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Old 01-13-2014, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This weekend looks promising with lots of snow and decent temperature (-7* C, 19* F). One problem though my current goggles are not good enough. I have one with a clear lens but they are old and needs to be replaced. The other goggles I have is for sunny days and are to dark when it snows.

Some criteria for new goggles:
- Good anti fog features
- A good lens for snowy days (later on I'll get one for sunny days)
- Easy to replace lens
- Fit good with helm

At local store they have Dragon NFX, APXS and APX which I read good about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3bJ1lPjT4

Comments on Dragon / Suggestions on others at similar price level: $150-200.
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My Dragon APX goggles are badass. Came with an extra lens for low light (yellow something). Fits good with my helmet as well.

Key is how they fit your face. Put them on and see if they have a lasting comfort.

Lens change isn't the easiest out but it's not that hard either.

Only time they fog is when it's too warm for goggles anyway.
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My Dragon APX goggles are badass. Came with an extra lens for low light (yellow something). Fits good with my helmet as well.

Key is how they fit your face. Put them on and see if they have a lasting comfort.

Lens change isn't the easiest out but it's not that hard either.

Only time they fog is when it's too warm for goggles anyway.
Thanx. How are they on a snowy day. Easy to remove the snow? No fog issue?
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Since you're in Europe, have a look at Jublo Zebra 2>4 goggles - lense adjusts to brightness, no changing necessary.
I only used them 5d now, but so far they work very well. Good in flat light when snowing, good in very bright bluebird, no fogging in very warm spring-like conditions (me sweating a lot). http://www.julbo-eyewear.com/lens-selector/
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They are great on snowy days. Definitely fog free. If your getting fog it is probably due to venting. Face mask sometimes push the hot breath upwards. Or trapped heat from a helmet or beanie.
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They are great on snowy days. Definitely fog free. If your getting fog it is probably due to venting. Face mask sometimes push the hot breath upwards. Or trapped heat from a helmet or beanie.
The "trapped heat from helmet" is something I must look at. I'll bring my helmet to the store to see how they fit and if the helmet traps the top airwent of the goggles.
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This weekend looks promising with lots of snow and decent temperature (-7* C, 19* F). One problem though my current goggles are not good enough. I have one with a clear lens but they are old and needs to be replaced. The other goggles I have is for sunny days and are to dark when it snows.

Some criteria for new goggles:
- Good anti fog features
- A good lens for snowy days (later on I'll get one for sunny days)
- Easy to replace lens
- Fit good with helm

At local store they have Dragon NFX, APXS and APX which I read good about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3bJ1lPjT4

Comments on Dragon / Suggestions on others at similar price level: $150-200.
Smith I/Os (choose your size) fulfill all the criteria. I use I/OSes, the small. Fits perfectly with my Protec helmet. Great anti-fog behavior, super comfortable on the face, and comes with a choice of two lenses in the price range you're looking at.
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Since you're in Europe, have a look at Jublo Zebra 2>4 goggles - lense adjusts to brightness, no changing necessary.
I only used them 5d now, but so far they work very well. Good in flat light when snowing, good in very bright bluebird, no fogging in very warm spring-like conditions (me sweating a lot). Meteor - Looking for the perfect line... | Products | Julbo Eyewear
Sounds to good to be true But I wonder if they are as bright as a dedicated "dark day" goggles. Some lenses (light yellow, purple) increases contrast.

Sadly enough I can't find any store (in sweden) where they sell these. I need to test them if I should buy them.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Dragon NFX/APXS or Smith IO. Spec look similar. I think testing them will decide.

Question still is which lens I should go with for a snowy day.
Smith has for flat light:
- Polorized Rose Copper
- Blue sensor Mirror
- Clear
(https://smithoptics.eu/products/#/Sn...t+Lenses/view/)

Dragon has plenty of lenses, but it was hard to find information on each lens and select suitable.
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Dragon or Smith I think comes down to a matter of personal preference, both are great. In fact that was my final choice before buying. The lenses and quality in both seemed equally good to me. The I/O seemed to fit my face a slightlybetter, that's all.

For the Smith I/O I ordered Red Sol X for sunny days and the Blue Sensor for cloudy... on the advice of the customer service person I talked to before buying. I'm happy with my choice. What I was surprised with was how versatile the Red Sol X was - worked for everything but the flattest light and darkest shadows. Even used the Red Sol X lens when it was snowing and foggy... there was enough ambient light to provide me terrain definition I guess.

No experience with Polarized Rose Copper.
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