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Old 02-12-2013, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, last year I realised that I have all of my biggest falls in the stupidest of places. I think it was highlighted by the fact that it was my first year with a GoPro. I'd take a huge cartwheel tumble on a flat open area, yet hours of riding in the trees and not a problem.

That got me to realising it's when I've come out of the shaded trees onto a reflective open run that I have the issues.

My eyesight is so so. I have a very lazy left eye, but I'm OK to board without glasses. In fact, I find being able to see equally badly all around better than having an angle of better view right in front. It makes me want to whip my head about more.

So what I'm hoping from you all is some advice on what goggles to get, or what features to look for. I thought polarised at first, but have read that it's not good for skiing because the angle of reflection isn't narrow.

I'll be interested to see what you have to say
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Some obvious points not related to your eyesight specifically.

First, the flats are a common place to have nasty falls regardless of your eyesight; you finish a tricky run, relax, and then catch an edge, it's cliché in snowboarding. So be sure the problem is your eyesight and not relaxing at the wrong moment.

Second if you come into bright light from the trees your eyes will need time to adjust to the change, this is normal, and you may just need to pull up for a little bit and go into an easy cruise on your heel edge for a bit when this happens to allow your eyes to adjust. Your eyes might need a little extra time for this.

As far as goggle tints I find that medium to light brown is good to help one see contours in the snow, e.g. oakley persimmon. In low light I like Oakley hi intensity yellow. When it's really bright I find that most dark tints are fine. If it's really super bright and it's at all warm and not too windy I prefer sunglasses (and a cold heinekein in the backpack).

I've always avoided polarized lenses b/c I read many times that they make it harder to see the contrast that indicates ice.
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Others can post their opinion...I feel like if the lighting is bad it is bad. It does not seem to be helped or worsened by a particular google or sunglasses lens.
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Flat light is the worst, because there's no light/shading to differentiate flat snow from a bump or drop with more snow behind it. I've gone over more than my share of surprises in those conditions.
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Some obvious points not related to your eyesight specifically.

First, the flats are a common place to have nasty falls regardless of your eyesight; you finish a tricky run, relax, and then catch an edge, it's cliché in snowboarding. So be sure the problem is your eyesight and not relaxing at the wrong moment.

Second if you come into bright light from the trees your eyes will need time to adjust to the change, this is normal, and you may just need to pull up for a little bit and go into an easy cruise on your heel edge for a bit when this happens to allow your eyes to adjust. Your eyes might need a little extra time for this.

As far as goggle tints I find that medium to light brown is good to help one see contours in the snow, e.g. oakley persimmon. In low light I like Oakley hi intensity yellow. When it's really bright I find that most dark tints are fine. If it's really super bright and it's at all warm and not too windy I prefer sunglasses (and a cold heinekein in the backpack).

I've always avoided polarized lenses b/c I read many times that they make it harder to see the contrast that indicates ice.
Red, I'm in the same boat as you. I wear glasses 100% of the time when I'm not snowboarding but never when I ride. Don't like to wear 'em.

I'm going to agree with Lamps and say to go with low-light lenses. I know for a fact I can see better with low lights in all conditions, even without my glasses. I save my polarized for when its bluebird, period.

Try the Smith I/Os too - good field of vision.
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H.I. Yellow for low/flat light works best IME
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Thanks guys. Some really useful advice there. I should have said that I'm a bit light sensitive anyway and only have some cheapo goggles I'm looking to replace anyway.

What I'm reading from all this is that I should just get some goggles that are comfortable and have changeable lenses for changeable weather. I'll start with the models mentioned already.
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