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Spherical lenses = unnecessary

Been watching the olympic winter games on and off. I've probably seen 1 set of spherical lenses for every 10 cylindrical.

IMO, further evidence that spherical lenses don't offer any appreciable increase in optical clarity. Personal preference is one thing, but if the best riders and skiers in the world don't need spherical lenses to do their thing, then I am guessing that us mere mortals don't really need them either.

Given the thinness and (relatively) low refractive index of plastic lenses in ski goggles.... those of you who claim superior optical quality on spherical lenses are fooling yourselves.
My reccomendation: buy goggles for the fit, non-fogging performance, or aesthetic.
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Actually, spherical lenses do make a lot of difference in side vision distortion & depth of field/clarity. Most of the boarders & freestyle skiers I watched were wearing them, however it does come down to personal taste. I use spherical lenses in my Von Zipper goggles, & have had better vision & less distortion, as well as no fogging. My Quiksilver & Utopia goggles are flat lenses, & constantly fog up. Utopia is changing to a spherical lens, for next season
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Actually, spherical lenses do make a lot of difference in side vision distortion & depth of field/clarity. Most of the boarders & freestyle skiers I watched were wearing them, however it does come down to personal taste. I use spherical lenses in my Von Zipper goggles, & have had better vision & less distortion, as well as no fogging. My Quiksilver & Utopia goggles are flat lenses, & constantly fog up. Utopia is changing to a spherical lens, for next season
Actually, no they don't. That is why they still use glass for glasses, because plastic lenses would have to be 3x as thick to bend the light enough to match your prescription. You should look up 'psychosomatic' in the dictionary
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Makes not diff in clarity for me... I don't notice any diff between my Spy Zeds, Orbits or Smith I/O's... (yes, I'm a bit of a goggle collector)


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