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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey all, well i am very excited for the arrival of this ski season! Just a question regarding ski goggles...I have never really given them credit or pus much research or thought into the purchase of a good pair of goggles. I am presently using a $30 CAD pair of Bolle's with a red lens. they are "ok" but pretty flimsy and I am finding the red lense to create discomfort....what is a reasonable amount to spend on a good comfortable and sturdy pair of goggles?

I am thinking anywhere between $80 to $150?

Please make any recommendations
post #2 of 17
What Bolle model are they?

How do the red lenses cause you discomfort?

Do you wear a helmet.

Picking out goggles takes alot of testing in stores to see how they fit.
post #3 of 17
Check Snowshack.com - they have a great selection of goggles with good descriptions on each fit and lens. They're even carrying Smith now!
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses! I am not sure what model they are but when I wear them things seem to look sort of warped or closer and it disrupts my vision.
post #5 of 17
I recently got a nice pair of Zeal Detonators off Ebay for less than $30 (w/ rose and yellow lenses).
post #6 of 17
I spent about 20 dollars on a pair of Goode googles. The are padded and comfortable. However, they are big and take p my entire face. Sometimes I have noticed problems with visibility. For the most part they are good. They keep me warm since they are so big on my face,haha! The have kind of an orange tint to them.
post #7 of 17
Does anybody have any experience with prescription goggles. if yes - where did you buy them from?
post #8 of 17
I really like the Carrera Kimerick goggles in the polarized light red. I have used them in all light conditions. The lenses are great and they don't fog up. In fact I got
so hooked on the lens that I now have sunglasses with a polarized lens in that color. Good for seeing the snow. I have bought goggles from them.

http://www.ej-goggles.com/
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Marty
Does anybody have any experience with prescription goggles. if yes - where did you buy them from?
I have the kind of goggles that fit over glasses, but my glasses tend to fog up underneath them if it's warm. I recently got contact lenses so it'll be interesting to see how they work out while skiing. Skiing and hiking glasses-free is the primary reason I'm trying contacts.
post #10 of 17
Lange- go to a good shop that carries a wide variety of brands and models. Find the shape that best fits your face and if you where a helmet, bring it with you. Depending on what kind of lense you are looking for, go outsite on a sunny or overcast day. Don't just look around indie the store. Any good shop will let you take them outside. While trying the goggles on, look around at different objects and see if any distort the image from the front or peripherally. I prefer Smith Regulators and I also like Oakley A frames. They fit my face best and have good distortion-free vision but there are many different options.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Lange_guy
Hey all, well i am very excited for the arrival of this ski season! Just a question regarding ski goggles...I have never really given them credit or pus much research or thought into the purchase of a good pair of goggles. I am presently using a $30 CAD pair of Bolle's with a red lens. they are "ok" but pretty flimsy and I am finding the red lense to create discomfort....what is a reasonable amount to spend on a good comfortable and sturdy pair of goggles?

I am thinking anywhere between $80 to $150?

Please make any recommendations
Check out the Scott High Voltage Six. www.scottusa.com (in spherical section) Doesn't fog easy, great in flat light and a natural look (colors and contrast) through the lens. I'm very happy with mine.

Peace
post #12 of 17
I got the Arnette Series 2 off eBay last year for $30. It fits my helmet, and my face after some foam trimming. Then I bought a bunch of lenses for around $10 each from some online sunglasses store; mirrored for sunny days, yellow for snowing days.
post #13 of 17
One of the perks of being a buyer for a shop, I get the luxury of getting lots of things for free. With that in mind I have owned a wide variety of goggles from Spy, Dragon, Oakley, Carrera, and Anon. So far my favorites are the Anon Halcyn but all the brands I listed make great goggles. The reason I like the Anon's is I always like to have a 2-3 different lenses and the have a patented speed release lens doohickey on them, and justs makes changing lenses a whole lot easier. To check them out go to www.burton.com/anon

www.cupolosports.com
post #14 of 17
Just got a nice pair of Zeal Links on eBay for $28 including shipping.
post #15 of 17
AlpineZone, if you find you can't tolerate the contacts, so that you have to go back to glasses, find one of the Smith Turbo line of goggle that has a little battery-powered fan to keep your glasses from fogging up. I suffered through years of unsuccessful use of all those different types of anti-fog lens smearing products that really don't work. The little fan is great. A bit costly, but effective.
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
AlpineZone, if you find you can't tolerate the contacts, so that you have to go back to glasses, find one of the Smith Turbo line of goggle that has a little battery-powered fan to keep your glasses from fogging up. I suffered through years of unsuccessful use of all those different types of anti-fog lens smearing products that really don't work. The little fan is great. A bit costly, but effective.
Neat. Thanks for the suggestion. I hope the contacts work out while skiing. I'm mostly wearing them full time now...
post #17 of 17
Oakley, Oakley, Oakley - why Oakley? because unlike most other ski goggle brands, Oakley doesn't "coat" the lense with reflective coatings that can scratch off leaving your $80-$130 goggles worthless after one accidental drop. Oakley embeds the UV lense in between two other layers of scratch resistant plastic. Tiny or large scratches on goggles that only have a coating to protect against UVA and UVB means that your eyes are getting fried every time you wear scratched goggles that are only coated.

There are many levels of Oakley at all price ranges, but all of them are made the same way. In the high altitude, protecting your eyes against ultraviolet radiation is priority #1.

I bought a pair of Bolle sunglasses for $90 last year and didn't realize they were the coated kind and had to buy a new lense after acccidently dropping and scratching them. I learned my lesson.

Whatever goggle you decide to buy, check to make sure that it's not a coated (useless) lense. Oakley isn't th eonly one who makes embedded UV lenses, but they're the one I'm most familiar with.
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