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Best goggle (lens)

Poll Results: Best lens for worst weather condition (heavy snow fall, no vision whatsoever)

 
  • 38% (5)
    Blue Sensor lens by Smith
  • 7% (1)
    Hi-Yellow lens by Oakley
  • 53% (7)
    Rose Prizm lens by Oakley
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I know there have been countless of posts and questions about the best goggles/lenses. Yet opinions are very much divided, and I would like to ask for your opinions on the best goggles and lenses.

 

The most important use for goggles for me is in the worst weather possible, heavy snow fall and minimum vision in terms of distance, light, and slope outlines.

I have narrowed my extensive search of reading forums and reviews for hours down to either the Smith I/O (7) or the Oakley with the Prizm lenses.

 

The biggest question here, is which lens is better; the Blue Sensor lens by Smith, the Rose Prizm lens by Oakley, or the Hi-Yellow lens by Oakley? There has been a similar post here 2-3 years ago, yet perhaps there are more user reviews now and a less divided general opinion.

 

Also I am wondering about why either goggle is, Oakley Flight Dek / Airbrake or the Smith I/O (7). ANOTHER follow-up question is, which combination would be the best for an Oakley Lens set? For example a Jade and Rose lens set.

 

Many questions and many possiblities, I hope there will be some consensus after a bit of discussion! Many thanks in advance :)

 

PS: My end goal is a goggle with 2 lenses, 1 for your average sunny / cloudy days and 1 for the worst weather situations. For example the Smith I/O 7 with the Photochromic Red lens (everyday lens) and the Blue Sensor lens (terrible weather lens).

post #2 of 7

Have a number of pairs of Oakley's with Hi-Yellow, have been skiing them for years.

 

Recently bought POC bright Zink, orange Lobes, goggles to match the new ski jackets and find them to be good in low light also.

post #3 of 7
I just switched to the Oakley Prizm lenses from Smith. There is a clear difference in the image quality. I liked my Smith goggles, but I love the Oakley lenses. I have both the rose and blue. Both colors have shown versatility in changing conditions.

Oakley customer service advised me to go blue for clear conditions and rose for cloudy. I ski in CO, so that may change if you live in the NW.
post #4 of 7

"I just switched to the Oakley Prizm lenses from Smith. There is a clear difference in the image quality. I liked my Smith goggles, but I love the Oakley lenses. I have ... the rose"

 

Same thing for me.  Oakley rose prizm works better for my eyes than Smith RC36.  Your eyes may see things differently.

post #5 of 7

I am pretty much a goggle whore, I have about 13 pairs including Anon's, POC, Smith's, Zeal's, and have at one time or another had Oakley's which I don't care for. There are many many options that work great for sunny and normal lighting conditions so here all that matters is what you prefer. For what it's worth I prefer a dark blue or green for sunny days, but again Red or Black are just dandy too. But Anon's Red Ice is by far the best terrible visibility lens I've used. For fog and picking up definition in the darkest of dark there's nothing like it. At least half the days I ski are fog to white out days and I won't go without my red ice lens.

 

For just one example of times it has saved my butt, I was skiing with some buddies on a very foggy and snowy day. It was really dark in spots and a white out in others, pretty standard.  They both work at ski shops and always have their swanky free shop products and swore up and down they were as good as it gets. One had Smith I/O with blue sensor and the other Oakley something with a yellow lens and I had my Red Ice. We were cutting through an area we cut through all the time, it's not a run but it's also not marked off or out of bounds or anything. Just an easy way to get from one chair to the other, we hadn't been through there in a few weeks and for some reason there was now a 10 foot trench dug into the run out. I was just barely able to see it and bail out and start screaming at my friends but it was too late. They never saw it at all, one broke an ankle the other badly sprained his wrist. They both said the same thing, they couldn't tell there was a hole, it just looked flat white. They use Red Ice now.

 

Obviously this was an extreme example, but I was able to see it because red ice picks up definition and contour in the worst of the worst. I find with blue's and yellows that they make the snow always look flat, well it isn't always flat. Red Ice is almost like looking through a clear lens, except everything is brighter. But as I've warned in the other threads, be careful when the sun comes out or you'll go blind. If you aren't into the red ice blue/yellow is next best, then yellow. Anything Rose or Orange are worthless IMO. Though I've never tried rose prizm.

 

AnonOptics has a great lens visualizer on their site, you can look at all the standard kind of lens tints in the conditions they are meant for and from my perspective it's pretty much bang on.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Lives View Post

 

 

 

PS: My end goal is a goggle with 2 lenses, 1 for your average sunny / cloudy days and 1 for the worst weather situations. For example the Smith I/O 7 with the Photochromic Red lens (everyday lens) and the Blue Sensor lens (terrible weather lens).

 

This is what I have, except it's just the I/O (not the 7).  The Blue sensor is a great low light lens.  No experience with the other 2 choices (Oakley always seems to be too proud of their products).  I have owned a plethora of goggles, and the Smith Blue sensor is an order of magnitude better than my previous goggles.

 

Great deal on these at Level 9 for $109

 

https://www.levelninesports.com/smith-i-o-goggles-w-bonus-lens-2016#290=3381

post #7 of 7

i was very sceptical about the prizm lens...

 

gradually went from hi yellow to prizm rose and now prizm black so have all conditions covered... love the lenses... 

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