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sorry I know there are a lot of goggle threads but they get into the details.

Would someone just explain to me what I'm looking for in a goggle where I don't have to spend $80.

All I really want is for them not to fog up. I just need them for avoiding snow in the eyes and wind.

Then maybe a very versatile lens color.

What would be wrong with getting a pair of cheapo ~$30 from TJ Maxx or Sportmart.

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sorry I know there are a lot of goggle threads but they get into the details.

Would someone just explain to me what I'm looking for in a goggle where I don't have to spend $80.

All I really want is for them not to fog up. I just need them for avoiding snow in the eyes and wind.

Then maybe a very versatile lens color.

What would be wrong with getting a pair of cheapo ~$30 from TJ Maxx or Sportmart.

Thanks guys.
Look at the Dragon DX, you can find them cheap, they have a really good anti-fog coating, comfortable foam and you can get replacement lenses for 20$ a pop. I ride with a yellow at all times. If you don't ride at night you could go with something a bit darker like an ionized amber or something like that.
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There are deals out there. Anon FIGMENT NON MIR (WHITE) at Kinetic Skateboarding That is just one example. Just find something that is name brand (Oakley, Smith, Anon, Dragon, Spy) and on sale. My Smith I/O are $160 full price but can be found for $90 if you don't care too much about color.


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What would be wrong with getting a pair of cheapo ~$30 from TJ Maxx or Sportmart.
Yes, having crappy goggles that constantly malfunction, will ruin your day.
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I like to buy things once and keep them therefore spend a little more without getting the top model of the season. Usually past season top models are exactly the same and cost half. Look for double-layer lenses and triple foam cushioning, along with another pair of lenses for cloudy days.

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You can get a pair of low end Oakleys like the O or L frame for cheap and they will do the job. If you are in the states just watch WM for deals on Dragons, they pop up all the time.

This is my own personal opinion, but I own the most expensive non-polarized goggles out there (The Smith Phenom Turbo Fan and the POC Lobes) and there is really not much of a difference from say, Oakley A frames or my b/f's Spy Omega goggles. It really comes down to fit, and some of the higher end goggles offer easy lens changing.

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Yes, having crappy goggles that constantly malfunction, will ruin your day.
would you like to explain yourself?


thanks to everyone else who responded. how does everyone else feel about a $30 cheapo name brand goggle fogging up compared to a $100 goggle fogging up?
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Crappy ones, like the pair I bought to my 10 yr old son , have lenses with one layer of plastic, they fog up often, the snow sticks over them and you can't see where you are going. So you have to stop and clean them, and repeat the process every 10 minutes depending on the weather. Does that sound like fun?

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Crappy ones, like the pair I bought to my 10 yr old son , have lenses with one layer of plastic, they fog up often, the snow sticks over them and you can't see where you are going. So you have to stop and clean them, and repeat the process every 10 minutes depending on the weather. Does that sound like fun?
I can think of other things that are more fun
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snowboarding is not a hobby for the cheap, let's just leave it at that.
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