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Ski Goggles???

post #1 of 13
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 13
Between now and mid to end of October you should be able to find a good selection of goggles at half price. In the Toronto area many of the ski shops are still clearing last years left overs. Last year Old Fire Hall Sports and Skiis and Biikes had sales going near the end of summer. Many goggles were at half price or better. I think Corbetts may also be selling off some of last years products at a good price. So to answer your question $50 to $80 should buy a good pair of goggles if you don't wait for the snow.
post #3 of 13
http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2....SUB_CAT=1 527

Overstock.Com has a bunch of cheap goggles.
post #4 of 13

Goggle considerations . . .

Goggle Considerations . . .
A) Helmet fit, if you wear one. Although helmet gap seems to be only a practical threat under wind chill conditions, an incredible amount of time is spent by skiers obsessing on it. It's apparently akin to "cooties" or something.
B) Face Fit. I find "nostril compression" to be a factor, that is, some goggles pinch my nostrils slightly, inhibiting breathing. Others find cheek bone shape and eye socket shape important.
C) Foggability. I've concluded that ventilation is far more important than any treatment put on the lens. Certainly dual lens, with an insulating air layer between the interior goggle surface and the exterior, weather exposed lens, is a characteristic of better goggles. I have a pair of Smith Turbo's (interior vent fan) for when I wear my spec's that I dig out on the coast when it's high humidity that work incredibly well, despite their geeky little motor that whirs when I'm in the lift line and I forget to turn it off. My kids won't ski with me on those days. (I've also got some of those hobby spec's with twin flashlights on the frames that make you look like a Star Trek Borg that are indispensable for close work).
D) Scratch resistant coating. Some are better than others, but the best thing is a bag or case to keep them in when not in use, so your gear bag or pack doesn't beat them up. Cheap or pricey, they ain't worth a thing if the lens looks like the back window of a '59 Chevy convertible.
E) Lens color. Rose seems to be the preferred "one goggle" lens. Many of us will admit to having two sets of goggles, one low light, one bright light. If you ski in the dark, cloudy far North there are some excellent specialty lenses that give a slight advantage. I like my Oakley "high contrast" or whatever they're called a lot. They just make terrain pop when light's flat. Don't expect to make two sets of lenses work. Changing them out is a pain, then you've got the spare lenses to loose, too. It's much easier to just get a second set of goggles.
F) Breakaway Strap. A strap buckle at mid-back is handy for helmet use, but also seems to facilitate "fly away" during yard-sale type wrecks. Whatever your preference, seems to be a characteristic of higher priced goggles.

All this means you should try 'em before you buy 'em. Buy good ones if you can afford it and think you can keep them. I've worn spec's my whole life and make "glasses tracking" a habit. My wife, on the other hand, is constant proof of the rule that the more you pay for sunglasses, the sooner you loose them. Although skiing by feel has it's virtues, I prefer to do it by choice.
post #5 of 13
October 2004 "Skiing" mag has a decent article on goggles. Adidas Yoda ($110) scored the best, but everyone has their own likes. Oh yea, they tested mostly shperical shaped lenses. Oakley A Frame did well too. ($120)
post #6 of 13
How much do you think Adidas paid for that "review"?
post #7 of 13
I don't believe I've ever paid as much as $50 for a pair of goggles. On the other hand, they should last for years (unless you're a stuff-loser), so if you see some you really like for $100 it's not like you're going crazy, especially compared to what you pay for equipment and lift tickets.

I agree that "fogability" (or the avoidance thereof) is more a matter of ventilation than anything else. I've never tried the ones with fans (then again, I don't wear glasses when I ski), just ones with good-sized vents.

As for lens color, I like yellow (or amber, if you will) for ordinary overcast days, and clear for night. I have some dark-grey-lensed goggles for sun, though I sometimes wind up wearing the yellow. Agreed that changing lenses can be pain, and multiple pairs of goggles is the easier way to go.

Fit (with your helmet or your nose) and looks are user-specific considerations. The full-on utilitarians may scoff at even considering looks, but that doesn't seem out of line to me: they're on your face, after all.
post #8 of 13
As Scalce indicated in an earlier post Overstock.com have some great deals e.g Carrera Kimerik @ $30
post #9 of 13
Goggle lenses scratch so easily, the foam can disintegrate with sweat and oils, the band stretch etc., that spending $100+ for goggles seems like conspicuous consumption to me.
post #10 of 13

Uvex Apache, $50

I have these & wear them with a Giro 9.9. They've got great lenses (amber, high quality) & fit well too.
http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st... 6&storeId=226
post #11 of 13
Thanks to Scalce's tip about Overstock.com I bought myself a second pair of my favoirite Carrera's as mentioned by Scotskier. They have a pink polarized lens that I like in any light. Regularly about $80. I saw them mentioned this year in one of the ski magazine gear review. i use them with a Giro 9 helmet. If you go to Overstock and type in Marker they have a lot of ski pants and jackets.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Spy Bilzzard

So I picked up a pair of Spy Blizzard goggles at the Toronto Ski Shoe for $60 CAD. They have a persimmon lens are look great. Anyone have experience with a Spy goggle?
post #13 of 13
Originally Posted by Lostboy
Goggle lenses scratch so easily, the foam can disintegrate with sweat and oils, the band stretch etc., that spending $100+ for goggles seems like conspicuous consumption to me.
Although all goggles scratch easily, goggles that I have spent more on, have better optics, less distortion better imaging. This is true with my shooting glasses. They cost more because of the quality of the optics. Yes, if you can buy them discounted (and I always do) you should but don't think the idea that cheap (quality) goggles are just as good.
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