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Old 10 October 2004, 15:26   #1
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I went out yesterday in a fairly lumpy sea. Went through some big waves and drenched myself. Got salt-water in my eyes and nearly blinded my self too. Found it almost impossible to see going into the wind with seaspray etc getting in my eyes.

What do people wear on their eyes when out on the sea. I would normally wear my sunglasses although I dont' think they would have been much good yesterday (and I've lost them which isn't great).

I had a look at some Oakley goggles designed for motorcross. Are these likly to fill up with water over time??

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Old 10 October 2004, 15:29   #2
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My Zapcat mates wear Oakleys. I wear anything that comes to hand. but I bought a Gecko with a visor which works well (but i keep forgettin to take it)

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Some people wear goggles but we use Gecko helmets with visors. No wind, rain or salt water in your eyes, keeps your head nice and warm and will protect you if you fall out! Don't use a motorcycle helmet though - the 'bucket effect' can break your neck, apparently. Geckos are designed for marine use and used by the RNLI, coastguards, etc. See here: http://www.geckoheadgear.co.uk/

P.S. Rogue - maybe you should wear it all the time!
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I did consider a helmet, although i think it's a bit over the top in a 4.1m RIB.....
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Hey, you'll look like a real professional!
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I take it you have the "open face" design with visor......
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Yeah.
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It seems Oakley do an "H2O" goggle which looks good - designed for use on the sea. Reasonbly priced too! I think I have my solution:
http://www.rubensmenswear.com/pages/...rbon_grey.html
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What do people wear on their eyes when out on the sea.
Well Kathleen won't leave the house without her helmet

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I had the same problem when I did my level 2 last November. Some of the others had ski goggles so when i got back got some and they work very well and have a tint for sun. While a Gecko is on the wish list and will give better protection I will always keep the goggles. Got them in a well known outdoor chain store for about £20.00
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Pair of wraparound sunglasses with clear lenses in do the trick most of the time.
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polarising sunglasses make a hell of a difference for cutting out glare and keeping the spray off - one product worth a mention is Rain - X - it is used on plane canopies and motorbike helmets etc and causes the water to bead up and fly off.

First used it on my car but never again - it did exactly what it claimed - 70mph and you don't need your wipers - its great BUT at 30mph not enough wind and the wipers just smear and skid all over the places!!!
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It seems Oakley do an "H2O" goggle which looks good - designed for use on the sea. Reasonbly priced too! I think I have my solution:
http://www.rubensmenswear.com/pages/...rbon_grey.html
I have a pair of these & their great. I wear them over Spectacles which makes em even better as there is nothing worse than getting salt spary on your glasses. Bought them through the company you've found no bother.
Mind you any set of Ski goggles will do just the same job.
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Alan, what's the difference between the two types of goggles shown? both are under the H2O heading, but then there is a sub heading with two more lists, some at £69 and some at £39.

As for ski goggles, beware that they use foam around the edges and that can get very wet, as they are normally for dry snow you can brush off. The water ones I do believe have a non absorbant rubber surround, I have been looking for a pair of these for ages, so thanks for the link
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We used to use these because the spray can hit like bullets and if it is blowing great guns they help you breath.
Have to be a bit careful because they might frightened the natives

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What make are they? I hope you don't wear them when you are going to the bank
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What make are they? I hope you don't wear them when you are going to the bank
Scott, I think you get them for paint balling as well Des
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Also go to your local motorbike shop and look at goggles there. I have also bought a pair of cheap goggles from a cycle shop which were meant for mountainbiking types.
These are less expensive solutions and may only last for a period of time.
Depends how much "wet" ribbing you do though, doesn't it.

Nothing is as good as a Gecko though.
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Alan, what's the difference between the two types of goggles shown? both are under the H2O heading, but then there is a sub heading with two more lists, some at £69 and some at £39.
When I was looking at these the difference is the lenses. One has a super dooper whoopdy do da type smoked or mirrored lens while the other is just tinted. I got the mirror finish off E-bay for £40 .
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When I was looking at these the difference is the lenses. One has a super dooper whoopdy do da type smoked or mirrored lens while the other is just tinted. I got the mirror finish off E-bay for £40 .

I think you'll find you can get exactly the same effect lenses. Before I bought mine I asked oakley the difference. Their reply was:

"The L Frame goggle is available in less colours (meaning the goggles not lenses) and is designed to go over spectacles, by sitting further away from the face and having dents in the foam for the sides of glasses.
They are the main differences."

I have the L-Frame which are excellent.
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