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Old 02-24-2014, 05:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Need advice in purchasing new goggles - currently have electric eg1 which were bought because they were reasonably cheap and functional..

However I want to upgrade to something more better..
I go boarding often in Australia and I plan to head to Queenstown, New Zealand later this year

Would any be nice enough to enlighten me on what i should consider..

Im open to options and opinions - 1) would it be a better investment to purchase interchangeable goggle lenses and what kind of lens would i need for something like New Zealand and Australia
or 2) A fixed goggle for just New Zealand weather conditions.

Friend has suggested Von Zipper fishbowl? what are your thoughts?


Thanks guys!!

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Old 02-24-2014, 12:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not difficult to change the lens out on most goggles, and many of the high end models ship with an extra lens included anyways. Regardless of where in the world your riding, there are basically two kinds of lenses- lenses for brighter, sunnier conditions, and lenses for low-light conditions, so as long as you have one of each, your good! Lots of people don't even bother with a low light lens, but its nice to have.

If your not unhappy with your EG1's the most cost-effective thing to do would just be to grab an extra lens for your existing goggles, but if your set on getting something new, look into a goggle that ships out with an extra (usually low-light) lens!
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It's subjective as goggles are very different and look very different when used with different helmets if you ride with safety in mind...

Personally, i would try goggles with my helmet before purchasing them, as they will all fit differently...

As for lenses, well you really only need 2, and sometimes not even that... A Hi-Yellow is essential, and then i would choose an Iridium Red personally, that way you cover bad light and good light...

But again, personal preference is very different as are your eyes to mine...
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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EG1s are good googles and are lens changeable. You can still buy alternate lenses for that model, dogfunk has them for $20 currently.
Queenstown can get sunshine or crappy thick cloud, low light conditions like anywhere, and no trees for definition. So if you currently have a sunny lens, order a rose or yellow lens and your good to go.
First time you change them out may take 5 minutes while you figure out the latch points, and stretch the googles a bit, but after a couple of goes you can do it in about 30 seconds to a minute easy.
Just take them in your car and you can change them out at lunchtime or whatever.
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Hi-end Zeals. Photochromatic lens changes both color AND lightness/darkness depending upon light conditions. Last weekend we rode in dense snow, flat light, fog, wind-whipped white-outs, you name it. Never changed lenses, although my wife convinced me to buy a pair of clear lenses as emergency back-up (she has a lower model of Zeals). I never needed the clear lenses. Fortunately they were cheap $39 Smiths. I'm sure I'll eventually get some use out of them, but I've yet to encounter a day where the Zeal's didn't work great, even in low light.
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Thanks for your feed back and reply! Really appreciate it..

Currently considering Oakley Crowbar (Asian-fit) Shockwave Fire/Fire Iridium.. however still have quiet awhile until NZ so i'm still searching for others in the mean time.
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Thanks for your feed back and reply! Really appreciate it..

Currently considering Oakley Crowbar (Asian-fit) Shockwave Fire/Fire Iridium.. however still have quiet awhile until NZ so i'm still searching for others in the mean time.
Since you're going upmarket consider airbrakes with hi yellow plus fire iridium.

That will cover high and low light conditions.
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Thanks for your feed back and reply! Really appreciate it..

Currently considering Oakley Crowbar (Asian-fit) Shockwave Fire/Fire Iridium.. however still have quiet awhile until NZ so i'm still searching for others in the mean time.
Hey ma not sure if you can order from whiskey militia, but they are selling the Asian fit airbrake for $110.00 US. huge discount something like 50%

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the eg1 are decent goggles and, unless you have a particular reason, don't see the need for a "upgrade". Fisbowls are stupidly gigantic and Von Zipper quality is no higher than Electric. Oakley have a slightly higher lens quality and build, but the exponentially high price doesn't make up for it, imo. If you've got money to burn, you could go photochromic, but these lenses supposedly don't as well in extremely flat llght as the standard cheaper yellow lenses.

I've tried the interchangeable lens route and, although they're not difficult to swap, it is a relatively time consuming process. The more seasoned snowboarder frequently ends up with two sets of medium-lower end goggles, each with a different lens. When the light goes flat, just walk to the car and grab the other goggles...no time wasted fumbling with lens exchange.

I've got two sets of Dragon Rogue that cost me under $50 a piece (bought off-season)

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the eg1 are decent goggles and, unless you have a particular reason, don't see the need for a "upgrade". Fisbowls are stupidly gigantic and Von Zipper quality is no higher than Electric. Oakley have a slightly higher lens quality and build, but the exponentially high price doesn't make up for it, imo. If you've got money to burn, you could go photochromic, but these lenses supposedly don't as well in extremely flat llght as the standard cheaper yellow lenses.

I've tried the interchangeable lens route and, although they're not difficult to swap, it is a relatively time consuming process. The more seasoned snowboarder frequently ends up with two sets of medium-lower end goggles, each with a different lens. When the light goes flat, just walk to the car and grab the other goggles...no time wasted fumbling with lens exchange.

I've got two sets of Dragon Rogue that cost me under $50 a piece (bought off-season)
Bingo. I used to have some really nice Oakley's (before they sold out to QS) with interchangeble lenses. Never once actually took the time to change the lenses. It always wound up easier just to have a couple of cheaper goggles in the gear bag. Then I got the Zeals. But I still always have three pairs of goggles with meclear, yellow and the all-purpose Zeals. At the very least, I can offer a loaner pair to a friend in need.
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