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Dust proofing goggles?

Postby HazelRae » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:59 am

I bought some steampunk goggles over amazon because I seam to have lost my former bitchin pair. However, though they are pretty sexy, they are not dust proofed at all. They are basically just plastic/rubber.
Does anyone have a fabric or material that would be the best to glue to the inner lining of the goggles?
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby HazelRae » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:41 am

No one? Really?
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby Canoe » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:00 am

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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby AntiM » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:04 am

Most of the time, if you seal up your goggles completely, they fog up inside. There has to be some ventilation. But padding can help with a good fit. Some folks have tried weatherproofing strips, or cut up foam, but the adhesives can cause a skin reaction, especially combined with playa dust. I haven't tried soft leather strips myself, but have heard of it being successful.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby FossaFerox » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:08 pm

To me, making/modifying goggles is about as appealing as making a bullet proof vest and then field testing it by wearing it to a firing range. The stakes are too high and you *really* won't know if it's going to hold up to the temperature, fine particle size, and wind all while remaining comfortable and not fogging up until you get there...
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby burner von braun » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:03 pm

..to follow on with FF's post, I bring some cool goggles and a bandana that work fine up to a point. However, I also carry a ziplock bag in the bottom of my backpack that contains an honest-to-dog industrial style respirator and military goggles for use if conditions get serious. I didn't need to use them last year. YMMV

As to your question, I would start by considering a pliable foam to fill large gaps, and folks have reported good success overall with shoe glue.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby FlyingMonkey » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:30 pm

I have not tried this myself so don't blame me for your corneal abrasions but maybe some of that adhesive backed felt used for door insulation would work. It would provide a soft on the skin barrier, breath somewhat, & it seems to seal leaky doors against the cold wind pretty well.

But always have a "Plan-B" nearby in case they don't work as well as you hope. Due to the drought many are predicting epic dust storms this year so it makes sense to have a few pairs of goggles. I'm kind of partial to my Cold War era gas mask when it gets really bad, & then I wear something more "fashionable" when the conditions are better.

Just be sure to take your eye protection seriously.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby trilobyte » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:40 pm

It's been my experience that crap goggles will remain crap goggles. Attempting to retrofit junk always ends up taking lots and lots of time to try and do right, only to have them fail on day two anyways. Best to find something playa-worthy and trick 'em out yourself.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:40 pm

FlyingMonkey wrote:Due to the drought many are predicting epic dust storms this year...
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby danibel » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:50 pm

Sorry. This topic just made me laugh. Even my super fantastic military dust googles get a bit of dust in them. I mostly use them in bad situations. I wear sunglasses a lot, so sealing just hasn't been a priority.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:53 pm

danibel wrote:... so sealing just hasn't been a priority.

Good thing. It's more of a Canadian thing than a Nevada thing...
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby oscillator » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:01 pm

Form follows function.

Keep the Steampunk googles parked on your fabulous headgear and get these to deal with the actual dust:

http://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/SCOTT-RECOIL-GOGGLES

They also make version to accommodate spectacles.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby cow dog » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:42 pm

as a local and deal with dust , work and play 365, end of summer, wrap around sunglasses fine, but for epic conditions, a pair of name brand, O or S motocross, not ski goggles, is what we use, and saline solution, always a hit on the playa in first aid pack
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby danibel » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:39 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
danibel wrote:... so sealing just hasn't been a priority.

Good thing. It's more of a Canadian thing than a Nevada thing...
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Hehe. Sealing... Ceiling. Seeling?
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby BBadger » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:43 pm

Yeah, you don't want a really good seal on your goggles. You're not going swimming. You just want something to act as a windshield and provide a breathable screen so dust doesn't smack into your eyes. Fog sucks. I remember when I wasn't riding around and having a breeze blowing on my goggles I was constantly lifting them off my face to help them air out and defog.

Some people bring stuff like gas masks, paintball masks helmets, or other giant stuff. I know that after the first day or so they leave it permanently back at camp. The worst pair of goggles is the pair you don't want to use. That includes goggles that look cool but are obnoxious and uncomfortable.

Really, you don't need super-dooper protection, and usually you won't even want to wear goggles at all. Your body's own anti-dust mechanisms are often enough to get you by. For example, I had forgotten my goggles during some huge dust storm caused by a large burn and squinting and eyelashes were sufficient to make it through the cloud. I just had to remember not to touch my eyes or else I'd get the dust in my eyes which caused them to tear up and cake up. At night I often bring my goggles, but it's so hard to see through them that I just leave them off.

During the day I would actually just wear some wrap-around sunglasses instead of goggles. They block out most of the dust you'll encounter, are comfortable, and provide sun protection, which is more useful than dust protection. If you want to clean them, use some wet wipes, and then manually dry them with a secondary towel so you don't have any drip-stains.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby FossaFerox » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:04 pm

My goggles seal nicely, don't let dust in, and don't fog. They're also comfortable as hell. They're military surplus and they do their job well. Most motocross goggles will do the same thing. Sealed doesn't necessarily mean foggy or uncomfortable.

Oh, and for the record I only stopped wearing my full-head gas mask because the rubber started to tear along the base. Apparently Soviet engineers didn't have dancing in mind when they designed and built the thing back in the 60s. Go figure.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby FlyingMonkey » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:15 am

FossaFerox wrote:My goggles seal nicely, don't let dust in, and don't fog. They're also comfortable as hell. They're military surplus and they do their job well. Most motocross goggles will do the same thing. Sealed doesn't necessarily mean foggy or uncomfortable.

Oh, and for the record I only stopped wearing my full-head gas mask because the rubber started to tear along the base. Apparently Soviet engineers didn't have dancing in mind when they designed and built the thing back in the 60s. Go figure.



Why, I find it hard to believe that the Soviets didn't consider dancing a top priority. They (The Russians) are dancing on the Ukraine as we speak.

Although you won't be swimming on the Playa, I did find that a cheap pair of swim goggles & a bandana worked pretty well as my back up (Plan B) were small & very easy to carry around in my camelbak. They never once fogged up on me but I never wore them while dancing up a sweat either.

When in doubt take a few pairs that you like & see what works. It's hard to be too prepared.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:48 am

FlyingMonkey wrote:They (The Russians) are dancing on the Ukraine as we speak.

The fact that they've been doing it on and off for centuries leads me to believe that they don't need special equipment.
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Re: Dust proofing goggles?

Postby dragonpilot » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:25 pm

Try to find a sky divers' supply store. They have cool, clear, ventilated, light weight, inexpensive jump goggles. Or a motorcycle supply store like a Harley-Davidson shop...loads of reasonably priced goggles.

And...as stated, use your cool steampunkers for décor...and have the others handy for real need.
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