How to choose the right ski goggles

July 31, 2009 under Vintage Goggles

There are a few important details to attend to when buying ski goggles. One of the main things to make sure of is whether or not the goggles you choose are actually comfortable to wear.

In order to ascertain this you will likely need to try on a fair few pair of goggles. Don't choose something that's uncomfortable. When you're out on the slopes, ill fitting goggles will make your skiing experience very unpleasant. Take the time to choose wisely. Get something that fits well and doesn't cause you any discomfort.

Choose the color of your lenses according to where you will be skiing:

  • If you're skiing in low to moderate light or in fog, choose gold or amber lenses.
  • Low-light, grey days? Go for rose colored lenses.
  • Skiing in bright sunlight? Choose darker lenses, green is a good choice.
  • Skiing at night? Only clear lenses please. These give the best view.
  • Ultraviolet light protection is important! Make sure your goggles protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Over-exposure to either one can cause cataract formation on your eyes.
  • Make sure you can see a full 180 degrees around you. Less than that can result in accidents and injury!

Video: how to choose the right ski goggles and lens tint

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How to Make Your Own Steampunk Goggles

July 1, 2009 under Costume Goggles

Some people are happy buying a pair of steampunk goggles or would prefer to get a pair of vintage goggles to go with their outfits. But certain types of tinkerers only like to make their own stuff! Made magazine had published an article awhile ago on how to make your own pair of steampunk goggles using very cheap materials, toilet tubes! And some enterprising folk on youtube videotaped themselves making the glasse so if you want to make your own pair, you can follow along.

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If you want, you can see some other steampunk goggle tutorials on Cut Out & Keep

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Vin Diesel’s Chronicles of Riddick Goggles

July 1, 2009 under Costume Goggles

One of the coolest pair of glasses worn in a movie has got to be the pair that Vin Diesel wears in Pitch Black and the Chronicles of Riddick. Riddick has to wear the goggles to protect his eyesight during the day because he has had his vision altered to give him superior night vision. It presents a pretty cool effect in the movie when Riddick takes his goggles off and you can either see what his eyes look like (they have a metallic shine to them) or you can see how he sees in the darkness.

Alas, there's no licensed version of the Riddick goggles available. So either you will have to make your own, or you can buy a pair that someone else has made. The materials themselves are quite cheap as they appear to be made from just rubber and the lenses. The big issues if finding the right pattern to follow. Try taking a look at this pair of goggles to see if that can help you out. That set looks really awesome!

The first movie, Pitch Black, remains my favorite. Here's the trailer. You should buy the DVD, it's awesome!