for this.   First, you'll find there's a general constraint that all helmets place on your face.  One common issue is the amount of space between the front lip of the helmet and the bridge of the nose.  Given this, an I/OX might fit you without the helmet, but not with.  Second, helmets are typically harder to fit than goggles, so even if you have a goggle that fits with most helmets, it may not fit the one specific helmet you've been able to find that is comfortable for you.  You don't want your goggle choice to constrain you from finding a comfortable helmet.

post #5 of 11

1 vote for Smith I/O or I/OX. Any of those lens options should cover most if not all bases, and the lenses can be swapped in about a minute.

Also, cannot say enough good things about Smith's customer service.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by chemist View Post
 

My *strong* advice would be to buy the helmet first, then find a goggle that fits you when you are wearing the helmet.   There are two reasons for this.   First, you'll find there's a general constraint that all helmets place on your face.  One common issue is the amount of space between the front lip of the helmet and the bridge of the nose.  Given this, an I/OX might fit you without the helmet, but not with.  Second, helmets are typically harder to fit than goggles, so even if you have a goggle that fits with most helmets, it may not fit the one specific helmet you've been able to find that is comfortable for you.  You don't want your goggle choice to constrain you from finding a comfortable helmet.

+1 on this, assuming you wear a helmet

 

Helmet notwithstanding, some goggles will fit your face better than others.

 

Also, as far as lens color goes, certain colors supposedly work better than others in certain light conditions with some being more versatile than others, but in the end it all comes down to personal preference.

 

The bottom line is that you just have to go out and try a bunch on to figure out what works best for you.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by traina26 View Post
 

 


The smith IO series is  the goggle I see talked about most on the older thread post and people seem to love the Sensor lenses on them. The lenses color options available seem to suit every condition. The only thing is I'm not to fond of the look of these goggles but if the lenses are more superior then the other ones out there then I can overlook their styling.

 

I find that all goggles look the same when you're looking out through them.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies I just pulled the trigger on the spy bravos after seeing a bunch more reviews and a few videos with people wearing them. Right now I ride sans helmet but I'll be getting a helmet before I head up to Vermont this winter to go tree skiing.  I'm probably going to be getting a Bern Watts helmet or the baker and in Bern's promo video I could tell that one of the riders was wearing a Spy goggle so it should match up okay. 

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by traina26 View Post
 

 I could tell that one of the riders was wearing a Spy goggle so it should match up okay. 

Again, as Chemist mentioned above, the dimensions of the face of the guy in the promo (bridge of nose to where the helmet sits on his head) may not be the same for you.  At the very least, take your new goggles along when going helmet shopping.  I bought the helmet first and still went thru trying on a lot of goggles before I found something compatible.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by traina26 View Post
 

Thanks for the replies I just pulled the trigger on the spy bravos after seeing a bunch more reviews and a few videos with people wearing them. Right now I ride sans helmet but I'll be getting a helmet before I head up to Vermont this winter to go tree skiing.  I'm probably going to be getting a Bern Watts helmet or the baker and in Bern's promo video I could tell that one of the riders was wearing a Spy goggle so it should match up okay. 

But will that helmet match your head. Different helmets fit different heads.

 

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

But will that helmet match your head. Different helmets fit different heads.


That is the question. I wasted over an hour once trying to figure out which POC helmet would work for me. Finally gave up. I have no trouble with Smith, Salomon, or Giro. A helmet made for round heads won't work well on an oval head and vice versa. Never buy a helmet without trying it on, with your goggles.
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