In the early 1940's a boot maker named Israel Kroop was asked by a local jockey to develop an alternative to the bulky and heavy motorcycle goggles worn at the time. Being highly creative and good with his hands Kroop designed a cutting edge goggle both slim and lightweight with outstanding peripheral vision and optical clarity. The design was quickly adopted by jockeys throughout the country. Early goggles were cut and sewn by hand taking considerable time and leading Kroop away from the boot business he owned with his father and brother. Demand for the goggles grew quickly forcing Kroop to mechanize the process and officially found Kroop's Goggles in 1947. Kroop's original design has proven so effective and timeless it is still worn today by nearly every jockey worldwide.
In the mid 1950's other sports began to adopt the Kroop's goggle. The lightweight design and wind protection it provided made it the perfect choice for many sports. Early parachutists (skydivers) found the design particularly useful. Nicknamed the Boogie Goggle Kroop's original design has become the most widely used skydiving goggle in the world.
Although Israel Kroop died in 1991 his company and designs live on. Kroop's Goggles prides itself on the same product functionality, durability, and value that made it an icon in both the horse racing and skydiving markets. Our goggles can now be found in nearly every corner of the globe on everyone from medivac helicopter personnel to speed boat racers to Kentucky Derby winners.