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Old 12-02-04, 11:35 AM   #1
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Goggles with glasses

I have run a search on the forum, but did not find much about wearing ski goggles over glasses (how well they fit). I found these Bolle Xeno goggles at campmor. I don't have any experience with ski goggles just want to know if it is a common trait for goggles to fit over regular glasses. Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 12-02-04, 11:42 AM   #2
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I've used the goggles for two days. I really am starting to love them. Hell, i might wear them in the Summer. Today it was 21 F and I rode for 1 hr and 54 minutes- 23 miles. I was very comfortable the whole time.

THe visorgogs do tend to want to "cut" into my nose a bit. They need some form of padding on the nose. THere is polished plastic in this area and it would be comfortable if not for the weight of the helmet pushing down on them. Today I used one of my kids cartoon band aids and put it on the bridge of my nose to aid in comfort. THat pretty much took care of the problem. It certainly increased the dork factor a little more.

I might try and fab some form of padding to place on the nose area of the Visor Gogs. Or i might just live with it, it is a very minor problem. IN terms of value, these things are an A+. I recommend them for anyone that intends to ride in cold and especially cold wind. THey are the perfect, cheap solution for some one that wears RX glasses like me.


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Old 12-02-04, 03:24 PM   #3
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I always wonder how it would be to not get all teary eyed riding in the cold. I do love to bike, but not to the point of tears. (hardee har har)

It would be nice to not get the cold wind hitting my eyeballs. Perhaps I just need side coverings for my specs. Or perhaps I would look better in those big construction goggles.
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After a few 5 k rides on an old 3 speed in Ottawa last winter in -30 weather, my eyes teared up and froze shut a couple of times. I literally had to stop and de-ice a few times.

This year, I treated myself to rudyproject equinox sunglass goggle version (http://www.e-rudy.com/pages/sunglasses/ekynox.htm). Expensive! ($155 US) But so far, they've done pretty well this winter... worth the money, in my opinion. They're not quite as bulky as ski goggles and give you a bit more peripheral vision. Also, in the summer, you can take off the strap, change the lenses and they're great sunglasses. Also, I understand you can you can buy prescription lenses that insert behind the coloured lenses. I don't wear glasses, so I have no idea how well this works.
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Probably depends on your frames and which goggles you choose.

Years ago when I rode motorcycles I tried wearing goggles over my glasses. I'd been wearing glasses since I was a kid so I'm accustomed to seeing the frame in my peripheral vision but the goggles tended to multiply that. I also had to make sure my glasses and goggles were lined up properly. In the end I skipped that idea and opted for a face screen.

For considerably more money you can get prescription goggles from some optometrists. It might seem like a lot but it never hurts to have an extra pair of glasses.

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Most ski goggles say on the box if they are for wearing over glasses or not. I picked up a pair a few years ago for $70, but that was at the ski shop at the hill. So I would think you could get them for less. They have a slot notched out for the ear piece to pass through and it is filled with a softer foam so you don't get any leaks. Work great on the slopes, I plan on trying them this year on my bike when it gets cold enough.
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I have run a search on the forum, but did not find much about wearing ski goggles over glasses (how well they fit). I found these Bolle Xeno goggles at campmor. I don't have any experience with ski goggles just want to know if it is a common trait for goggles to fit over regular glasses. Thanks in advance for your advice!
Hi.

I use standard ski goggles made for people who wear glasses once the temperature gets really, really cold (-20 celsius). Most of the time they work fine but occassionally they do fog up.

Another type of goggle that I've been thinking about is one that includes a built-in fan. This should reduce the fogging up problem somewhat. They are available commercially although I think that they are expensive!

A cheaper alternative that I've also used is to puchase some of the anti-fog sprays and spray the goggles with that before you head out.

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