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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I really dislike goggles accept in snowy weather as I get tunnel vision. Are there any sunglass models that offer decent protection from the wind? I see a lot of skiers riding around with sunglasses in place of goggles.

Any information or advice offered would be appreciated.

Thank You
post #2 of 22
I dislike googles, too. That's why i ended up getting the Briko Dart Racing. They are basically sunglasses but they are wider than standard sunglasses to offer better protection from the wind (and snow) and have an elastic strap. They come with two lenses included (one for sunny weather and the other for flat light and snowy weather). You can choose the lenses you want to get. Replacement lenses are available, too. With the elastic strap i can adjust the sunglasses to fit my face perfectly. The lenses are very high quality, especially the ones from the Thrama racing program. They offer the best acuity i ever had with a lens. I had oakleys but they were not as good as the Brikos. The Dart Racing was made for cross country skiers but it can be used for alpine skiing w/o any problems.

As you said, only when it is snowing AND the wind is blowing hard i feel that a google would be better. But for 90% of the time they are perfect.
http://www.eyeshop.com/en/produit/1/4/136/17517

I also noticed that Adidas makes some models very similar to my Dart Racing. They are more expensive than my sunglasses. I have no experience with them so i can't comment on their performance. http://www.eyeshop.com/en/produit/1/1/136/2632/34270/
post #3 of 22
I know two models that are specifically designed (maybe marketed is more accurate) as goggle replacements. One each from Oakley and Smith Optics.

Oakley's is the M Frame, sometimes called the Industrial M Frame. See third post here:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=58584

Smith's in the Reactor D-Max. Images here and here. These must be replaced by a new style, because I don't see 'em listed on Smith's website anymore. If you're serious, call or email Smith and ask what replaces that model. And post back to let us know!

I have a pair of each of these, (SAC) I like the Smith's better because they fit the contours of my face better. Both have interchangeable lenses.
post #4 of 22
panoptics made for motorcyclist and skiers. The perfect match to what you are looking for.

http://www.sunglassesgiant.com/pasu.html

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...olarized-.html
post #5 of 22
shields made for cycling are ideal. secure them with a strap. Smith is the best value with multiple lenses included. Oakley is awesome also. Look for a lens that minimizes contrast so you can see in the shadows. also look for lenses that don't scratch super easily when they are damp, my Brikos scratched too easily. ride on.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Wow..Thank you all very much for the information ! I was hoping I would get some respsonses.

I think I will go with one of the panoptx models. These look like some have an eye cup that keeps wind out.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sywsyw View Post
I dislike googles, too. That's why i ended up getting the Briko Dart Racing. They are basically sunglasses but they are wider than standard sunglasses to offer better protection from the wind (and snow) and have an elastic strap. They come with two lenses included (one for sunny weather and the other for flat light and snowy weather). You can choose the lenses you want to get. Replacement lenses are available, too. With the elastic strap i can adjust the sunglasses to fit my face perfectly. The lenses are very high quality, especially the ones from the Thrama racing program. They offer the best acuity i ever had with a lens. I had oakleys but they were not as good as the Brikos. The Dart Racing was made for cross country skiers but it can be used for alpine skiing w/o any problems.

As you said, only when it is snowing AND the wind is blowing hard i feel that a google would be better. But for 90% of the time they are perfect.
http://www.eyeshop.com/en/produit/1/4/136/17517

I also noticed that Adidas makes some models very similar to my Dart Racing. They are more expensive than my sunglasses. I have no experience with them so i can't comment on their performance. http://www.eyeshop.com/en/produit/1/1/136/2632/34270/

Can I ask you what you find you dislike about goggles?

I think for me, they just don't fit well enough arounhd the nose and cheek bones, no matter what model I have tried. I usually have to compress them very tight to get a full seal. I have a thin but tall face profile. Also, the face foam really is annoying and seems to interfere with my peripeheral and downward vision and is very distracting. I just dislike them.
post #8 of 22
Googles are bulky! They fit well (in general) but i am not comfortable skiing with them. Ever since i got my Brikos i have not tried a single google. I don't miss them at all!
Don't forget that they scratch easier than sunglasses because their lenses are bigger thus require extra care.

