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Old 03-16-2011, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I spent $120 on some Smith Prodigy goggles late last year figuring I'd be set for a while especially since I'd heard nothing but good things about Smith. Last thanksgiving break, all of a sudden they started fogging up inside the lens (as in between layers, not the inner side) when it was cold, and cleared up when it was warm. Then I injured myself and missed 7 weeks, look at em before I headed on the next trip and they looked fine when it was -15 out....Wore em a couple times, no issues, back to being awesome goggles....Then the last 3 days I was boarding up in Steamboat. First day, the goggles were fine (it was cloudy, cold, and snowing the whole time). Second day, it was a bit warmer and the goggles started doing the fogging thing but not as bad, so I still used them. Third day was the warmest and by the end of the day it was so bad I was riding with them on my head instead of my face

So my questions are:
1. Is this common either with Smith or goggles in general?
2. Is there a way to fix this?
3. If I can't fix it and Smith won't give me new goggles what would everyone recommend (around $100 or less preferably)?
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like you arent letting the goggles dry completely between rides.
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First off, never buy goggles full retail. They alwasy have them on whiskeymilitia or steepandcheap for like 60% off. In fact, they had these absolutely sick looking Phenoms on there yesterday for $55.
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sounds like you arent letting the goggles dry completely between rides.
Could you explain this? It's possible they aren't drying, but the first time they did it was weeks after the last ride, they had plenty of time to dry, and shouldn't it not matter since the fog is in between lenses, where it should be completely sealed?
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First off, never buy goggles full retail. They alwasy have them on whiskeymilitia or steepandcheap for like 60% off. In fact, they had these absolutely sick looking Phenoms on there yesterday for $55.
I was not a smart shopper back then.
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I would replace the lens, the goggles have been flexed the wrong direction and broken the seal between the dual panes on the lens. If that seal is intact, there is no path for moisture to get between the lenses.
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I would replace the lens, the goggles have been flexed the wrong direction and broken the seal between the dual panes on the lens. If that seal is intact, there is no path for moisture to get between the lenses.
This. I was gonna say at least try replacing the lens before buying some new goggles.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I've always taken really good care of these goggles, so if the lens got messed up anyways, is it really worth buying new lenses or is this probably more of a freak incident?
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the fog resistant coating wore off, do you wear a facemask? i think that's the reason why your goggles are fogging. if the goggles are still good just swap out the lens.
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I've always taken really good care of these goggles, so if the lens got messed up anyways, is it really worth buying new lenses or is this probably more of a freak incident?

If you bend the goggle very far against the manufactured contour, it stretches the lens and the foam material between the lens panes can rip. It can happen with any brand goggle. I have a pair of Oakely Wisdoms some soccer mom(watching her booger eating brat ski) sat on first day out this season. She broke the inner lens pane in half, right in the middle. Fortunately I had a spare lens with me.

I googled that lens and it looks like you can replace it for around 40.00or less if you look.

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