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Advice on new goggles?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am in dire need of buying a new pair of goggles for the upcoming season. It has been a couple years since I last bought a pair, and I'm wondering what some of your thoughts are about goggle selection (i.e. what things are important, and which pieces of marketing b.s. should I ignore). My old goggles are Bolle, and I have become very used to the futur spectra lens (reflective with changing color and tint across it). Does anybody know of a comparable style lens on sale today?

I have heard that some of the new double-lens setups are not good for wet conditions, and since I live in the northwest this is a big concern. Any thougts on this as well would be much appreciated. Are the "spherical" lenses any good?

I almost forgot, they need to be somewhat compatible with a helmet!

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 14
the spherical lenses supposedly cut glare like a chainsaw thru your average 8 year-old.

post #3 of 14
I have a pair of Spy Snow Blizzards and really like them. they are helmet compatible and you can choose diff lenses.
The spherical lenses are pretty cool. FILA makes some nice ones. There's a lot of cool goggles out there, it depends how much you wanna pay. Smith always has some good quality stuff.
Just my thoughts!
post #4 of 14
Goggles in a sense are like boots. Everyone has a different shaped face and head. What might work well for one might not work for another. Take your helmet into the shop with you and try on a bunch of goggles. Scotts new Split-Six is a good helmet goggle and so is the Smith Triad. BUt your face might like the fit of the SPy, Bolle, Dragon, Briko, or whatever. Find what fits your needs and your face.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for the tips guys. Argus, I will definitely try some on first, thanks.
post #6 of 14

why did you choose that screen name? Did you used to work for them?

I did but out here in Virginia.

Just curious.

post #7 of 14

I will second rossi9irl's recommendation of Spy. Get the Rose lens it is great in Flat light.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Homebrew --

Who is 'them' that you worked for? I didn't though. Why did I choose the name? It's an old internet nickname, and my homeip site ... may as well keep the tradition going!
post #9 of 14
Skiing in the NW and being shaded color blind the red lens seem to work the best in flat light for me.
post #10 of 14
Personally, when I lived in the Northwest I always had an extra pair of goggles on me. I haven't found a pair of goggles that can stay clear all day on those 33 degree days the clouds park on the mountain (standard contitions at Hoodoo).

I buy good, midpriced goggles instead of expensive ones so I can have extras. If you have a helmet be sure to find goggles that have vents in front. As for red or yellow, I like red better, but many see better with yellow....look through both & see which works best for you.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Rio --

yes, our foggy/cloudy/"it's so wet it sticks to you" skiing is contributive to the foggy goggle situation. I tend to end up in faceplants a little after midday (weeee!), so it's especially tough to keep the goggles dry and fog-free inside. I find the red lenses to give me better definition of the snow in flat light, as opposed to the amber ones typically filling ski-shop shelves in Seattle. I have heard on some reviews that the double-lens goggles are really poor for wet areas, as they can fog up between the lenses when moisture finds it's way in. Is there any truth to this, or just rant?
post #12 of 14
The absolute best goggle lens I have used was a polorized rose tinted lens from Santa Cruz. It has been very sad since I started wearing a helmet because the pair I have do not fit so well with the bucket on. It worked great in all conditions be it sunny or stormy. There are few polorized goggles out there and if you can find the Santa Cruz I think you would like it.
post #13 of 14
Good double lenses only fog up between the lenses when they are damaged. Cheap ones will develop leaks much quicker. The leaks let moisture in between the lenses causing the problem.

Almost all brands of goggles use foam to keep the snow out but let air in. In the Northwest the foam tends to build up moisture thus causing your goggles to fog up. To top it off the Northwest snow sticks to the foam then melts when you go in for lunch or a break. That is why I found it beneficial to have a couple pair of midpriced goggles instead of one expensive pair. When the goggles I'm using get too wet I switch over to a dry pair.
post #14 of 14
Carrera's upper end goggles have a solid gasket between the lenses to prevent these moisture invasion problems.

Should give em a try. Works pretty good.
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