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Old 10 May 2002, 06:35   #1
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Eye protection

Anybody got any bright ideas, hot tips on eye protection whilst Ribbing? I wear glasses & have a presciption pair of sunglasses which are fine but I tend to get the 'ol watery eye effect with air rushing around the edge of the lenses. Used to have a cheap pair of ski goggles which were great but never seem to survive long in the harsh environment. Last pair dissappeared over the back of Cyanide somewhere off North Cornwall so I need a new set. Do I go for another set of skiing goggles or does anyone have experience of something more purpose designed for watersports?

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After being bombarded with Sea Spray on TomKat last year I was looking for something too!

I now have a pair of Oakley Motocross goggles !! - simular to Ski goggles, only clear.

http://oakley.com/ostore/goggles/mx_o_frame/

These are absolutly brill

No matter how much spray hits them - inside stays dry - great.

At ANglesea last weekend, the first day I didn't take them because I thought I would be in a nice dry rib, but as you say my eyes started to water - the second day I took them with me and no watery eyes

After use - I just rinse them out.

I bought them at the local motorcycle shop - very helpfull

Looking at the Oakley website they also do a H20 pair designed for use in water (although mine are fine - and I've got mine soaked! - and cheaper too)

See them in action at www.tomkat.co.uk - just click on the www icon below!
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Old 10 May 2002, 09:39   #3
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Try http://www.ground-rush.com a sky diving gear supply. These goggles are design for high speed and are quite light in weight. I also use Bolle ski goggles...when it's been cold and wet.
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I save money and use stuff I already have, like my diving mask! Stops you being able to breathe through your nose, but they stay nice and dry
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I'm with jools on this one. I use dirt bike goggles over glasses and they work fine -- they tend to be cheaper than ski goggles too.

My top tip for today is to use Rainex (sold as a treatment for car windscreens) on both sides of the goggle lenses and on your glasses. Any water just rolls straight off without spoiling your vision. It's also good to use on instrument dials too!

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Thanks all for the advice

I ended up ordering a pair of OAKLEY H2O goggles as they seemed to be similar price to motocross ones. Ordered online via
www.rubensmenswear.com & supposed to arrive today. Will feedback on em after this weekends SW cruise.

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To bring this thread up to date!

I've been using the OAKLEY H2O goggles since May including the Hebrides trip (& trip up there by sea.). Very impressed. Comfortable, UV protected and just the job IMHO. Just need to avoid dropping them overboard like I did with my last pair of goggles..................
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Over many years of ribbing now I have discovered that the best protection does come from ski goggles. Get yourself a new pair. Sunglasses tend to break and will not stop water getting into your eyes. Just get cheap ski goggles. They work a treat.
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