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post #1 of 18
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I know there have been some threads about this and I looked through them but couldn't find the info I wanted. So I currently have a pair of Oakley A frame goggles as my primary pair and a pair of Scott's with clear lenses as my other pair. My Oakleys are sorta deteriorating and really like the A frames so am going to buy a new pair. My questions is what would be the best all around lens to get with it? I have the clear goggles for any nighttime/dusk skiing. I currently have one of the browner tints on my A frames (don't know exactly which tint) and find them to be ok. I wanted a lens that will give me better color accuracy, be decent with flat light and not blind me in sunlight. I live in the Northeast and ski in Vt. the majority of the time if that makes a difference. Thanks.
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by Skidudettocs View Post
I wanted a lens that will give me better color accuracy, be decent with flat light and not blind me in sunlight.
That's an almost impossible combination. My suggestion would be Pink Iridium, High Intensity Persimmon or Blue Iridium.
post #3 of 18
WEll, this is like an all-mountain ski isn't it. Best overall for me is Smith Rose Copper lens. It does everything well enough... Just watch SAC...
post #4 of 18
search over on TGR...they have had many a goggle lens discussion that prompted me to take notes.

but as FD mentioned, it's a pretty sticky wicket. There's lots of lens that do a lot of things decently and then there's a lot that are incredibly specialized.

for the past 15 years all i used was a pair of Carrerras that were a deep yellow tint. they were great in flat and sunny light. super flat, washed out grey light they got a little wonky, but overall they were the best "all-purpose" lens i've had.

they finally blew out.

now i'm in some Bolle's with a rose lens and am about to probably get some others with a gold or yellow lens.

i found the Smith site to be helpful in terms of breaking down what each lens color is specialized for (for the most part every goggle manufacturer uses the same color, just tweaks them a bit here and there with anti-fog coating, double-lens, and mirrors....i'm generalizing, of course, but for the sake of "guesstimating" which color would suit your needs best...)

http://www.opticallydelicious.com/snow/index.html

click on the "Lens" section.

They detail what each color is tailored for and even have a handy illustrated guideline (sunny, cloudy, flat, etc. icons).
post #5 of 18
Nice Dookey, I will add that it seems that lens eficacy vaires with each person. So if you're not like me and own several pair (Thanks SAC) you really should go some place where you can try on and walk out side to see how you like them. In general, Amber lenses are best for all around but that can vary with the tweaks manufacturers add.

Here is Smiths lens guide:

http://www.smithoptics.com/technolog...tegory=3&id=25
post #6 of 18
Smith Sensor Mirror for all but but the sunniest days

oakley's lense scratch to easy
post #7 of 18
If you're talking Oakley then the standard persimmon isn't bad. It works alright in every condition from sunny to snowing. I have A frames with Fire Iridium for sunny days and Crowbars with Hi-Intensity Yellow for cloudy and snowy days. If you go to the site they list all the stuff about their lenses. As for other companies I have no idea, I've only used Oakley sunglasses and goggles for years now. haha, I love their optics if you hadn't noticed.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Smith Sensor Mirror for all but but the sunniest days

oakley's lense scratch to easy
yes, agreed! For me, those are the absolute best for flat-light and snowy conditions. I had Oakley Iridiums but for me, these blew the Oakleys away. I also have the basic RC34 and platinum's for bright sunny days.

BTW, SAC has been selling Smith Fuse regulators for 30 something dollars. You can't buy the replacement lens for that.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
yes, agreed! For me, those are the absolute best for flat-light and snowy conditions. I had Oakley Iridiums but for me, these blew the Oakleys away. I also have the basic RC34 and platinum's for bright sunny days.

BTW, SAC has been selling Smith Fuse regulators for 30 something dollars. You can't buy the replacement lens for that.
my quiver off goggle this year was actual bought using ebay profit from buy mulitple fuse from SAC and selling them for profit. yeah i am a bad person

This year I got

Smith Phenom with Sensor Mirrors for me this is the best fitting google out there
Smith Fuse with Rc36
Smith Prodigy - with Rose mirrors

everything I else I sold.

