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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bespectacled riders beware

I had an accident on my snowboard this summer and I want to share it. I think it has some value (other than comedy) to those of you who wear prescription glasses when snowboarding.

That day I was testing a board that is much shorter than my usual ride. Pretty late in the day, when the snow was very slushy, I kept gunning straight lines on the last 200m of the bumpy and steep slope. When you ask for it you usually get it so, eventually, my board's nose caught in the snow, swung me sideways onto my downhill edge, and I did a huge slam on my face. I shouldn't boast about being an idiot but it really must have been an awesome edge catch to see. I went from 60 to 0 in 0.1 seconds.

At the time, I was wearing a pair of prescription glasses and a pair of OTG sunglasses on top of them. Both were completely destroyed. Fortunately, the lenses in my prescription glasses were plastic and they stayed intact upon impact. Later, I thought how lucky it was to have plastic lenses because who knows what could have happened if they had been made of glass and they shattered and went into my eyes.

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Try to avoid being an idiot (especially at my age when you start thinking about giving the kickers a rest so you can keep riding powder into a ripe old age). Wear plastic lenses on your prescriptions.
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What about contact lenses. My girlfriend wears them when she rides. She has only lost one once.
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What about contact lenses. My girlfriend wears them when she rides. She has only lost one once.
I wear contacts and I always bring a spare pair for that very reason. I wear dailies though so bringing extra isn't a problem for me

You could also wear OTG goggles.


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I've done the same thing. I was screwing around buttering and stuff on the bunny run, and my board nose went right into a huge pile of slush and just threw me into a triple cartwheel slam. It didn't think it was possible to eat shit that bad on the bunny run, it must have been funny for those watching on the chair.

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Careful with contacts too, my buddy fell hard last season and one went up and behind his eye. It took a few days to get it out and he looked REALLY uncomfortable.
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Careful with contacts too, my buddy fell hard last season and one went up and behind his eye. It took a few days to get it out and he looked REALLY uncomfortable.
That gotta suck hard o.0 i also got one stuck somewhere on my eye but luckly it came out after a night of sleep.
like other ppl said if you use contacts always bring a second/third pair
Btw 5 years ago when i used to wear glasses i once shattered plastic lenses they shatter less frequently but they can still shatter m8 =X
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Lasik

I used to have pretty bad vision, about 20/60. I hated wearing glasses and hated wearing contacts even more. I ended up looking into LASIK, and found it surprisingly affordable for me, even worked out a monthly payment plan through CareCredit, with no interest for 2 years. I now have 20/10 vision and it has done WONDERS for snowboarding. Pretty ignorant of me to not wear glasses or contacts, I could have really busted myself up or even someone else. Anyways LASIK is probably one of the best things ive done for myself, especially for snowboarding. If anyone has any questions on it I'd be happy to help.
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20/60 vision? DAMN! Even Mr. Magoo can see better than that!
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I wear contacts. One day when I was learning how to jump I landed a little sketch and caucht my toe edge smashing my face into the snow so fast I didnt even have time to blink. When I finally got up I couldnt really see. Turns out both of my contacts were frozen to the cracked lens of my goggles.
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20/60 vision? DAMN! Even Mr. Magoo can see better than that!
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