Choose wisely! Some sunglasses come w/o an elastic strap. This strap is very important if you are looking for the perfect fit (IMO). Without it, they can slip.
post #9 of 22
Oakley Juliets have got to be the best sunglasses I have ever owned.

http://oakley.ca/pd/1274

I motorcyle with them, without a windsheild, while wearing contacts and not ONCE have I had my contact pop out, fold or faulter.

I skied with them while in Europe for 5 days and again no contact problems at all.

They keep the wind out very well, the Fire Iridium is great in all but very flat light, the frames are actually hinged in numerous locations to conform exactly to your face.

The only downside is they are ridiculously expensive, replacement lenses are also very high priced and hard to come by.
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by davluri View Post
shields made for cycling are ideal. secure them with a strap. Smith is the best value with multiple lenses included. Oakley is awesome also. Look for a lens that minimizes contrast so you can see in the shadows. also look for lenses that don't scratch super easily when they are damp, my Brikos scratched too easily. ride on.
What davluri said.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am thinking of perhaps getting my optometrist to fax in the prescription to Panoptyx as they make Rx replacements for the lenses. I have been using the Smith OTG turbofan goggles with glasses as I find contacts make my eyes burn in the cold air.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marmot mb View Post
Oakley Juliets have got to be the best sunglasses I have ever owned.

http://oakley.ca/pd/1274

I motorcyle with them, without a windsheild, while wearing contacts and not ONCE have I had my contact pop out, fold or faulter.

I skied with them while in Europe for 5 days and again no contact problems at all.

They keep the wind out very well, the Fire Iridium is great in all but very flat light, the frames are actually hinged in numerous locations to conform exactly to your face.

The only downside is they are ridiculously expensive, replacement lenses are also very high priced and hard to come by.
Very slick looking shades there ! Then I looked at the price.:
post #13 of 22
I am happy with my Bolle Turbulence. They have interchangeable lens for changing conditions.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
I was checking out the Oakley link Marmot provided.

These are some wild looking shades. Far out !

Oil Drum

http://oakley.ca/pd/3526/11310
post #15 of 22
Have been wearing Oakley Half Jackets for 2 years. Have interchangable lenses (clear, yellow, grey polariod), but mostly use black iridium when skiing. Only time I go back to goggles is if it is blizzarding. They work well for golf, cycling, sailing and flyfishing as well.
post #16 of 22
Sierratradingpost.com sometimes has very good deals on the panoptx. I bought a pair last year for about $35 for warm days. You do need to invest another $5 for a strap to keep the seel tight.

Edit: sierratradingpost currentl;y has them for an extra 20% off, and you can apply another 20% off coupon (expires today) bringing them down to about 32 bucks. Great price
post #17 of 22
For a third the price of Oakleys, go to a mountaineering shop online and buy a pair of glacier/climbing glasses. They'll be retro instead of Oakley look-at-me, but they do a better job of keeping light transmission under control, they fit closer to the brows and nose, and the sides (the best are leather) do a better job of blocking wind and sun.
post #18 of 22
I use a pair of Smith Vectors with a polarized photochromatic rose colored lens. Really good except on the very brightest days. Smith offers a similar model with interchangable lenses. I had always had a problem with my eyes tearing up and dont with these. I used them way more days than my goggles. I didn't even need croakies as the stuff on the nose and temples really gripped well for me, just like it said on their website. I beat the hell out of them on a regular basis and haven't been able to scratch them yet, even when I clean them with lacquer thinner.
post #19 of 22
post #20 of 22
Habervision.com-- I have seen their ads in many of the ski mags this year and I talk to a guy on the slopes who was wearing some and loved them..
Pretty good online price for quality eye wear.
post #21 of 22
Uvex Pro Sport ..... $29 and you get three lens colors. You can get them on line at Campmor and probably a whole lot of other places.

They fit tight to the cheeks and keep the wind out.

I have some high $ Varnuet and Oakley that don't do the job .... and ... I too hate goggles. With me, a tight wind free fit is critical because I wear a contact lens in one eye.

For nights and flat light I just pop in the clear lens ... grey for regular skiing ... the amber are useless IMHO and over rated for night and flat light.
post #22 of 22
You might like these, not cheap; they're cycling glasses. They have a foam gasket that seals the frame to your face. Also available with prescription lenses. They do have a tendency to fog up when you stop, so I don't stop.
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