DIY Asian Fit Goggles – A cheap fix and solution

Your snow gear is really important when it comes to skiiing/snowboarding. You got to make sure everything fits right and is at the right comfort level.

Unfortunately for me though, being Asian, not everything fits me properly :/ With the lack of a bridge, my goggles never fit me properly; they all leave a giant gap at the nose area, that my finger could easy fish through. This basically means there’s a funnel of air that streams up that gap and into my eyes. So on windy-snowy days, or going up the lift, my goggles are basically ineffective.

We were pretty hesitant to buy Asian-Fit goggles though (and not just because most of the good looking ones are ridiculously overpriced)…The main reason for that is because the Asian-Fit goggles use completely different lenses, even if its the same model. For instance, I have Smith-Phenoms, and I have a bunch of spare lenses for it, but if I buy the Smith-Phenoms- Asian-Fits, the lenses for it are COMPLETELY different. This basically means I’d need to buy everything new and all my current goggle-gear becomes useless. Also, there are very few places that carry anything Asian-Fit in the United States, so good luck finding them in store and good luck finding lenses.

Well, instead of succumbing to buying Asian-Fit goggles, which I’ll emphasize again- there are VERY few of (especially in store), we decided on a quick and cheap solution! Here’s what I did! I’m not recommending people do this though, since I know people will end up jacking their gear up and blaming me, but here’s what I did, documented, so that people can see what others have done for a solution. So basically, what I’m saying is…don’t come crying to me if you glued this on your stuff and it didn’t work out. This is purely me showing you, what I did 😀

Foam from Fred Meyers

1) So I purchased foam for 10 bucks at Fred Meyers, and started cutting a small square piece out of it. I aligned it to my goggles, to where the nose was, and with a permanent marker, outlined the cut of the nose on the foam.

Cut out nose pieces

2) I then cut out the nose pieces of foam out; these come out triangular. I had to cut out a few extra pieces as trial runs since I goofed up a few times  and wasn’t sure of what kind of cut I was making. Also, had to make sure that the width of the foam was about the right size too. I was originally planning to use an exacto-knife, but a good pair of scissors seems to work better. They didn’t need to be precise, since the foam shapes to you. Plus, everyone’s noses are different. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that both triangle pieces are slightly different.

Insert foam pieces – then glue

3) Next step is to insert the foam pieces in and try them on!When I tried them on, I made sure that I didn’t see any gaps from the inside. If there were gaps, I just started over and cut out larger pieces. On a different pair of goggles (the neon-green-pair that is cut off on the far left of the photos, which are Smith IOs) I had to make a wider piece that extended out. Once they seemed like they fit properly, I tested them with double sided tape first. When it seemed all hunky-doory, I put a small amount of glue on, and voila (I only put a little in the middle because the glue hardens and if its around the edges, it’ll poke you).  I purchased gorilla glue for this since it says it works for foam and is also waterproof, but other glues could be a better option that I don’t know about.

I hope this helps you guys who struggle with this same problem! Oh…and as a disclaimer again, since I know there are a lot of foolios out there, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR GOGGLES. If you suck at arts and crafts, and dealing with cutting and gluing, you should probably find another solution or buy proper Asian fit goggles haha. Also, I can’t guarantee that gorilla glue works best for this either, but for me, so far, so good.

11 thoughts on “DIY Asian Fit Goggles – A cheap fix and solution

  1. Hey, nice elegant hack right there! I’m new to boarding and recently discovered exactly that problem. But the helmet goggle pairing also didn’t always work out. Which helmet do you use and what goggles do you pair with it?

    1. Thanks! I got pretty tired with the wind tunnel in my goggle, so I finally sat down and did something about it haha. I have a k2 clutch helmet and smith phenom goggles. It’s never been a problem for me. My bf has Smith IOs with a full-face Giro helmet and it works well too. Hope this helps!

    2. There is a Japanese brand called Dice that makes Asian fit helmet. What i did was removing the padding in Bern Helmet, then wear a beanie underneath. That way you can go one size lager for the helmet:) it’s also more stylish

  2. So glad to have found this hack. A customer rep from actually took the time to forward this to me. Our Korean daughter (she’s 8 years old) was having a terrible problem. We are using corn pads until we can take the time to fix hers up. Thanks again.

  3. Wow just found this, thanks for the write-up. I had two questions before I attempt this myself. What did you use to cut the foam so well? Also what type of glue did you use?

  4. I bought a pair of Smith I/OS asian fits online and thought they shipped a regular pair. There was still a gap and they seemed way too curvy. Turns out that I actually received an asian fit pair and that the only difference is the extra foam on the nose.

    Upon further investigation, even Oakley doesn’t modify their asian fit goggle design, with the exception of more foam. So it seems that they don’t see it’s worth transferring the asian fit design features of their sunglasses to goggles… and other goggle makers are following suit.

  5. Now that we’re 3 years down the road from your post, a few questions:
    – did the glue hold up indefinitely, or did you have to eventually replace?
    – was the nose gap completely after your hack? or did you still have some airflow going through?


  6. Hey! First of all, thank you endlessly for taking the time to document and post this. I’d never known about Asian-fit goggles until about a month ago. I was really excited to learn that having foggy goggles that still let air and snow in is not a normal thing, and that there is a solution. I’ve got a really nice pair of goggles that I don’t want to replace, I’d rather just fix them like it seems you did – however the photos on this page aren’t working 😦
    I’d so appreciate if you updated your photobucket account so they start working on this page. I know it’s been five years since you posted this and I feel that chances are slim that you’ll see this comment but I’m gonna keep checking back!

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