10 Great Value SkiBike Essentials - # 10 Steiner Snow Goggles

Posted: Thursday, 19 April 2012 by Mark Kinnon in Labels: , ,

I want to pay tribute to 10 excellent items that I have used whilst skibiking, they didn't cost much and have all delivered fantastic value for money.
All of them cost under £60, to stay in budget, some had to be bought from secondhand from eBay, usually in nearly new condition having seen a weeks use or less. SkiBike related bargains are out there to be had, providing you buy at the end of the winter season right through to late September.

Item: Steiner Snow Goggles

Price Paid: under £20

What was so good about this item then?

I bought these before I first went skiing in the 90s, practically every holiday after that was in perfect conditions so they sat virtually unused, until quite recently. I noticed that all the freestyle "dudes" you see on extreme YouTube videos are not to be seen without goggles and it took till this season (2012) to understand why.
If you go riding in whiteout conditions, as soon as you pick up any appreciable speed, snow flakes hit your eyeballs at a speed that makes them unbelievably painful. Wearing sunglasses doesn't help at all, the little buggers are swept by air flow around the sides to ping off your cornea. By the end of the day your eyes look like Christopher Lee's performance of Count Dracula in numerous Hammer House of Horror movies. Furthermore, even on a good day, once you start going above 25 mph, your eyes stream in the icy blast and you simply can't see where you're going anymore.

Put simply, these work, they don't fog up and were comfortable to be worn over my regular prescription sunglasses, once in place I didn't want to take them off again. Sadly Steiner don't appear to make snow goggles any more and now produce binoculars, these will have to last me a bit longer then.

Any gripes or whinges about this item?

The sealing foam disintegrated and the glue on the replacement draught sealer wouldn't hold, so I got rid of it completely. Oddly enough, the bare plastic is quite comfortable against the skin, although it does leave a great comedy line on your face when they finally come off. Still if you don't have a sense of humour you shouldn't ride a skibike.

Steiner Snow Goggles - SkiBike essential #10