Oakley's are great when they are new I still think the A frame fits my face almost as good as the phenom, but the lens scratch way to easily IMO.

I was blown away by the sensor mirror at loveland there was no such thing as flat light anymore. That makes me happy because I ski horrible in flat light.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
my quiver off goggle this year was actual bought using ebay profit from buy mulitple fuse from SAC and selling them for profit. yeah i am a bad person

This year I got

Smith Phenom with Sensor Mirrors for me this is the best fitting google out there
Smith Fuse with Rc36
Smith Prodigy - with Rose mirrors

everything I else I sold.

Oakley's are great when they are new I still think the A frame fits my face almost as good as the phenom, but the lens scratch way to easily IMO.

I was blown away by the sensor mirror at loveland there was no such thing as flat light anymore. That makes me happy because I ski horrible in flat light.
Interesting about the lens scratch on Oakleys. I've never had a problem with any of mine but I'd attribute that to my meticulous care and cleaning for lenses of any kind more than anything. I always have to have clean lenses, it's a problem.
post #11 of 18
I use A-Frames with vr28 lenses 100% of the time, I have had mine 5 years and love them.

Fine in bright sun through to whiteout.
post #12 of 18
i wear glasses, so finding goggles that fit over them can be a biznatch.

the funny thing though is that at REI over the weekend i was just trying on miscellaneous goggles and the low-profile Smith Fuse actually fit over my glasses better than one of the OTG models!

go figure.

FD nailed it: best to go to a shop that carries a lot and try some on.

i believe i'll be picking up some Fuses (or similar Smith model that fits my face) with a few replacement lens to cover my bases.

The Bolle's I have currently are a rose/persimmon tint (hard to tell, but it's sort of a blush/rose). so i def need somthing a bit yellow/gold to balance out.

BTW, REI has the Smith Fuses that come with an extra lens (they don't seem to offer that deal on the Smith website, so i think it might be an REI only type of deal)
post #13 of 18
I've sworn by Bolle Persimmon OTG's for years, but the other day at the Locals Only sale I tried on some amber-hued goggles and looked out the window at the grey day and there was a ton more contrast with the amber compared to what I saw with more pink-ish goggles. So I picked up some Uvex Supravision Vario goggles based on the visibility. Anyone have experience with these?
post #14 of 18
I wear Carrera with the gold lens .They are fine for flat lite i also picked up a cheaper pair of Bolle's with rose lens too. Since I wear glasses and of course a brainbucket they are both OTG and helmet compatable.

But i'd like some opinions from you guys relative to what lens are BEST for NIGHT skiing .

I'm thinking clear lens BUT what do you folks use for Night Skiing ?? I could alter the clear lens if necessary as conditions warrant since i wear Rudy Project Shades with multiple lens inserts. But want GOGGLES for Night . Suggestions ??
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Smith Sensor Mirror for all but but the sunniest days

oakley's lense scratch to easy
We finally agree on something!!!!

They are not ideal but are still usable on the sinniest of days!
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Warp daddy View Post
I wear Carrera with the gold lens .They are fine for flat lite i also picked up a cheaper pair of Bolle's with rose lens too. Since I wear glasses and of course a brainbucket they are both OTG and helmet compatable.

But i'd like some opinions from you guys relative to what lens are BEST for NIGHT skiing .

I'm thinking clear lens BUT what do you folks use for Night Skiing ?? I could alter the clear lens if necessary as conditions warrant since i wear Rudy Project Shades with multiple lens inserts. But want GOGGLES for Night . Suggestions ??
CLEAR!!!!!!!!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
We finally agree on something!!!!

They are not ideal but are still usable on the sinniest of days!
I used them today at Targhee and they seemed a ok on a bluebird day up there, I think may just keeping buying these lens....

with the exception of night skiing which as A-man said clear is the only way to go.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
I used them today at Targhee and they seemed a ok on a bluebird day up there, I think may just keeping buying these lens....

with the exception of night skiing which as A-man said clear is the only way to go.
I use them on Bluebird's all the time if it is cold out, but I have old eyes!

When it is warm enough, out come the prescription photochromatic Panoptx glasses!
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