Snow goggles are a necessity but sometimes this piece of our winter kit can take a big bite out of our wallets–especially given how prone they are to scratching and getting lost each season. Both K2 and Giro answered our plea and created snow goggles that are both high-tech and affordable–sure you may not get the multiple lens change options but these goggles will leave you will plenty of leftover beer money for après time.
The PhotoAntic and PhotoAntic DLX from K2 takes advantage of the company’s high performance spherical lenses in a modern, oversize, semi-frameless design. The lenses offer 100% UVA/UVB protection with an anti-fog coating and a distortion-free view. The affordable goggles pair cleanly with any variety of helmet so you aren’t left with an embarrassing gaper gap.
The PhotoAntic frame is lined with single density foam and features a slotted nose bridge for a comfortable face fit. The DLX uses the same frame but adds a plush fleece lined foam and anti-slip silicon beads that line the inside of the strap for superior helmet grip.
The K2 PhotoAntic and PhotoAntic DLX retail for $59.95-$89.95 and are available now in a variety of color and lens combinations.
For next season, Giro jumps in with the Semi and Dylan (women’s specific) snow goggles–new additions to the EXV (Expansion View Technology) Collection. These medium-size frame goggles feature retro looks and undercover tech with a vast, wide-angle field of view for better vision in all conditions delivered via an injected-molded cylindrical lens. The lens is coated with an anti-fog solution for uncompromised vision. Cushy double-layer face foam plus seamless compatibility with all Giro helmets make the Semi and Dylan a great choice for younger riders or those in need of a more compact style.
The Giro Dylan and Semi snow goggles will retail for $89 and start shipping in August 2015 with a Flash Lens and extra bonus low light lens.