Best OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles PRO

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  • ✔ PERFORMANCE SKI GOGGLES WITH FRAMELESS DESIGN – Large spherical, frameless lens provides a truly unobstructed & clear view of the slopes. Designed for ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE & COMFORT.
  • ✔ INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM – Enjoy a wide range of extra lenses. Swap for day/night & different weather conditions. CHOOSE AMONG 20+ DIFFERENT LENSES. Extra lenses sold separately.
  • ✔ OTG (OVER-THE-GLASSES) DESIGN – The Ski Goggles PRO features an OTG design that lets you wear your glasses under the goggles. All lenses are ANTI-FOG COATED & offers 100% UV400 PROTECTION.
  • ✔ UNIVERSAL HELMET COMPATIBILITY – Extra long elastic strap ensures GREAT HELMET COMPATIBILITY with all helmets. Suitable for both adults & teens.
  • ✔ WHAT YOU GET: 1 x OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles PRO, 1 x Protective Case, 1 x Carrying Pouch, and our CUSTOMER-FAVORITE 1 YEAR WARRANTY and friendly customer service.
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There seem to be lots of these unfamiliar-brand goggles on Amazon these days. Many have features like frameless design and magnetic lenses that are usually only found at a much higher price. I’ve been skiing for 30+ years and generally avoid skimping on equipment. Despite knowing nothing about this company, in a “moment of weakness” I bought one of these. Thanks to Prime shipping I was confident enough to buy a second just days later. I guess I figured that if they didn’t work on the slope I could beat them up behind the snowblower.

My current goggles are Giro Basis with their Amber Rose (VLT 40%) lens. Not the fanciest, but the vision field is great and they mate perfectly with my Giro Nine Helmet. Sometimes I forget I’m even wearing them. I’ve included a photo of them next to the two from OutdoorMaster (it’s the one with 3 goggles stacked vertically and the yellow frame on top).

I initially purchased the OutdoorMaster goggles in November 2016 with the black frame and grey (VLT 10%) lens. Of course VLT ratings can be pretty subjective but the 10% wasn’t as dark as I anticipated. Once I determined that these might work for skiing I still wanted a higher VLT lens. At the time the sole lens-only option was blue (VLT 15%) so I ended up ordering a second with the highest VLT they offered at the time – yellow frame and orange (VLT 66.5%) lens. In the weeks since they’ve added a lens-only option for green (VLT 80%) to the listing.

Both arrived with a plastic sheet covering the inside of the lens. Of course you want to be careful when removing this to avoid touching the inner surface.

In my short time inside with these goggles I haven’t yet found any deal-breakers. They fit with my Giro Nine just as well (I may be a gaper but no gap here) and seem like they’ll offer enough airflow under the lens and through helmet vent system. Of course you can’t tell much until it’s 10° F outside and you’re sweating. The foam seems fine. There’s no silicon beads on the strap like my Giro model but it seems to hold onto the helmet anyway.

The included case is not a hardshell. It’s firm where the lens sits but is a mesh fabric on the other side (“empty” and “full” photo included). There’s a slot inside to store another lens but things are pretty tight in there. I’m not sure what stress that would put on the spare lens.

To me the difference between the OutdoorMaster grey (VLT 10%), the Giro Amber Rose (VLT 40%) and the OutdoorMaster orange (VLT 66.5%) appears much less than the math would indicate. I included two photos of a backyard scene – one with no lens and the other shot through the orange lens. I tried getting one through the grey lens but the camera seems to automatically compensate for the filtering of the lens. The photo ended up looking exactly like the one with no lens even though what you see is darker in reality. And of course everything will look different when the ground is covered in white.

The lenses do interchange perfectly between the two frames. The orange one is more externally reflective than I expected. Fingerprints wipe off the outside of the lenses easily with the included bag. There’s really no way to avoid fingerprints when changing lenses. We’ll see what happens when the first drops hit the inside of the lens.

Of course it’s unreasonable to expect Anon or Smith for this price. But for me goggles are like cars – where possible I’ll put my resources toward the journey rather than the tools to get there.

No financial compensation or discounts here. I paid the advertised Amazon price for both minus a nice coupon that was available to anyone.

UPDATED January 4, 2017 – We used these for a full day of skiing last weekend. Here in Michigan “full day” means 9am to 9pm. Both sets worked great. My son used the orange (VLT 66.5%) lens and said it was good all day – overcast daytime through lighted nightime. The grey (VLT 10%) lens worked fine during the day but was a little challenging after dark – exactly what’s advertised and what you’d expect.

While running NASTAR I actually took a gate to the face, enough to knock the lens from the frame. I know, dumb. The lens came sliding down the course covered in snow. After drying on the table beside my recovery beer(s) everything was fine – no damage or scratches. The magnets are really strong, the fact that the lens came off during a recreational race says more about my intelligence relative to humanity than anything else.

Regarding fogging, we had absolutely none. The vents on the underside of the Giro Nine helmet (my son and I both have one) line up with those on the goggles and the contours of the two are a match. If you understand how a modern helmet like the Nine “pulls” air from the bottom of goggles and through its venting system, you know the importance of having no gap between those two items. Wearing a cloth hat (either with or without a brain-bucket) interrupts this flow, blocking the goggle’s top vents. Buy a good helmet with goggle vents, ditch that goofy stocking cap, get rid of your gaper gap, and everything will be fog-free. And if your mouth is covered with you breathing into a fabric that’s tucked under the goggles, they’ll always fog in that scenario. Every pair will.

The biggest challenge with these goggles right now is the lens selection. There simply aren’t many mid-to-high VLT options. We’d like to buy another lens (hopefully without another frame) in the 40-70 range but they simply aren’t in stock. That’s a bummer.

