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Old 09-20-2014, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Prescription sports goggles for snowboarding

Here is my dilemma. I sweat pretty heavily while on the snowboard, and I have to wear prescription glasses. I've tried OTG goggles and once , and borrowed the fan goggles, they all work fine for a while, but eventually, my glasses end up fogging and from there on, it's beyond recovery. If I go indoors, put on the goggles and sit there for a bit before heading outdoors, it works for a while until it starts fogging up again. Also, my Rx glasses fog up very regularly when it's cold. I don't want to go the lasik route, and I really hate contacts.

I have been on glasses since I was a kid, and by now, I have very high spherical and cylindrical power, so getting a prescription ski goggle will be out of the question. I like the concept of goggle inserts, but I doubt they will help that much, and they are more of a one trick pony.

This brings me to sports goggles. They aren't meant for this task, but I am sure I can rock something like this. I checked with my local optician - they have a few frames in stock, and can get them RXed and tinted in the color of my choice. On the slops, if it get's cold, there is always options like ski masks, and balaclavas. And an added bonus, they can be used for other sports as well.

So, has anyone with glasses tried this approach? I am stuck to a single lens, but for the benefits, it's not the end of the world for me.
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Learn to like contacts. Glasses wont cut it on a pow day.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Completely random question but are you zipping your jacket all the way up so it covers your face, then wearing a face warmer, and all that fun shit that makes you look like you're bundled up for an arctic adventure?
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If you sweat that much, then you really need to do something about it.

Wear a beanie for the lift, take it off at the top. Ditto for jacket and pant vents. Wear better base layers and less mid layers.
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use inserts......different light conditions, just swap insert into different goggles. I'm with everybody else......figure out a way to not sweat so much.
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have no input on the rx glasses you've shown. Hopefully for your sake they work out if you do that. I do know what your going through though...

When I had glasses I never could wear goggles. No mater what combo of clothes I had on they would fog up. I tried all types of anti-fog sprays and creams and they would only work for short times. I would end up spending most of my mountain time just wearing my glasses. This issue was one of the reasons I went and got lasik eye surgery 2 years ago. That was the best thing I've ever done

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Yeah I am in the same boat as you, can't see, wear glasses, hate contacts... I just bite the bullet and wear my old contacts on the slopes and change into glasses for the way home... I tried the OTG and they are a gimmick--yes they fit over glasses and don't fog but it is the glasses themselves behind the gogs that fog and I have like tried using warmed up glasses from the car heather in the goggles and cold ones in there but they all fog... When I just wore glasses themselves without goggles they did not fog so maybe you are right about the sports goggles and if you can get a little tint thats even better. My eyes kinda got cold tho and I was always so afraid I was gonna lose them on the slopes...

Those ones in the pic look alright, when you first said sports goggles I was sure picturing some Horace Grant style specs lol...
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Saw a guy last year that had a helmet with a "bubble shield" or visor like a moto helmet. It was open underneath and flipped up. He was wearing presciption glasses and said they never fog up. Visor came in different tints and euro made. Can't remember the name, but it was designed and marketed for winter sports. Zero5 is a version, not the one i saw, but gives you an idea.

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Old 09-21-2014, 10:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Nivek View Post
Learn to like contacts. Glasses wont cut it on a pow day.
This... also, I ordered lens inserts for my OTG goggles - Smith IOS fwiw. Don't have fogging probs. Don't know if inserts which sit closer to the lens than actual spectacles (closer to your skin) would make the difference for you .
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Just get the LASIK and be done with glasses for the rest of your life. Those glasses would work for spring riding, but in a heavy storm, or any pow day, you're gonna want goggles, not glasses.
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