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Geoff Blamey14/02/2018 10:24:51
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I could do with some goggles to go sloping in this cold weather. I assume ski goggles are the thing. Non- tinted. And ventilated so they don't mist up.I need some to wear over spectacles.

Can anyone recommend something that won't cost the earth? I had hoped to find a supplier here in Devon so I could try on first, but not got a clue what to look for, really!

I fancy that workshop goggles will be no good, but wondering if any other sports use them. I see ski stuff being slightly elitist with prices to match. Thanks.

oldgit14/02/2018 10:36:04
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have tried loads but i use these - they are comfy over specs


Andy Meade14/02/2018 11:55:20
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Geoff - I'd go for a tint to be honest. An orange or yellow tint seems to help bring the colours out a bit when flying against a grey sky. Bolé are good goggles, I've used them for 30+ years.

Jonathan M14/02/2018 12:21:54
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I'll second Bolé goggles, but also Uvex which I also use, both over reading-glasses in the workshop.

Much cheaper than fancy ski-goggles (and if its sunny can wear polarised-lens driving glasses underneath): **LINK**

flight114/02/2018 13:11:51
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go ski googles with double glazing and vented so less likely to mist up see here for exsample

The Wright Stuff14/02/2018 14:58:36
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Hi Geoff,

Quite a few previous threads on this, if you want some extra ideas 'for free'!

e.g. here

Frank Skilbeck14/02/2018 16:33:25
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I got a pair of ski googles in the end of season ski sale at one of the outdoor shops a couple of years ago, they had the ones that fitted over my spectacles, they work well.

Don't keep my fingers warm though sad

Edited By Frank Skilbeck on 14/02/2018 16:34:21

John Robertson 314/02/2018 18:36:26
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I was facing the same problem as described in the OP. I bought a pair of these​

I went for the "Green" version as its Visible Light Transmission (VLT) figure is shown as 83%, said to be suitable for dark days. I didn't want something that acted as sunshades, as it's rarely sunny in the conditions that I want to slope-soar. The lower VLT figures of 11% for some of the goggles suggests that nearly ALL of the visible light would be filtered out - it's bad enough keeping tabs on the model in normal lighting conditions! I have the goggles on as I type. They are fine in artificial light, and a little yellowy. They work fine in daylight and I don't forsee any problems. Without spectacles, I can see at distance without distortion. With the goggles on, I see no better with or without my varifocals so I think I may well use them without spectacles on the slope, simply for less clutter around the head. My spectacles are fairly large and measure 140mm across the outside of the hinges. Putting the goggles on with my specs already on my head is a bit of an inconvenience, simply because it's a 2-handed job and the sponge has to be negotiated around the frame. At rest, the sponge insert is 120mm. bending the frame of the goggles brings this out to 140mm with no difficulty. It's simply easier to do this with the specs off, fit them into the goggles and then settle the ensemble on to my face.

I note that there is no "relief" in the foam to cater for the spectacle legs. This is provided for in more expensive goggles, but at the price I paid I can live with that - especially after seeing the £150+ versions in a ski-orientated shop! My solution will be, if I need it, to take a pair of scissors and trim away sufficient foam to form a channel to clear the legs. Even with that, my eyes are not going to be subjected to ANYTHING like the battering they get in an in-goggled situation. I don't feel I've wasted my money with this pair, even though they've had minimal use.

Geoff Blamey14/02/2018 19:48:51
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Brilliant. Thank you for those informative replies, lots of types to consider.

I don't think I'd go for the workshop ones, I've always had trouble with them misting up. The double glazed type sound good and the way to go.

I had anticipated needing clear lenses, though. I wear reactor glasses and sometimes struggle with model orientation when they get further away, as they sometimes inevitably do. So I'm struggling with the idea of tinted goggles. My aircraft are a mix of colours, but most are white with decals.

Maybe I should use non-tinted glasses with tinted goggles?

John Robertson 314/02/2018 21:37:47
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My spectacles are both light-reactive and varifocals. I haven't noticed any problems attributable to the tints - I think the brain's busy enough flying and dismisses the colour change as insignificant.

I doubt if you'll find clear-lensed goggles at a low price.

Orientation problems at a distance? Me too! I don't think, however, it can be blamed on anything other than my own eyes and level of competency.

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