Reviewed by BMW from Columbus Ohio on Saturday, January 18, 2014
I wear a Large in a helmet and have what most would say is a medium/large nose with wide nostrils so I was very worried about common comments about "severe nose pinching". Still knowing the quality of high end ZEAL SPX and SPPX goggles and not knowing the ski experience level of the commenters I choose to purchase these goggles....I've skied with them 3 times now and find the "severe nose pinching" claims totally unfounded for me (and remember I'm the guy with wide-nostrils). Yes, there is a greater touching to snug nose fit. Anyone use to lower-end light goggles may find the more expensive larger goggles pressing against the nose more somewhat strange to annoying. But for me it's extra 3 layer foam (with one layer face wicking) wind blockage and warmth for my larger nose are great trade-off. And the Zeal OPTICS are excellent on this Google. This SPX version is best bought for Sunny day use, for those heavy dark overcast days the more expensive SPPX version is the one you need in flat light. At STP prices I can afford to purchase both pairs!! Always a good idea to try on several goggles at a Ski shop before buying. I had the same experience when I tried on high-end $150-$250 Oakley's at the Mall. My two pairs of 25 year old single (flat) lens SCOTT goggles w only one layer of cheap non-wicking face lining only rest on the bridge of my nose and doesn't have the extra thick padding layers to touch my lower nostril area. Bottom line: I'm very happy with these high quality goggles!!
Reviewed by perrymw from South Carolina on Saturday, March 2, 2013
Maybe it's just my face, but these goggles fit a little odd, too low on the nose, making it a little hard to breathe. Might be able to be adjusted, but I haven't been skiing with them yet. Not too impressed with the polarization. I was expecting an effect similar to that of polarized sunglasses, but I can't tell that they are polarized much at all.
Reviewed by JPF from West Virginia on Sunday, February 17, 2013
I purchased these because of the spherical shape and polorized lenses. They look great but they are exceptionally large. The problem that this creates is that they entirely cover and/or pinch the nose so that you cannot breathe from it and if you do, then you fog up the lenses. Five different people have tried skiing in these googles and every single one disliked them.
It should also be noted that Zeal marks certain goggles as "helmet compatible." These are not helmet compatible and rightly so as it makes the problem that much worse by pressing the goggles even more uncomfortably into the nose.
I would recommend these goggles to anyone with a large face as, for the price, it is a rather nice lense and design.