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post #1 of 18
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Does anyone have a recommendation for an integrated set of goggles that include prescription lenses? I hate skiing with glasses and goggles. Most of the time I ski with prescription sunglasses, but it's hard to do this when it's snowing or too windy. So, if there's a way to eliminate my glasses, I'd love to know about it!
post #2 of 18
I got my son prescription goggles from www.sportrx.com, and we've been happy with them. They have a very wide variety of base goggles to start with. Prices seem reasonable. (Typically price of plain plus about $60, which is a lot less than everyday glasses cost.)

My son's lasted two years before the prescription section started to separate (but then he didn;t exactly baby them either).

To tell the truth, I don't remember why I picked them out from their competitors, since it has been a couple years.

I usually ski with contacts myself, but I've considered getting a pair of prescription goggles for myself to make it quicker/easier to roll out of bed and onto the slopes.
post #3 of 18
if you haven't tried contacts yet, do so before you spend any money on prescription goggles.

Single daily use ones are trouble free. Pop them in, and toss them out. cheap and easy

I use 30 day ones, as it's cheaper yet, and one pair lasts me a couple of months of skiing. $60 for three 30 day pairs. thats $10 a month.

the vision is so much clearer, much better peripheral vision, no long term taking care of.

go to your Optical outlet and tell them you would like to try contacts. They may charge you for a eye test and fitting but.... they are likely to toss you a couple of each kind for nothing to see which feel the best. ahhh presto cheap contacts... then once you know which you like next season you know what to buy.

I have only had one contact come out in three years now. I wear goggles most of the time but have many sunglasses days in as well.

I really don't understand (medical or fit reason aside) why so many people shy away from contacts. My ski life is 100,000,000 times better because of them.
post #4 of 18
Hey Marmot, you're old enough now for Lasik.
Beyond contacts.....
post #5 of 18
I use Smith Turbo Fan goggles with their Ocular Docking System (ODS)prescrition insert. Walmart will fill the prescription for aobut $50 if you bring them the goggles and ODS. I have had excellent experiences with this system.
post #6 of 18
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Thanks for all the feedback. The sportsrx site is great. I don't really know why I'm reticent to use contacts... I may give them a try. Sure would solve the problem.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb View Post
if you haven't tried contacts yet, do so before you spend any money on prescription goggles.

Single daily use ones are trouble free. Pop them in, and toss them out. cheap and easy

I use 30 day ones, as it's cheaper yet, and one pair lasts me a couple of months of skiing. $60 for three 30 day pairs. thats $10 a month.

the vision is so much clearer, much better peripheral vision, no long term taking care of.

go to your Optical outlet and tell them you would like to try contacts. They may charge you for a eye test and fitting but.... they are likely to toss you a couple of each kind for nothing to see which feel the best. ahhh presto cheap contacts... then once you know which you like next season you know what to buy.

I have only had one contact come out in three years now. I wear goggles most of the time but have many sunglasses days in as well.

I really don't understand (medical or fit reason aside) why so many people shy away from contacts. My ski life is 100,000,000 times better because of them.
I second this!!! Soft contact Lenses are the only way to go.

I also have Smtih turbo's with the Ocular docking system. They are quite cantnakerous and I have trouble with the ocular lense fogging. It takes a lot of futzing around with very stronr anti-fog solution called Fog -Tech that I reapply at lunch to really work well and i always do a freshh application the night before i ski.

I also have Panoptx sunglasses with the windblocking removable eyecups. they work great , but not on really cold days when wearing a helmet.
post #8 of 18

I'm getting old

I also use daily contacts which work fine for all of my sports (except scuba where I have prescription lenses). I have an extra pair in my jacket in case one comes out or I slop some sunscreen into my eye. Only problem is that I now need bifocals to read anything close: . If I'm at a new Mt, I have to hold the trail map at arms length to read it.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb View Post

