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Best flat light goggles

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Hello everyone, what’s the best set of goggles for flat light, preferably OTG although I am prepared to buy contact lenses if the solution goggles aren’t really glasses friendly. I currently use Aon with a decent range of lenses. Budget is quite generous so higher end Oakley/similar with some extra lenses would be ok if I can get some good suggestions. My confidence falls off a cliff with the uncertainties of flat light and I know I need to adjust my skiing stance/speed to help with this but I think some new goggles would also help... all suggestions gratefully received.
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There is no magic bullet I'm afraid and googles can't manufacture contrast when there is none (Lessons in flat light will likely help more than any one specific lens)....but saying that my recommendation would be Oakley:

Depending on personal preference:

Prizm Hi Pink
Prizm Persimmon (might be a bit better if sun comes out)

If you you want a more versatile lens - Prizm Rose

I have the Flight Deck and really like them. If too big, there is the XM version.
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Sonar Infrared for Anon

Unfortunately, the absolute steal deal on the M3's with a second green lens is now out of stock though: LINK
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I upgraded to Oakley Flight Decks a couple of years ago and have two prism lenses. Torch Iridium for general use and the Prizm Hi-Pink for flat light.

Best purchase I've ever made. All the Prizm stuff is very, very good.
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I actually have some Decathlon cheap ones I carry to use in flat light. They have yellow lenses and make whiteout conditions bearable for me. I actually love poor visibility days, often so quiet it feels like I have the whole mountain to myself
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@Whackerlondon, Get Oakley prizm but buy spare lenses. Oakly change their frames every couple of years and suddenly you cant buy replacements.

Carl Zeiss have good lenses and they make Anon lenses. They do make Addidas lenses also. I've seen them in the Zeiss Shanghai factory.
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Smith Chromapop are a similar technology to the Prizms. We have I/Os from 2013 with various lenses and are very pleased that when Smith updated the frame, the lens mechanism remains the same.

Pleased with the durability as well as we typically ski ~50 days a year with them on helmets.
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@Whackerlondon, as GlasgowCyclops says Zeiss make some good lenses, I have some Giros with a pair of "Vivid" lenses by Zeiss that are the best I've had so far for contrast. I don't know wether they do a similar tech for your existing frames?

I'm a specs wearer too, but on the mountain I use contacts. If you're particularly interested in low light/foggy type days that's the days I used to have fogging issues - go for contacts if you can. I just pick up a couple of packs of daily disposable types and use them.
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Wait until flat light in resort, go to a shop and try various lenses and buy the best for you. What is good for one person does not mean it is similarly as good for the next person. There will be one set of lenses that lights up the mountain for you; when you find them, buy then
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^ This. +1

Like you, I hated flat light. It ued to scare the living daylights out of me.
I tried yellow lenses, rose lenses and others. Nothing worked for me. Then I tried Oakley High Pink prisms. Brilliant, worked great. I can see more than enough detail to relax.

What lens and what colour will very much depend upon your eyes. What works for others may not work for you.
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under a new name wrote:
We have I/Os from 2013 with various lenses and are very pleased that when Smith updated the frame, the lens mechanism remains .


What do you mean updated the frame ?

I've had I/O, I/O XL and I/O7 and none of the lenses would fit in the other frames ?
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calbris wrote:
I actually have some Decathlon cheap ones I carry to use in flat light. They have yellow lenses and make whiteout conditions bearable for me. I actually love poor visibility days, often so quiet it feels like I have the whole mountain to myself


I'm the same. £20 well spent!
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Dragon do a Lumalens at a pricepoint which means you can afford multiple pairs of goggles for the price of an Oakley set up.

The sad news is that as your eyes age, tech can only do so much to compensate and a whiteout is still a whiteout. Where the newer pink and yellow lenses have the edge is in flat light and greyouts, but you may need an alternate to switch in when it gets brighter as they can do weird things to your vision in bright sunlight. E.g. too much pink lens makes me see yellows as white etc.
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My ageing, shortsighted, RGP-lens-covered eyes struggle in flat light too. And also in low light. And in surprisingly bright light.
I carry Oakley rose prisms (good definition in Alpine flat but too dark in overcast cloudy to low light) and Smith blue mirrors (which are very mild yellow and great in very low light, not much worse than RP for flat, useable in UK brightness too), but ended up selecting completely different grey-tinted S2 Decathlon ones last time up at Glencoe in a bright cloud-out, and then bought some mild yellow S1 Bolle photochramics in a dull Glenshee white out.
I can't cope with strong yellow, orange or pink goggles at all: just messes up my brain and doesn't help sight at all Sad
In other words, for me nothing works in all conditions in all countries. I suitcase pack a good selection and usually rucksack at least 2, maybe 3 if it looks dubious.

Oh, and on the glasses front, I don't have any issues getting any goggles frames over my glasses if I need; not even on kids' goggles, which fit my small face. Mind you, I just wear very small frames.
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All the above is great and I know where to start my research now, thank you very much
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