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Advice on goggles

post #1 of 16
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I'm debating on buying a nice set of goggles or some cheapies. Oakleys carry a well known name, and I am happy with the Pro M Frames that I have. My question is, is Oakley a nice pair for a nice price? Also, if anyone has Oakleys, what lenses do you have? I'd like a lens for both day and night skiing, but I may be asking for too much with that one. A guy at work likes the Smith's, and another says that all goggles are the same, no matter the price.
post #2 of 16
All goggles are NOT the same! For me, Smith are my favorites. They have the best anti-fog setup that I've used and that's what's important to me in a goggle. I don't know why, but I seem to be able to fog just about any goggle. So far, Smith goggles have resisted fogging quite well. I like a yellow (I think Smith calls it gold lite or something)lense for low light/flat light days and the grey lense for bright days.

Other considerations are fit on your face, peripheral vision (I think Oakleys shine here), fit when wearing a helmet, and durability.
post #3 of 16

Welcome aboard.

I ski mostly in Pro M frames also. Love them. I usually carry Persimmon or Gold Iridium lens for flat light and swap. But I too like the Smith Goggles. They fit my face well and great no fog.. The optics are better on the Oakleys, Bolle, and a few others so you have to weigh your priorities. for field of view Oakleys and Bolle are better. For no fog, Smith are the way to go. For clarity, Revo, Bolle.. oakely. For Cool looking, Scott ( check out their holographic lenses) briko.. Again check for fit comfort with helmet, facial seal...
post #4 of 16
FInd the Goggles that fit your face the best. I use Scott, Spy, Zeal, Oakley, Arnette and Santa Cruz. Smith's do not fit my face as well as some of the others. If you can find them the Santa Cruz Polorized goggles are great. There are differences in the optics of goggles as well. There are quality differences in the lenses and some brands provide better clarity than others. Lens tint is also a personel preference. For years I've used the standard 'orange' tint, last season i started trying some 'rose' tinted lenses and liked it. For an everyday goggle I would stay away from darker tints, good for sunny days but you loose definition on overcast stormy days. For night skiing you cannot beat a clear lens, so a second pair might be a good investment if you night ski a bunch. The light 'orange' or 'rose' tint is probably the best all around for day and night use.
Fit your face, make sure the foam is comfortable and check out the optical clarity.

Top Picks for Lens Quality (in no order)
Santa Cruz Polorized (rose tint)
Oakley Persimmon (orange tint)
Scott Amplify (rose tint)

just one persons opinion.....
post #5 of 16
Oakley Iridium lenses are the best optically I have seen w/o spending the serious $ like a revo. plus they look cool and fit my helmet perfectly w/ their helmet strap.
fogging is a biot of a problem when skiing really hard on very cold days. keep the vents clear and lift em up at the bottom you should be fine.
I am 5"11" 220 and can fog up a gondola by myself after a long run
good luck
post #6 of 16
This is a different approach based on a few premises.
1. You will scratch your goggles. Be as careful as you can, but it's still going to happen within a couple months of use. I have yet to see a store that stocks replacement lenses, so you will have to order them. By the time you get them , the season will be over. And by then, you can buy a new pair of the same goggles for 1/2 the price of replacement lenses!
2. Your goggles will fog. No matter how good they are, at some point it's going to happen.
3. You will fall and get all that fresh powder (ALL of it!) inside your goggles.
The solution? Every year buy 2 pairs of goggles for 5-10 dollars at the end of year clearance, or pre season swaps. Then on goggle days, bring both pairs with you.
post #7 of 16
Good comments. If fogging is your biggest concern drop the coin and get the $100 smith Turbo. It is a little fan built into the goggle and runs off of a couple of AA batteries. Of course it is spendy but if you want fog free it is your best bet.
I too must suggest always having a spare set o' goggles in your bag. I always have a back up pair just in case. Long BC run, overheating, couple of falls, get to the base and you have condensation between your lenses, no way to clean that up except for letting them sit for awhile (more than a lunch break too). So head to the car or locker, take a layer off, and grab the fresh pair of goggles.
post #8 of 16
I have to dissagree with you on the part abput the lens' not being in stock. At my local shop they carry replacement lenses for all the gogles they sell. Of course, the omlu lenses they were out of were the clear ones I needed for the gogles I had just bought, so maybe you are partially correct. Also, I would say to stay away from the cheap gogles that aren't specificaly designed for skiing, they fog like Hell and the clarity is crap.
post #9 of 16
Call 1-800-PRO-LENS for replacement goggle lenses. Chances are they'll have what you're looking for at a reasonable price.
post #10 of 16
Argus were are you getting Smith turbo Cam goggles for a $100 bucks, not on this planet. I just ordered some and they were $150 plus i got an extra lens (clear for night sking) for another $28 bucks. And no i didnt get ripped off, i searched everywere and most sell them for $180 . Local ski shop has them at $175 plus tax. These are the goggles with the electric fan, I hope they keep my glasses from fogging(I will soon find out) Just wanted all to have the right info.
post #11 of 16
You generally have to get replacement lenses in the same year that the goggles were made. You can buy decent quality goggles for cheap at the end of the year sales. Most goggles these days have a pretty good anti fog coating, but it doesn't seem to last very long. And as long as you keep the top of the goggle clear, they shouldn't fog when you are moving. Best to get the ones with the fan if you hike alot, but bring extra batteries! And never let them out of your sight, they will get stolen.
post #12 of 16
dc9mm, I just threw that $100.00 price out there. I knew they were at least that. SO in answer to your question, no, i do not know where to get them for less.....
post #13 of 16
the new sleeker turbo cam is about 150-180 from what I've seen. the older style was around 100-125 But I have not seen one of these this year.
post #14 of 16
You can get the old model Monashee Turbos from Sierra Trading Post for $99.
post #15 of 16
My advice on goggles:
If you don't put them up on your sweaty or snowy forehead, they don't get soaking wet and fog. I have Oakley A-frames with the perimission (sp?) lens and the blue iridium lens. Great field of view, nice optics. with the lenses-there is little distortion.
I take them completely off in a gondola and they never fog for me. Anything will fog if you get it snowy enough.
post #16 of 16
Short of paying $150 for goggles with a fan (sheesh... that's extreme)... jyarddog turned me on to a trick that really works for me.

Use unscented anti perspirant on your forehead, cheeks, and around your eyes, being careful not to get any into your eyes.

Goggles fog from the VAPOR of perspiration condensing inside the goggles. Fans dissipate the vapor. Anti perspirant is pretty cheap in comparison.

It also helps keep the inside of your gloves dry.

I know it sounds weird, but it works (at least it works for me).
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