I really don't understand (medical or fit reason aside) why so many people shy away from contacts. My ski life is 100,000,000 times better because of them.
Imagine getting something in your eyes while skiing, can you pop them out and blow/wipe them clean on the fly. If you have a spare pair of glasses in your pocket, then you have the ultimate solution.
post #10 of 18
I wear goggles and have never had anything in my eye. My spare pair can easily be used. If I don't have an extra pair, I do have my glasses. I usually don't put the contacts in until i arrive at the Mt. I prefer to drive with my glasses. I have crushed a pair of glasses in my coat one day falling in the mogul field. I was able to bend them back into shape, but they were never really the same after that.
post #11 of 18
Agreed that glasses are a pain - my problem is the hassle of fogging. I need to have my goggles over my glasses before leaving the lodge or fog city. Like many others, I just dont like sticking things in my eye's so contacts are not an option. Lasik is definitely in my future...
post #12 of 18
I do recommend contacts. In fact, skiing was the reason I first got them.

Poking your finger in your eye is counter-intuitive at first, but you get used to it. Really.

If you dont wear them everyday, it takes a little extra time though. It takes me about 10-15 minutes to get them and the solution out, rinse them, insert them, and clean up afterward. (My wife wears hers everyday, and it takes her about 90 seconds).

For day trips (3 hr drive, ski, 3 hr drive home) I put them in in the morning and remove them when I get home. I do need extra drops during the drive, though. In the old days of 1st gen soft contacts (20 years ago) I put them in at our breakfast stop part way there and took them out at the mountain. The new ones are better.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
Imagine getting something in your eyes while skiing, can you pop them out and blow/wipe them clean on the fly. If you have a spare pair of glasses in your pocket, then you have the ultimate solution.
I have not had it happen in 14 years of skiing in contacts and many years i was up 50-80 days a year! You have googles on. What is going to get in your eye on the fly with goggles on???? :
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
I have not had it happen in 14 years of skiing in contacts and many years i was up 50-80 days a year! You have googles on. What is going to get in your eye on the fly with goggles on???? :
First of all, I wore contacts for a stretch before. Just that I did not like them and they did not like me. Just never got used to them.

As for getting stuff in my eyes, I guess that is really a problem that more of mine. That's because I am one of those who don't like to wear goggles until it is blizzarding and/or whipping out. I have OTG goggles and they are always on my helmet just in case.

I do have a question for you guys though. Do you keep your goggles on from the second you head outside? And, they don't come off until you're back in or you're done skiing? I am not being a wise guy. Just being curious because I personally cannot stand doing that.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb View Post
I really don't understand (medical or fit reason aside) why so many people shy away from contacts. My ski life is 100,000,000 times better because of them.
Because it feels like a very small animal is trying to claw its way through my eye. But I'm a baby that way.
post #16 of 18
I use my contact in a lot of sports, Tennis, Ultimate, Basketball etc. If i do get some dust/crap in my eye it usualy comes out with tears. I wear my goggles once I start skiing, take them off on lifts etc. As I said, I also carry an extra pair of daily wear lenses in my coat and glasses are usaully in the car. My contact come out as soon as I stop skiing and get my glasses.

My brother can't deal with them for two reason - poking his finger in his eye (which gets very easy with practice) and irritation - that small animal you talk about sounds a lot worse.
It's funny, I find that some guys don't like electric razors because never get used to them - they say you have to use it for a month before it feels fine. Somewhat similar to contacts.
OTG goggles aree OK, but the fogging issue really bothers me.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
First of all, I wore contacts for a stretch before. Just that I did not like them and they did not like me. Just never got used to them.
If that was several years ago, try again. Contacts have gotten better. I've had them long enough to see the difference.

My brother in law was a failed contact wearer. He tried again after about 5 years and they are fine this time.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by bumpdad View Post
OTG goggles aree OK, but the fogging issue really bothers me.
There is a remedy for everything, isn't there? Goggles typically fog up when it's really cold and/or really windy. When works for me is to put them on before heading out and keep them on until I come back inside. On a frigid day, it's really not a bad thing - to help to keep warm. My problem is forgetting to put them on while inside. Before I realize it, the googles are already too cold.

Another situation for fogging up is if my body happens to be overly warm and the warm body air happen to rise up to my face seeping through the bottom of the googles or glasses. This happens sometimes on a warm spring day (or like this season so far ).
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