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Old 12-14-13, 02:30 AM   #1
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Clear OTG ski goggles for nighttime riding? Peripheral vision

I've been reading discussions in this forum about winter eyewear, esp for nighttime riding.

I'm looking at prolly getting ski goggles or something similar, that are OTG (over the glasses). I am concluding that I want a clear/untinted lens, and it is very important to me that they have decent peripheral vision. I'd like to not pay top dollar. Something inexpensive.

I've been browsing the web for such a beast, to no avail. I'm wondering if anyone could make any rx's?

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Dude, c'mon, they're everywhere. I couldn't believe you couldn't find them on the web, and indeed, my very first search returned Smith's for twenty bucks from BTO. There are TONS of options.
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Dude, c'mon, they're everywhere. I couldn't believe you couldn't find them on the web, and indeed, my very first search returned Smith's for twenty bucks from BTO. There are TONS of options.
Yeah, I KNOW they're everywhere. Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my question, but what I cannot tell from what I'm seeing online is the piece about peripheral vision. A year-and-a-half ago I was riding with some OTG Cocoons that I "thought" would be okay, but they had partially blocked peripheral vision. It was a huge factor in my getting in an accident that resulted in four broken ribs and a collapsed lung. It was nasty.

So, to clarify, what I'm really asking in this is something that is friendly with the peripheral vision. I mean, there are hardware store cheapies that stick out three inches in front of your face that won't block peripheral, but I'm trying to find something a little more friendly for the bicyclist.

There's a lot of stuff out there, but it's not going to all fit the bill.

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Yeah, I KNOW there everywhere. Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my question, but what I cannot tell from what I'm seeing online is the piece about peripheral vision. A year-and-a-half ago I was riding with some OTG Cocoons that I "thought" would be okay, but they had partially blocked peripheral vision. It was a huge factor in my getting in an accident that resulted in four broken ribs and a collapsed lung. It was nasty.

So, to clarify, what I'm really asking in this is something that is friendly with the peripheral vision. I mean, there are hardware store cheapies that stick out three inches in front of your face that won't block peripheral, but I'm trying to find something a little more friendly for the bicyclist.

There's a lot of stuff out there, but it's not going to all fit the bill.
Oh, sorry, I had not understood what you were asking about.

Regarding ski goggles, I'm not aware of any particular style designed to improve peripheral vision, unfortunately. I wear a couple brands right now, and have had a few over the years, but they all seem the same in that regard. I will try to remember this thread in case I trip across something interesting, though.

One thing you may want to check out are the Kroops googles (www.kroops.com), although I cannot recommend them based on my experience with them. However, they have introduced some new models and renamed some things, and so while it looks like the goggles I bought are now called Oregon bicycle, I cannot be sure if they're the same, improved, or what. One thing for sure is that they are light and very good for peripheral vision.
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I wear visorgogs. they're funky looking, but they give me a good field of vision. they are good down to about 10f before they start fogging up. and they are cheap. the lens is good for about three years before it deteriorates due to the UV rays.
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Someone say OTG?
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I tried Kroops goggles, they sucked for bike riding. My glasses hit 'em and they fogged up pretty instantaneously.

I've got some Smith OTG goggles. They're pretty good--fit over the glasses, don't fog up easily. They do cut off part of your peripheral, which is why I don't wear anything unless it's down to about 5 F or so.
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I wear visorgogs. they're funky looking, but they give me a good field of vision. they are good down to about 10f before they start fogging up. and they are cheap. the lens is good for about three years before it deteriorates due to the UV rays.
Hm,m. They are odd-looking. However, I have a hunch they might not look to dorky under a helmet, cuz the vizor part almost looks like it might just snug up against the rim of the helmet anyway. Am I right about that?

Looks like it has good peripheral vision?

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Oh, sorry, I had not understood what you were asking about.

Regarding ski goggles, I'm not aware of any particular style designed to improve peripheral vision, unfortunately. I wear a couple brands right now, and have had a few over the years, but they all seem the same in that regard. I will try to remember this thread in case I trip across something interesting, though.

One thing you may want to check out are the Kroops googles (www.kroops.com), although I cannot recommend them based on my experience with them. However, they have introduced some new models and renamed some things, and so while it looks like the goggles I bought are now called Oregon bicycle, I cannot be sure if they're the same, improved, or what. One thing for sure is that they are light and very good for peripheral vision.

Thanks, chaadster, I'll check that out.

You know, another route that would have some appeal to me is to go with sports sunglasses that have prescription inserts (http://www.sportrx.com/ lists several). However, I can't find any that will work with prescription progressive bifocal lenses, which is what I have. I like the idea, though. And they seem cheap.

Anyone know of such a pair that would work with progressive bifocals?
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I've not worn rx shades (w/inserts), but I've heard they're misery twice over, particularly in the winter, when fogging is an issue, but all the time in terms of keeping both lenses clean. Again, that's second hand, but probably something to consider before going that route.
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I've been reading discussions in this forum about winter eyewear, esp for nighttime riding.

I'm looking at prolly getting ski goggles or something similar, that are OTG (over the glasses). I am concluding that I want a clear/untinted lens, and it is very important to me that they have decent peripheral vision. I'd like to not pay top dollar. Something inexpensive.

I've been browsing the web for such a beast, to no avail. I'm wondering if anyone could make any rx's?

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These are two possibilities that you can check out, http://www.revisionmilitary.com/prod...goggle-system/
The Revision googles also work with a clip in prescription lens, I have the ballistic glasses issued to me and wear them for bike riding as well....
The cat-crap, well, have not tried it, but they have great reviews, and it is pretty cheap... and http://ekusa.com/cat-crap
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Hm,m. They are odd-looking. However, I have a hunch they might not look to dorky under a helmet, cuz the vizor part almost looks like it might just snug up against the rim of the helmet anyway. Am I right about that?

Looks like it has good peripheral vision?

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Yes. They do fit right up against the rim. No problem. I've been wearing them going on seven years now. I heard about them here on BF and at Icebike.org. But they keep my face warm in subfreezing temps. And they give you a great field of vision as in no limit to your peripheral vision. I wear glasses and that is why I bought them. Once they get to their frosting up point. Around 6 to 10 degrees. Then I switch to a pair of Uvex double lens ski goggles. I can cover my mouth and nose with those and I don't fog up. I use those when it gets below zero. But the visorgogs are like $6 apiece, they'll last about three years before you have to replace them and they do the job. In the end they were a good purchase. Who cares what people think when your riding in a driving snowstorm or a heavy rain at 4am. Its like having a little windshield on your face.
Scroll to the bottom of the link for a write-up on them. http://www.icebike.org/Clothing/Ctestedonice.htm

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I have these for flight line work. The fan is nice on humid days. I never thought about riding with them but it would easily work. http://www.esseyepro.com/Profile-Tur...53_detail.html
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+1 on the Visorgogs.

Great peripheral vision and good anti-fog performance. I used them on a ride at 2degF this week and they performed very well. Surprisingly cheap, too.
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