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 Post subject: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:09 pm 
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Obviously googles are a very personal, must fit your face decision... I've been using SPY googles for the past couple seasons, but they're starting to break down, foam is coming off of foam, lenses getting scratched... I'm looking to purchase new googles, and really like the ANON REALM googles, and SMITH I/O googles, just wondering if anyone has experience with these...? Fog issues, etc?.. Or can recommend another particular model of a different brand, and why?

Also, what is the best thing to use to glue the outer most layer of foam that touches your face to the big piece of foam on your googles? I tried super glue,,, that DID NOT work...

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 Post subject: Re: Googles, what and why?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:10 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Googles, what and why?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:43 pm 
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oh my.... way too much internet for me... that's what not working for two months will do to a guy. Thank you broken ribs.... and yes,, google is amazing, but i'm looking for info on goggles!

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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:10 pm 
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I had some sweet Arnette's I rocked for many years until the wheels finally feel off :nononno: ..absolutely loved them!

Rolled a few different pairs of Spy's the following few seasons, although I was never really that stoked on them. I never felt like I had great periferal vision with the Spy's and they seemed somewhat small for my large grill :wink:

Currently using Oakley Crowbars I believe and love them. Comfortable, good feel, fit and periferal. Oakely of course offers about a jillion replacement lenses for just about any light condition, but they can be pretty spendy$$$

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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:28 am 
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I too ride with the Oakley Crowbars. They are without a doubt the best goggle I've ever worn. I have the fire iridium lens, and so far I've rocked it from whiteouts to bluebird days and have been just fine.

The crowbars also vent extremely well; you'll have to TRY to get these things to fog up, and when you do it dissipates quickly.

The fit is wonderful, peripherals are fantastic, and the build quality is superior.

So yeah, I like my crowbars.

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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:11 pm 
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Oakleys here, A-Frames and Crowbars are both good. Best lenses in the business. You can buy Oakleys on a custom basis from oakley.com to get exactly the model you want, and there are a lot of choices in lenses. Personally I like the high intensity persimmon, dark enough for sun protection on sunny days, with iridium to reduce glare, and they really brighten things up in flat light, in the trees, or in storm conditions.

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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:44 pm 
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Gotta be Smith. They make great goggles, invented the dual lenses that everyone uses now. They also have a kick ass warranty program.

I've got two year old prodigies, lots of choices for replacement lenses as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:08 pm 
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Smith Optics is the only way to go. Smith Goggles are made in the USA (not China), Clearfield UT and their corporate HQ is in SV Idaho (not So Cal). Oakley, Spy, Electric, Anon etc...all made in China.

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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:21 am 
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Smith Phenom with sensor mirror lens!! Great for low vis. Scour ebay and you`ll find lots of great deals on last year models. I picked my up for $75.


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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:34 pm 
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Zeal Detonator SPPX:
- peripheral vision
- polarized (some people don't because it's harder to see where the ice patches are but I prefer polarized as it's easier on my eyes overall)
- photochromic lens changes tint to match conditions (no need to swap lens)
- good anti-fog: double lens, venting, etc.

This year's Eclipse SPPX looks like a winner too. I am all for NA-made, but until Smith has good spherical polarized and photochromic options I am sticking to Zeal.


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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:58 pm 
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i generally rock some anon realms and couldn't be happier with them. fogging is generally only an issue if i'm wearing them while hiking, which is an issue that any goggle will have. the optics seem pretty good and the field of vision is nice and wide.

i was thinking about going with smith for my next pair of goggles, but i used some smith phenoms today and was not impressed at all. they seemed to fog quite easily.


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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:08 am 
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lernr wrote:
Zeal Detonator SPPX:
- peripheral vision
- polarized (some people don't because it's harder to see where the ice patches are but I prefer polarized as it's easier on my eyes overall)
- photochromic lens changes tint to match conditions (no need to swap lens)
- good anti-fog: double lens, venting, etc.

This year's Eclipse SPPX looks like a winner too. I am all for NA-made, but until Smith has good spherical polarized and photochromic options I am sticking to Zeal.


How light do they turn in darker conditions? How noticeable is the polarization in sunny conditions? Does it help in flat light? Polarized is a must for me for shades, and it makes sense that it would be great for gogs as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Goggles, what and why?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:56 am 
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re: Zeal question

Where are you? - if close to Bellevue / Seattle you can check mine in person on the hill

From the official description: "Photochromic technology allows the lens to change from dark to light depending on available light, offering 13 - 43% visible light transmission"

They are light enough for me to do white-outs and night riding. Last year they were easy on my eyes in the bright April-May sun. (After this, I usually use polarized Maui Jim Navigators). The Zeals don't get as dark as a mirror lens, definitely not a mountaineering grade protection.

Some people (bikers and skiers mostly, afaik) claim the polarized tech reduces glare (= true) so much, that you can't tell the ice and road slicks, which they claim is more dangerous - because if you could see the high glare, then you can plan / avoid them better. I've heard people swearing not to use polarized ever after serious wipe-outs.

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