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Old 01-19-14, 01:52 PM   #1
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Review Scott OTG Storm Goggles

I've now ridden with these goggles for the past two weeks and can share my initial reactions. I purchased them for the remarkable price of $30. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042A7HBE/...SIN=B0042A7HBE

The goggles are much better than I anticipated. Here's what I like. The price. The lens quality is much higher than I expected. There are VERY clear with no discernible distortion. They have not fogged up at all (they've been used in single digit temperatures up to 30 degrees F.). They provide more protection from wind than other glasses I've worn in the 30+ mph wind on a two of the rides. Oh, and did I mention the price?

Here's what could be better. The material that moves the goggles far enough away from your face to accommodate glasses is wind permeable so you do feel air moving in from the sides. It's a bit distracting, but still better than no goggles at all. The goggle are just a bit big, in that, they rub against the brim of my helmet. Because of a significant hearing loss, I use a mirror on my helmet, and the goggle's size makes it hard to position the mirror in a way where it can actually be used. The strap has two plastic bits for adjustment on both sides. They press against my head when I've got the adjusted to fit properly. Once again, a small annoyance that I'll probably get used to.

Here's what I don't know yet. I haven't had them long enough to know how the lens will hold up or how scratch resistant it is.
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Old 01-19-14, 06:40 PM   #2
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Nice write up.

How dark are the lenses? Could you wear them at night?
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Old 01-19-14, 07:12 PM   #3
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I've got those same goggles. I have had them fog and ice up when it's down to like -5 or colder. But that's after like an hour or so riding. I mostly have issues with my glasses fogging up. I've found that when I use them with my snowboarding helmet (while cycling) the helmet gets in the way of the goggles' upper vents and then my glasses start to fog. If I wear a standard helmet with balaclava and goggles, the fogging takes a bit longer to get started and can be stopped by either pushing my goggles away from my face for a moment to let air in, or by looking down, allowing air to come in through the vent and dissipate the fog. I haven't found a reliable way to wear the goggles, while also wearing the balaclava up over my nose and my glasses. Usually I need to either push the balaclava down a bit or just remove my glasses (like George Costanza, I can squint my way down to like 20/30 vision) Still, I really appreciate these goggles when it's snowing or when it's super cold.

I think my problem is I just run too damn hot!
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Nice write up.

How dark are the lenses? Could you wear them at night?
I wouldn't wear them at night. There is a tint, but not anywhere near has heavy as my sun glasses.

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I've got those same goggles. I have had them fog and ice up when it's down to like -5 or colder. But that's after like an hour or so riding. I mostly have issues with my glasses fogging up. I've found that when I use them with my snowboarding helmet (while cycling) the helmet gets in the way of the goggles' upper vents and then my glasses start to fog. If I wear a standard helmet with balaclava and goggles, the fogging takes a bit longer to get started and can be stopped by either pushing my goggles away from my face for a moment to let air in, or by looking down, allowing air to come in through the vent and dissipate the fog. I haven't found a reliable way to wear the goggles, while also wearing the balaclava up over my nose and my glasses. Usually I need to either push the balaclava down a bit or just remove my glasses (like George Costanza, I can squint my way down to like 20/30 vision) Still, I really appreciate these goggles when it's snowing or when it's super cold.

I think my problem is I just run too damn hot!
I'm guessing I learn more when it gets even colder. I have to say, however, that when just wearing my glasses, they fog more.
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I'm guessing I learn more when it gets even colder. I have to say, however, that when just wearing my glasses, they fog more.
Yeah, glasses suck in the winter no matter what. Next year I might try contact lenses. Another cyclist and XC skier I know suggested XC ski glasses. They leave a bit more room for air to get through and reduce fogging.
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