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Interchangeable lens ski goggles: prime suggestions for this season

Over the past year, several brands have released new eyewear systems that they believed could shake the interchangeable lens world. We took four of them for a joyride.

Sometimes you feel like a shade, sometimes you don’t. It is the same with high-end skis Glasses. And while photochromic (“transition”) lenses purport to meet all of your optical needs, there is still a case for a state-specific lens.

And recently, many brands have been offering changing lenses for changing conditions – through interchangeable lens systems. As you would expect, each brand offers its own way of changing a lens quickly, easily and intuitively. Here I go through my top picks for the latest interchangeable eyewear systems.

These are all cylindrical lenses, and each has its own lens and optic technology. They all have features such as ventilation, anti-fogging, contrast clarity and cold tolerance treatments.

While these aren’t the most expensive goggles out there, innovation, research and development take time. And as they say, time is money.

Ski goggles: interchangeable lens systems

One-handed wonder: Bolle Nevada Neo

Photo credit: Cameron Martindell

The results of this test support the claim that you get what you pay for. The new EyeLatch system from Bolle is the most expensive technology in this test. It’s my overall favorite too – largely because I don’t worry about a frameless style to complete my piste look.

The EyeLatch system uses seven neodymium magnetic points to guide the lens and hold it in place. It also has a single locking point in the middle of the glasses frame. This single locking point enables the wearer to unlock, remove, and replace them Nevada Neo lens ($ 280) with just one hand – even with glasses.

Of the four goggles in this test, the EyeLatch system turned out to be the easiest and most intuitive to use and could be performed in practically one movement. It took the least fidgeting and alignment.

Nevada NeoPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

The middle locking piece must be folded up before you can remove the lens. This system also clearly shows when the lens is ready for removal or when it is locked. The magnets hold the lens in place to ensure that the lens does not accidentally pop out after the lock is unlocked. To put the lens back into the frame, the magnets suck the lens straight into place. When the middle locking tab is folded down, the goggles are ready for use.

Skiers can complete this process with a medium-thick glove. However, if the gloves get too bulky, the chances of fiddling with the lens increase. Familiarity with the system is key to properly grasping the lens and removing it from the frame. I’d love to see a slightly thicker tab on the edge of the lens, right where or near where the lock goes down, to make it easier to grasp and ensure a good grip.

Bubbles Nevada NeoPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

The single locking tab is solid and I’m confident the lens won’t pop out of the frame even with the most spectacular obliteration. However, I will admit that I didn’t crash intentionally to try any of these glasses.

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Budget option: Spy Marauder

Spy + looterPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

Spy’s deadbolt lens locking system on the Marauders ($ 180) has two latches – one on each side of the frame. These work with two small magnets, one in the top center and one on the bridge of the nose, to hold the lens in place.

The design is amazing – you can remove the lens with one hand while wearing the goggles. With this one-handed system, however, you must first unlock one side of the lens by sliding the latch up and then unlocking the other side in the same way. Then the user can pull the lens straight off the frame.

It is easier to pull the lens from the side than to grab it from the center over the nose – exactly where the two guide magnets are. However, the frameless design gives the user very little grip without touching the lens.

Spy + looterPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

The relatively large latches on the sides of the lens slide up to unlock and slide down to lock the lens in place. The latches are large and easy to find and unlock with medium weight gloves.

Since the Marauder only has two magnets in the center, there is a possibility of user error preventing the lens from sitting properly on the sides. If you cannot push the Marauder lens into the frame while simultaneously pressing down on the sliding locks on the side, there is a possibility that moving the locking slides downwards will push the locking tab out of the frame again.

Then the lenses cannot be securely attached.

Spy + looterPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

Some magnets on the side of these tabs could fix this problem, but then the price wouldn’t be as low as $ 180.

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No magnets: Dragon RVX OTG

Dragon rvx otgPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

The Dragon RVX OTG ($ 230) The Swiftlock 2.0 system has only one locking lever that can be used to remove the lens from the frame. The lever sits under the right eye and releases with the right thumb.

With the Swiftlock 2.0 system, users can easily remove the lens with one hand even with a gloved hand. However, you need to practice bringing the lens back into position with just one hand. The thumb released lever is spring loaded so it must be held open to stay in the unlocked position.

Then, with the other hand, pull the lens out of the frame. The frameless style offers just a thin piece of material that your fingers can hold while the lens comes out.

Dragon rvx otgPhoto credit: Cameron Martindell

Instead of magnets, the RVX OTG lens has two swivel tabs on the left side of the lens as a reference point to bring the lens back into the frame. These glasses had the toughest lens to put back into the frame while being worn. But with a little specific practice, it can be done.

However, if one of the left hinge tabs is not in place before the right side of the lens is locked into place, you will need to unlock, remove, and reinsert the lens. However, once you put the lenses in, they’ll stay in place. This may be the best option for those who wear glasses under their goggles, according to the OTG moniker (above the glasses).

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Women-specific: Anon WM3 MFI Perceive Goggles

Anon WM3 interchangeable goggles

Anons WM3 MFI glasses ($ 230) were designed specifically for smaller faces and redesigned from Anon’s first model of women’s glasses (WM1) to be thinner and lighter. The cylindrical goggles have a trifecta of the latest technology from Anon: in terms of design, frames and lenses.

The WM3 glasses have the MAGNA-TECH lens system from Anon, which uses nine high-strength rare earth magnets, with which you can exchange the lenses on the fly. The magnets in the frame and on the lenses align and the goggles can be adjusted with one hand.

To remove the lens, simply press the frame with your thumb and forefinger. The magnets are strong and require a certain tendon strength. The easiest way to remove them is to pinch on both sides and grab the lenses by their edges.

When I wore mittens, it was easier for me to change the lenses with the goggles on my face.

Anon WM3 glasses

Like the other goggles on this list, the WM3 comes with two sets of lenses. Our tester has been using the purple-red tinted Perceive lens (14% VLT) for most of the days. She uses the amber replacement lens (59% VLT) for poor lighting.

Overall, the WM3 glasses replacement system works great, and the glasses are a welcome update from Anon’s OG WM1.

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