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Decent eyewear for DH, not goggles

Coxy_UKCoxy_UK Posts: 297
edited December 2014 in MTB general
I don't like goggles really so looking for a good alternative for eye protection at the bike parks plus xc. Love fit and comfort of the Endura Spectrals, great fit under full face lid, but they just scratch so ridiculously easy.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    I find glasses really uncomfortable in a full face helmet. I find that goggles isolate me from some of the feeling of speed which helps with confidence to go faster.
    Why don't you like goggles?
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    Coxy_UK wrote:
    ...looking for a good alternative for eye protection
    Chain Reaction had some goggleglasses in a while back. The arms were detachable and could be replaced with a strap and there were some extra foam bits to seal the gap around the glasses. Couple of lenses as well. Seem to recall they were XLC, not that expensive.
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 49,379
    Try getting over your problem with goggles. Glasses were no good for me because they were uncomfortable in a FF helmet and I got mud in my eyes.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    Try getting over your problem with goggles. Glasses were no good for me because they were uncomfortable in a FF helmet and I got mud in my eyes.
    +1

    Can't beat a good pair of Goggles with tear-offs.
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  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    edited December 2014
    These...

    http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/uvex ... rio-157733

    Cant vouch for how well they stand up to scratching longterm other than to say that mine are unscathed in the winder grit and grime so far (had them about a month), but they're super comfortable (you forget you have them on), they'll probably fit well under any helmet, having slim arms (unlike, say, Oakleys), they dim and clear really quickly, have really good optical quality and do a really good job of keeping the wind and censored out of your eyes.
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  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    nicklouse wrote:
    Can't beat a good pair of Goggles with tear-offs.

    Can't stand goggles. Makes you feel like you're riding inside a postbox.
    All the gear, no idea and loving the smell of jealousy in the morning.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    I hate tear offs. Mainly because they get left on trails but also because water an dirt gets behind them.
    Wouldn't ride DH without a good pair of goggles.
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 49,379
    nicklouse wrote:
    Can't beat a good pair of Goggles with tear-offs.

    Can't stand goggles. Makes you feel like you're riding inside a postbox.
    Once I'm 'going' I am focussed on the riding so I hardly even notice I have goggles on.

    @Rockmonkey - I just take some kitchen paper with me and wipe my goggles once I can't see well. Usually not a problem unless it's pretty filthy.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    nicklouse wrote:
    Can't beat a good pair of Goggles with tear-offs.

    Can't stand goggles. Makes you feel like you're riding inside a postbox.
    Like you are not with a full face on.

    Better than getting crud in your face.
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  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    nicklouse wrote:
    nicklouse wrote:
    Can't beat a good pair of Goggles with tear-offs.

    Can't stand goggles. Makes you feel like you're riding inside a postbox.
    Like you are not with a full face on.

    Better than getting crud in your face.

    Yeah, same with full face helmets. Ruins the experience.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    Doesn't mashing your face in to rocks ruin the experience?
    I don't think a good full face has any negative effect on the experience. I like how the isolation from some of the feeling of speed means I have to ride faster to get the same buzz.
  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    Doesn't mashing your face in to rocks ruin the experience?

    Of course. That's the conundrum.
    I don't think a good full face has any negative effect on the experience. I like how the isolation from some of the feeling of speed means I have to ride faster to get the same buzz.

    I don't want to be isolated from the feeling. That's why I ride. I'd go without a helmet altogether if it wasn't suicidal.
    All the gear, no idea and loving the smell of jealousy in the morning.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    It isolates a little but that encourages you to ride harder to get the same feeling. It also helps block out distractions and give you that tunnel vision to concentrate on your visual reference points.
    Half the trails I ride would be terrifying for me if I wasn't wearing a full face helmet.
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,162
    Some goggles make you feel more enclosed than others. My Bloc ones are very deep being OTG goggles. I got some 100% ones which are shallower and wider they are much easier to ride with.
  • Coxy_UKCoxy_UK Posts: 297
    I'm fine with full face lid, does indeed push me more, but yes I hate the closed in feel of goggles too
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    Tides of sin draw tighter and brighter, hours become heavier and weighted, and the shadows smile...dark and wild.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    He said no goggles.
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  • Coxy_UKCoxy_UK Posts: 297
    Now they are awesome!!

    Ordered some UVEX 107 Vario glasses as be great for XC anyway, will give them a go at BPW too.
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    Tides of sin draw tighter and brighter, hours become heavier and weighted, and the shadows smile...dark and wild.
    <font color="blue">My Stumpy FSR Pic 1</font id="blue">
    <font color="red">My Stumpy FSR Pic 2</font id="red">
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Goggles stop the FF from moving around as well, I wear them when I can, but I really struggle with FF and/or goggles sometimes because I wear prescription glasses which are prone to fogging. I've tried contacts and just couldn't get on with them, before anyone asks.
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 49,379
    @ the OP. Let us know how you get on at BPW. Although I'd be surprised if they work as well as goggles.
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  • Coxy_UKCoxy_UK Posts: 297
    I've mostly worn glasses at BPW, in fact when I wore goggles in the pissing rain I got fed up with them and reverted back to glasses that day.

    To be honest I probably haven't given goggles enough of a chance and am just used to glasses.
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    Tides of sin draw tighter and brighter, hours become heavier and weighted, and the shadows smile...dark and wild.
    <font color="blue">My Stumpy FSR Pic 1</font id="blue">
    <font color="red">My Stumpy FSR Pic 2</font id="red">
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 49,379
    Coxy_UK wrote:
    I've mostly worn glasses at BPW, in fact when I wore goggles in the pissing rain I got fed up with them and reverted back to glasses that day.

    To be honest I probably haven't given goggles enough of a chance and am just used to glasses.
    May you haven't given them a chance. But look at what any semi serious downhiller wears on their eyes - should tell you something.
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    Misting in goggles can be prevented using one of several products or various ghetto solutions, I use washing up liquid.
  • Coxy_UKCoxy_UK Posts: 297
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    To be honest I probably haven't given goggles enough of a chance and am just used to glasses.
    May you haven't given them a chance. But look at what any semi serious downhiller wears on their eyes - should tell you something.[/quote]

    Lol yes very true, I wish I was at a level where I needed goggles and glasses wouldn't suffice.
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    Tides of sin draw tighter and brighter, hours become heavier and weighted, and the shadows smile...dark and wild.
    <font color="blue">My Stumpy FSR Pic 1</font id="blue">
    <font color="red">My Stumpy FSR Pic 2</font id="red">
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    Coxy_UK wrote:
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    To be honest I probably haven't given goggles enough of a chance and am just used to glasses.
    May you haven't given them a chance. But look at what any semi serious downhiller wears on their eyes - should tell you something.

    Lol yes very true, I wish I was at a level where I needed goggles and glasses wouldn't suffice.[/quote]

    censored gets in your eyes no matter what your riding level is
  • Coxy_UKCoxy_UK Posts: 297
    I've been lucky for many years then.
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    Tides of sin draw tighter and brighter, hours become heavier and weighted, and the shadows smile...dark and wild.
    <font color="blue">My Stumpy FSR Pic 1</font id="blue">
    <font color="red">My Stumpy FSR Pic 2</font id="red">
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 49,379
    From personal experience you don't need to be at a very high standard at all to need goggles :) Although wearing them will probably help you improve :wink:
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
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