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Picking Goggles

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
This should be easy..but there's just so many choices out there. Anyone have a good method for picking goggles? It's one thing to try them on in the store, but quite another thing to be looking through them down the slopes.

The last pair of goggles I bought were Smith Disciple Regulators. The seemed okay in the store, but once I started skiing with them I kept looking around to find where that whistling noise was coming from...and it turned out to be my goggles. (Remember when you were a kid and you would get that flexible plastic tube, and helicopter it over your head? That "whooo-whooo-whooo" sound? That was the whistling).

Is there really a big difference between $50 goggles and $120 goggles?
post #2 of 10
While there is a difference between $50 and $120 goggles, it is not a big difference. Make sure that your goggles come with a double lens. Then pick a pair that looks good.
post #3 of 10
By the way, that whistling sound comes from the holes in the top portion of the lens on the regulators. If the sound bothers you, look for a pair without the holes.
post #4 of 10
I've been using the Oakley Wisdom goggles for two season now and have had very few problems with them. They have an incredibly large field of vision, and they resist fogging relatively well. As with any goggle, don't put 'em on your head if you're not wearing them! The'll fog like crazy, and it's a pain to reverse. As a previous poster mentioned, make sure they are dual lens goggles. Optically, they are more accurate than single lens goggles.
post #5 of 10
The holes in the Regulators can be closed by shoving that plastic thingy in the center top of the frame to the side.
post #6 of 10
I highly recommend the Spy Blizzard. Last week, I put these goggles to quite a test as I hiked up the Headwall 3 times at Jackson Hole and not once did they fog up, even under the intense amount of perspiration. In fact, they didn't fog up the entire week! That to me speaks wonders considering the past Smiths and Oakley's I have used.

As a fantastic all-around lens for the Blizzards, I recommend the Orange/Persimmon mix with Gold Mirror flash. Truely an excellent flat light and bright light lens.

These goggles you can find (depending on the frame color) for $40-70. The lens though will most likely need to be bought separately of which I paid $30 for. I think I bought them from http://www.technical-gear.com/goggle...now_goggle.htm
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. I appreciate the advice. There's a sporting goods store down the street from me that has all of their googles at 40% off...hopefully they still have something decent left in stock.
post #8 of 10
Not yet mentioned, if you wear a helmet, bring it with you and be sure they fit well with the helmet.
post #9 of 10
I purchased a pair of Oakley A Frames this season and all I can say is that they are great goggles. Very comfortable and never fog up. They even look cool!
post #10 of 10
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. Some goggles have offsets or hinges where the strap attaches to the goggle that help with helmet fit.
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 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.
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.
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