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Old 02-12-2010, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Time to upgrade googles

I started boarding years ago, and I've upgraded everything in my arsenal except for googles. I went boarding during the blizzard that hit the east coast, and I had a horrible time with my googles fogging up on me. Time to ditch this $20 I started with so many years ago.

I've been reading up about the new designs regarding venting and such, as well as the anti-fog coating. I don't care about the look of the goggles. I care about the function of them. I'm hoping to get opinions on which goggles have worked great in regards to NOT fogging up on you. Was trying to decide a pair of Anon Realms and Oakley A-Frames.

Any advice and opinions is much appreciated!!!!
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And yes, I'm just now realizing the title says googles >:0 DOH!!!!
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the Oakley A-Frames and the Oakley Splices. They are both great in the no-fog department. I picked up a pair of Smith I/O's for my fiancee's parents and they said those are the best googles <- they have ever owned. No fog and great field of vision.

Just remember, never wipe the inside of your goggles and try not to wear them on your forehead. Keep them on your face and leave them on for the duration of your runs. Even if you wear a helmet, constantly taking them on and off on the hill causes fogging issues.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Smith I/O's are where its at. I currently ride with them and love them. They haven't fogged up on me yet. Before I/O's, I had a-frames and Crowbars, both of those were great but I just feel as the I/O's are more comfortable and have a better field of vision.
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I like my A-Frames i had, that said my Von Zipper Feenom's i have now are 10x more cushy on my face.

And you dont have to take out a loan to afford the lenses unlike with Oakley...

Most of the time its cheaper to buy an entire goggle frame + lens than it is to buy just the lens.

For example i got a black pair with Hi-Yellow lens for 50 dollars off Brociety or one of those sites...nobody really sells Hi-Yellow lenses for less than 80 which is its MSRP.

If you want their polarized lenses be prepared to drop over 100... only thing i didnt like about my Oakleys...
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I have the Anon Realm and really have no complaints with them fogging.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I was using Quiksilver Q1 & Q2 goggles, but changed to Von Zipper Feenom gogles (with sepherical lenses), a coupla years ago, & the change of lens type & brand was worth it. I have better periphial vision, & better depth of field with sepherical lenses, as well as less vision distortion! Also, zero fogging, with or without helmet use (& no MSG!!!).
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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And you dont have to take out a loan to afford the lenses unlike with Oakley...

Most of the time its cheaper to buy an entire goggle frame + lens than it is to buy just the lens.

For example i got a black pair with Hi-Yellow lens for 50 dollars off Brociety or one of those sites...nobody really sells Hi-Yellow lenses for less than 80 which is its MSRP.

If you want their polarized lenses be prepared to drop over 100... only thing i didnt like about my Oakleys...
So true lol.

In their defense though, they make really high quality lenses. They supposedly have the best impact rating. When I bit it really hard a few weeks ago, I had my goggles on the top of my helmet. The helmet and goggles took the blunt of the blow when I fell. Not even a scratch on the goggles. I fell hard too.

If you want easy lens swapping, Smith I/O or I/OS(smaller faces) is the way to go.
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So true lol.

In their defense though, they make really high quality lenses. They supposedly have the best impact rating. When I bit it really hard a few weeks ago, I had my goggles on the top of my helmet. The helmet and goggles took the blunt of the blow when I fell. Not even a scratch on the goggles. I fell hard too.

If you want easy lens swapping, Smith I/O or I/OS(smaller faces) is the way to go.
And not to "thread jack" or anything but I am selling a set of new Smith I/OS goggles in black. My price went down due to lack of interest and I can't keep'em since I need OTGs.

My only issue with Smith (as you'll see in that thread) is that their other OTG goggles don't fit well over my glasses at all. Other than that, they make some great quality stuff.

Check'em out.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...s-goggles.html
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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What goggles did you have before? The I/O's have a gap by my nose unless I make them pretty tight. I guess my asian face didn't like it too much, I did enjoy the field of vision though. I also have a pair of Oakley Wisdoms that I'm trying to get rid of also.

I do like the way the Dragon DX's fit, fov isn't bad at all and you can't go wrong for the price.
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