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Best Goggles On the Planet?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'm sick and tired of not being able to see. I have bad vision anyway, and as soon as the weather gets cloudy at all, I have a very tough time seeing what's in front of me.

My big expense for the year is going to be goggles. I want the best goggles available for "lighting up" the terrain.

I'm willing to spend $500-600 if I have to. What would you recommend?


Reverend Poppy
post #2 of 23
Of course, no goggle's going to help when you're deep in the clouds and it's dumping

I was at Whistler last season and had an odd chance to demo about 6 pairs of top-end goggles on snow. I ended up buying the Carrera Ivan because it had the absolute best visibility in flat light and white-out conditions.

My only worry with them was that the frame doesn't seem to have a lot of vents. Fortunately, they vent fine and didn't fog up on me once all season.

I think I paid about $80 Canadian for them.
post #3 of 23
THe Oakley Iridium have great optics. I swear by mine

Revo makes a goggle w/ great optics but you may get close to your $500......
post #4 of 23
I think Revo stopped making them because of fogging problems. Don't know if they are currently making a better frame or not, that won't let them fog.
post #5 of 23
Ti -

Just a quick note on the Revo goggles. In general, I am a Revo fan...I love their sunglasses! However, I had Revo goggles when they first brought their goggles to market (1997-1998 season I think), and they were horrible! I simply could not keep them from fogging up, no matter what I did!

Fortunately I never hit a tree or another skier while I was wearing them. I tried them in many different conditions, yet the goggles remained consistent in their fogging!

I contacted Revo, (at the time just purchased by Bausch & Lomb), and was advised that, "yes, there definately was a design flaw which caused the goggles to fog". I was sent a new pair the following season, after the design flaws had been "fixed"...um, no way! They were just as bad as the previous release. Called Revo again (still part of Bausch & Lomb) and spent the next 3 months just trying to get a cash refund! They wanted to offer me product, and I advised them that I needed goggles, and as their goggles were defective, I wanted my money back so I could purchase goggles that actually worked. After much debate and many letters, I finally received my refund!

Supposedly Revo is going to reincarnate their goggle yet again, but based on personal experience, I would be very leary of using them.

Currently I use Briko's (World Cup DL), and I love them! They get the job done in all light conditions, and they fit oh so nicely into my helmet! (Something to remember when you are making a goggle purchase...make sure they fit into your helmet well)!
post #6 of 23
I go with Smith fan goggles on powder days. (I sweat like a pig and regular goggles fog after a run or two).

I don't know about everyone else but I'm _REALLY_ tough on goggle lenses. Between eastern snow guns, airline baggage handlers, and face plants, I'd have a tough time justifying buying a goggle where the replacement lens is $300. I have an ancient pair of Smith "Vail" model goggles with a drawer full of rose and yellow lenses I bought on-the-cheap when they discontinuted that goggle. To me, an unscratched cheap lens works bettern than a scratched ultra-expensive one.
post #7 of 23
I asked the same question to someone. They told me just to plan on buying new goggles every year. No matter what this person did, their goggles were still trashed at the end of the season. BTW, I will say that this person skis 150+ days.

I got 70 days in last year and my googles were toast - scratched. I came up with a new "storage plan" that might help extend the life of goggles, here it is.

Instead of wrapping them in their cover, wrap them up in your hat, which presumably is wool. Be very careful not to lay the strap so that it rubs on the inside of the lens. Then, put your hat in the goggle cover. Your goggles are now way more protected, because they're wrapped in wool.

I just can't pay more than $80 bucks for goggles.

On sunglasses, which I wear all but when it's not coming down -- Maui Jim's. Pricey, because they're polarized, but they're a great sunglass. And, the inside of the lens is polarized as well. <FONT size="1">

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post #8 of 23
I've got a 10 year old pair of Bolle Chrono w/phototrophic lens that I can't get rid of. I keep them in a fleece pouch when I'm not wearing them. The only time they've ever fogged up on me was during the march 1993 blizzard, and only then because I had my snorkle hood on.
post #9 of 23

How many days do you have on those puppies? That's great!
post #10 of 23
I prefer having multiple pair of really good goggles than one pair of expensive googles. Being able to put on a pair of dry googles works better than just having one pair of expensive goggles when skiing in crappy weather or after a crash.
post #11 of 23
The Scott goggles with the voltage lens technology is pretty damn good. I have NEVER seen a pair of goggles that show that much detail and that much clarity. You gotta try it to believe it. The Oak's are pretty good, but i wouldn't fork out $120 again for them. They scratch VERY easily and the a-frames, they had a bad batch a while back...i don't know if they're still having that problem. With the oaks, the best bet would be to get a pair with the gold iridium lens. I think those were the ones that didn't have flaws or something. Hope this helps.

post #12 of 23
I got a new pair of the Bolle Phototropics last season. I have to agree with BG, they are great goggles. They never fogged and I love the way they adjust for the lighting. I tried the lastest and greatest in all price ranges and these were the best I found and very reasonbly priced.

