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goggle suggestions for beginner family?

post #1 of 11
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(Not sure if this should go in this forum or under gear/equipment...sorry if it is in the wrong spot!).

We are taking our first ski vacation as a family (to Solitude in Utah) this Jan. As far as clothing goes, we should be okay (with some minor tweeking). We live in Chicago and are pretty active (sledding, ice skating, etc) in the winter, so having good quality jackets, pants, layers, gloves, etc, is an important part of the season to us.

One thing we don't have is goggles/helmets. I would imagine that we will rent helmets (I know that we will probably be on the beginner slopes at first, but we have 11 year old boys, so who knows how quickly/slowly they will progress!) but am wondering if there would be an advantage (as in a $$ one) in buying goggles before our trip? If so, are there particular brands/types that are good for beginners and would fit over a helmet?

Or, would we be better off purchasing them at the ski resort?

Any input would be appreciated. It helps to go to the sporting good store armed with a little knowledge!


post #2 of 11
Just make sure that whatever goggles you get have a double lens AKA anti-fog. You can tell that it's a double lens because you see a thin rim of foam separating the two lenses. The goggles are no good if you can't see through them.
post #3 of 11
You might find something informative in this old thread: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...=goggle+helmet

Quick thoughts: I found good $10 used helmets for some of my family at a local preseason ski swap. Beware that some goggles and helmets aren't a totally compatible fit. So maybe buy which ever is the top priority first, or buy at same time.
post #4 of 11
You can get quality name brand goggles for as little as $12-25 at discount shops. There are child sized models so if it looks too big on your boys, thats because it probably is, and is an adult model.

If you have a TJ Max by you, in a month or two they will have their annual ski clothing event with lots of ski gear (no skis, or boots), name brand stuff. You can even get helmets for 1/3 of the retail price.
post #5 of 11
In addition to goggles, bring sunglasses. Sun in Utah in January is unlikely, but anything is possible.

Good vision is critical. I'd spend a bit more on goggles and save money elsewhere. As said above, proper fit is critical. I teach kids, and the ones who's goggles don't fit and slip down end up with the goggles removed.

I'd go to a local discount sporting goods store and buy mid-level goggles rather than the cheapies. Be sure the strap has plenty of adjustment so they can be worn over either a helmet or a hat. If one wears glasses, or just has a high level of exertion and sweats, the over-the-glasses models that have the lens farther from the skin steam up less readily.
post #6 of 11
Being from Chicago, you don't mention where you will be skiing. Assuming its not just local skiing ANYPLACE will be an improvement from the brutal winter weather of Chicago. Helmets are a good idea. Warm and may have some safety benefits, but they are not a huge priority IMO, especially on uncrowded western slopes. So many hazards in the midwest like snow guns, lift towers and crowds are relatively absent elsewhere. Warm head gear is probably fine, but keep your eye open for deals. New helmets can be had for less than $50, and used helmets at ski swaps and even here in the Kids Gear Swap section should be very reasonable.

Goggles, you need to consider getting lens colors that improve visibility on snowy days or night skiing. Dark lenses on a stormy day are practically useless but unfortunately are a very common configuration for kids goggles. Look for more versatile lenses that provide UV protection, but admit plenty of light. There are lots of choices, and you can always have a pair of less expensive sunglasses handy for sunny days.

Have fun out there and welcome to EpicSki.
post #7 of 11
Welcome to Epic, Kelly! I think it's worth saving the money by buying in a shop instead of on the mountain, especially for a whole family and early in the season before things are on clearance at the mountain shops. I'm in Chicago as well. Let me know what part of town you're based in if you want any shop recommendations. There are also lots of low price options to buy online, but it'd be good to try on in the shop and get an idea of what goes well with your face shape.

I see it's your first family ski vacation. Have you guys gone out at all locally? If so, I'm sure you'll appreciate the snow at Solitude
post #8 of 11
there are a lot of very good prices right now on Seirratradingpost.com campmor.com and many other closeout webtailers. You may want a good general rose tint or amber tinted (personal preference) goggle lens
post #9 of 11
You may want to buy helmets instead of renting. In Whistler helmets were included in the ski rental price but in other places we have been the rental was so high that you could buy a good youth helmet for less than the week's rental. You also don't have to worry about whose head the helmet has been on.

In addition, if you buy online make sure that you are buying something that your kids have tried on because they all fit differently.
post #10 of 11

Trip to Utah

A couple other things (Welcome to Epic-nice to have you and the boys)

Ski Swap goggles will probably be the most inexpensive. Yes get double lense (they won't fog up easily like single lense).
Tell boys etc. to keep goggles out of snow, and don't put UP on head if theres snow on your head as they will get wet inside. Keep them dry as possible. At night take inside and put in a dry place. Buy an "anti-fog cloth" for ski swap goggles (about $2.95). Fog up with your breath the inside and outside of the lense and gently wipe with cloth until dry and clean. This will help. If you buy new relatively expensive goggles you won't need the cloth and in fact don't want to use because lense will be specially treated.

Helmets good choice, especially for rambuncious 11 yr olds super boy skiers.

Visit us after your trip and let us know how it went. Above All Have Fun !!!
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 


Thanks so much everyone, for the tips and suggestions. We will definately look for goggles prior to the trip and I will use the advice in this thread to help me make the right choice!

Thanks again!

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