Goggle Time

19 Jun, 2009

Each season my goggles end up taking a beating from the occasional tree branch that smacks them to just being tossed around in my snowboard gear when I travel.  By the end of the season they need either new lenses or time to be passed on.  

I used two goggles throughout the season for different weather conditions:  Smith Heiress’s were my overcast/powder day goggle and Ashbury Kaleidoscope’s were my bluebird sunny day goggle.  The rad thing was I could rock both a women’s and men’s goggle, both fit my face and offered up a tight fit around the bridge of my nose.  

Since the end of season is the best time to find good deals, I waited till I had some extra bucks and bought goggles for next winter.  I kept with the same goggles I used this year since I liked them and was able to get both of the goggles in a new frame color and the same lens that worked for me.  My old goggles will be passed onto friends, K gets my Ashbury’s with new lenses and Stacia will get my heiresses since she lost her goggles already.

Here’s a look at what I’ll be rocking this upcoming winter and my thoughts on why.

Ashbury Kaleidoscope Goggles

Technology only goes so far and if the goggle doesn’t fit you then no amount of technology will stop it from fogging up on you.  Ashbury doesn’t need scientists to figure that out.  It comes down to having a great fit for my face and Ashbury’s fit very good.  They look good, are simple, easy and if it sucked I wouldn’t have bought it.  What works for me, might not work for you but Ashbury’s work for me and I love them on bluebird sunny days with the silver mirrored lens.  I also like that you can’t see my eyes, I can stare at crotches and no one will know.

Ashbury Kaleidoscope in Stars Frame 

Massive comfort in the padding

Smith Heiress Goggles

I had the opportunity to try these at a demo in November 2008 on a really flatlight icky day out on the mountain and the goggles had better visibility than the stockholms I owned at the time.  I rode them and bought them within a week and now I’m on my second pair which were super cheap during a sale recently.  The sensor mirror has completely won me over and in the mix of Steamboat weather and lighting, does perfectly on powder days where I can actually see the snow I’m riding and feel comfortable in trees with them.  

It’s actually a relief to not worry about picking the right goggles or lenses for this year.  I’ll continue to try out other various goggles as the season goes on, but these two definitely take the cake on the best fit for me and I like them.

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  1. JT
    June 19, 2009

    I have been meaning to try Ashbury out. I just nabbed a pair of Oakley Wisdoms to take for a spin.

  2. June 19, 2009

    “I also like that you can’t see my eyes, I can stare at crotches and no one will know.”

    …noooo…girls don’t do this… do they? Dang, I guess I’ll have to start wearing the codpiece when I go shredding from now on.

  3. A. Nony Mouse
    June 19, 2009

    quiksilver q-1 is the most comfortable goggle i have ever had on my face

    none of that face wicking fleece garbage

  4. June 19, 2009

    JT, you can try on mine to see if they fit 🙂

    Lou, haha they don’t if they have mirrored lens 😉

    Nice on the quiksilver goggle fitting you A. Definitely fit matters more.

  5. Hanh
    June 20, 2009

    I have had wisdoms and i hated them. i feel like its mostly the flat non spherical goggles that feel the best. btw i have an Asian face if it helps anybody out. it seems like the flat ones mold better to your face than spherical ones because they flex as opposed to high end oakleys and pretty much all high end goggles. maybe its because of the asian short nose, i dunno. and mirrored lenses are awesome even on the gray days.
    THINGS I HAVE HAD: x’s on the ones i have liked the most
    Spy Scoop – awkward alien goggle, dont get it
    Dragon DX – super classic goggle, great fit and colors
    Oakley A Frame – great fit and no fog, expensive
    Oakley Wisdom – really bad fit and made me feel like an alien
    Electric EG-1 x – straightforward goggle no bells or whistles except for great colors and cheap lenses.
    Smith Fuse xx- the really old ghetto ones you can get for like 20 bucks brand new. i believe its the same fit as the airblaster goggle or at least based on fuses.
    Airblaster Airgoggles xxxxxxxx(i have 5 pairs and this is the last goggle i will buy) super soft frames, awesome colors, airblastery… need i say more?
    Oakley Crowbar xx – fit nice and looks amazing but just really too damn expensive

    i have been meaning to try these plus they all look really awesome
    Quiksilver Q1 in white crosshatch or the wooden one(HELLA SEXUAL)
    Ashbury kaleidoscope Black or the Stars
    Electric EG-2 – you look like Master Chief

  6. A.
    June 20, 2009

    ^ I’ve got the wood Q-1 w/ bronze chrome and Terje Crowbar w/ pink iridium

    the Q-1 always gets comments; the Crowbar gets none

    unfortunately, the peripheral on the Q-1 is lacking, but it’s still my favourite goggle to wear when I’m not wearing my helmet

  7. Hanh
    June 20, 2009

    A. are you legallyillegal on snowboarding forums? someguy got his wood q1’s for 35 bucks

  8. A. Nony Mouse
    June 21, 2009

    I am A. Nony Mouse, Leader of the Rats

  9. Hanh
    June 21, 2009

    would you sell your q1’s? A

  10. A,
    June 22, 2009


  11. Brek Leines
    June 22, 2009

    Oakley Crowbar with High Intensity, Black Iridium, and Clear lenses all the way man!!!

  12. Brek Leines
    June 22, 2009

    And Crowbars actually arnt that expensive Hanh. You just have to know how, where, and when to buy them. Ive got them brand new for as cheap as $30 the most Ive paid for them with an Iridium lense and custom colors (yellow frame with denim strap and bars). And Ive found High intensity yellows for 17 bucks. So solid!

    Check out the asian fit oakley Hanh. Their a tid bit smaller I believe.

    Oakley splice or next year too!

    And yes wisdoms are wierd unless your face is mondo.

  13. June 24, 2009

    Stow your goggles in the inner mesh goggle pocket when not in use, for convenience and quicker drying. Cristal Goggle