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Most Helpful Positive Review ESS Advancer V12 goggles
Ideal goggles for use in terrain like Afghanistan. Pros: easy use and comfo...
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Most Helpful Negative Review Poor functionality during shooting
These goggles are designed like swimming goggles, in that they fit BELOW yo...
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Advancer with RX Insert

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TN Written on February 3, 2012
I just received the goggles and prescription insert and haven't had a chance to use them on a wildland fire yet. But wanted to give prospective RX users an idea of what to expect.

First of all, i don't "stump" for companies but Lenscrafters was the only place I could find who would attempt the challenge of cutting the RX lenses. Only took them half an hour! They are so used to cutting glasses that they actually enjoyed the challenge of working on something different.

Drawbacks I have experienced are probably not product related but something those of us with RX needs can't avoid. It's just a fact of life. There is terrible internal glare from sunlight and flashlight that occurs between the protective lense and RX lense. This sometimes causes a complete "white out" effect. I am hoping the brim of my hard hat will shield some of this.

Smudges and smears: The changeable lenses take some time and effort to lock into place. From my experience they don't just simply "click". They require some force and exact alignment of the locking mechanism. Aggravation is having clean lenses, finally snapping them into place only to realize that in the process the inside of the protective lenses get smudged. Only way to clean them is to remove them again b/c the RX lenses prevent you from cleaning them from the inside. My worry is when the time comes to clean the sweat out of them. Seems like I will be on the fireline going thru the long process of removing lenses and clea...
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Would recommend: Yes
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Poor functionality during shooting

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on April 30, 2011
These goggles are designed like swimming goggles, in that they fit BELOW your eyebrows. Hence the problem whenever you aim with one eye closed, due to the following sequence of events:

1) You close your non-dominant eye (let's say left eye) to aim with your dominant (right) eye.
2) Deliberate closure of your left eye requires contraction of the left orbicularis oculi muscle - so your left eyebrow is pulled downward when you squeeze you left eye closed. This obviously does not happen with your right eye, because you are leaving it open to aim.
3) Your left eyebrow is then pulled BELOW the top rim of the left eyepiece frame - so your left eyebrow is now inside the left goggle, and your right eyebrow is still outside and above the right goggle.
4) You finish aiming / shooting, so you open your left eye again. Your left orbicularis relaxes, and your left brow now rises to its normal relaxed position.
5) Unfortunately, your left brow is trapped inside the goggle frame. Opening your left eye (by relaxing and therefore raising your left brow) pushes the whole left goggle up because your left eyebrow is trapped inside the left goggle, under the upper frame.
6) Now the goggles are angled and not fitting any longer, with the left goggle noticeably higher on your face compared to the right goggle. You also have some visual distortion, as the polycarbonate lenses are at slightly different angles relative to each other.

So every time you close and open your non-dominant ey...
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Would recommend: No
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ESS Advancer V12 goggles

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 17, 2010
Ideal goggles for use in terrain like Afghanistan.
Pros: easy use and comfortable
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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