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Goggles, second pair of lens that exterior finish is wearing off

post #1 of 9
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Looking for some advice on goggles. I had a pair of Bolle goggles that had a mirror finish that got scratched up, making it awkward to look through as some parts were less tinted that others. I figured I just did not take care of them.

I ended up getting a new pair last year, another pair of Bolle. This time I made sure to keep them stored in the cloth bag that came with them. I really really liked them, not sure if its the spherical lens, or the frame or the tint, but every time I wore them, I'd think what a nice pair of googles. 

The other day I pulled them out of my pack, took them out of the cloth bag and noticed a bunch of water droplets on the lens. I used the cloth bag to wipe the water off. Where the water droplets had been the finish came off. I guess it is a light mirror tint, that is now worn off in the middle creating a difference in the tint, and like my old ones, not very enjoyable to look through.

 

So, need a new pair. I checked Bolle, and they no longer make this model or sell lens for them (bought them at Costco) so replacing the lens does not seem like an option. Is my problem more likely with Bolle lens, or is it just an issue of lack of care on my part? I am leaning toward getting a pair of Smith I/OX, in part because of the availability of replacement lens, and because I know many others who have had these for several years without issues with their lens.

post #2 of 9
Make sure you remove the goggles from the cloth bag and dry them and the bag off...same treatment you (should) give your skis...on arrival at home or condo. I let the goggles air dry to avoid disturbing the finish, and
I turn the bag inside out to ensure that it is thoroughly dry as well.
post #3 of 9

I'm no expert but my personal experience is similar.   I had 2x $50-90 Bolles they coating scratched and came off easily.  Worst was when I tried to clean them off when it was cold and frosted.  Scratched the hell out of them...

 

I got Smith I/OX goggles and never had that problem anymore after 2 seasons.  I have a few small scratches but that's because I dropped them and stuff.  

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies. I had not thought to worry about making sure they were dry before putting them away. I had swapped them out with another pair that have clear lens for night skiing, and guess they must have had some snow on them, as the lens did have water on it the next morning when I pulled them out of my pack.

 

Glad to hear that the Smith lens don't seem so delicate. I had the same issue with my previous pair of Bolle's, I would wipe the snow and water off the outside of the lens with my glove and quickly scratched the coating off. I made sure to avoid that with this last pair, only wiping them with a soft cloth. 

post #5 of 9

keep in mind I'm probably comparing 2 different classes of lenses.  My Bolle's that scratched easily were under $90.  My Smith goggles were $200.  

post #6 of 9

I've never had issues with mirrored Smith lenses, and I don't buy the expensive spherical frames(they don't fit my face), I get the flat lens frames.

post #7 of 9

The Smith IO lens holds up really well. No scratches under normal usage. 

 

The only time I scratched a IO lens was while billy-goating thru a rock band at the bird. I found out rocks are much harder than the mirror coating on the lens. BTW, I was up right when that happened. Rock - 1, mirror coating - 0. :D     

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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

The Smith IO lens holds up really well. No scratches under normal usage. 

 

The only time I scratched a IO lens was while billy-goating thru a rock band at the bird. I found out rocks are much harder than the mirror coating on the lens. BTW, I was up right when that happened. Rock - 1, mirror coating - 0. :D     

saved your eyes and face though!  That's a win!

post #9 of 9

With the MSRP for IO replacement lens, the face might be a less expensive option - face will heal for free. :D

 

FWIW, I did get several replacement lens for $25 at end of last season. So it pays to be patience and watchful.   

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