Posts Tagged ‘playa goggles’

Starting the final packing

August 8, 2016

Oh, to drive to Burning Man one year and have all my usual burn hear…I’ve reduced to what I think I might need in the desert. I’m going to try using this box (instead of ziploc bags), maybe it’ll be a bit more organized. Take up more space packing though?


I started with just “tent stuff:”

bungee cords



hanging basket

work gloves

shamwow – I use this in the tent for when I’m taking contacts in/out, to catch the saline.

solar lanterns – I’ve been beyond pleased with these.

But it was pretty empty so now it’s got more burn-only necessities (as opposed to what needs to be with me for the traveling):

4 goggles




another shamwow

spare ID

tent pee funnel

In all my burn gear I have a “playa only” set of stuff I hadn’t been through in a couple of years. I have four goggles!


The DeWalts are the best, the seal is rubber (not foam) and the wide lens gives great visibility. Unfortunately, after just one year, they are scratched to HELL.


Playa also ruined the glasses I took – and I only wear them around camp. Playa dust will fuck your shit up.

I hang the goggles from my belt with a carabiner. It’s cumbersome. The collapsible are cool for saving space, but have much more limited visibility.

I have a very special place in my heart for these because: in 2011 I flew into San Diego to drive down with a friend (the original DOOM). It was…that year. In addition to it being…that year, I misplaced my wallet on the drive down. I was physically, mentally and emotionally  non-existent and now I didn’t have any money or ID. Luckily they don’t check ID, when you already have your ticket. We stopped in Gerlach for some reason and I was killing time looking at the tables, while my friend did whatever we’d stopped for. The fella running this particular table was from…Wisconsin? He was there solely to sit at that table and sell goggles all week. He was doing his sales pitch when I said “I have no money, but I hope you sell out!”


“Well here, take these.” I cried and thanked him and they’ve been my favorite (albeit rarely worn) goggles since.

The white pair are snowboarding goggles I’ve never taken, but RHINESTONES.

The third pair are pretty OK, but they don’t sit *quite* right/form a seal across the eyes.

What’s your favorite pair? That doesn’t cost $300…

A post for Amy

February 26, 2011

I couldn’t find my mask on Amazon, either. I’m pretty sure it was a woodworkers respirator mask, the fact that it was made for the tiny sawdust particles was part of why I bought it. These two are similar as far as looks

Yeah, I picked that one for the colors! And it’s the most similar but a bit more ($13 v. $18).

“The Toxic Dust Respirator traps over 99.97 of toxic dust including lead, asbestos, Hantavirus and meets the latest US government respirator standards (P100 Class), OSHA and NIOSH requirements.”

This one’s the cheapest but from what I read, disposable

I liked the points made in the description for this one

– The low inhalation and exhalation resistance of the 7700 Series makes breathing easier to reduce worker fatigue.

– Silicone facepiece material conforms to facial features and doesn’t harden with age. Silicone is easy to clean, durable and resists distortion.

– Contoured sealing flange and cradle suspension system eliminates discomfort caused by pressure points on facial nerves.

 – The most comfortable and durable half mask available.

Good reviews, too. And then I found mine!

Aw, I love my little mask! I remember now it was the reviews that cinched it:

-This is the first “woodworker’s” or nuisance dust mask that I’ve been able to wear for more than 5 minutes without wanting to tear it off, throw it to the ground, stomp on it, douse it with gasoline, and set a match to it.

Looks like they no longer make it, though.

Now, as you know because you are such DEVOTED readers, I really loved wearing my full face mask I brought as a prop. Goggles + breathing in one. I got stuck out at the trash fence in a storm one afternoon and it sucked. I actually went and hid in a toilet to try and give my eyes a break.


So you can be a bad-ass all you want with your bandanna and no goggles, but I like the freedom of seeing and breathing in otherwise unseeable and breathable conditions.

3M 6800 Full Facepiece Respirator - Facepiece Only - Medium Size, Requires Filters or Cartridges

So I’m keeping an eye for another full-face mask, just not a military issue one with loads of rubber and heavy stuff/material.

7000 Series Full Facepiece Respirators Full Face Respirator Large

I have GOT to remember to bring my pictures to work, so I can use them when I post!

Goggles redux

May 23, 2010

I pondered goggles last year (here) and ended up borrowing some – they’re on my must-have list. It was very nice to be able to move freely in a whiteout. I might even wear them more often, just to help my eyes out, this year. I was really, really hoping to get Lasik for the burn season, but hell. Money.

Goggles. Maximum Eyewear even has a “Burning Man” category.

I know I want them big enough to cover my glasses, if need be, and not have crappy foam. These military ones are still looking good, but I’m thinking a fold-up pair would be nice.

Found this nifty-looking dust mask.

This style is exactly what I’m looking for, large area of vision and fold-up. Gonna keep an eye out for something, cheaper, though…I’m not buying stuff like that until AFTER I get necessities taken care of.

Like getting TO BRC…I’m mildly bummed I missed Stag Camp registration, but I bet if I asked pretty please, they’d squeeze me in. My top choice now is smack on the Esp, one factor which manages to negate the otherwise Epic nature of the deal…unfortunately, looking at goggles has led me to tents. More tents. Making me tense. Har har.

I generally avoid more commercial-name tents but here’s a Coleman and Swiss Gear that caught my eye

Coleman Weathermaster Legacy has pretty good reviews, including “easy to set up.” My friend has used her Swiss Gear – from Wal-Mart – for years, now. This one’s kinda cute:

This Cabela one is on the list (ha ha ha, yeah right. My list of 300 domiciles I want to try out…I just need a job as a tent tester!).