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post #1 of 19
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I was wondering if anyone ever used the Smith Turbofan OTG goggles?

I cannot wear contacts and am stuck with glasses when skiing. I have yet to find a pair of goggles that don't fog up the glasses and lens after 10 minutes of skiing. The local ski shop says the Smith Turbofans would work great but they are quite pricey at $150.

Does anyone have experience with this goggles and if so can you tell me if they really worik in prventing the fog problems associated with eyeglasses?

Thank you in advance.
post #2 of 19
As far as I know they work very well. There have been many discussions in the forum about those goggles. Use the search function to find many comments from turbo fan goggles.
post #3 of 19

I absolutely love them

I have two pair, one (a few years old) with the RC36 lens for brighter days and a new pair with the Sensor Mirror lens for low light/flat light days. They not only work, but have been really reliable. They are expensive, but worth every penny, IMO.

Most days, I don't even turn them on, but high speed will clear badly fogged glasses in less than a minute. On a day when it's snowing or similar high humidity conditions, I may run the fan on low speed most of the time to prevent fogging.

Make sure you either get an OTG (over the glasses) model or make sure you try them on before you buy. You don't want a goggle that presses in on the temples of your glasses.
post #4 of 19
They work. Worth what they cost. I do not understand why anyone who wears glasses would not own a pair ot two.
post #5 of 19
I use them with the ocular docking system. Great goggles, but I have to be ready for battery changes on short notice. I keep the baatteries inside my jacket. If I were to let the replacement batteries get cold, they would weaken more rapidly.
post #6 of 19
I dont use them(also never get fogging with normal goggles) but I know Trekchick hubby does. So paging Trekchick to the bear cave.
post #7 of 19
My husband is stuck in another era. He has a large framed pair of glasses(don't ask). He tried contacts a few times and just couldn't wear them.
He resorted to the Smith turbo fan OTG goggles when they became available(can't remember when, it was so long ago)

My husband's situation: He races motorcycles and has always had issues with fogging when he sweats. He then started to use them when he skis. Loves them and will Never ever use another style of goggle again. Well worth the expense for safety reasons alone.

My husbands complaint: The newer style is contoured differently (more sleek and stylish) the new shape makes it a very snug fit around his archaic glasses.:
.......I guess his glasses will go with his rear entry boots
post #8 of 19
Bought a pair for my son, they seem to work when he used them however, he stopped because they were not a good fit with either of his helmets.

If you do wear a helmet, I'd take it with me to be sure that you are going to be able to use it without discomfort.

With one helmet, it put pressure on the bridge of his nose; with another, the the strap/battery pack kept sliding down since the helmet had no retainer clip.

There was one problem with the wire (a short), after about the one year mark .... Smith replaced the unit without fuss.
post #9 of 19
sold a ton at mike wiegele heli ski, worked great.

just think of 12 people that 15 years ago, adn 30 pounds ago, where good skiers.
then add some powder, some excitement, a few crashes, and throw them all into a small warm, helicopter. Ya, a few issues with people having foggles.....
post #10 of 19
Darn, I might have to give those another try. I bought a pair last year and returned them after the first day. They did nothing for me. The fan did go on, but the fog stayed. I'm wondering now, after reading all the positive feedback, if mine were defective.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by skilife View Post
Darn, I might have to give those another try. I bought a pair last year and returned them after the first day. They did nothing for me. The fan did go on, but the fog stayed. I'm wondering now, after reading all the positive feedback, if mine were defective.
The air has to have room to flow. If you block the fan on top, or the vents on the bottom, the goggles will fog immediately. This can happen by pushing the fan itno the helmet, or by having a scarf or face mask rise up from below.
post #12 of 19
I've used the same pair for about 12 years, only problem I've had with them is the wires between the battery pack and goggles breaking (but, last year, went 11 years before it happened).

Be sure to check them with the helmet you wear (if you do), not all goggles fit well with an helmet.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by FOG View Post
The air has to have room to flow. If you block the fan on top, or the vents on the bottom, the goggles will fog immediately. This can happen by pushing the fan itno the helmet, or by having a scarf or face mask rise up from below.
Does this mean you have to have a "gaper gap"?
post #14 of 19
I love the turbo fan. I tried everything before getting a pair, and they really have solved the fog problem. I agree with the advice to get the ones designed to fit over your glasses.

If you go the rx insert route, you'll have to pack around a pair of glasses - so you can actually see when you're in the lodge/bar etc.

My lenses still get fogged even with the fan. But usualy only when its snowing and Im really sweating. Even then, I can turn the fan to the high setting and it will clear up pretty quick.
post #15 of 19

Old thread but...

 

I just got the Smith Knowledge Turbofan OTG even though I don't wear glasses and I found out how well they worked in the first 100 feet or so when I had a yardsale in some deep (for here/me) powder.  Goggles filled with snow and I could get some, but not all of it out.  I turned the fan on high and 20 minutes later the snow was gone and the lenses were clear.  It was the best money I've spent on ski equipment by far.

 

~S

post #16 of 19

Out of curiosity, was the model you purchased the older style with the larger fan (sticks up slightly from the top of the goggle frame and has the two position slide switch) or the newer 'flush' fan style with the rubber encased push button switch? 

post #17 of 19

I have the older style where there is an oval fan hole that sticks up just slightly, and a two position switch on a rectangular box.  The unit has a lock switch and only uses 1 battery as well.

 

~S
 

post #18 of 19

That's what I wondered about.  I believe the older fans, while being louder and sticking up a bit, were more efficient at moving air than the newer flush mounted models.  Glad it worked so well for you!

post #19 of 19

Thanks, I can't believe I waited to get these actually.  I couldn't be more happy with them.

 

~S
 

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