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Prescription glasses and helmet/goggles/visor

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi All,

I am a beginner/intermediate; can just parallel ski. I like to wear prescription sunglasses.

I used to have the usual helmet and goggles but found the goggles pressed too hard on my nose, and if I wanted to take them off they would catch on the glasses and this was a hassle. So I bought the Bolle helmet with the integrated visor, which works a lot better with sunglasses, but now the glasses can come out (forward) a bit and get in the way.

There are some goggle options for prescription inserts and the ones I have seen seem crude - just springy plastic inserts which look like they will move about.

Then there are "official" Oakley goggle options which are very expensive and I don't know how they are implemented. The goggles I had were Oakleys...

What do people here use?

The other thing is that I ski slowly so most of the time don't pull the visor down, but with goggles I would have to wear them the whole time.
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Personally I use goggles over prescription glasses. I specifically have a pair of glasses I snowboard in which are a smaller profile than my regular specs. As you've already got the visor, why not just get a cheap pair of prescrip. sunglasses made up which fit underneath better than the ones you have. Take the helmet and visor with you to make sure you get something that won't foul.
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I have my prescription sunnies as well. Use them most the time.

When the goggles come out, I use an insert that I got fromhttps://www.spex4less.com/

As you describe, springy plastic that pushes against the frame and holds them in place. Never had any problem with them moving around inside the goggles. They aren't perfect as obviously they don't fill the full width of the goggle lens (if that makes sense) and they fit one pair of my goggles better than the other. But to be honest, I can't really fault them especially for the price I paid.
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Don't you get a narrow field of view with that insert?

Goggles aren't exactly that wide to start with (compared to just wearing sunglasses with a bare helmet) although obviously one gets used to it - 99% of people on the slopes use goggles, with almost nobody using the Bolle integrated visor system.

On nice days I like skiing with just sunglasses and the visor out of the way Smile
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I have been skiing with prescription sunglasses for 40 years. If skiing slow standard glasses are fine; at speed I need side pieces, I have retro Bolle leather ones but the plastic safety clip ons work just as well even if they make you look a bit nerdy.

In cold light snow I just carry on wearing the sunglasses. In wet snow or heavy snow I use goggles over plain glasses. These must be double glazed goggles and with good ventilation. But my glasses do mist up. Cat Crap helps.

If I know it is going to be a goggles day I wear contact lenses.
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Do you mean something like these

http://www.countryside.co.uk/julbo/drus-spectron-4
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For prescription insert goggles check out Addidas ID2. These have their own, hard, clear plastic glass inserts with a tab at the top that pops in to a slot in the goggles.

Those work well for me but if your only issue is your sunglasses being able to move, just buy a "sports glasses strap". Just links the two arms together behind your head with a bit of elastic to stop them sliding or 'jumping' when things get bumpy.
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peter_h wrote:
Do you mean something like these

http://www.countryside.co.uk/julbo/drus-spectron-4


Yup Retro cool
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I'm not being funny at all... maybe I am missing something really obvious... but is there any reason not to wear contact lenses and regular goggles?

I have recently started wearing glasses and it was the way I was intending to approach it. Am I missing something?
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I just don't want to put anything inside my eyes.
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Fair enough. I'm not so keen on the idea myself that I want to wear contacts all the time but it just seemed like it might be sensible for skiing.
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The other reason is that my sunglasses are bifocals, with reading inserts at the bottom. This is really good for, ahem, when one gets a bit older and needs to use the smartphone Smile

I have ordered a pair of those Julbo glasses and will get some lenses to go inside them.
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Modern contact lenses aren't like they used to be. I'm 52 and grew up hearing horror stories of the old hard lenses doing horrible things to peoples eyes, and poor hygiene resulting in nasty eye infections, and I only started wearing lenses when I was 40, but I really can't even tell they're there. I have varifocal lenses (this isn't a joke, I promise). I would seriously recommend you to have a free trial of them at very least. You may be pleasantly surprised
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I have a pair of these (see link below) with prescription lenses (with an additional set of interchangeable yellow lenses for low light). They bridge the gap between goggles and sunglasses and I've had years of use out of them.

http://www.uksportseyewear.co.uk/product.php/40/polarized-ski-goggles-polarised-sunglasses
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Contacts are by far the easiest option but not everyone can (e.g. dry eyes), or wants to use them.

Next easiest are either OTG goggles or a visor helmet. I could never find a pair of OTG goggles that worked for me (either fit issues or fogging) but many people have great success with them. Visor helmets just more expensive and have a style that not everyone is comfortable with.

Prescription inserts work for me (I think the insert being further away from my face than my glasses under OTG goggles removed fogging) but if you're short-sighted you need to take a second pair of glasses up the mountain so you can see where you're going when you go inside.
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 Poster: A snowHead
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@peter_h, I use inserts for my Airbrakes. I would recommend them.

Here's a thread detailing my experience http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=122834&highlight=

Since then, I've bought another set of inserts as my prescription changed.
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I use a Wedze Stream 550 s2 visor helmet and photo-chromatic prescription glasses.
The vision is fine, but the airflow through the helmet is not great, so unless its snowing, the visor normally stays up. ( which defeats the object a bit).
When I replace the helmet after the next big crash, I will definitely get another helmet / visor combo, but will try and find one with better airflow.
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I had reached the conclusion that the main reasons so few people ski with visor helmets is because (a) they are not cool (b) for fast skiing they are draughty (c) they are not cool Smile

I looked up the Wedze Stream 550 s2 and it is amazingly cheap. I paid well over 200 euros for the Bollé Backline...

Thanks for the other thread Rich. It's also interesting to read that some people just ski with sunglasses - I found that best unless actually snowing. So maybe that's the best solution after all... finding sunglasses which stay in place properly.
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I'm not sure if it's an option, but I use disposal contacts for skiing. Don't use them the rest of the year, just pop them on when I'm away.

I'm at an age where losing stuff becomes a bit of an issue, so being able to source cheap replacements for glasses/goggles is quite handy...
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