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Old 12-04-2010, 04:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I went without my first trip to Monarch. It was spring bluebird conditions and I was on the bunny slope most of the time. It wasn't terrible, but I still wouldn't recommend riding with out them for the above stated reasons. Does that mean you have to drop 150 bucks on the latest greatest thing....NO! I've got a pair of smiths I paid around 30-40 bucks for that have worked fine the past couple years.
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I disagree, I don't think they are necessary unless it is snowing hard. I never wear goggles, when I ride. I am probably the only one out of my friends to do so.
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I would say they are indeed necessary but since it's your first time I'd ask some friends/family if they have cheap ones to borrow or just buy yourself some cheap ones.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Reasons to wear goggles:

-Sun reflects off of snow, causing what's called snow-blindness. If you are looking at the snow all day long without protection on a sunny day, prepare to have fried eyes for a while, not good.

-They protect against wind gusts, and also just simple wind-resistance created from moving fast. After getting wind blown in your eyes all day long, they are going to hurt, be dried out, and it will also suck while it's happening.

-Keeps snow/sleet out of your eyes when in adverse conditions.

-Allows you to see better in specific conditions, depends on the lense.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If its sunny, our you are going fast, or its snowing or cold, you will need goggles I'd say.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:05 PM   #16 (permalink)
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as someone who started out riding without goggles for a while (didn't have the money to buy em), I'd say yes, they are absolutely necessary.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:24 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I tried riding without goggles once because my goggles got packed with snow and fogged up, snowflakes to the eyeballs are no fun.

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Old 12-04-2010, 08:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Sun blindness sucks ass. Wear goggles.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:10 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Tarzanman View Post
If you don't like goggles then maybe you should try a monocle or two. A monocole and a top hat. Don't forget the fob watch!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:12 PM   #20 (permalink)
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No question, wear goggles or something to cover your eyes. Around here they do a lot of snowmaking, try riding through one of those walls of snow without goggles on and you'll never do it again
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