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rumrunn6 11-14-12 06:01 PM

wow, they cover your forehead! that's probably not a bad thing.

chaadster 11-14-12 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 14948988)
wow, they cover your forehead! that's probably not a bad thing.

In some ways, I thought the same, but then that's a lot of heat coming off the forehead to cause fogging. I think too much. On the one hand, I'd kinda like to see, because I know they'll be warm, but then again, I've already got ski goggles for that kind of cold.

RickB. 11-15-12 01:06 AM

WOW. Mine haven't arrived yet, but HOLY CRAP! Guess I'll try them on for giggles and send them back, but I'm not posting a pic!

chaadster 11-15-12 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by RickB. (Post 14950194)
WOW. Mine haven't arrived yet, but HOLY CRAP! Guess I'll try them on for giggles and send them back, but I'm not posting a pic!

Hahaha! I know I look ridiculous, but you don't have to rub it in! :)

grimcow 11-15-12 07:45 PM

I was just talking to my girlfriend this mornig about the need for clear glasses. I work till midnight so the ride home is of course very dark and chilly in the winter. I live at 7300 ft so the winds can get pretty nasty, that mixed with snow can make for a fun blind ride.

chaadster 11-16-12 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by grimcow (Post 14953329)
I was just talking to my girlfriend this mornig about the need for clear glasses. I work till midnight so the ride home is of course very dark and chilly in the winter. I live at 7300 ft so the winds can get pretty nasty, that mixed with snow can make for a fun blind ride.

These are my first clear goggles, but what I have been using are ski goggles with a yellow lens, for both day and night. My night rides are urban, though, so between streetlights, vehicle lights, my headlight, and other ambient light sources, the yellow lenses do not inhibit vision in any meaningful way.

Anyway, something to consider if you only want one set of do-it-all goggles.

Cookiemonsta 11-16-12 09:32 AM

I just use simple yellow tinted Uvex glasses. I have no problems with them fogging up or anything. Never had a need to change them in winter, then again, our winters only go a few degrees below the freezing point.

chaadster 11-25-12 11:13 AM

Okay, so received the new, standard bicycle goggles from Kroops, the ones I asked them to swap out for the huge OTE bike goggles. These standard goggles, while smaller indeed, do not offer enough stand-off to accommodate eyeglasses. At the bridge, in particular, the goggles actually dimple in, and even at the edges, where the plastic folds, there's just not enough room.

However, I figured that the lightweight lens material could be reshaped a little, so I broke out my wife's hairdryer, turned it on high, and began heating the lens. Once warm, I started squeezing them horizontally, focusing on making that concave bridge area convex. After a few minutes it was done, and so far, seems to have worked.

The goggles are light enough that they can sit on the glasses and, provided the strap isn't too tight, be comfortable and provide pretty good wrap coverage. There's still a little contact at the brow for me, but otherwise, just a couple of mm of clearance off the face most of the way round.

Obviously they're not going to provide the warmth of a ski goggle like this, but having worn the Kroops without my glasses, I have questions about how well they'd work with full face contact anyway, since the upper part of the lens touches my forehead, making heat and sweat condense on the lens. I just don't see how they could be any good like that.

That said, I haven't used them yet, so I could be wrong. It's just under freezing, and we got a dusting a snow last night, so a good day to put a lightweight goggle like this to the test. I'll see if my shaping mod worked to make them more comfy, and if having a little gap around the edges still lets the goggles do their job to keep my face warm and eyes from watering.

I'll come back with a ride report shortly!

arsprod 12-11-12 02:12 PM

An option for us over 50 folks (that need scrips and bifocals) is a pair of large frames from Zenni Optical (www.zennioptical.com). I bought a pair of these and they're perfect for communting, plus now my kids think I'm way cool. They also sell goggle style frames (no bifocal)

Nickfrogger 12-12-12 01:36 AM

For all of us in need of prescriptions, I'm thinking about picking up a set of these:
http://www.zennioptical.com/702230-p...l?nav_cat_id=2

$25 WITH prescription. They also have some super cheap prescription ski goggles and other glasses. That said, I'm on a college budget so I'm waffling a bit...

Edit: Just noticed there's another Zenni link right above. Whoopsie!

arsprod 12-12-12 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Nickfrogger (Post 15041051)
For all of us in need of prescriptions, I'm thinking about picking up a set of these:
http://www.zennioptical.com/702230-p...l?nav_cat_id=2

$25 WITH prescription. They also have some super cheap prescription ski goggles and other glasses. That said, I'm on a college budget so I'm waffling a bit...

Edit: Just noticed there's another Zenni link right above. Whoopsie!

no whoopsie, you're just confirming it's a good idea!

