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Winter Climbing Goggles

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 Basemetal 06 Jan 2022

My 'last pitch and getting down in a hooly" goggles need replacing as the single lens has finally cracked and spares not available. It's almost always dark or heading that way, so Im not looking for a tint unless yellow actually helps? Roomy enough for glasses underneath would be a plus for daytime use but makes no difference in the usual conditions.

Is there a 'go to' model or Best Buy that folk use? Currently I'm looking at Bolle Freeze Clear, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FFBDGCT/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_8SFG8133KY6NDP2JMARR

 99ster 06 Jan 2022
In reply to Basemetal:

Julbo Plasma - come in clear or yellow (which can help vision in overcast light)

https://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Accessories/Goggles/Julbo-Plasma-Cat-1-Yellow-Lens-Goggles

Post edited at 16:24
 Basemetal 06 Jan 2022
In reply to 99ster:

Those look good. One thought I had- does the yellow tint interfere with map reading (contour lines particularly)?  I'd lean toward clear and wear sunnies under them as and when.

 TechnoJim 06 Jan 2022
In reply to Basemetal:

Try these dude, I'm well pleased with my pair for the price. Specs compatible and the yellow tint turns a dreich day lush.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/skiing-and-snowboarding-mask/_/R-p-302469?mc=8504992&c=BLACK

Edited to add that I don't find the tint to interfere with map reading.

Post edited at 20:19
 Basemetal 06 Jan 2022
In reply to TechnoJim:

Thanks for that Jim, I'll check them out. And thanks for the note on map reading.

 PaulJepson 06 Jan 2022
In reply to Basemetal:

I have the Bolle clear ones. I rate them.  

 Basemetal 07 Jan 2022
In reply to PaulJepson:

Thanks Paul. I'm going to check out the level of tint on the Decathlon ones and if I don't fancy it the Bolle Freeze Clear look favourite to me. The less I spend on them the happier I'll be sitting on my rucksack when gearing up. My last were "Serious branded" single lens cheapies (~£14) that were a very good fit and they lasted ten years.

 PaulJepson 07 Jan 2022
In reply to Basemetal:

You can get the Bolle Freeze clear ones for about £20, which I think is excellent value. I've used tinted ones previously and as soon as you start getting to about 3pm (which is ALWAYS when you need them, getting battered as you come off the hill) they really don't help you out much in terms of vision. 

 Basemetal 07 Jan 2022
In reply to PaulJepson:

Exactly my thinking (and experience) too, Paul. The Decathlon ones are a bit narrow on my face and the Bolle look a bit bigger so I'll go for them. Cheapest I can see them is £25 delivered from Amazon.

 jethro kiernan 08 Jan 2022
In reply to Basemetal:

Just wondering, anyone used bifocal attachments in goggles for map reading.

possibly something like this

https://bifocalglasses.co.uk/product/stick-bifocal-lenses-diving-masks-ski-goggles-swim-goggles/

I’ve got a winter ML course coming up and I was worried about reading fine map detail 

 Basemetal 08 Jan 2022
In reply to jethro kiernan:

Those look like they take up a fair bit of real estate in your field of view (though the same can be said of most bifocals I suppose).

I don't have great uncorrected eyesight in low light (pupils dilated, bigger aperture, less d.o.f.) but find if I shine a bright light on a map I can read it. Otherwise I tend to be wearing my (varifocal) glasses inside my goggles.

If map reading as part of an assessment or exercise, a compass with a big magnifier on it might also be useful... or a credit card fresnel sheet (though faffy, it would just look like you were using a compass, and you could tie to your compass lanyard). 

In reply to jethro kiernan:

Illuminated magnifying glass 

 jethro kiernan 08 Jan 2022
In reply to Basemetal:

Cheers, I did wonder at the possibility of vastly increasing your risk of tripping over your crampons it’s kind of borderline with the reading glasses so I might look at a magnifying glass.

In reply to Basemetal:

Occasionally I've just used a magnified printout of an area I'll be in. Beats getting out my reading glasses and the kilometre squares are sufficient for scale.

 Kai 11 Jan 2022
In reply to jethro kiernan:

Regarding bifocals:

I use these.  They are light and take up very little space.  Just keep them in your jacket pocket.  

They fit on your nose, so you don't need to remove sunglasses or goggles.  

I use them climbing, skiing, fly fishing, etc.  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nooz-Armless-Reading-diopters-Wherever/dp/B01ANT127W/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2D89FVITVSKOM&keywords=nooz&qid=1641923890&sprefix=nooz%2Caps%2C194&sr=8-1


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