For our final pair of goggles on test, Alf reviews the extremely comfortable Uvex Downhill 2000 VLM model.

PRICE: £129.95


WHAT THEY SAY: "The lush over-sized uvex Downhill 2000 variomatic goggles just look fantastic. In powder it scores points with its frameless construction. Even the heavier spray will glide easily off the goggle without sticking to the frame or affecting your sight. The mirrored lenses of these retro ski goggles not only look cool, but also offer complete protection from infra-red rays."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The Uvex Downhill 2000 VLM has a low profile design which goes a bit against the grain of the current crop of large frame goggles, but I very much liked it as it’s less bulky, lighter and provides superb peripheral vision.

They were certainly amongst the most comfortable of the goggles we tested, and if you’re looking for understated efficiency rather than a shouty design which yells “I’m a skier!”, you’ll like the Downhill 2000.

The mirrored double lens of these helmet-compatible goggles feature Uvex’s ‘Variomatic’ technology by which the lens reacts smoothly and quickly to varying light conditions. It also offers complete protection against infra-red rays as well as UVA, UVB and UVC, and there’s just a single foam layer with Velour backing against the face to maintain the goggles’ low profile – but it’s still plenty comfortable enough.

Venting is via a large mesh-covered vent that extends three-quarters of the way around the goggles. The whole lot is rounded off with a plain, buckle-adjustable strap with silicone backing to keep it in place on your helmet.

FOR: Efficient low profile design; good value photochromic lenses

AGAINST: Conservative looks may not appeal to everyone

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.