Replacing goggle foam

Discussion in 'Softgoods: Clothing, Helmets, Goggles, and More' started by moreoutdoorYuri, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. moreoutdoorYuri

    moreoutdoorYuri Booting up Skier

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    I have a pair of 'older' goggles, which are in otherwise great shape, but the perimeter 'foam' has disintegrated. (have done site search on topic, nothing found...) They have been a great FAV of mine for decades (multiple interations/backups...). These happen to be yellow lens versions - which I cherish greatly for their visibility and fit (having small, narrow face for which kids/womens goggles seem to fit). And work great in poor light visibility conditions.
    I'd like to put some new foam around the face contact perimeter and under the upper venting.
    Has anyone attempted this ? successfully? suggestions?
    The foam is more than 'comfort'. It adds just enough separation to keep fogging at a minimum. I have other yellow lens goggles, but none offer the clear/overall/peripheral vision of these.
    any recommendations, comments?
    Thanks a bunch!
     
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    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Team Gathermeister

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  4. Chef23

    Chef23 Putting on skis Skier

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    I have tried to do something similar before but didn't have success. I had a hard time finding a pair of goggles to replace the old ones I loved.
     
  5. KingGrump

    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Team Gathermeister

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    You may have a better shot at finding the proverbial rainbow horned green polka dot unicorn than OEM type preshaped duo density replacement foam for 20/30 year old goggles.
     


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    moreoutdoorYuri Booting up Skier

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    LOL! yeah, no expectations of finding actual die cut foam replacement. But if someone was successful in doing a DIY, I thought I'd ask the Q...
    The first iteration of this goggle style was plain frame rubber against face - having foam on later versions became a luxury... LOL!
    I luv doin DIY on stuff which isn't mission critical - if I come up with something... I'll post.
    Otherwise, this continues as an opportunity for others, who have had some version of success, to offer their process...

    ...I grow attached to old stuff, bikes, skis, hockey sticks & skates, fishun rods & reels... down jackets... backpacks.... the list is almost endless
    LOL! no fool like an Olde Foole
    been thinkin why I do that... My conclusion is that, photos aside, I have a fairly vivid memory of daze go by... and seeing/using/coming across my old stuff immediately brings up the memory and feeling, as if it just happened. I've done a few crazy things, most of which is only documented in my head... a good longterm memory is a terrible affliction...
    Like the time Rick Howell and I were arrested in front of the White House back in the 70's because he recognized another DH'er protesting in front of the WH, and we became possible terrorists - Long Story - all the while road-tripping Ski-Rep style along the Mid-Atlantic...
    (Rocket, you out there ???)
    ... now, where did I put my keys ???
     
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  7. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Rick Howell the binding guy, inventor of the knee binding?


    I'm looking for the foam that keep snow out. I'm thinking it's 30-40 pores per inch density. That's what I just learned searching. Is it polyether ir polyester though?

    http://www.newenglandfoam.com/filter.html
     
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    moreoutdoorYuri Booting up Skier

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    yes, that Rick Howell
    I know the knee binding is the source of much discourse - I can assure you that Rick has and continues to engineer that concept (possibly, the strongest move forward in the binding biz since step-ins) as close to perfection as modern science and materials allow.
    He's more than skiing and ski bindings (see link below). He also developed the 1ST releasable bicycle step-in pedal system (iterations of which I'm still riding on some of my machina, today...).
    And started the modernization/evolution trend of snowshoes (For Tubbs, as a starter) which is so completely dominant in that activity, today.
    Here is an interesting read, and more than just skiing:
    https://howell-ski-bindings.myshopify.com/pages/about-us
    Having worked with Rick for quite some time, in the early years, he has earned my great respect for both his science and knowledge as well as his tenacity in applying both.
    Also a fun guy and a great human - at least as far as one can throw an engineer... LOL!

    ...foam...
    great URL!, they do seem to have it all! I'm sure a visit and a tour would be a fun thing!
    the 3,000 mi gap proves to be a hindrance...
    I'll have to do the caveman thing and grok something around here... LOL!
    I'm sure whatever I come up with won;t stand the 'Howell' test, but should be good for a real laugh!
    ... will update...

    BTW: I have my order in for the Howell 880 pro binding...
     
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    John Webb mdskier Skier

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    Found goggle foam online at a ski tool site 15 years ago. (not Reliable Racing but similar)
    Sadly, I never found it again -but tried !
     
  11. Rod9301

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    Go to wish, there are Chinese goggles for $25 or so, excellent quality, they look just like poc goggles, probably made in the same factory.
     
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    neonorchid Out on the slopes Skier

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    Off topic but interesting footnote -

    AN** Howell SkiBindings is against (a) ski waist widths greater than 100mm D (b) all 'pin-binding's' (except Trab TR2)due to their association with a new type of skiing-injury: severe, high-energy tibia-plateau and tibial-tuberosity fractures. Both new types of skiing injuries are the fastest-growing categories of injuries in skiing — matching the growth of fat-skis and pin-bindings. The high-energy nature of the new types of skiing fractures involve multiple-fragments, difficult surgical reconstruction, and 10 to 15-months of aggressive rehabilitation. Fat skis on firm snow are a serious problem for the sustainability of our beautiful sport. References: (1) Dominik Heim, MD; SITEMSH-Japan, 2016. (2) Zorko; Nemec; Matjacic; Olensek; Alpine Skiing Simulations Prove Ski Waist-Width Influences Knee Joint Kinematics; ISSS-Innsbruck, Austria, 2017. (3) Stenroos; Pakarinen; Jalkanen; Mälkiä; Handolin; Tibial Fractures in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding in Finland: A Retrospective Study on Fracture Types and Injury Mechanisms in 363 patients; Scand J Surg Off Organ Finn Surg Soc Scand Surg Soc., Sept 2015, doi:10.1177/1457496915607410. (4) Improved Short Term Outcomes in Tibial Plateau Fractures of Snow Sports Injuries Treated with Immediate Open Reduction Internal Fixation; Janes, MD; Leonard, MSPH; Phillips, PA-C; Salottolo, MPH; Abbott, MD, Bar-Or, MD; ISSS-Innsbruck, Austria, 2017.
     

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