Slaninar 12-12-12 08:09 AM

I use an Uvex ski mask from 1988. Still going strong for both skiing and commuting.

RickB. 12-12-12 08:42 AM

Thanks for the update chaadster.... I received my "ote" goggles and can confirm the hugeness of them! I don't think I'll bothe to exchange them though after your description of the regular goggles. My glasses a little larger round style, oh well. I'll stick with trying the Visorgogs when the temps get right.

Actually, my Liberty Sport Biker prescription glasses have been working pretty good with "Cat Crap" on them down into the 20's (F).

droy45 12-12-12 09:08 AM

I just use regular shades during the day but this time of year my commutes are generally in the dark both ways and I use the $9, 3M clear safety glasses from home depot. Fogging only happens when I stop and its real cold out.

WorldPax 12-29-12 07:46 PM

For those who want to do it on the cheap, I can now confirm that the Harbor Freight goggles are good down to 17F. I did have to apply a bit of dish soap to the inside of the lens to keep them from fogging, but after that it was a clear commute. Even with the baklava over my nose and mouth, which was a guaranteed fog-up before that.

loneviking61 01-11-13 02:10 AM

Military goggles. Picked up a set off E-Bay for about 12 dollars, they are the same goggles issued to the military. They seal tightly to you, and they don't fog up at least in temps down to the teens.

erig007 01-11-13 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by loneviking61 (Post 15144275)
Military goggles. Picked up a set off E-Bay for about 12 dollars, they are the same goggles issued to the military. They seal tightly to you, and they don't fog up at least in temps down to the teens.

depends which one i got some ESS profile nvg goggles and was pretty disappointed, the pyramex i-force are much better

here is a list of military goggles
http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/military-goggles.html

and those which are specifically designed with an anti-fogging system not just coatings
http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/extr...g-goggles.html

Black Jaque 01-22-13 04:18 PM

Loneviking,

I don't know what pair you've got. Erig007's links do not list the M44 style surplus goggles that often sell for $12 or so.

I have the M44 goggles and they fogged horribly until I removed the fabric tape that covered the vent holes. I figured I wouldn't be using them for dust protection. Now they work well except when I'm wearing my balaclava - then they frost up.

Do you have the M44s? Did you do anything to fog-proof them?

Bekologist 01-22-13 04:25 PM

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Julbo glacier glasses (prescription) with leather side shields and "Beko" brand shnozz guard.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=294967

loneviking61 01-26-13 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Black Jaque (Post 15186535)
Loneviking,

I don't know what pair you've got. Erig007's links do not list the M44 style surplus goggles that often sell for $12 or so.

I have the M44 goggles and they fogged horribly until I removed the fabric tape that covered the vent holes. I figured I wouldn't be using them for dust protection. Now they work well except when I'm wearing my balaclava - then they frost up.

Do you have the M44s? Did you do anything to fog-proof them?

Yep, M44s. Didn't fog proof them. They might not work well with a
Bacalava. I use either a neoprene mask with a buff rag, or a Shemagh.
The goggles seal well with the shape of my face and that might
also be one of the problems you're having

R88 01-27-13 02:09 PM

I've been looking for a pair of ski goggles that will fit over prescription glasses. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Black Jaque 01-28-13 01:15 PM

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I've been looking for a pair of ski goggles that will fit over prescription glasses. Does anyone have any suggestions?
The military issue M44s are designed to fit over prescription sunglasses. They're all over the internet for about $13.

Black Jaque 01-28-13 01:18 PM

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The goggles seal well with the shape of my face and that might
also be one of the problems you're having.
As in . . . my goggles are not sealing well on my face? Or that they are sealing well? I could pull the straps tighter. I know for a fact they don't seal real well now.

loneviking61 02-03-13 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Black Jaque (Post 15208475)
As in . . . my goggles are not sealing well on my face? Or that they are sealing well? I could pull the straps tighter. I know for a fact they don't seal real well now.

It could be the shape of your face. The M44's I wear have thick padding that should conform to most facial shapes. Try putting on whatever mask you wear (and put it on tight) and then put the goggles on so the nose piece is on top of the mask. All I can tell you is that they work well for me. You could also try Scott ski goggles, as they have thinner padding and seem to bend more.

sknhgy 01-28-14 08:38 AM

Wow. My ski goggles make all the difference in the world. My sinuses stay warm and I don't get that annoying, constant stream out of my nose.

"I've been looking for a pair of ski goggles that will fit over prescription glasses. Does anyone have any suggestions?"

Mine are made by Scott, and I got them at Dick's Sporting goods.


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