Alf tests two of the latest ski goggles from Dragon, their NFX2 and X1s models - the latter of which features transitions lenses.

Dragon NFX2

PRICE: £150

WEBSITE: Dragon Alliance

WHAT THEY SAY: "The all-new NFX2 features the rapid-fire lens change of Swiftlock Technology, making it our most advanced cylindrical lens frame. Delivering the easiest and most secure lens change ever, the NFX2 is engineered for an airtight lens-to-frame interface and backed by Super AntiFog Technology. The NFX2 brings next level clarity, adaptability and style to the Dragon lineup."

WHAT ALF SAYS: Goggles with interchangeable lenses are a boon, but it’s not always as easy as it might be to actually change the lens – unless you’re using Dragon’s brilliant Swiftlock Lens Change System.

The easy on-and-off mechanism uses a pair of small, locking levers integrated into the goggle frame – you simply flip the levers up to release the lens, pop in the new one and with one quick motion, lock it down - it’s so easy you can do it with gloved hands.

The frameless NFX2 comes with a spare lens, and each lens has a cylindrical design which provides optimum peripheral vision. However the goggles are not especially large and you may find peripheral vision is not as good as it could be if you have a wide face - so check before you buy.

Fogging isn’t a problem thanks to the combination of a super anti-fog finish on the lens and Dragon’s ‘Armoured Venting’ system which prevents snow that may get into the vents from working its way onto the inner lens.

Other features include 100 per cent UV protection, soft, triple foam hypoallergenic micro-fleece lining which feels great against your face, and, of course, they’re helmet compatible. Oh, and you also get a sturdy carry case and cloth bag with them.

FOR: Swiftlock Lens Change system is one of the best

AGAINST: Nothing

 

Dragion X1s

PRICE: £195

WEBSITE: Dragon Alliance

WHAT THEY SAY: "A scaled-down, medium fit version of our X1 model, featuring the unmatched peripheral vision of our patented Frameless Technology. Designed for smaller faces, the spherical lens X1s offers premium performance features, seamless helment interface and the all-weather clarity of a re-designed and updated Infinity Lens featuring Super AntiFog Technology."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The X1s is the smaller version of the X1, with a medium-sized frame to fit smaller faces (hence the ‘s’). It utilises Dragon’s patented frameless technology and uses a spherical lens to create a distortion free expansive view.

However, the main selling point, as with the Nike Command, is the Transitions lens, which in flat light stays yellow to help pick out contours and bumps and in sunny conditions quickly turns darker to reflect bright light away from your eyes - offering 100 per cent UV protection.

There’s a wide field of vision even on these smaller-sized goggles, and the combination of lens venting and anti-fog treatment means you won’t have any problems with them fogging up. The lenses are scratch resistant but should you damage them they can be replaced.

The inner frame of the helmet-compatible X1s features triple layer face foam, and an easily adjustable, silicone-backed strap to keep everything in place. You also get a storage box and a storage bag, which can also be used for cleaning the lens.

FOR: Good option for smaller faces, great lens quality

AGAINST: Pricey, but you are getting a Transitions lens for your money

This originally appeared in the October 2016 Issue of Ski+board - click here for a link to the online version.

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.