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After getting such great tips on 2 way radios .... now looking for advice on goggles. My cheap and cheerful hgoggles were hopeless in poor light / snow conditions last year ( wasn't it meant to be sunny at Easter???) So what are the best type of lenses to get for bad conditions...I*'m not concerned about the sun as I wear sunglasses then! Need something that means I can actually see the bumps before I fall over them!
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I've got Briko Galaxy, for which I paid €55 a couple of years ago. So far they've been great in all sorts of light conditions. The lens is changeable, though they do cost about €40 each! With the default lens, in fairly heavy snow in La Rosiere last year changes in the terrain were clearly visible.
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Oakleys. I've tried cheaper makes (smith, and others) and you really do get clearer vision with Oakleys, esp around your peripheral vision.
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I've got some Oakley, Smiths, Bolles and some Carreras, they're all fine. Oakleys are good but they're no better than any other good make. I'm a 100% goggle wearer as well and use them pretty much all year round.
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AnnW,
I would buy in the resort on a bad day to get a feel for how the lense reacts in the light. For bad weather I think an Orange tint works the best.
Spy are a new name and are quite reasonably priced
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AnnW, I personally prefer a light orange or yellow/gold lens for crap light. It's to do with how snow and water vapour reflect and absorb blue light and I'm too tired to recall exactly the theory although it makes a lot of sense. Obviously a degree of personal preference comes in too.

I used to swear by Scott's but they changed colour of lens. Very happy with current and inexpensive UVEX with "gold" lenses. Very impressed with trying out buddies Oakley's with really pale yellowish lenses.

Allergic to pink lenses. Grey ones just reduce the amount of available and useful light without enhancing contrast in any way at all. Personally would recommend not getting too much of a tint as in bad light you don't want to reduce light any more than you have too (hence perhaps the Oakley's immediate appeal).
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AnnW,

You just can't beat Oakleys for optical quality. I was a competitive shooter for over 20 years (were optical quality is really important) & their lenses are superb. I must admit that in my later shooting career I did receive some sponsorship from Oakley but I'm being honest in my opinion.

For example: lenses are superb; customer service is also superb; UK prices are way over priced so buy in the US if you can; they effectively run an illegal (allegedly wink ) pricing policy by not allowing their dealers to discount etc. And never, ever, buy an Oakley watch. I'm a watch buff & £250-300 for an alloy/plastic piece of quartz junk is daylight robbery for a product being sold on name/marketing hype alone. Anyway, I digress.

I can't wear sunglasses when skiing as my eyes just water so I wear goggles all the time. My recommendations are the Fire Iridium lens for bright light & the persimmon lens, or even better but dearer, the hi intenstiy blue lens (it's actually a light yellow shade) for low light.

If you're a helmet wearer don't forget to take it with you when you're goggle buying.
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My Oakley persimmon (orange) lenses give the best low light performance I have experienced. I don't bother with a dark tint or sunglasses for sunny weather. The persimmon gets rid of enough glare.
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the hi intensity blue lens (it's actually a light yellow shade) for low light


I think that's what my friends' have, and wow, it's awesome
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Not one often mentioned..... Adidas Yodai. They fit my face much more comfortably than oakleys which were simply so big it was daft. The peripheral vision was spot on and the lens itself is no slouch behind oakleys. Add to that, I think they look much more cool!

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Best goggles I've ever tried- my mate bought them a few years ago for boarding and gave them to me when he went home midway through our holiday recently - are Adidas ones (no idea what they're called but they could be Yodai). We even started calling them "magic goggles" as (ignoring snow in the eyes) they were often better than no goggles (something I'd never seen before). Some Oakleys bought at Les Arcs come close, but in all cases they cost about £50-60 quid. Every pair I've bought or tried for less than that have been pretty useless (if they were okay visual-wise, they didn't last very long before they started fogging up between lenses, etc.) so I think the "buy cheap, buy twice" addage is very true in this case.
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Definitely buy them in person rather than internet/mailorder (unless you've already tried).
Was trying a load on at the weekend and was surprised at difference in amount of visibility different brands gave (aside from lens colour). Some of the 'cool' goggly ones really did cut out alot of visibility - which would only be worse in poor light conditions.
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AnnW, try several to make sure they fit, peripheral vision is good, they are vented, at least double lenses with a good lens. For all this you will not pay a small price. I haven't come across any better lenses than Briko for sunglasses or goggles. I never have to resort to riding without lenses.
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You know it makes sense.
AnnW, 'nother vote for Oakleys. Good replacement lens program, longer straps to go over my helmet. Look cool too. Cool
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