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Old 12-30-2011, 02:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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WTF is up with the goggle pricing? I've been out of the game for some time, cars, enduro/motocross and sportbikes have drained my funds for a few years, but am back now...and one thing has struck me... WTF is it with people and paying 220 bucks for something like the Oakley Airbrakes?

I've raced both enduro and motocross, which puts as much strain on a set of goggles as you can in terms of wear, sweat and fogging up, and even the simplest Scott goggles (double lense of course) took it well.

But it seems as if you enter the alpine world, something happens, you need unobtanium (I'm not kidding) and "nasa" space tech mixed into the sales adverts to sucker people into forking out for something that costs what, 5 bucks, tops, including packaging to manufacture?

Really...and to make it worse, it seems as if it's become sort of a status thing now, everyone knows what a set of dragons cost...so they will sell, purely based on the fact that they're expensive. It's just plastic, rubber and some colored lexan sheets...
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I feel ya dude... I'd rather spend the 200 on a blank snowboard or something rather than paying out the ass for a pair of name brand goggles. Anytime I need some new ones I always just look at whats on sale cause I'm terrible at losing/breaking them when I biff it hard so I can never justify spending so much money on em.

I do have a nice pair of Dragons now which surprisingly have lasted me a while. I think I picked em up for around 35 bucks with them being 100+ dollars originally.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's an expensive hobby, yes.

Goggles will last a while though, ~$160 for some eg2's ain't bad.

Look at the sunglass market, there is a whole lot less to them and they are more expensive... What are you gonna do?
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It's an expensive hobby, yes.

Goggles will last a while though, ~$160 for some eg2's ain't bad.

Look at the sunglass market, there is a whole lot less to them and they are more expensive... What are you gonna do?
Expensive is one thing, I don't mind paying a premium on a good jacket, or a solid board, etc, where it really matters - but I also know money has gone into the product, not as with a set of 5 buck googles...

The airbrakes are like 400 bucks over here (ripoff Sweden) - I actually paid about the same for my top of the line Shoei helmet (x-11) that I've got there on my avatar, that makes one wonder.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There is the original MSRP and then the price most pay. My Smith I/O were $160 MSRP but I paid $90. My friend's Anon Figments are $75 but he paid under $45 for both of his pairs.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, the airbrakes are crazy expensive. $250 in the states, but that's still too expensive for me. Sometimes you can find some great deals for goggles on whiskeymilitia.
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Well Oakley usually is more expensive due to the name, but correct me if I'm wrong, but you are getting two lenses. So in essence it's 150 plus 70 for the second lens. Still not cheap, but it needs to be considered when discussing the price of them.
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Well Oakley usually is more expensive due to the name, but correct me if I'm wrong, but you are getting two lenses. So in essence it's 150 plus 70 for the second lens. Still not cheap, but it needs to be considered when discussing the price of them.
Yeah, I guess you do get two lenses, that does make it a little bit better.
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I picked up my I/OS's for $60; I think they retailed at around $160. They came with two lenses. They're a previous season's model, but I'd rather score a deal on a quality brand/model from a previous season (still new) than pay full retail price on a current model...unless something has changed in the tech.
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Yep got my I\O's for like 68$ on Steep&Cheap and my Smith TurboFan's which I LOVE for 90$ on ebay.
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