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Various Brands - Different Types Of Goggles

Published: 06 Jan 2007 - 14:35 by adam_pberes

Updated: 23 Feb 2007 - 04:19

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Can We get some reviews from those of you that have used different types of googles for playing squash?

This can also include Those face mask things that some wear

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From gregzilla - 23 Feb 2007 - 04:19

I wear a pair of Oakley sunglasses.  M-frames or something like that.  Not sure if they are certified, but they will stop a shotgun blast ;).   They tend to fog up as well, but  I found that the anti-fog stuff you can buy in a bottle works pretty well.  Unfortunately they are all busted up now though, so I need a new pair. 
I am one of maybe 7 people at my club who wear goggles. 

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From hamburglar - 22 Feb 2007 - 08:33   -   Updated: 22 Feb 2007 - 08:33

I use the 'original' RecSpec. I think it was about $120 with the prescription lenses.

The i-mask looks quite convenient. it has a sweatband, is light, and will fit over your regular glasses

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From rippa rit - 22 Feb 2007 - 06:57   -   Updated: 22 Feb 2007 - 06:58

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Full SHield I-MAX

Any chance of putting a link or a photo in this forum please.
jbs24 - you say you wear prescription lens so does that mean you have got that script in the protective eyewear? 
I know there is a rubber type frame available which can have prescription lenses inserted, and it has a proper ear lug too, with a strap connected around the back.  The frame is not cheap but at least it might be a more personal fit which would be a plus.
I went into the Rec Specs website but there were so many models, types, etc I could not recognise which one you would be wearing.

Here is a photo of the I-Max Visor type

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From hamburglar - 22 Feb 2007 - 05:26

mostly B-level players at our club, and almost everyone wears eye protection of some sort. I use RecSpecs since I wear prescription lenses and someone else has had a pair of RecSpecs for about 20 years!

I would be more worried in a court with a beginner than an A-level player. I've been hit in the face too many times, mostly with racquets, seldom with the ball, to not wear protention.

You might think you've got two of em, so one eye is expendable, just don't complain about the consequences.

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From matko - 22 Feb 2007 - 02:42

I was hit full in my left eye by a backhand return last November. I was blind in the eye for several hours and sight returned slowly. I am left with a partially detached iris and permanent damage to the very back of the eye. This has resulted in lack of focus and permanent dilation of the pupil. Glare, 'floaters' and an increased risk of glaucoma helped me to decide to wear eye protection now I am playing again. Biggest problem is misting and I would be very grateful if anyone has a good tip on how to stop this.

As to whether or not to wear goggles/visor; that is totally up to the individual concerned. However, perhaps my experience will encourage people to seriously consider the consequences of permanent eye damage!



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From adam_pberes - 05 Feb 2007 - 17:58

Yeah, I Know I Shouldn't, But I Don't normally wear eyewear unless it is a compulsory things in a tournament or unless my coach tells me to(when he catches me on court without them)


Juniors in AUS It is compulsory to wear goggles (U18) And it is starting to get more compulsory in doubles.

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From vitty - 24 Jan 2007 - 06:22

"I have also felt his wrath and have learned my lesson"

It´s been a bad long day in my office until I saw this - I don´t know exactly why, but when I read this, I can´t stop laughing...thank you, stevep

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From stevo - 23 Jan 2007 - 21:59

Spartacus, consider yourself officially told off by the unofficial forum moderator. I have also felt his wrath and have learned my lesson 

And I agree, I don't know anyone who bothers with protective eye wear so that is probably a reason why the thread went unanswered.

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From Adz - 23 Jan 2007 - 20:34

Apologies for not adding to this earlier, but Sparty's right that many players (of all standards) simply don't wear protective eye gear on court.

In the UK it is compulsory for all juniors (under 19s) to wear them and for all doubles players to wear them. For that reason I bought a pair myself (form the same site as chicken as it happens! - ).

With a few topics on the boards hinting at eye protection, I do take time to read the threads when there is nothing else new on the boards, but I have to admit that I have interest in wearing specs unless the competition rules state that I have to (e.g Doubles tournaments).

For a brief review on my choice of specs:

Light, fully adjustable, virtually no blind/blurred spots but they can be prone to steaming up from time to time. I bought an interior mist repellant (designed for car rear-view mirrors) which works incredibly well, but needs to be reapplied every few uses. Only flaw I can see with these glasses is that the arm adjustment is plastic and could wear down over time causing the settings to slip. Still worth a look though!

 (see even the smiley is wearing eye protection - but only on a very bright court!)


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From missing_poster35 - 23 Jan 2007 - 09:00

Here's a link to the goggles I wear...

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From rippa rit - 22 Jan 2007 - 13:29

A photo would be good, if possible, so it really does show the type.

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From missing_poster35 - 22 Jan 2007 - 12:31

Hi Adam,

I wear the Zoom Goggles because my normal glasses dont give we wide enough vision for playing squash.

The goggles are comfortable so I forget I'm wearing them, they don't mist up when i am playing, they don't interfere with my vision, getting hit by a ball in the eye area doesn't hurt (ive been hit twice since I bought them a year ago).

However, there are a few cons... when I towel down between games and put the goggles back on they sometimes steam up until i start running around. The lenses aren't anti reflective though I have to say I've never noticed this causing me a problem during a match but an anti reflective coating should make them a little clearer under bright lights. If I drop my head so my chin touches my chest during a game sweat drips onto the inside of the lenses (I guess this is a problem with all goggles).

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From rippa rit - 22 Jan 2007 - 09:02

Guys - take it easy.

I think it is now time to take the eyewear topic to the Mini Poll and see what sort of results we get from that - so when our Webmaster, who is run off his feet,  has a chance to take a breath it should happen.


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From nickhitter - 22 Jan 2007 - 07:42

Accusations? What are you talking about?

I play in a club with at least 400 members ranging from ex world ranked top ten down to beginners and I've not once seen someone wear goggles. simple fact is that most people don't wear them. Hardly an 'accusation', besides you point me to a thread where 3 people say they wear them. not exactly proof to the contrary!

Adam asked for reviews anyway, not whether you wear them or not, or whether it's right or wrong. so none of us have answered his question!

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From drop-shot - 20 Jan 2007 - 23:31   -   Updated: 20 Jan 2007 - 23:31

Adam and IamSpartacus.
my advice for you is to read through the archive before throwing accusations ;-)

Answering the question from Adam - I do use Prince eyewear and iMask.

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From rippa rit - 20 Jan 2007 - 08:20   -   Updated: 20 Jan 2007 - 08:21

Here is the link to protective eyewear ,a previous post with 11 replies, which might explain why nobody has got into this topic.

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From nickhitter - 20 Jan 2007 - 03:48

2 weeks and not a sausage.

I think this goes to show how few of us actually bother with goggles...regardless of whther that's right or wrong.

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