UPDATED January 8, 2017 – Another full day (9am – 9pm) of skiing yesterday. Temperature started at 5° F and topped out at 9°F with 15-25 mph winds all day (yes, -17° F wind chills). Lots of time spent with covered mouths and hoods pulled over helmets. Thank goodness for brunch beers.

As mentioned previously, covering your mouth creates a problem for all goggles. You exhale warm air, it travels under or through the cloth, rises through the bottom vent of the goggles, and causes fogging inside. When it’s 5° out, the vapor can sometimes frost on the inner lens. Helmet venting prevents this when you’re moving – the flow around and over the helmet pulls fresh air in through the bottom of the goggles, behind the inner lens, out the top vents, into the helmet, and out the helmet’s “exhaust” ports. The fresh air keeps the fog from forming. It’s the same concept used to cool the brakes on high-performance automobiles.

When sitting in the lift line with mouth covered and no air moving over the helmet, the OutdoorMaster googles fogged a little. So did the Giro lenses a partner was wearing. So did the $250 Anons that a couple others had. Uncover the mouth, it cleared immediately. Snowplowing down the hill, mouth covered, resulted in no fogging at all. The goggle exhaust vents on the Giro Nine helmet are in front and not covered by a hood so no problem there – lots of airflow through the google/helmet combo. Maybe other helmets are set up different, we all had Nine’s. Mine has lots of dents in it, which you probably guessed while reading this review.

In case you can’t tell, I’m convinced that fogging has more to do with the configuration of surrounding components (helmet, etc) than it does the goggles. All goggles today have the same large openings across both the upper and lower sections. They’re all moving air through them the same way. Block the vents or interrupt the passive airflow system, you’ll get fog no matter what.

I’m down to one pair of these now because my son stole the orange (VLT 66.5%) setup for himself. The local policing agency (aka “my wife”) has been reluctant to pursue the crime. Fortunately the listing now shows more options coming back in-stock soon – a green (VLT 80%) lens is probably in my future. I’m hoping that the criminal is apprehended that the court-ordered restitution is enough to pay for the lens.

Again, I’m just a guy who skis, has spent a ton of money on equipment for the family, and found a less-expensive option that he likes. No compensation or product samples have been received.

UPDATED January 24, 2017 – I finally purchased the green (VLT 81%) lens. It turns out that the local policing agency declined to pursue the “theft” so I purchased the additional lens using coins I found between the cushions of the chairlift.

The additional lens fits just fine – magnets and frame both line up. Compared to the orange (VLT 66.5%) it appears to let much more light through than the mere 15-point difference in VLT would indicate. It’s definitely not as mirrored. Said another way, with the green (VLT 81%) lens people will be able to see your eyeballs whereas they definitely cannot with the grey (VLT 10%) or orange (VLT 66.5%) options. The lens-only purchase included the same soft “bag” but not the “case” that’s also included with a frame.

One item of criticism: With the green (VLT 81%) lens others can see the “glue line” around the edge that holds the inner and outer lenses together (see two photos). The mirrored finish of the lower-VLT options hide this. It doesn’t affect anything when you’re wearing them, and it’s not the first thing someone else will notice. But it’s definitely there. Unfortunately it looks the glue lines I used to make in kindergarten – not exactly straight or uniform. But in my defense, the glue tasted so good that I was a bit distracted.

You might notice in one of the product photos that a yellow (VLT 91%) lens option is shown. It’s not able to be ordered, but perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come.

Regarding the OTG claim and complaints, that’s tricky. My teenage son wears these with glasses. My father-in-law said they work fine with his glasses. They certainly wouldn’t have worked for Harry Caray. So the “truth” is somewhere in between.

In short, a combination of the grey (VLT 10%) and green (VLT 81%) will cover me for any situation. Of course everyone has her/his preference for color toning, but from a pure “light passage” perspective I’m fine with those two in any conditions.

I’ve included a photo with all 3 OutdoorMaster lenses (it’s the one with 3 goggles stacked vertically and the yellow frame in the middle).

UPDATED January 24, 2017 – Recently I used the green (VLT 81%) lens for the first time. For the first 9 hours it was completely sunny, the grey (VLT 10%) was perfect. In Michigan we like being on the slopes more than watching “The Bachelorette” so when night falls we keep going. The green (VLT 81%) worked great under the lights, showing contrasts and detail just fine. It was 50°F during the day and everything softened such that even the smooth groomers had springtime corn piles everywhere. I was able to huck the Ski Patrol sled and rip some old-school helicopters without issue. Couldn’t do a daffy, but that’s because my wife makes me use the kids’ old tip-ties so that I don’t crash into the lodge.

Several review are mentioning seeing their own reflection on the inside of the lens. I haven’t had that issue. I guess one of my photos shows that a little, but I’ve never noticed it on-slope. I typically don’t see myself in mirrors either though . The eggheads at the university research hospital say it’s my subconscious blocking the horrible image from my conscious.

Through all these reviews and my own ramblings, one thing that doesn’t get mentioned is how the color of a lens can affect contrast and differentiation. Everyone has their preference for how a lens looks to others (my daughter made it clear that she will always have a pink lens) but the colors also affect how the wearer sees objects. Given a particular set of conditions one color lens might do a better job of showing bumps, beer cans, snowboarders, and other dangerous obstacles than another with an identical VLT. I’m far from an expert on this, but if you look at the websites of the “name brand” manufacturers you might see one 40% VLT lens recommended for “overcast” and another of the same VLT for “storms”. Unfortunately our particular manufacturer isn’t providing much direction in this regard.

Still no reason I wouldn’t buy these again. Check Price

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