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Jul 11, 2012, 4:59 AM
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Hi - basic question: I see that people wear all kinds of different goggles or glasses. Is it pretty much that you can wear whatever you like so long as it stays on?

Then there may be concerns about shatter-resistance and so on, but in the first instance can you really wear anything basically? I have none of my own kit but gloves and goggles are at the top of my list, since the rental ones are pretty disgusting. Krrops are pretty cheap but apparently they fall apart after ten jumps...

I want anything either clear or very lightly tinted/shaded - but not coloured. I nearly always pull my goggles off once under canopy, because they mist up easily and I have poorer view of the ground for landing, so something I can slip down will be necessary. That's possible just by routing the strap across the middle of my ears rather than over/behind them.


Sorry for the stupid question, then - but, within reason, basically can I just wear whatever I find that fits?


Southern_Man  (C License)

Jul 11, 2012, 6:14 AM
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Are you a student? Most dropzones want clear goggles on their students. Talk to your instructor.


If you are licensed then at least here in the states you are allowed to use whatever you want.


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Jul 11, 2012, 6:41 AM
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Are you a student?
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Not AFF, but perhaps soon FS and so on. I'd want something clear anyway, for eye contact at other times than in the air (on the plane etc) and just for visibility. Though I suppose, I like I said, I tend to pull them off under canopy.


DBCOOPER  (D 24112)

Jul 11, 2012, 6:46 AM
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Who told you Kroops fall apart after 10 jumps?


rss_v

Jul 11, 2012, 7:21 AM
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Who told you Kroops fall apart after 10 jumps?

I read it somewhere

*shrug*


Jumpingeezer  (D 22544)

Jul 11, 2012, 1:22 PM
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Don't believe everything you hear. I have used Kroops for over twenty years (OTG) and I have never had a problem with them. You won't be the Kool Kid on the block with the latest and greatest, but they are inexpensive and they work just fine.


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Jul 11, 2012, 1:42 PM
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Don't believe everything you hear. I have used Kroops for over twenty years (OTG) and I have never had a problem with them. You won't be the Kool Kid on the block with the latest and greatest, but they are inexpensive and they work just fine.

Fair enough. Any idea why they're so cheap compared to other plastic-and-elastic types of goggles? I assumed the DZ student/rental ones were crap but they're a more expensive type than Kroops.


Premier NWFlyer  (D 29960)

Jul 11, 2012, 1:52 PM
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Could be the relative size of their market. Kroops are marketed to other sports that have a greater number of participants, where some of the others may be skydiving-specific. Spreading fixed costs over a smaller volume = higher prices.


pchapman  (D 1014)

Jul 15, 2012, 11:24 AM
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The problem with Kroops as I see it is that the elastic strap loses strength so quickly, so one is always fiddling to adjust it shorter, or it is nearly 'stretched out' with little elasticity at all. When digging through a pile of goggles for students, the Kroops always seem to be the crappiest choice. Other types like Flexvision have a stronger bungee (although harder against the head). I personally like Skyeyes' soft silicone strap which lasts pretty long.

But that's only looking at traditional skydiving goggles; many people use full face helmets (not normally for students!), or various other eyewear like sunglasses and sports goggles. Sunglasses are great for some people, but others with more sensitive eyes find that even tight fitting ones allow an uncomfortable blast of air on the eyeballs.


sfancey  (B 38456)

Jul 16, 2012, 4:04 PM
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Could be the relative size of their market. Kroops are marketed to other sports that have a greater number of participants, where some of the others may be skydiving-specific. Spreading fixed costs over a smaller volume = higher prices.

Along those lines, check out motorcycle gear shops; I have a set of sunglasses made specifically for keeping the wind out of your eyes. They double pretty well for skydiving Smile


FNG

Jul 18, 2012, 7:31 AM
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Another idea would be to get some prescription eyewear sport glasses. Even if you don't wear prescription lenses you can get frames with non prescription lenses and that would allow you to get whatever type of coatings or tints you want (transitions lenses). Liberty sport makes some pretty nice frames that are great for jumping. Also think about it just about any eyewear that is good for motorcycling would probably work for jumping as well


theonlyski  (D License)

Jul 18, 2012, 8:23 AM
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Another idea would be to get some prescription eyewear sport glasses. Even if you don't wear prescription lenses you can get frames with non prescription lenses and that would allow you to get whatever type of coatings or tints you want (transitions lenses). Liberty sport makes some pretty nice frames that are great for jumping. Also think about it just about any eyewear that is good for motorcycling would probably work for jumping as well

I've yet to see any transition lenses that are worth much skydiving wise.


DaVinciflies

Jul 18, 2012, 9:08 AM
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I haven't read the whole thread, but in case it hasn't been mentioned - avoid polarized lenses if you plan to use an altimeter with an LCD display such as a Viso or Neptune.


virgin-burner

Jul 19, 2012, 5:04 PM
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they work just fine if you know your angle..

but as usual DocPop, you're only re-urgitating stuff you've READ.. Smile








uberchris  (A License)

Jul 20, 2012, 10:40 AM
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been thinking about wearing my snowboard goggles for skydiving and speedflying from now on............

anyone wear theirs and has all been well?






DaVinciflies

Jul 20, 2012, 6:08 PM
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they work just fine if you know your angle..

but as usual DocPop, you're only re-urgitating stuff you've READ.. Smile

My advice is from personal experience of misreading a Viso.






Squeak  (E 1313)

Jul 21, 2012, 6:38 PM
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Another idea would be to get some prescription eyewear sport glasses. Even if you don't wear prescription lenses you can get frames with non prescription lenses and that would allow you to get whatever type of coatings or tints you want (transitions lenses). Liberty sport makes some pretty nice frames that are great for jumping. Also think about it just about any eyewear that is good for motorcycling would probably work for jumping as well

I've yet to see any transition lenses that are worth much skydiving wise.
Really, WOW, I have been wearing them for nearly 9 years, they work fantastic for me. I cant not jump without my glasses, and early on I got caught on a "last light" load it became darker than i was comfortable with (wearing sunnies). I have been wearing transitions ever since and they work great.


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Jul 21, 2012, 6:38 PM
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Both of you need to take that conversation to PM or the parking lot, I don't care which, but if it continues in this thread or in this forum, you can expect a very long time away from the forums.


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