In a world where every goggle company and their grandma has interchangeable lenses, what does it take to stand out? The way I see it, it is time to go back to basics, to focus on what truly made goggles more impressive than the next. This year, I am making my decision based on fit, anti-fogging and comfort.
I sit here currently wearing a pair of Smith I/07 goggles with lenses too inconveniently dark to see the screen… My co-workers think I’m an idiot and that I look out of place. Give me a minute and I’ll show them…
Good news! It turns out a minute is all I needed to switch to a more appropriate lens… Bad news, apparently that’s not the reason I look like an idiot and out of place. Oh well, fuck them. I feel ultra-comfortable and don’t really mind the goggles at all, which brings me to their first selling point. They are absolutely the most comfortable goggle on the market. With pivoting outriggers holding the straps in place, I can wear the strap as low or high as I want to and my jealous hatin’ coworkers can’t tell me nothing. I also imagine this would come in handy with a helmet on, but come on… I’m not some sort of weirdo who wears a helmet to work.
Ok, I’m wearing a helmet and it feels fantastic. Me 1 : Coworkers 0
To sell the illusion, I may have also sort have put on a facemask. As if I’m some gaper who is going to wear goggles and a helmet without a facemask… Come on. What has completely taken me off guard is that the goggles, with seemingly no room for air to escape from, have yet to fog up and don’t seem like they will any time soon. I can imagine this would be pretty practical come time to ski.
Come to think about it, what my coworkers would suggest are my idiosyncrasies have actually turned out to be the perfect goggle test. (Me 2 : Coworkers 0) They fit perfectly, don’t fog and I have managed to make it through 360 words wearing them.
It’s settled… I am buying these goggles.