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Help me pick the ultimative ski goggles!

post #1 of 21
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Hi!
I'm turning 18 on wednesday and I want to spend a lot of money on the most superb ski goggles. I'd like some suggestions - money limit is on $300. They must not be cheaper than $100 - I want something serious

Till now I've been looking at some Alpina Remtitan Quattroflex. But What if something better is out there? And what about the '08 models?

Please help me

Thanks in advance!

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Kasper
post #2 of 21
Those are some nice goggles, but old tech, you need some polarized photochromatic lenses, there is a thread going about this.
post #3 of 21
Personally, I like the so-called goggle replacement sunglasses much better than goggles.




Smith and Oakley both make some, (examples: 1, 2). At full price they sell for over $100 US. To stay within your budget of spending at least $300, you can also get additional lenses, clear and wellow are always good for low light, and a dark, polarized color is good for bright days. Lenses are easily interchangeable. And no need for fans or venting, they vent very well, for me.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
Hi!
I'm turning 18 on wednesday and I want to spend a lot of money on the most superb ski goggles. I'd like some suggestions - money limit is on $300. They must not be cheaper than $100 - I want something serious

Till now I've been looking at some Alpina Remtitan Quattroflex. But What if something better is out there? And what about the '08 models?

Please help me

Thanks in advance!

--
Kasper
how much something cost really doesnt matter, heck bogner suits are pricey but you wont see most sane people wearing them.

I would go with a smith turbo fan goggle that fits your face, wait for it to come up on SAC for 60 bucks.
post #5 of 21
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Personally, I like the so-called goggle replacement sunglasses much better than goggles.




Smith and Oakley both make some, (examples: 1, 2). At full price they sell for over $100 US. To stay within your budget of spending at least $300, you can also get additional lenses, clear and wellow are always good for low light, and a dark, polarized color is good for bright days. Lenses are easily interchangeable. And no need for fans or venting, they vent very well, for me.

Nah, sorry. I don't like skiing with them. my ears start to hurt - I ski with helmet so goggles work much better for me thanks for your thoughts though.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
how much something cost really doesnt matter, heck bogner suits are pricey but you wont see most sane people wearing them.

I would go with a smith turbo fan goggle that fits your face, wait for it to come up on SAC for 60 bucks.
Are you sure they will come on SAC? Do you mean that all of them fits my face or that I should decide for a specified size? Cause all I know is that my head is small
post #7 of 21
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Those are some nice goggles, but old tech, you need some polarized photochromatic lenses, there is a thread going about this.
Thanks for the fact I can't find the actual thread - but I see a lot of them where "polarized photochromatic" is mentioned.. Please link me
post #8 of 21
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Thanks for the fact I can't find the actual thread - but I see a lot of them where "polarized photochromatic" is mentioned.. Please link me
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=58531

Goggles like these typically cost $200 and up. I think one manufacturer actually has the adjustable lenses and the antifogging fan built in, thats just about where the state of the art is now in ski goggles.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
Hi!
I'm turning 18 on wednesday and I want to spend a lot of money on the most superb ski goggles. I'd like some suggestions - money limit is on $300. They must not be cheaper than $100 - I want something serious

Till now I've been looking at some Alpina Remtitan Quattroflex. But What if something better is out there? And what about the '08 models?
Not to rain on your parade, but you indicated that you wear a helmet - you have to get the helmet and goggles that work together, so no matter how many suggestions you get they may not work.

Oh - I was in aalborg last summer - nice place - the nights go on forever in summer.
post #10 of 21
I googled for serious goggles and this came up. Might not work with most helmets though.


post #11 of 21
Get a goggle with a spherical lens (optically correct) and polarized if you can ... check out the Oakley A-Frame with the High-Intensity Amber Polarized, it goes for $200, and the Crowbar with the same lens is $205

And, preferably before you spend the money, realize that no one cares how much money you spent on your goggles and use the money to ski more ...
post #12 of 21
Just my 2 Cents.

I love Oakley product, have for years but... Be carefull of their lenses, you can't wipe them until they are 100% dry if you get them wet, and if you store them wet they will haze up, apart from that they are good googles.

in my opinion Bolle has the best thing going with their transition lenses. To me this is a no brainer and why ALL the goggle manufacturers havent' done this is beyond me.

Ever gone skiing where the light stays the same all day ?
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
I'd like some suggestions - money limit is on $300. They must not be cheaper than $100 - I want something serious
Happy 18! Now you can buy smokes without getting busted!

As far as the goggles - I've got a pair of Oakleys from 1992 or something that I'll sell you for $100.01. Hell - I'd even take $300 for them if you insist. They're purple with a freaky orange mirror lens. Serious as a heart attack!

If you simply must spend over $100, go down to your local ski shop and try a bunch on. I'm sure you'll find a pair you really like and I'm sure you'll end up paying full retail as well. It's a win-win.
post #14 of 21
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I would go with a smith turbo fan goggle that fits your face, wait for it to come up on SAC for 60 bucks.
Hey, what's SAC?????? :
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post #16 of 21
Also I wouldn't recommend Turbo Fans if they're going to be your only set of goggles. The fan is nice when it's snowing hard and you're huffing it over some traverse, but they vent like crap when the fan isn't on and you will go through $300 worth of AAA batteries per season running the fan all the time. I've found that regular Smiths work fine on non-nuclear storm days.
post #17 of 21
I'll still recommend Oakleys ... you can't wipe the inside of the lens when it's wet because you'll remove the anti-fog coatings, but I've got 4 pairs and I wear mine every day and put them away wet every evening and I've never had the first problem with the lenses getting hazy.

As for the transitions, be careful. They are activated by UV light, and at 10-12,000 feet (most Colorado resorts) there is significantly more UV than sea level, so the lenses tend to be quite dark even on days that aren't that bright.

If you've got $300 to spend, get two pairs, one for bright light and one for low light ... you can spend $100 - $125 on each and still be under budget
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by climbinjunkie View Post
I'll still recommend Oakleys ... you can't wipe the inside of the lens when it's wet because you'll remove the anti-fog coatings, but I've got 4 pairs and I wear mine every day and put them away wet every evening and I've never had the first problem with the lenses getting hazy.

As for the transitions, be careful. They are activated by UV light, and at 10-12,000 feet (most Colorado resorts) there is significantly more UV than sea level, so the lenses tend to be quite dark even on days that aren't that bright.
Perhaps the hazing problem is only with the Wisdom lenses as I had A Frames and they didn't haze on me ever.

Thanks for the info on the transition at altitude perhaps a drawback to the great idea.
post #19 of 21
http://www.pocski.com/?m=6&c=3&p=W74014 :

Pimp a*&e googles for an 18 year old - if you are worried about budget (ie not spending enough) get a POC hemet and look totally pimp.

http://www.pocski.com/?m=6&c=1&p=W71022 : multi discipline rated and still looks great (in brown)

And look different any fool can be a Smith/ Oakley clone.

PS: Smith Phenom/ Phenom Turbo really work well and for the budget you have set yourself you can get two pairs (sunny days/ flat light days) so you do not have to pfaff around changing lenses on the hill or in the car park - decide whether or not you are a hot & sweaty type who hikes a lot in bad weather or not. If the answer is 'yes' it is worth getting the turbos, if the answer is 'no' get the normal Phenoms (should be a good fit for a smaller face) Sunny day - Polarised Rose/ Flat light - Sensor Mirror and/ or yellow.
post #20 of 21
I swear by Spys because of the rubber strip in the inside of the strap. Makes them stay put when you put them up on your helmet. Just my $0.02
post #21 of 21
Carrera Kimeriks, best goggle bar none
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