After much price shopping, I ordered them online from http://www.sporteyes.com/ they had a great selection and good prices.

Hope this helps,

Deep yogic breaths...
post #13 of 23

I'm guessing around 500 days? I wear sunglasses when its over 30 and sunny-not that we get too many of those days during ski season in the northeast.
post #14 of 23
Hey goggle-destroyers,

One of the best purchases I ever made was a hard plastic goggle case. It only cost about $10 and has kept my goggles scratch and dent free for years. I think I bought it from a mail order ski tool company that also sold bike tools (The Third Hand?).

I put my goggles in they bag they came with and put the bag in the hard case. It's survived countless flights and road trips.
post #15 of 23

I went to bolle.com to try and find the model you're talking about. Here's the link: http://www.bolle.com/Products.html

I saw a few different "Chrono" models, but nothing that looked like your model.

The Chrono2000 looks like a great goggle. Which one is yours, and/or which one would you recommend?

Thanks, this timely. I need some new goggles for next year.
post #16 of 23

Looks like the closest match is the chrono SR, with the phototrophic lens. They've added a couple of chrono models, I'd guess the mini chrono is for kids or small folks, don't know what the chrono 2 is. A guy I ski with has the contour, with the spherical lens. They look kind of cool, but I like the phototropic lens, I ski alot both day & night, so I don't have to mess around w/changing lenses. Hope this helps.
post #17 of 23
I don't think you should ever spend much for goggles. Lenses will always get scratched and cracked in normal use--I've been using the same $30 Salomons for three or four seasons, and they're fine. I'll probably replace them this year just because of the scratches and I finally put a little crack into them taking a beater into hard snow, but I won't spend more than thirty, I hope.
I've never seen goggles make a big difference, and the best for anti-fog were some cheap Smiths I bought years ago.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 

I can kinda understand where you're coming from. I'm the same way with sunglasses. I buy really cheap ones, add some anti-fog juice, and they're just fine.

Goggles, on the other hand, are completely different for me. About 1 out of every 7 times I ski, I can't see the terrain at all. The rest of the time, I'm perfectly happy with my cheap sunglasses (zz). I'm just tired of paying $40 to sit in the lodge when I can't see. I'm not talking about super extreme conditions. The people I ski with can't see very far, but can at least see the terrain that they happen to be standing on at the time. I, on the other hand, can not.

Reverend Poppy
post #19 of 23
Poppy-Again, I highly recommend the Bolle chrono-phototropics. I used to get really bad snow blindness in whiteouts as well as vertigo that made me so dizzy I'd have to stop and take off my goggles and catch my breath. These are the first googles I have had in years that I can see. For the first time in a long time, I skiied when it was dumping!! Yipee!

They are around $50-$60 and worth every penny considering the alternative.

Deep yogic breaths...
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
Which model and lenses would you recommend?

Reverend Poppy
post #21 of 23
I dunno whay no one has mentioned them, or maybe its just me, but my little brother got me a pair of SPY goggles fro x-mas last year and they haven't fogged up at all... Their lenses aren't the best i've ever had, but they stay like SUPER clear and foggish-free... and they were under 100$ too! I think they were like 80$ or so... Such happyness in such a small package ...ahhh

"When hell freezes over, I'll ski there too"
post #22 of 23
I got the X500 in black/phototropic, but I have a small face (woman sized) the X700 is the same with a larger frame.

Phototropic: Light sensitive amber tint that darkens with increasing solar intensity

Love them! (and I priced them out off line and they were over $70) what a bah-gain!

Deep yogic breaths...
post #23 of 23
I have two pairs of 10 yearold Oakley ProFrames. I can only remember them fogging once, an dthat was during a really wet snow storm while skiing bumps at Stowe. They were expensive for sure, but I've definiteley gotten my money's worth. I'll probably get some A-Frames next year though as lenses are getting scarce.

My wife got some Uvex SuperSonics this year, and they are really nice too.
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