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Goggles with contact lenses

post #1 of 7
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I just got contact lenses, and I have never skied in them before.  I have been using goggles with prescription inserts for about fifteen years, first Bolle, then in the past six or seven years, Smith turbo fan goggles.  The Bolles would fog up very easily, while the Smiths were great as long as the fan was running (not always a sure bet, but I think the newer ones have a more robust electrical system). 

 

I have a medium sized face and ski with Leedom helmets (not a great fit with the Smiths, and I had been thinking about switching to a Smith helmet to accommodate the goggles),  I need goggles for three kinds of conditions, bright sun, flat light and night skiing.  I will likely get an inexpensive pair with clear lens for night skiing, but I would really like a pair of goggles that I can take out and ski all day for the other two conditions.  If I need to trade off, I would rather be well-equipped for flat light.  I would like your suggestions, and any special considerations for skiing with contacts.

post #2 of 7

I've been skiing with contacts for years. I've never had any specific issues in regards to contacts and goggles. I recommend getting the goggle which best mates with your helmet, is comfortable and has the optics you desire.

 

My only real tip is to always have a bottle of contact wetting drops in your pocket. Contacts can dry out in the cold dry mountain air.

post #3 of 7
You should be mostly fine; you might notice more coma tails during night skiing than with your old inserts.

Bring spares & leave them in your locker, just in case you need a pair to drive home with.
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Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel View Post

 

My only real tip is to always have a bottle of contact wetting drops in your pocket. Contacts can dry out in the cold dry mountain air.


Agreed......I never leave home without the wetting drops either.  I don't typically have any issues with my contacts/goggles combo either.....I really like the fact that I take my goggles off and I can still see!  It will probably be one of the best decisions that you make having contacts for skiing!  icon14.gif

post #5 of 7

Googles + Contacts = no problemo

 

Most high quality modern goggles do pretty good with the fog in most conditions.

post #6 of 7

I have always skied with contacts and have never had a problem... I don't think that you even need to bring wetting drops, but thats just me.  Either way, it's way better than skiing with OTG goggles and glasses.

post #7 of 7

wetting drop are a good call, especially if you are new to contacts.  It is unlikely you'll have to use the wetting drop.  But, if you do it will be huge.

 

 

Also, I would recommend getting use to putting in the contacts without a mirror.  If you have an issue out on the mtn, having drops and the ability just to stick back on your eye might make the difference of having to go in or losing the contact.

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