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Smith turbo fan goggles, do they work?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
After having used lots of different pairs of goggles and most of them suffering from fogging at some time or other. I saw these and thought they may solve the problem having an inbuilt fan. Its seems it must be me getting rather hot and its in lift lines that the fogging happens.

Anyone used them, do they work? how long do the batteries last?. The sales guy in the shop knew zip and had lost the info on them!

Only 4 months to go..................
post #2 of 16
Skiied much of last season with a friend who bought a pair and loves them. She was always fogging until this year and says they work very well. No info on batteries, but she never complained. Might be worth a shot! Good luck!
post #3 of 16
Do they work?
Yes. If you're a sweat hog on a powder day like me, get the kind that are designed for eyeglasses to maximize the air volume inside the goggle.

How long do batteries last?
They take 2 AAA batteries. On "low" using no-name alkalines, I get two full days. On "high", keep a spare set of AAAs in your pocket. They won't last a whole ski day.

I tend to keep mine on low almost all the time. I click it over to high in the liftline or if I have to stop on the hill to wait for someone (yeah, I sometimes have friends on powder days). I only use them on powder days. I don't have fogging problems otherwise.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick replies, just what I wanted to hear. I think I will visit the shop on the way home tonight. They only had one pair, and if they solve the fogging that will be excellent!
post #5 of 16
My dad swears by them. switched to Nickel metal hydride batteries last year. charge them up each night. usually turns his fan off until they start to fog but once he starts moving he turns his off. Experiement and find out what works for you.
Now that I'm in a helmet I may have to look into them although I have not had a major fogging problem in the past. I also find that if I keep my upper body cool, fogging is at a minimum.
post #6 of 16
Same experience as Dchane - they work for me, I went to NmHi batteries and it saves big bucks in the long run. In fact - its off the ski topic, but for everything I have that takes batteries I use rechargable NmHi batteries now and its a wonderful alternative to buying alkalines all the time. The old rechargable batteries (lead-acid, alkiline rechargeable etc,) have no relavance to the new generation of rechargable batteries.
post #7 of 16
Before I switched to contacts I wore glasses skiing. The only thing that would keep my glasses from fogging in the Pacific Northwest were the turbo goggles. They worked great for keeping my glasses clear along with the goggle. I still have them and I use them on wet days when fogging is a real problem. They are getting old (I've had them at least 8 years) but the fan still works great. Unfortunately the foam is starting to disintegrate.
post #8 of 16
sounds like my dad's turbos. We might have to take his away and give him a new pair for his birthday. If we don't he would probably ski with them until they really fall apart. (he already replaced the wires for the batteries 2 times and duct tape keeps the battery holder from falling off)
post #9 of 16
Dchan - everybody knows that Duct-tape makes for better skiing, so he should hold onto it for as long as possible! Thats one of the problems with making a living in this industry - can't have any visable duct-tape!
post #10 of 16
the duct tape isn't the problem. it's the black goopy stuff that is left behind by the foam melting. pretty soon it will be the indentations the plastic frame leaves in the forehead with no padding.<FONT size="1">

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post #11 of 16
Is it just me or do NiMH rechargables work poorly on cold days? I use 'em without problems for summer electronics but I have found they don't work so well in the winter. On one of those annoying Motorola Talkabouts at 0 degrees F, I only get 2 out of 3 bars battery strength first thing in the morning and it drops down to 1 out of three bars with poor transmitter performance after a couple of hours. I've given up and just use no-name alkalines for the radio. The digital camera behaves similarly. Never tried 'em in the fan goggles. I don't get enough powder days to bother buying AAA NiMH batteries.

In the summer, they work great in stuff like the GPS.
post #12 of 16
It's not you. they don't have quite early hold in the cold but they do keep a higher voltage later into their life. I keep my FRS inside my jacket and use a remote mike and earbud so I don't have the cold problem with my talkabout. I usually get 2 days between charges. Also NiMH batteries come in several ratings so you have to check them AA batteries come as low as 1200mH and as high as 1800mH and it makes a big difference.
NiCads are worse and if you really want the best performance you go with Lithium but those are not rechargable and are about 5x the cost of alk.

By the way, NiMH radios designed with their own special packs don't seem to have the same problem. FYI
post #13 of 16
I got a real "buzzzzz" out of both Uvex and Smith brands of goggles with fans. I mean, the motors made a lot of noise and more than a little vibration. But that was quite a while ago, so technology may have improved. I also found that the air movement over my glasses lenses tended to dry out my eyes. And, finally, the weight of the batteries and fan makes the goggle quite a bit heavier.
I then went through maybe a dozen years of skiing with the smeary vision resulting from antifog cloth and goop treatments. Last season, I found that if I keep my glasses lenses really clean, put my goggles on just as I'm going outside and keep them on, I generally can avoid fogging. I think I used an antifog wipe twice last season.
post #14 of 16
fan technology has improved a great deal. A lot of the fans now come from computer and laptop technology. with feathered fan blades and variable speeds some of those fans are so silent and smooth running you can't even tell they are running without looking twice.
post #15 of 16
As stated before my goggles with a fan are at least 8 years old. I had no problem with the weight of those goggles and they have gotten lighter and better balanced since then. As for the noise, it is minimal and you tend to filter it out quickly.
post #16 of 16
Fan driven goggles- too expensive|! But then, if someone else is buying them for you... what the hey!

I use anti-perspirant on my face everywhere it's under the goggle. Clear windshield all day long. And I didn't have to pay $80 top $140 for fan goggles. Anyway, it works for me. I've told many about this. They report back to me that it works for them.

Life's a pain... then you nap. Cat philosphy
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