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Old 11-07-12, 11:29 PM   #1
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Cocoon Sidekick clip-ons versus ski goggles for a prescription eyeglasses wearer

Now that it's cold out, my eyes water like crazy. I wear glasses but they don't do anything to keep the wind off my eyes. I bought some Scott Ski goggles last year and they're vented and have a double lens, but still they end up fogging up. I think it's actually because I get pretty hot on my commute because I ride a pretty quick pace. I keep having to turn my head from side to side to let cold air blow in through the side vents to clear the fog off the inside of the goggle lens as well as off my glasses. I've got some Cat Crap anti-fogging stuff around the house somewhere that I can try putting on the goggles, but I've read that it can make the view out of the lenses kind of hazy. I've also thought about trying out some kind of anti-fogging liquid on my eyeglasses, but past experience has told me those don't work too well. So, most recently I've been wondering if something more like a pair of wrap-around sunglasses might keep the wind off my eyes and offer enough ventilation to cut down on fogging. I found these:

http://www.cocoonseyewear.com/sunwea...gory.php?id=70

and was wondering if anyone else may have tried them out. I could probably go the route of prescription insert sunglasses as well, but they're going to be a bit more expensive than the Sidekicks.
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Old 11-07-12, 11:54 PM   #2
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Never heard of the Sidekicks before, but I'm intrigued. I'm going to take the precaution of bookmarking that site on all of my browsers so that I can easily find it again.
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I have a pair of their regular flip-up style clip-ons and they're okay but not great by any stretch. I purchased new eyeglasses (frames and lenses) a few months back and at first I couldn't find any decent clip-ons so I bought the flip-ups. I've since discovered a pair of clip-ons that are designed to fit flush with the frames. My biggest problem with the flip-ups is that they only have a few sizes and shapes. The one that most closely matched my frames leaves some gaps around the edges and because of the rotating clip mechanism they sit in a strange position on my frames, at times creating annoying reflections when the light is coming from the side or behind me. I was considering the Sidekicks as an alternative to full-on Rx insert frames simply because they're way cheaper. However, the Sidekicks are mainly intended to provide UV protection from the sides and above, so I'm not so sure they would fit close enough to keep enough of the wind out. That's my problem. I want enough of the wind off my eyes so that they don't water like crazy, but enough airflow to prevent fogging.
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I'd be interested if they had a flavor that had 100% light transmission. I already use "Solar Shields" fit over sunglasses in s "smoke" color. At night I am using cheap safety goggles from Home Depot or nothing at all, just my glasses. I've found that the visor of my helmet keeps a fair bit of rain off my glasses. The "haze" that results from using Rain-X Anti-Fog is not bad enough to make me seek any alternative.

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They make a number of different colors. Their yellow lens (lemon is what they call it), has 86% light transmission. Because the yellow increases contrast it would probably be a good trade off for nighttime riding. I'm thinking of getting one in "lemon" myself just to try them out.
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They make a number of different colors. Their yellow lens (lemon is what they call it), has 86% light transmission. Because the yellow increases contrast it would probably be a good trade off for nighttime riding. I'm thinking of getting one in "lemon" myself just to try them out.
I'm night blind and also thinking the 'lemon' might help me. Probably go with the 'smoke' for daytime- unless I win that Dux Helm give away that comes with a smoke lens
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Since they aren't being used for downhill skiing, you could drill a few holes in your ski goggle's lens....that might get a bit of airflow in the interior and dry off the fogging....without having to turn your head to the side.
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