Alf tests the bold and bright Salice 619 goggles - one of the most vibrant pair of ski goggles on the market.

PRICE: £80 (mirror lens), £125 (mirror/sonar lens)


WHAT THEY SAY: "New minimalist freestyle goggle with a spherical thermoformed lens increases field of vision and reduces distortion."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The 619 Flash lives up to its name – the model we tested has bright green outriggers combined with a mirror lens, but then this is an Italian pair of goggles…

The Flash uses a very effective Zeiss polycarbonate lens with a multi-layer mirror coating. The higher price option is a mirror/Sonar lens, with the Sonar feature filtering out some of the light at the blue end of the spectrum allowing for better contrast.

Unfortunately, I can’t confirm how good this is since I used the cheaper mirror lens only option, but even so when I used this in flat light conditions and could detect a definite improvement in my ability to see irregularities in the landscape and ground surface.

What’s more, the low-profile rubber frame allows you to change the lenses pretty easily, so you can have the option of either the mirror or Sonar as well as different category lenses.

The lenses are also treated with an anti-fog system, and they have top and bottom venting. The double layer face foam feels great against your face, and the overall style of the 619 Flash is – well, quite flash without being too much so.

My only reservation is that these goggles didn’t have the best peripheral vision on test, but it wasn’t a major issue although it may be if you have a very big face; in which case try before you buy.

FOR: Lens offers good contrast; pretty good value

AGAINST: Not the best field of view on test

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.