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Will a cheaper pair of goggles be sufficient or will I regret it?

I'm just starting out and I've already spent way too much money. Now, after actually going I realized that I definitely need goggles. $135 seems to be the average price of a good pair, but that is a lot of money. I can pick up a pair for $50 at EMS down the road. Other than comparing my field of vision, I really don't know what makes these $50 goggles worse than $150 ones.

If the $50 is just going to be a waste then I would rather get the more expensive pair. But if it's something I don't really need, just like I don't need the most expensive snowboard in the world right now, I would rather not spend too much money.
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as long as the goggles keep wind out, don't fog, and fit well you are good to go. you can get some decent goggles fro 50 bucks. anon makes good lower priced goggles. just buy from a reputable brand like dragon, oakley, spy, anon, electric, ect.
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I user middle-price Smith googles. They are very good - no fog, no optical distortion, double lens! Just pick up good producer and you'll be ok.
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Uvex makes cheap good goggles.


This sport is hella expensive. :/
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Five hundred $ at the summer and you're in the game. Ski-passes cost much more.
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Steep and cheap, tramdock& whiskey militia have good goggles for cheap almost everyday...you have check the sites frequently ...but they usually have goggles for 50% off.

There is no reason to buy cheap goggles when you can get expensive goggles for cheap.


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Whiskey militia and tramdock should be your homepage anyway. Or better yet gearscan. I was looking to buy some replacement lenses for either my figments or prodigy. Found a whole new pair of smiths almost cheaper than the replacement lense.
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I Paid 50 for bolle simmers last year and regretted it. Lots of fogging (between the lenses!) and small field of view. The were the bain of my holiday. Now had to fork out another 140 for some Smith i/o.

My advise... if you want cheap... get the cheapest possible oakleys. else spend some decent money on higher end ones (smiths, oakleys or electric)
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When it comes to equipment, if your goggles are bad, I think it can ruin your shredding. If they're steaming up a lot and you can't see, you don't have much of a chance.

That doesn't mean that you can't get decent goggles at the lower end of the prices. Like some of the others said - stick to brands like Dragon, Anon etc. I'm pretty sure that the last Dragon goggles I picked up were either cheap'ish, or in the sale, and I like them a lot.

I've not used whiskey militia, but I know you can get some killer deals there.


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You can find good ones for $50

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Out of those the Smith Prodigy goggles are great. Spherical and great anti-fog. Plus Smith is a bowl of awesome!


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