With a movable lens position, the Julbo Airflux is perfect for backcountry skiers and boarders looking for extra ventilation when climbing uphill, says Alf Alderson.

PRICE: £100


WHAT THEY SAY: "This goggle came about in response to feedback from riders on the approach routes, before tackling the virgin slopes. To avoid misting during ascents, the SuperFlow System enables the screen to edge forward for greater ventilation, while remaining perfectly protected from the sun's rays. Add to that the very best Julbo technologies: a spherical screen and Minimalist Frame for XXL vision."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The defining feature of the Airflux is Julbo’s ‘SuperFlow System’, created specifically for skiers hiking into the backcountry. It’s basically a system that allows you to flip the lens forward creating a gap between the frame and the lens for better airflow and reduced fogging whilst working up a head of steam on long climbs.

Once you’re ready to head back downhill you simply snap the lens back in place and away you go (you’ll probably find this requires you to take the goggles off to ensure a secure fit).

I can tell you that the system works well as I used it for most of last season on a pair of Julbo Aeroflow goggles; and you’ll find it equally effective when standing in crowded gondolas and cable cars on snowy, higher humidity days.

The minimalist frame design of the Airflux provides an admirably wide field of vision, and they are as comfortable as any of the goggles I've tested this season. The Airflux comes with the options of a category 2, 3 or 4 Spectron polycarbonate spherical lens, but for most users the main attraction will be the ability to prevent steaming up on long climbs; and in gondolas…

FOR: Innovative lens system great for ski tourers/freeriders

AGAINST: You may have to take them off to fasten lens back in position securely

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.