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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 12:23 PM
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Googles?! WHat to buy?!

I've been lurking on here for a while just searching and finding everything I need but now I've been unable to find enough info.
I've been riding for a while with not very good equipment except for my boots, bindings and board. This year I've been upgrading everything. I just ordered a ninja suit, I've got some awesome gloves already but the one thing I would like to upgrade is my goggles.

I've searched and searched what to get but have been unable to decide on anything specific. Don't know if I should go Dragon, Oakley, Smith, etc. I don't know what color or tint the goggles need to be. The goggles I have are Smith Amber lenses and I have used them for about 3 years.

I need advice on a great pair of goggles. What tint/color do I get that is pretty universal? What brand? Any specific style? I do wear a helmet so they need to be able to fit on my face with a helmet.

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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 12:38 PM
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I've been lurking on here for a while just searching and finding everything I need but now I've been unable to find enough info.
I've been riding for a while with not very good equipment except for my boots, bindings and board. This year I've been upgrading everything. I just ordered a ninja suit, I've got some awesome gloves already but the one thing I would like to upgrade is my goggles.

I've searched and searched what to get but have been unable to decide on anything specific. Don't know if I should go Dragon, Oakley, Smith, etc. I don't know what color or tint the goggles need to be. The goggles I have are Smith Amber lenses and I have used them for about 3 years.

I need advice on a great pair of goggles. What tint/color do I get that is pretty universal? What brand? Any specific style? I do wear a helmet so they need to be able to fit on my face with a helmet.

Help guys!
Here is a decent thread that will help you get started. I know it doesn't answer all your questions, but it will give you some manufacturers and models to look at as well as some potential technical advice.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/out...gle-fight.html
post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 12:55 PM
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Thanks Sick, there is some good info in there though I'm still a lot unsure of what to get. I leave for Vail on the 19th so I have to decide fairly quickly.
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When it comes to goggles, it really just boils down to personal preference.

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When it comes to goggles, it really just boils down to personal preference.
And what the weather will be like that day.
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If you HAD to boil it down to 1 or tops 2 lens colors/tints though, what would they be?

Sorry, when it comes to lenses I just don't know that much. I'm trying to educate myself but there so many opinions out there it's hard too.
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What's your choices?
post #8 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 01:16 PM
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Like I said before, I've been using amber's for the past few years. Just some cheap smiths that I use for all conditions, I heard several people say that are a good general use all condition color, is that right? I see a lot people recommend the Dragon DX's and I'm leaning toward them.
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I have Oakley A frames, they are very expensive and not really necessary, but I do love them. The only regret that I have is that I have a Blue Iridium lens, which is only good during the day. I can't see shit at night. The replacement lens costs $70. I'm not sure if I'm gonna buy a night lens or just a cheaper pair of goggles with a night lens on them.
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First off, you are going to want a pair of goggles that has interchangable lenses.

One lens for low light, such as a yellow, gold or amber lens, and a lens for high light.

Lenses for high light are usually darker tints, and another nice feature to have for high light is a polarized lens that blocks glare.

For snowboarding, vision is crucial so I always try to find goggles with a frame that doesn't obstruct my fov.

Spherical lenses are a plus as well because they don't distort the landscape as some non spherical lenses might.

As far as brands go, they all offer goggles that provide the features I just listed. Brand really is where personal preference comes into play the most.

You may like the style offered by one company over another.

And since you where a helmet, you will need to find a pair of goggles that have strap adaptors for use with a helmet.

Take yourself to higher places.
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