Forums The Gear Room Goggles, what and why?
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    Crowbars. They fit, look fine, never fog, helmet friendly, and tons of very quality lens choices. I’d buy them again.

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    I’ve used Oakley’s and Spy’s in the past and even a pair of cheap Scott’s when my old spys gave it up and cracked. I have to say though that switching to Smith I/O was a good choice for me. They fit my face great, seal against my helmet so nothing gets up under it and the lens change system is amazing. Very quick and easy which means if you’re in the sun on the way up and the light goes flat, you don’t spend a lot of time with your gloves off freezing your hands trying to change your lens. They also have a number of good lens selection however they are tricky to find at times…nothing an internet order can’t fix.

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    I’ve got Oakley Crowbars with the pimp Fire Iridium lens for sunny moments and Smith Phenoms with Sensor Mirror for low visibility sessions.

    The Crowbars look cool, have astonishing optics and fit very comfortably, but they aren’t perfect with a helmet. They leave the smallest gap because of the shape of the top of the rim. This has only ever bothered me once on a -30’C day (-22F). What HAS bothered me is the durability of the lens. It seems to me that the lens gets scratched just from thinking sharp thoughts and the inside of the lens develops small spots that can’t (and shouldn’t) be rubbed off. Three of my friends have had similar issues with altogether 7 different Oakley crowbars and a-frames so it’s not just a bad batch or fluke.

    The Smith Sensor Mirrors aren’t optically quite up to par with Oakley’s HI Yellow lenses but they do serve me well in flat light conditions. Living in Finland we mostly have flat light conditions in winter, as the sun just doesn’t shine too often in addition to having short daylight hours, so I really appreciate the sensor mirrors! The Phenoms also seem rather rugged and haven’t minded the occasional “up close and personal” contact with a spruce tree or two. The lens seems barely scratched at all. Unnecessary to say, the Smiths have perfect helmet fit and are very comfortable otherwise as well.

    The next goggles I buy will be Smiths and the model is going to be Phenom or better. The Phenoms are basically a budget version of the high end Smiths. They have all the optical and defogging properties but look slightly less cool and can thus be had rather cheaply on the internet.

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    these are a little spendy but work really well at keeping the snow out of your eyes

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    I can fog anything. My best success with staying fog free to date is with Oakley Aframes, but I still fog them after hiking for too long in them…. (consendation from my sweaty face on the inside of the lens… =( ) If I carry them in my bag then put them on when riding it’s usually not an issue.

    Now I carry multiple pairs of lenses and switch them out at lunchtime during day trips. If anyone has suggestions for anything that is the most fog free lens out there I’ll give it a try.

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    I just got a couple of phenoms ( ugly Strap/colours) for $35 each from dept of goods.

    good quality/price ratio for me. The dry spare pair in your bag when its snowing are the best goggles

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    My crowbars can be a nightmare in blizzard conditions. But 90 percent of the time they are great. However, I too have had the issues with the spots and scratches.

    rky mtn srfr
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    My 2 cents. Always have two in your gear bag. One grey/tinted lense for sunny days, and a yellow tinted lense for flat/dim light. Brand seems to be a personal preference for all, but I like Dragon DXS goggles.

    Most important, bring your helmet to try them on at the shop so you don’t go out sporting some bad gaper gap.

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