Building Goggle Quiver with Summer Sales

Discussion in 'Softgoods: Clothing, Helmets, Goggles, and More' started by Green08, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Green08

    Green08 Heading West Skier

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    Several places are offering 40-50% off their remaining stock here over the summer.

    I am looking to build out a 2 or 3 goggle/lens quiver.

    We are moving from VT to CO late this summer, so light conditions are going to change when we ski most weeks.

    Currently I have been extremely happy with a pair of Oakley A-Frame Prizm Rose. They have provided great visibility in just about every light condition here in New England the last several years. They are certainly weakest in super sunny, and white out conditions. However, they do better than my old pair of Dragon NFX2 goggles on sunny days with lots of shadows.

    I am not concerned that much about a true storm lens, as I will be day tripping to ski, and probably not venturing onto I-70 when it is nuking.

    I am thinking I will need a pair of lenses with a darker tint for Colorado bluebird days, especially above treelike. We have Epic Summit Value Passes this season (mostly to ski with my Dad on an Epic Military $99 pass).

    I am looking at Smith Chromapop options from $65-110 and Giro Vivid goggles in the $70-90 range. Another pair of Oakleys would be an easy match, but the cost would be higher.

    Suggestions on lens Chormapop Sun vs Chormapop Everyday vs Giro Vivid Royal vs Giro Vivid Emerald?

    Any advice would be great. Thanks!
     
  2. firebanex

    firebanex Putting on skis Skier

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    I have no input on anything but Smith lenses.. I've not had anything but Smith googles for many many years, currently I have the I/OX and wife has a couple pair of Squad XL. But the Sun Red Mirror (and the earlier Red SolX Mirror) have been both my wife and I lens of choice for bright days. It looks good and feels good on the eyeballs, and its even pretty decent for low light conditions when you drop into shadows or a cloud rolls past. Our dedicated low light lens is currently the Storm Rose lens, it works well but somedays I wish I had the Storm Yellow for a bit better contrast.

    The chromapop lenses in general are excellent in my opinion, they don't mess with with colors too much and seem to sharpen and brighten the world up.
     
  3. Jim Kenney

    Jim Kenney Travel Correspondent Team Gathermeister Industry Insider

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    Dumb question from someone also in the goggle market. If you are buying goggles off the internet how do you know they will fit your helmet well?
     
  4. Green08

    Green08 Heading West Skier

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    You don't know if they will fit perfectly if you have never tried them on.

    I have Smith helmet, and I am not too worried about compatibility. I have tried on a bunch of different goggles with my helmet, so I have a general idea of what will fit my face and gear. So, any of the oversized frames are probably too big for my face.

    Anybody have experience with the Smith Chromapop Everyday Green or Red in bright bluebird conditions above tree line? Too bright or just right?

    Best deals have been Smith I/O7 Chromapop at $100 or Giro Axis at $78
     
  5. Green08

    Green08 Heading West Skier

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    My wife likes her first gen Chromapop lenses a lot. And everything I have read on here indicates people find them to be high quality lenses with great contrast boosting tints.

    I am a total believer in what Oakley started with the Prizm. When I put my Prizm Rose lenses on at first there is a rose tint to everything. But, in a matter of seconds things adjust and I experience practically zero color issues, except in shadows on bright days. The fact my eyes are adjusting like that to such a strong tint tells me they are doing something right about getting just the right light to the brain.
     


  6. hbear

    hbear Getting off the lift Skier

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    What about the Prizm Sapphire or Prizm Black then?
     
  7. Green08

    Green08 Heading West Skier

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    I would have no issues getting another Oakley Prizm goggle. But, I would be paying a good bit more.

    I figure in brighter light the contrast boostin tech is a little less critical. So I am trying to save a few bucks and go with a less expensive pair.

    What I am looking for is a single lens that would be versatile in above tree line bluebird conditions and in the shadows or mixed clouds.

    Experience with a Smith Chromapop Everyday or Giro Vivid Emerald in those conditions would be helpful advice.
     
  8. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG Booting up Skier

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    So I've got all the Prizm colours for my Airbrakes. My go to is the Sapphire, and my wife likes the Jade, both cover most conditions I can meet in the day until things get dark, the Torch would be included with those two. Those three cover most conditions I'll meet during the day, then the rose or HI pink work better. I've got the black iridium too, but mainly save that for very bright/bluebird days.
     
  9. graham418

    graham418 Out on the slopes Skier

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    I have Smith Squad goggles, with several chromapop lenses. Everyday , Bright sun, and Rose flash storm. The lens I use most is the Everyday. It is a good colour tint , and covers most all levels of brightness. I have used the Bright sun lens twice . Its great on Bright sunny days, but if some clouds pop up, or you duck into the trees, it will leave you wanting. I have used the storm lens a few more times., but if it lightens up at all, its too bright. . The Everyday is just right for most every occasion, the other two just for extremes. The Chromapop is great. I do notice better definition
     
  10. Green08

    Green08 Heading West Skier

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    Decided on a pair of Oakley Crowbar Prizm Jade goggles for $72 from Backcountry. After looking around a lot more, I found a pair of Oakleys that were cheaper than the Smith I/O Chromapop.

    Settles me with a two goggle quiver of Oakleys with Prizm Jade and Prizm Rose lenses.

    If I was starting from scratch I probably would have gone with the Smith's. $100 for the interchangeable I/O7 with two lenses was a nice deal.
     

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