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    what do you look for when getting them for just hiking ,just going outside in blowing snow or going on the summit

    what color lens is good
    how about this one


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    I would look for the same things as a skier would look for good fit and the abilty to change and get different lens. I also wear glasses so I have had to purchase over the glasses googles. If you need your glasses to see then look for googles that say otg. If you dont I would go to a ski shop or sporting good store and see what fits your face well. how it seals to your face is import to prevent foging I have two lens one with a high uv or a mirror lens for sunny days and a clear lens for low light night time use. vents are also important if you sweat a lot as I tend to do. once you have made you purchase buy antifog wipes for them they can be found at any ski/ snowboard shop they work really well

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    I've just got a fairly inexpensive pair of ski goggles similar to the one in your link. I didn't invest too much since we were just getting into winter hiking and I didn't know how much I'd use them. What freighttrain says about getting something that prevents fogging is important. Not much use having goggles on if you can't see out of them.
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    I picked up these from backcountry.com for winter hiking. Tested them out the last time I was up there with 75mph+ winds at the summit. They worked great and quite comfortable. They come with a carrying pouch and two lenses. They yellow lens is intended for low light, like night skiing.

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    it that what they are calling the red mirror that you have on now
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    Yup.. that's the Red Mirror. The tint is just right for those summit days, plus it looks real cool in pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtruman View Post
    I've just got a fairly inexpensive pair of ski goggles similar to the one in your link. I didn't invest too much since we were just getting into winter hiking and I didn't know how much I'd use them. What freighttrain says about getting something that prevents fogging is important. Not much use having goggles on if you can't see out of them.
    I have skied for many years and have to wear my glasses under my goggles.I find what works best for me to prevent my glasses from fogging up under my goggles is something called Cat Crap.It comes in a small red container and can be found at most ski shops.

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    Being the gadget geek that I am, I'd say get a pair of these: (5 megapixel stills and 720p video)

    http://www.liquidimageco.com/product...335/index.html


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    As you may remember (or not) back on January 19th, 2009 I posted an Observer Comment about how I have a collection of goggles. At the time, I had 10, today I am at 15 with 16 coming this month. Number 16 is this pair by Ra Optics: http://www.raoptics.com/ My pro snowboarding friends out west swear by these things so I am going to give them a try. The online reviews seem good too.

    As far as personal opinions, my observer comment says a lot about the 10 I had bought and it all still holds true. It all comes down to what you need them for. If just for snowblowing the driveway, cheap is fine. If your looking at skiing/boarding, hiking, you may want to invest in something better. Ventilation, dual lens, and antifogging are the key things I look for. So far my best pair is a pair of Oakleys that I own two of. (If you need specifics I can provide their names tomorrow since they are downstairs in my room I share). I don't recommend interchangable lens' much if you are someone that swaps them constantly. This wears down the seal and I have found in my time here that over time they tend to start fogging up when the seal is loose. But that's just me. And as far as anti-fogging, if you have a good pair you shouldn't need a solution I have found working up here but on cheaper pairs, I use Cat Crap or Fog Tech to keep them fog free. I would choose Fog Tech over Cat Crap even though it costs a bit more.

    And as far as "what tint is right for me?" if you check out any pair of oakleys on their goggles page (This page for instance: http://www.oakley.com/products/1331/23793), at the bottom of each pair are three expanded descriptions called "Description, Return Policy and Lens Tints". Under Lens Tins, there is a picture of a half pipe and two drop down menus. The right menu will allow different pictures to view (on some) and the left menu has various lenses available for a particular brand of Oakleys. Not every color is available for any one lens but if you go through the various goggles and their lens tints, you can get an idea of how a particular color helps your view. I find that their representation is pretty good. Once you settle on a pair, definately try before you buy to see if it gives you the fit, view and color enhancements you want. And if the price is a bit steep at a store after trying them on, look around online especially at ebay and steepandcheap.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spyboy View Post
    Being the gadget geek that I am, I'd say get a pair of these: (5 megapixel stills and 720p video)

    http://www.liquidimageco.com/product...335/index.html


    now that is a nice pair of googles..... does it hold up in weather, perhaps waterproof like the GoPro camera?

    And, thanks for sharing
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