Cheap snowboarding goggles: The art of avoiding expense
Anyone who's ever bought snowboarding equipment knows that cheap snowboarding goggles are an almost non-existent commodity. A regular pair of Oakley goggles, for example, will cost you around $35 to $60, and some brands even hit the mid three-digits. What's worst, because of the high intensity nature of the sport they tend to get damaged easily which means you either need another pair, or at least replacements, and that's another $14 or so for a set of laminated tear-offs or up to $40 for full lens replacements. What you need are resources and ideas to help get you snowboarding goggles that won't bury you in an avalanche of cost, pardon the expression. There are some creative ways of getting cheap goggles, some of which we'll see here.
Just browsing, thank you
One of the first stops in your quest to find cheap snowboarding goggles is the internet. Sites like eBay and Craigslist usually have some great deals on "used once" goggles. People who start out snowboarding but don't know what kind of equipment to buy sometimes end up with stuff they don't use; it could be that they tried it out after ordering it on the internet but didn't like the color, fit or feel and are willing to dispose of it at a throwaway price. Either way, you'll be getting an almost brand new pair of protective snowboarding eyewear, and if your offer is fair, they won't do too badly on the deal either. It may take patient searching to find the pair that you do want and bid on it, but it's a whole lot better than springing for an expensive pair.
Goggle bloggle: Online yet again
Another resource for cheap snowboarding goggles is snowboarding blogs like snowboardgo.com or snowboardingdays.com. You won't always get lucky here, in a manner of speaking, but who knows. The best part is, you'll get to learn a lot about equipment in general and what to look for when you buy snowboarding gear. So even if you don't end up with a pair of cheap goggles, you'll at least be richer in terms of information. On the other hand, you may stumble upon some info about stores in your area that sell used goggles for cheap as well, so it's worth the effort all the same.
Great timing; great prices
Timing is also a key factor for finding cheap snowboarding goggles for sale in your area. Shopping at the end of the season means low rates, but for now that'll only make sense if you've already got a pair that will carry you through the winter. Preparing well ahead means that you could find yourself a brand new pair at 50 to 70 percent discount on retail price; mind you, you'll have to take good care of them through spring, summer and autumn so you don't end up with mildewed, useless goggles for next year's snowboarding season.
He who teaches, reaches
Finding a snowboarding instructor could lead you to some cheap snowboarding goggles simply because they're in the fray meeting new people all the time. You might be able to trade in a pair that you don't use, or buy a used or relatively new pair from someone the instructor put you in touch with. You could also ask your friends if they know anyone who's willing to sell their goggles for cheap; sometimes, the best deals come from a random acquaintance you me through someone so be vocal about what you're looking for â€“ seek and you will find, and all that.
Your money's worth
Whatever resource you end up buying from, make sure that you check the goggles for fit, visibility and quality. You don't want to invest money in something that doesn't give you the best value for money, however, much that is. Often, you can get cheap snowboarding goggles that may have cracks or scratches on the lens. In such cases, you can additionally buy a replacement lens for as little as $8 and then buy laminated tear-offs to make sure that they last a lot longer. So getting a cheap pair and keeping it in good working order is more a question of creativity, patience and timing rather than availability or access. The best deals go to the one who is prepared, so put yourself in that position and make your own luck.